Official 2020 Festival Line-Up
We have over 100 comics performing on the 3rd annual Plano Comedy Festival and our talent line-up is bigger and better than ever!
Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN on TBS, and has performed standup on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. She was a Top 10 finalist on season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Her first book, Shitty Mom, was a NY Times bestseller. Her Seeso (RIP) special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, was named Vulture 's Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016.
Her book "Dead People Suck" - a comedic memoir about hospice, cancer, grief and losing a parent, was released by Rodale Press in Feb 2018, and is available in bookstores, or online here at Amazon, B&N, Books a Million, IndieBound.
Kurt Braunohler is a comedian, actor and podcaster who has committed his career to inserting absurdity into stranger’s lives to make the world a better place. He has an album, a half-hour Comedy Central Special, and his first televised hour of comedy, Trust Me is out on Comedy Central. On TV, Kurt can been seen (or heard) on Bob's Burgers, The New Girl, @midnight, Another Period, The Kroll Show, Drunk History, Deadbeat, Comedy Central Presents, Adam Ruins Everything, Chelsea Lately, John Oliver Stand Up, Delocated, and as host of IFC’s comedy game show Bunk!. He has performed stand up sets on CONAN, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Seth Meyers and Late Late Show with James Corden.
Steve Hofstetter, Author, columnist, and comedian, is often called the hardest working man in show-business. With all due respect to the late James Brown.
Hofstetter's national TV debut came on ESPN's Quite Frankly, where Stephen A. Smith yelled at him for three minutes. Hofstetter has also appeared on CBS' "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson", Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood", VH1's "Countdown", Sundance's "On the Road in America", and ABC's "Barbara Walter's Special", where he thankfully did not cry. He is the host and executive producer of "Laughs" on Fox networks, where he only cries occasionally.
One of the top booked acts on the college circuit, the original writer for collegehumor.com has also released six albums.
Roxxy Haze, Comedian and YouTube sensation, can only be described as what happens when you blend pseudo intellectualism with a raunchy Walt Disney fantasy. With a background in theatre and film, Haze has foster an innate sense of showmanship. Her high energy, bubbly personality combined with her Amazonian stature makes her a comic book nerd’s dream girl and keeps viewers coming back for more. Through the blend of nerd culture with various light hearted topics such as literature, family and relationships, Roxxy Haze has built a small cult following and become a social media darling.
A Boston Native, you can see Mary E. Kennedy as recurring character “New Fiona” on Shameless. She wrote and stars in her one woman show, Mid Life Mood Swing, about being a roadie for her mom's
wedding band in the 80's. It premiered in Los Angeles and now is touring. You can also see her comedic acting regularly in various sketches for Conan on TBS.
She headlines all over the country and appears regularly at Flappers Comedy Club, The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
Stand-up comedian, motivational speaker, TV & radio personality, actress, author, blogger and entrepreneur are all titles fitting for Karith Foster. She is one of the hottest comics to come out of New York City according to both The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage Magazine who named her one of the “Top 10 Comics to Watch.”
Foster has appeared on a number of television programs, including Comedy Central's Premium Blend, NBC's Today and Last Comic Standing, and VH1's Best Week Ever, Awesomely Bad, and Black to the Future miniseries. She has also been seen on various programs from BET, Bravo, the Travel Channel, and the Fine Living Network.
The Comedy Arena home of ComedySportz of McKinney, TX is in the business of comedy. Especially improv comedy, where it’s all made up on the spot. The Comedy Arena prides itself on producing all types of comedy styles, from sketch, to stand up, but especially improv (short-form, long-form, city style, and even competitive style which has been a specialty for years).
The Comedy Arena doesn’t just put on shows, but it’s a venue that teaches students how to become comedic performers and take the stage whether for performance purposes, or just in life.