Amir K is one of the fastest rising young comedians in Los Angeles. Born in Tehran, Iran and raised in Southern California, his comedy is a hilarious blend of character work, storytelling and improvisation shaped by a multi-cultural upbringing. Amir can be seen in Ben Affleck's upcoming film "Argo" and has been featured on DFDTV's Live-Laughs. He recently won Tommy T's Stand-Up competition and has won the 100 comic Ultimate Laff-Down stand-up competition in Southern California. In 2010 Amir K won OC’s Funniest stand-up competition, was a performer on this year's CBS Diversity Showcase, and was a finalist in NBC’s renowned Stand-Up for Diversity Showcase. With a relentless work ethic, Amir K performs nightly on stages all over the world with many of the most respected comedians in the business.
The Great Omar: For the past ten years, magician and comedian Omar Covarrubias has delighted audiences throughout the greater Los Angeles area. At nineteen, his fascination with the art of illusion compelled him to perform on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. As a street performer, the magician learned to engage spectators from all walks of life. He attributes his current success to time spent performing his first tricks in the open-air. He fine-tuned his routine in these earlier days, prior to taking the show indoors. As Covarrubias quips, "there is no fourth wall on 3rd Street!”
Over the years, Covarrubias appeared at open-mic nights and weekly magic events, such as Magic in the Valley. He traveled to Las Vegas to perform on the strip and continued entertaining at places like 3rd Street and farmers markets. As he further developed his style, Covarrubias segued from magic shows to the Los Angeles comedy circuit - a transition that was encouraged by Rudy Moreno, the "godfather" of Latin comedy. Moreno, who has hosted the Latin Comedy Showcase at the Ice House Comedy Club for twelve years, was highly impressed with Covarrubias' top-notch performance.
"In all my years I have seen comedians, magic, and performers, no one has grabbed my attention like Omar Covarrubias," Moreno says. “His style and his down-to-earth likability is what captured not only mine, but the audience’s attention.”
Soon after Moreno was exposed to the young magician, Covarrubias made his first appearances at the Ice House, Hollywood Laugh Factory, House of Blues, and other notable clubs. Covarrubias' routine is not traditional; he incorporates vaudevillian comedy and musical bits while calling forth constant audience participation. The versatile quality of his show allows him to appear in a variety of forums, including community festivals, fundraisers, and sideshow-type showcases. When Covarrubias appears at office parties or private events, the reaction is overwhelmingly favorable. He often brings his audience in on his jokes, only to surprise them moments later. The magician's warmth and charisma puts the crowd at ease, and expectations are increasingly surpassed as the show unfolds.
All the while, Covarrubias' priority is to ensure that everyone enjoys the experience. "At a party, I always wanted to be the one to break the ice," he explains. "When people are staring at each other, I was the one to say, 'Come on guys, let's do something!' Similarly, my job as a performer is not done until everyone is smiling and laughing."
The active and ambitious Covarrubias continues to appear throughout the Los Angeles area. As he prepares for the next show, he is always looking for unexpected opportunities and avenues to share his humor and magic.
Justine Marino: Justine performs regularly at The Comedy Store, Improv and opens for Jon Lovitz every Wednesday at his comedy club, appropriately entitled "The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club." She also runs a show there called Baked Goods where she serves up cupcakes along with hilarious comedy. She thinks you'd like it and suggests you visit www.JustineMarino.com for upcoming dates.
Bruce Jingles: Bruce Jingles is not a Black Comic, he is a Comic that happens to be black. He couldn’t have picked a better name for his chosen line of work, but he’ll be the first to tell you that his name has both blessed and cursed him throughout his life. After all it’s not easy, as Bruce will tell you, to “transition from the sprawling metropolis that is south central L.A. to the hard mean streets of South El Monte”, but being born in South LA, raised in South El Monte and living in the Inland Empire have given Bruce Jingles comedic style that can only occur in suburban southern California. “Growing up, I was always a couple inches taller than the other kids, and when you’re the new black kid in a Mexican neighborhood, there’s never a shortage of other kids trying to prove themselves against you. Add the name Jingles to the equation and you have a recipe for potential disaster! Never mind the fact that I couldn’t fight worth a damn…c’mon man. I had to learn to make folks laugh.”
Always eager to offer insight into everything from the political to the preposterous, his material is largely based on personal experiences and observations that were “born in the world in between the comic book store and the local weed house, and all of the other bullshit in between”.
A hardened veteran of the inland club circuit, Bruce’s So Cal based comedy has taken him literally, all over the world. Bruce, “The absolutely coolest gigs that I’ve ever done have been the USO gigs. I mean these are the guys that can best appreciate a good laugh.” Bruce’s work for the USO has taken him to The Balkans, Iraq (twice) and Germany.
Most recently, he has been voted Inland Empire Weekly’s “Comic of the year” for a second consecutive year and now presents his headlining act nationally along with film credits that include two Showtime specials, "Jeff Garcia's Low Budget Madness," and "The Ten Dollar Ticket” along with the soon to be released “Driving Bill Crazy”. IN the meantime, catch his sets on Youtube or watch for his next appearance on TMZ!