OFFICIAL 2019 Festival line-up
We have over 70 comics performing on the 2nd annual Plano Comedy Festival and our talent line-up is bigger and better than ever!
Martin Urbano is an NYC-based Latino comedian/writer/satirist who has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC), Howie Mandel's Comedy Gala (The CW), and Comedy Central Stand-Up (CC).
He was a writer/producer on Danny's House (Viceland), and recently hosted an episode of Chris Gethard Presents (MNN) called "Martin Urbano's Comedy Amateurclass". He's performed at Just For Laughs, Bonnaroo, New York Comedy Festival, Boston Calling, 208 Comedy Fest, and more.
Martin is one half of "2 Hip Latinos" with Steven Castillo, and currently hosts the bi-weekly comedy show "Latino & The Tramp" in the East Village with Kelsey Caine. Martin has also opened for Chris Kattan.
Memphis-born comic, Nerd Culture Enthusiast, and Black Nerd Power Podcast Host, Richard Douglas Jones started performing at open mics in Memphis to recover from depression, after a succession of hapless happenings left him more than slightly misanthropic. He found deliverance in comedy and audiences found his wildly inappropriate and caustic wit hilarious.
Both a nice guy and a dubious miscreant, his delivery is a mash up of incisive insights on everyday life, Nerd Culture from a Black POV, dating, sex, politics, and race. RDJ is what happens when one guy finds his tribe of weirdos and let's his Freak Flag proudly fly!
RDJ made his television debut earlier this year on Comedy Central's The New Negroes and has been seen on Kevin Hart's LOL Network
KeLanna Spiller is a stand-up comedian currently based in Dallas, TX.
Within just a few years, Spiller has featured at the Addison and Arlington Improv with national headliners (John Witherspoon, John Henton and Robert Powell just to name a few) and was a finalist in the Funniest Comic in Texas competition hosted.
Spiller's high-energy storytelling and observational humor have coined her as one of Dallas’ local favorites and she just made her Comedy Central television debut on Kevin Hart Presents Hart of the City this year.
Paul Varghese's act includes a number of observations about being Indian, providing outsider-looking-in and insider-looking-out commentary, while also exploring an array of topics and issues outside that realm.
He was named by the Dallas Observer in 2007 as the "Best Stand-up Comic in Dallas" and won the 2009 "Funniest Comic in Dallas" competition. Varghese has performed at the HBO Comedy Festival, the Montreal and Toronto's Just For Laughs Festivals and the TBS Comedy Festival. His TV credits include Telemundo 2's "Loco Comedy Jam", NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Comedy Central's "Live At Gotham" and "Russell Peters Presents".
Jasmine Ellis's standup has been described as "energetic" and "joyfully neurotic," and she's pretty sure that was a compliment. After hosting local radio shows in college and interviewing comedians, she decided to try it herself in 2013 and hasn't looked back. Jasmine had performed in Las Vegas, New York, and LA, and earned spots on several festivals, including Moon Tower Comedy Festival, Bird City, Out of Bounds Fest in Austin, and and Blue Whale Comedy In Tulsa.
She's performed in comedy clubs, colleges, and good old fashioned dive bars across her native Texas. In 2017 she landed a coveted spot on the 3rd season of PBS Documentary-series "Stand Up Empire" which profiles Austin's top up and coming comedians.
Barry Whitewater is a suburban dad from Dallas, Texas. A married, father of two children, who say they love him, but act quite the opposite. Barry has worked with comedians Nate Bargatze, Gilbert Gottfried, and Tom Arnold. He’s featured at Hyena’s, The Improv, Loony Bin, and other comedy clubs as well as The Star owned by the Dallas Cowboys. He’s performed at the Dallas Comedy Festival as well as the East Texas Comedy Festival.
Eric Eaton has performed all over the United States. Some cities include Las Vegas, Hollywood, Minneapolis, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis, Sarasota, Shreveport, and many more. Eric is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and at age 15, while performing street magic, was invited to attend the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. Eric has been asked to perform at two comic con events in Texas. Eric has had the opportunity to perform magic for many celebrities such as Carlos Mencia, Steve Byrne, Lou Ferrigno, Desiigner, Carlos Mencia, Jay Pharoah, Emo Philips, and many more that you can find on his social media platforms, @themagicofericeaton.
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.