The Russell Ferber Foundation

COMEDIANS 2014

MARK NORMANDMARK NORMAND is a smart, fun-loving comedian based in New York City. In 2014, Mark is appearing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and this summer Comedy Central Presents his half hour special; plus his debut CD will premiere! Mark has also appeared on TBS’s Conan, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, TruTV, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, and he won the 2013 Caroline's March Madness competition. Mark is also known for his podcasts “We’re all Friends Here” and “Tuesdays with Stories!” He was also named Village Voice's "Best Comedian of 2013", Esquire’s “Best New Comedians 2012”, Splitsider’s “Top 10 Up and Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, and Time Out New York’s “21 New York Comedy Scene Linchpins.” Nice numbers, eh?

HARRY TERJANIANHARRY TERJANIAN, a New York born comedian, writer and actor, started his career at 18, doing stand-up in the grungy comedy clubs of New York City. There he developed a smart yet intensely funny perspective, fueled by everything from social conscience to personal obstacles. Harry has appeared as part of the Chicago Just for Laughs Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival, and is a recipient of The Andy Kaufman Award. In addition to spots on Sirius radio and MTV, Harry has toured nationally, performing at prestigious venues New York’s Town Hall Theater and the Johnny Carson Theater, among others. Harry currently resides in the New York City area and is a graduate of New York University.

CARMEN LYNCHCARMEN LYNCH is a NYC-based comedian who recently made her second appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. She has been a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and has performed several times for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. A bilingual English and Spanish comedian, Carmen co-produces Apartment C3 which can be seen on www.aptC3.com. Born in California and raised in Spain, her first career was as a flamenco dancer at the age of 5! Carmen has performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Great American Comedy Festival and was a finalist in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.

jordonJORDON FERBER is the Producer of the Comedy FUN!draiser you are attending tonight. You might recognize his name from the invitation or from the program you are currently reading. Jordon is one of the must-see acts in New York; his unique style and ironic take on life is refreshing and always hilarious. Jordon was featured on the first season of Last Comic Standing, has performed at nearly every NYC venue, including the Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines, and MSG’s Comedy Garden, and is a regular performer at clubs throughout the northeast, including Mohegan Sun. He is the producer and host of I Got A Bad Feeling About This, a monthly comedy and music showcase in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. He has recently started a Podcast entitled “Where’s The Grief,” focused on the ups and downs of dealing with tragic loss. Jordon continues to carry on the spirit of his brother Russell by bringing people together through laughter and joy.

COMEDIANS 2013

karenTOM DADDARIO has been a stand up comic in and around NYC for 15 years. In addition to his half hour special on Sirius/XM Radio, Tom was featured in Comedy Central's Michael and Michael Have Issues. Additionally, Tom performs regularly at The Borgata in Atlantic City, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos in Connecticut and New York City's Stand Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club, Dangerfields and the Comedy Cellar. Tom began performing 20 years ago as a lead vocalist in bands, moved on to acting, performing in California Suite, Our Town and Murder at the Vicarage to name a few of his many credits. Also known as Tommy Comic, Tom has been featured in The New York Times and the Daily News. His indie film, Night Bird (directed by Damian Chapa), is due out this summer.

jeffCAROLE MONTGOMERY, a respected veteran of the standup comedy scene nationwide, has had numerous television appearances, headlined at clubs and colleges across the USA and starred in two Las Vegas production shows, after which The Las Vegas Sun called her "one of Vegas' premier comics." Also an accomplished director & producer, Carole created and directed Fine, Funny And Female and is currently directing the one man play, The Lighter Side Of Death. She co-produced the NY Underground Comedy Festival and also produces comedy tours for Armed Forces Entertainment, having performed in Iraq, Haiti, Kosovo, Holland, Kuwait, Diego Garcia, Singapore, Honduras, El Salvador and Germany to rave reviews. Her edgy, truthful style of comedy is a tribute to her hero, Richard Pryor.

billCHUCK NICE, a Philadelphia native, is a 16 year veteran of the stand up comedy scene. With a rich history in television and radio, Chuck provided comic relief to the Radio Chick show for eight years, bringing the funny to New York's radio air waves. He is a regular contributor to the Today Show as well as an occasional substitute host. Among his other credits are: VH-1's Best Week Ever, Tru TV's World's Dumbest, WE TV's Cinematherapy, The CBS Early Show, the Mike & Juliet Show, MSNBC, The Insider, The Joy Behar Show, Show Biz Tonight, Discovery Network's Is It True? and hosting the red carpet pre-show for the Independent Spirit Awards. Most recently he was named host of The Hot Ten on Centric and Home Strange Home on HGTV. Despite his busy schedule, Chuck still finds time to hit the clubs, delighting audiences with his story telling brand of stand up comedy.

jordonJORDON FERBER is the Producer of the Comedy FUN!draiser you are attending tonight. You might recognize his name from the invitation or from the program you are currently reading. Jordon is one of the must-see acts in New York, having been a finalist in the NY Underground Comedy Festival's Emerging Comics Contest in 2006. His unique style and ironic take on life is refreshing and always hilarious. Jordon was featured on the first season of Last Comic Standing, has performed at nearly every NYC venue, including the Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines, and MSG's Comedy Garden. A member of the Friars Club, Jordon continues to carry on the spirit of his brother Russell by bringing people together through laughter and joy. He is the producer and host of I Got A Bad Feeling About This, a monthly comedy and music showcase in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

COMEDIANS 2012

karenCHRIS MONTY is one of New York's busier comedians. Along with being a regular at New York's best comedy clubs, Chris is a terrific actor and has been seen in numerous TV commercials. He is currently touring in an original play that he co-wrote titled Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat! He has written for The Joan Rivers Radio Show and hosted his own show on Long Island's WGBB radio. Along with numerous stints as an opening act for Joan Rivers, B.B. King, and Johny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge, Chris headlines at such venues as The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and The Riviera in Las Vegas.

jeffHAILEY BOYLE is a woman on the move. First moving from Fairbanks AK to New York City in 2004, where she quickly became a regular at comedy clubs and was named one of New York's Top Ten Funniest at The New York Comedy Festival in 2008. More recently Hailey enjoyed a great success at the 2010 Magners Glasgow Comedy Festival in Scotland. Upon her return to the US she relocated to L.A. and is looking forward to another UK tour this summer. She has been featured on Superdeluxe.com, and Funnyordie.com, as well as on her own show on Latinolaughter.com or as a guest on Sirius Satellite Radio.

billMARK DEMAYO has been performing at comedy clubs across the tri-state area for the past 15 years. Recently retired from the NYPD, Mark has been featured on Showtime White Boyz in da Hood, Si-Tv's Latino Laughter, Jamie Foxx's Laffapolooza and the film Stand Up 360. A regular guest on the Kiss FM morning show, he recently been seen on Spike TV's GTTV. Mark's success can be attributed to his universal appeal. Without changing his style, Mark manages to rip every audience leaving them wanting more. Mark's material covers dating, marriage, dating while your married, his kids, current events, pop culture, and his keen observations, all with an edgy twist. A native New Yorker, Mark is married and the father of two kids.

jordonJORDON FERBER is the Producer of the Comedy Fun!draiser. Jordon is one of the must-see acts in New York. His unique style and ironic take on life are refreshing and always hilarious. Jordon was featured on the first season of Last Comic Standing, and has performed at nearly every NYC venue, including the Gotham Comedy Club, Carolines and MSG's Comedy Garden. A member of the Friars Club, Jordon continues to carry on the spirit of his brother Russell by bringing people together through laughter and joy. He is the host of Straight Up Stand Up at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village every Thursday night at 8pm for those of you who want to catch his act between benefits!

COMEDIANS 2011

karenKAREN BERGREEN, who describes herself as comedian, author and stressed-out mom, grew up in New York City, went to Harvard University and, upon graduation, was disillusioned by work options open to her. So she went to law school and, after clerking for a federal judge, became a comedian! A regular performer at clubs in NYC (e.g., Gotham, Comic Strip, Carolines, etc.) and around the country, Karen has been featured on Comedy Central and numerous other TV shows, and has twice performed at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. After becoming a mother, she expanded her comedic talent to writing and wrote the highly-acclaimed book, Following Polly.

jeffJEFF CALDWELL has appeared on numerous TV shows, from The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to being a featured comic on A&E's Evening at the Improv and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. A regular at Comedy Festivals across the globe, Jeff has been called "funny and smart" by none other than George Carlin. Trained as an engineer, a career he obviously didn't find as rewarding as comedy, Jeff frequently performs at corporate events around the country.

billBILL SANTIAGO became a standup after "narrowly escaping a career in journalism - facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke." A regular on the New York comedy scene, he reached national fame with his first TV special: Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago and the publication of his book Pardon My Spanglish. If you missed him on Comedy Central you may have seen him on Craig Ferguson, Conan O'Brien, Good Morning America Now, ABC News, NBC TV Visiones, BBC World, or NPR's Latino USA. Bill also hosted the Latin Grammy's Man of the Year Award.

COMEDIANS 2010

feinsteinRACHEL FEINSTEIN grew up outside Washington DC, the daughter of a civil rights lawyer and a blues musician, giving her a keen eye for the absurd and unjust. She developed her style as a kid by doing impressions of various loud and jarring relatives. Comedy Central Presents Rachel Feinstein aired in March 2010 and she can also be seen on TBS' Just For Laughs, Def Comedy Jam and at various comedy festivals around the world.

randallJONATHAN RANDALL, raised an orthodox Jew, enjoys globe-trotting adventures and an obsession with American pop culture give him a shock- ing yet hilarious view of the world, with a unique blend of optimism, absurdity, controversy and devilish charm. Jonathan has performed in The New York Underground Comedy Festival, ABC and Comedy Central in the Andy Kaufman Awards. He also wrote and directed The Sherwood Inn Commercial, a featured segment on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

joyceJESSE JOYCE started his comedy career in Pittsburgh in 1998 and moved to New York City in 2001. Spawned from a family of lawyers, professional jugglers, an army ranger and a circus clown, Jesse developed his unique brand of comic charisma entwining distinctively intelligent material and high energy. On TV, Jesse hosted Date Night on AMC, was profiled on CBS' Entertainment Tonight, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and can be seen regularly on RedEye on Fox News Network. Jesse's wit has been heard at many celebrity roasts and can be listened to on satellite radio where his CD Joyce To The World is on regular rotation. Jesse has entertained audiences across America as well as in 13 countries on four continents.

COMEDIANS 2009

barnesGREER BARNES, born in the Bronx, raised by his mother and Jewish stepfather, became Bar Mitzvah at age 13. An outstanding athlete, excelling at baseball, Greer was scouted by the San Francisco Giants and was on his way to the big leagues when he suffered a career-ending injury at age 18. Following his second dream of stand up comedy, Greer was quickly noticed and began headlining at clubs and colleges across the country. Greer has appeared in both NBA and NFL commercials and has appeared on: In Living Color, The Late Show with Carson Daly, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Chappelle's Show, to name a few. Greer combined his love for baseball and acting when he appeared with Kevin Costner in the film For The Love of the Game. Greer's first Comedy Central Presents half-hour special premiered in 2009.

cohenDANNY COHEN, a New York based comedian, first gained recognition as the co-creator and co-host of Spin Cycle Comedy, a weekly comedy/variety show held in a Laundromat. The show was a roaring success and was featured in the style section of The New York Times, ABC News, CNN, MTV, Marie Claire Japan, Newsweek and London's The Sunday Independent. Danny has also appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and was the first runner up in the search for AMERICAS WACKIEST COMEDIAN! In New York City, he was a featured comic in the Larnzi Comedy Festival and is always a favorite somewhere.

devitoJOE DEVITO performs at clubs, colleges, casinos, lounges, backrooms, barrooms and bedrooms across the known universe. Television appearances include Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, Chelsea Lately on E!, The World Stands Up on the BBC, and a recurring role as a humor commentator on FOX News Channel's Red Eye. Joe was a semifinalist in season 5 of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and his appearance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival was rated "9.5 out of 10" by The Montreal Gazette. He has also written for MTV and a variety of men's magazines, and served as a consultant for the award-winning film, Super Size Me.