These eight comics hail from the Midwest and are some of the hottest “up-and-coming” comedians around!

They will vie for the title “2017 Gilda’s LaughFest Best of the Midwest Comedian” and a $2,500 cash prize! Shows will take place in both Dr. Grin’s and the 3rd Floor at The BOB at 7 p.m.

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Marty DeRosa: With his quick wit and versatile voice, Marty DeRosa has blended his talent for stand-up comedy and his love of pro wrestling to become a favorite of critics, fans, and throughout social media. He is a founding member of Comedians You Should Know, the premier independently run stand-up showcase in Chicago and has had a #1 comedy album on iTunes.

Alex Kumin: Alex’s bold and socially conscious stand-up delights crowds across the city of Chicago and around the US. She is a cast member of the longest running independent stand-up comedy showcase in the country, The Lincoln Lodge, and has opened for Aparna Nancherla, Jen Kirkman, Kyle Kinane, and Todd Barry, among others.

Shaun Latham:Shaun incites uncontrollable laughter in audiences with his no-holds-barred brand of observational humor and riffs on dating, discount sites, hip hop culture, and other everyday life situations and scenarios. He made his Network television premiere on Season 1 of Comedy Central’s Stand Up Revolution and was named #2 in OC Weekly’s“Top 5 Comics to Watch” in 2015.

Zach Martina: Zach brings his big energy to crowds across America delivering dark jokes in a delightful manner and points the finger of blame at every single person, except himself. He has performed at the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, San Francisco’s Sketchfest, and the Cabo Comedy Festival.

Mike Paramore: Mike is the guy you fight to sit next to in a movie theatre, on a long car ride, or during a boring lecture. His natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor, combined with a natural ability to put you at ease is key to his personal brand of comedy. His debut album The Things We Tell Ourselves is available now on iTunes and Amazon.

Ramon Rivas: Ramon is a stand-up comedian and eminent Latino from Cleveland, OH. In 2016, Ramon recorded his television debut, an episode on the newest season of The Half Hour on Comedy Central. Since taping, Ramon has appeared on @midnight (winning July 21), MTV Decoded, Viceland & more.

Will Spottedbear: Will has an unusual perspective on life. His insights and observations, which come from living in many different cultures, are hilarious and often insightful. He tackles quite serious issues with a wit and ease. With a no-holds-barred approach that is wildly entertaining! He recently won the title of “Funniest Person in Minneapolis.”

Kristen Toomey: Kristen is a favorite at Laugh Factory Chicago, has featured or headlined at Zanies, Jukebox Comedy Club, The Drop, The Comedy Attic, Comedy Club on State, and UP Comedy Club. Toomey is also the first female producer/member of the nations premier comedy collective Comedians You Should Know.

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