Performing Artists (Click on Artist for Reviews and Previews)
18 & over
Two drink minimum per person
Michael Palascak: Michael Palascak (Pal-a-sack) really likes to make people laugh--mostly because it keeps them from asking why he still lives at home with his parents. This young comedian from the Midwest grew up in Wabash, Indiana—“The First Electrically Lighted City in the World.” Most recently Michael performed at The TBS Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. He also performed at Caesar’s Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO’s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. He also won the Chicago region of Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and went on to make his Comedy Central debut on Live at Gotham this summer.
Having trained at The Second City in Chicago, IO, and Annoyance, Michael also recently debuted his one-person sketch show in Chicago--Pursuing Happiness: A bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents' house, got a real job, and got married. Performed by a guy who didn't.
Onstage he shares hilarious, relatable moments about living at home with his parents and avoiding as much “real world” responsibility as possible. His affable, self-effacing persona allows audiences to laugh a lot. Michael has been heard on Q101’s The Ryan and Kevin Manno Program and seen on The Bob and Tom Show. Michael has been seen on WGN—The Bozo Show, Age 9, Large Boot Relay Team Blue (Runner-up).
In his free time, Michael plays baseball, watches TV, and compliments his mother on her cooking. Michael dedicates his entire career to his late orange and black goldfish named Tiger that did flips whenever its favorite TV show came on. Michael swears Tiger did a flip. At least once.
Justin Berkman: Justin Berkman is an emerging star in stand-up comedy. This young comedian brings passion, wisdom, and an incredibly original and equally hilarious brand of comedy to the stage. Justin doesn't just tell jokes, he puts on a show. His likeability and widespread appeal are enabling his current rise to stardom.
The Los Angeles native and Stanford University graduate appeared on three episodes of MTV's "Yo Momma", and has also been seen on FX's "The People's Champion" and SiTV's "Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner". Additionally, he was one of the headliners on The New Generation of Comedy Tour and he produces the Alpha Comedy show at the world-famous Hollywood Improv. Furthermore, he is the co-host and co-creator of The Perfect Pair game show which is currently touring the United States.
Justin Berkman has extensive experience performing his stand-up comedy at clubs, theaters, and colleges. His show has been very well-received by extremely diverse audiences. So, check out this former gymnast, Jamba Juice smoothie engineer, and Trivial Pursuit question writer.