Peter Lipsey (Headliner)
Peter lives in Wilmette, IL, a suburb just north of Chicago with his wife, three kids. Unlike other comedians, he has had many jobs in the "real world" including being a licensed Realtor, before delving into the business of being funny.
After receiving his Journalism degree from Drake University, Peter held many writing positions for radio stations, magazines and an advertising agency. It wasn't until he worked part-time as a bartender at a club that had "open mic"competitions, that he decided to try standup. The first time he went on stage, Peter went 15 minutes over the time limit not knowing that the flashing red light meant get the #$%@# off the stage.
With many years years under his belt, Peter knows his audience, which is intelligent, literate and sharp. His delivery comes right out of the old school: premise, setup and punch line. If you get it--great. If not, too bad.
Performing mainly for corporate and college clients and occasionally comedy clubs that aren't to far from home, Peter, who customizes all his shows, and his writing partners have completed three screenplays and are finishing up a fourth.
They are listening to all offers!
Erin Lane (Opener Feb 7th and 8th)
Erin Lane is an actor and improviser as well as a standup comic. She has performed at Second City, Zanies and for private events and festivals all around the country.
Todd Glover (Middler Feb 7th and 8th)
His candid style of comedy rocked the student body talent show audience of 750 people at Illinois State University. Todd has been on a roll ever since. Todd has been performing all over the Midwest, but can be seen weekly on Tuesdays, co-hosting his own comedy showcase at Pressure Café in West Rodgers Park. Todd has a unique brand of comedy that revolves around life; from his crazy family all way down to turkey bacon. Nothing or no one is safe when Todd is on stage. Anyone or anything may become part of the show so watch out if you are sitting in the front row. Todd has played a wide range of characters in his life from Helmet the Jagermeister steer to being a surfer on American Greed. Todd has opened up for some of the biggest names in Todd Glover found his niche in life when he stopped performing in the college cafeteria and comedy: Mitch Headberg, Nick DiPaolo, Jackie Mason, Brian Regan, Pablo Francisco, and Robert Schimmel.
Natalie Nimerala (Opener Feb 9th)
· Performs at various Chicago venues including Laugh Factory, Flabby at the Abbey, 240 Lounge, 3160 Comedy Cabaret, The Globe Pub and Pressure Billiards.
· Featured at Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn, IL
· Produces and hosts a monthly comedy showcase at Phyllis? Musical Inn in Chicago , IL
Rick March (Middler Feb 9th)
Rick March was born and raised in Chicago he has been slinging barbs and wisecracks since he was born. His first words were to the doctor in the delivery room, 'Go bleep yourself, its cold out here!' A steady diet of donuts and self-loathing combined with a passion for making people laugh, Cranky Ricky has been described as 'Don Rickles on Steroids'.
He has performed at clubs and parties across the country and has contributed to MAD Magazine. The founder of Best Comedy Roasts and its 'Roastmaster', Ricky leads the team into all of its roasting adventures.
Rick March or Aric, to the people whom he owes money to, has always been a wise guy (not Soprano style either).
When kids watched cartoons, Rick favored Burns and Allen reruns. When the Beatles were taking over America, Rick spun Bill Cosby and Allen Sherman records.
When Rick was a disk jockey in Syracuse, he first introduced the public to his menagerie of accents. He recorded voice over commercials for bug spray and wrote and produced a radio show called The World According to Myron Putchnick.
A couple of decades and a lot of laughs later, he's back on stage. From Zanies to The Comedy Store to anyone who will listen, Rick slings his sarcastic barbs and observations on the inane to make fun of everything stupid and everyone too serious about life.