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US Correspondents: updating
Alice Liu, Jared Freid, KH, Dave C., Frankie Hudak
Roz Browne, Amy Keyishian, Jennifer Van Tieghem, Lauren O'Brien, Chuck Ojeda
Chicago & CA:
Sarah King
Chicago & Midwest:
Amy Shokun, Zach Bratkovich
Lori Valenti, Cassie Doria
Midwest: Ally Bruener
OH: Terrence Adams, Dan Hudson
TEXAS: Sarah Hackley
IMPROV - Jane Morris
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UK: Gregory Wakeman
Australia: Candice Olive

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The many performers, writers, agents, managers, bookers, press agents, and all in the entertainment industry who make the Comic Bible magazine a fabulous resource, and the most popular magazine about the comedy industry.

To those who were interviewed, for taking time, sharing your knowledge of the industry, your dreams, successes, and talent.

To The Comic Bible writers and more ... Roz Browne, Katherine Hasell, Alice Liu, Ellen Hasell, Lori Valenti, , Karen Loftus, Rich Adamo and all of the many Comic Bible writers and contributors including:

Rich Adamo, Howard Alzrachi, Benny Allen, Madeleine Begun Kane; Bang Balutanski, D.C. Benny, Scott Blakeman, Dave Brody, Roz Browne, John Cantu, Tim Carrier, Rudolph Cecera, Bill Chamberlain, Dina Cohen, Colin Cohen, Michael Cookson, Jane Condon, Joe Cutrona, Beth Danford, Greg Dean, Bridget Dengel, Becky Donohue, Gorden Gebert, Georgina Genchur, Andrew Goffman, Jeffrey Gurian, Rosie Haas, Vid Hardt, Ellen Hasell, Katherine Hasell, Rene Hicks, Mike Irwin (RIP), Jon Keyes, Hans Kottman, Chris Kuhn, Pat Lamb, Tommy Lee, Alice Liu, Howard Leib, Karen Loftus, Mary Montresori, Halina Meyer, Bill Michaels, Terry Moore, Micheal Nappi, Stu Nulman, Jody Oliver, Vivian Paxton, Debbie Perlman, Chris Potocki, Marc Principato, Lia Redding, Jerry Sangiamo, Ken Scallon, Wayne Scallon, Carol Scibelli, Dave Schwensen, Trav SD, Michael Shader, David Smith, Tom Soter, Leatrice Spevack, Steve Strangio, Jerry Tallmer, Gunslinger Thomas, Ed Zareh, Paula Zimmerman Taylor, TS, Yumi, and all.



Who's Who at The Comic Bible Magazine -

Comic Bible is proud to also include the following Expert
Contributors in every issue...

Show me the Funny by,
Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis

Kelly Bowlin
JKelly Bowlin More about Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis here
Take a front row seat at the table with Hollywood’s top comedy writers as Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis, authors of the new book Show Me the Funny!: At the Writers' Table with Hollywood's Top Comedy Writers take you on a fun trip into the intelligent and inner workings of the comedic mind. The authors, comedy writers in their own right, interviewed 28 top comedy screenwriters from the revered figures of television's “Golden Age” to today's favorite movie and TV writers for their book. And, exclusively for you – readers of The Comic Bible – they will offer advice on how to learn from comedy’s greats to ‘show the funny’ in your own writing, pitching and stand-up acts with expert columns in every issue. Watch for their first chance to show you some funny in the next issue!  (Or, catch a sneak peek at

Stand-up Comedy & Joke Writing

roz browne Greg Dean is the author of the internationally acclaimed book Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy. Dean has the longest running stand-up comedy school in America, since 1982 and has nearly thirty years experience teaching stand-up comedy workshops in Los Angeles, London and Montreal. Dean lives with his wife Gayla Johnson in Hollywood, CA. He is currently working on his next book

CB is also thrilled to print;
Cartoon by:

roz browneBill Plympton an American animator, former cartoonist, director, screenwriter and producer best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated short Your Face, his 2005 nomination and series of shorts Guard Dog, Guide Dog, Hot Dog and Horn Dog. He has a new book out Independently Animated and a new film Idiots and Angels.

And more regular features by experts;

roz browne The Peoples Improv Theater is dedicated to the instruction, performance, and development of original comedy. The PIT strives to entertain and educate the community about the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment.

Bill Michaels
with Christian Michael Hall is your one stop source for all things comedy in the Aloha State. From comedians, to shows, to interesting and indie projects, want to bring the best of comedy from around the world, to you!

Bill Michaels Christian Michael Hall is a columnist for Hawaii's largest sports magazine MMAHAWAII. In addition, he also is one of the creators of and the live mic show podcast. Christian Michael Hall, has been doing stand up since 1997, and has been a contributing writer, for various publications, since 2001.

Ask Gladys - Comedy Legend Gladys Simon answers comedy questions.

Shayne-Michael.comEDY Shayne Michael is an LA based comedian who has played 40 cities in Montana without going to Billings. He has also appeared at numerous comedy clubs across the United States and in the Chicago Comedy Festival.

Joel Fry is a comedian, booker, owner of Comedy Guy Entertainment, producer of comedy shows. Creator and Producer of the Iowa Comedy Festival and C4 and Best of Midwest Comedy Competition. www,

Bill Michaels Jeffrey Gurian Comedy Matters Jeffrey Gurian, is a comedy veteran. ( )  As a comedy writer, he has written for legends like Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers, and worked with Phil Hartman, Richard Belzer, Pauly Shore, Gilbert Gottfried, Pat Cooper and more.  One of his proudest accomplishments was getting his own column in the legendary Weekly World News called "Gurian's World of the Bizarre", which he turned into GNN, Gurian News Network, your source for " All The News That's Fit To Dance To."  As a producer he has produced several shows, and benefits including a huge 3,000 seat sold out show starring Kevin Hart.  He has performed in major clubs in NY and LA, uses comedy to heal speech impediments and stress-related illness, and is an acclaimd comedy journalist who covers every important comedy event and has interviewed a majority of comedy legends and rising stars. Jeffrey’s Comedy Matters is a nationally syndicated column and internet TV channel. Visit the Comedy Matters Vlog at where he has over 50 videos with famous comics.   He claims that the stories about him being a dentist are strictly a nasty rumour that started the day he graduated from Dental School and have never let up! 

Bill Michaels David Baker is one of only a few foreign comedians to ever perform on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'.  An international headliner, David performs world-wide, including across the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. David's other TV credits include Byron Allen's 'Comedy.TV' (CBS), 'The Bob and Tom Show' (WGN) in the US, a one hour primetime special on The Comedy Network in Canada, and three appearances on The Comedy Time Network. David has also appeared on over 150 radio stations across the US and Canada. David's stand-up has been featured as one of the 'best of the year' on Comedy Central 's  It is also available on iTunes. In 2010, David finished second place - out of over 1200 comedians who entered worldwide - in the prestigeous 'Great Canadian Laugh Off' contest. David also won the 2008 Broadway Comedy Club in New York and was a semi-finalist in the 2008 New York's Funniest Stand-Up and 2009 World Series of Comedy. David performs world-wide, including in New York at the Comedy Cellar, Caroline's on Broadway, Comic Strip, Stand Up New York and Dangerfields; in LA at the Hollywood Improv, The Comedy and Magic Club and The Ice House; in London at The Comedy Store, Comedy Cafe and Up The Creek; in Toronto at Yuk-Yuk's; and in Sydney at The Comedy Store.

Luke Bradley Francis Originally From Glasgow, Scotland Luke Francis has an original style that has been entertaining audiences for years in several countries including, USA, Canada, UK, and resorts in Mexico and Jamaica.

Comic Bible has many more contributors including

roz browneDavid Foster has been doing comedy in New York for 10 years, and is the winner of the 2011 NY Comedy Competition. He has also appeared on HBO and Showtime, and was a regular cast member on MTV’s Boiling Points. You can find out more about him at, or check out his blog:

roz browne D.C. Benny contributes when he can. He is a New York based stand up comic has been performing his story-telling style of stand-up comedy for the last 20 years. He has acted in multiple national commercials, television shows, and feature films while constantly writing and producing a multitude of projects in every medium. D.C. currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and animals.

Humor Columnist & Joke Writer

Kelly BowlinMary Tompsett Posing As Normal© Since 2006, Mary’s monthly humor column, Posing As Normal©, has been running in Wisconsin, Ohio and California publications. Her first novel, Whinny from the Heart, is available as an ebook through Barnes and Noble; a paperback version will rake in the big bucks on Amazon if she ever gets off her butt and reformats the manuscript. Mary lives in Wisconsin with a dog and two cats, whose endless hair insulates the house. Her horse left for a more stable environment. Read more of her work at


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Producer & Host Gabrielle “Gabby” Birchak is a comedian, writer, actress, singer, and political satirist. She is LA Comedy Awards Nominee for Most Hilarious TV Host. She produces and hosts her own show, Gab’s Blabs: For Politics and other Funny Stuff. She is also the winner of Project Breakout’s 2008 Political Pundit Competition, chosen as Field Reporter for the Democratic National Convention. In her free time, she likes to embarrass her children. For more information, please visit and contact her at

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roz browneMaryAnn P.

roz browneK.L Hasell – Katherine is an animator, writer and editor who lives and works in NYC. And who is off for the summer

Associate Editor - Chief California Comedy Correspondent Around Town with Roz Columnist

roz browne Roz Browne LA Comedy Award Nominee Comedian and Actress, Roz Browne was voted Boston’s Metro’s Favorite Comedian during the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival. Television appearances include NBC’s Outlaw, ABC’s The View, Comics Unleashed with Bryon Allen, Que Locos Comedy Jam, LifeTime TV,  BET’s Comic View, The Best of Comic View and America’s Funniest People.  She performs regularly at all of the major comedy clubs nationwide and was featured at the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York.  She also produces the popularMerry Wives of ComedyShow.

California Comedy Correspondent

Bill Michaels Chuck Ojeda is an actor and comedian in Los Angeles as well as the creator of the stand up comedy concept show Comic Underground.  In addition to performing stand up at the Hollywood Improv, Comedy Store, and Ice House, Chuck is also a writer/performer for the sketch comedy troupe The Strait Jacket Society.  His writing contributions include episodes for the comedy news show This Week in You Tube and PSA parodies with Retrofit Productions. For more information please visit:

San Diego California Correspondent

Bill Michaels Jennifer Van Tieghem As a lover of words, Jen Van Tieghem, has found herself swimming in consonants and vowels for this here publication, among others. When she's not writing online blogs, website content, or comedy reviews she's probably got her nose in a book and a glass of wine glued to her hand. If you'd like her to unleash some prose for your site or publication feel free to drop her a line.

California Correspondent

Bill Michaels Lauren O'Brien is an actress, comedian and talk radio personality. Originally from New Jersey, she now works in the Greater Los Angeles area. Lauren can be heard during morning drive on her radio program "The Mikey Show" in San Diego (KBZT).  She regularly performs stand-up and has done various projects in film, television and stage.  For more information and to contact Lauren O'Brien, please visit her website here.

San Francisco California Comedy Correspondent

Bill Michaels Amy Keyishian lives in San Francisco with her husband, comic Randy Hauser, and two pint-sized daughters who are funnier than either of their parents. She trained in improv at UCB in New York, performs sketch and improv with Randy when there isn't a kid attached to her bazoom (and sometimes when there is) and has performed with the Un-Scripted Theater in SF. She blogs at and tweets @madfoot. 

Chicago to Los Angeles Comedy Correspondent

Bill Michaels Sarah King Hey gang, this is my bio.  I hates bios.  I know that bios are necessary when writing for magazines so that people can decide if you're an idiot or a jackass or.. a cult leader.  Who wants to read an article written by an idiot jackass cult leader?  Answer:  Maybe me, that sounds kinda interesting.  – Check out My website.


Amy Shokun

Bill Michaels Zach Bratkovich is a Chicago based comedian from the great state of New Jersey. Growing up in Jersey, Zach had realized how truly funny human interaction can be and his comedy reflects that. Whether it’s dating, being pulled over by a cop, or conversations with people at the gyms or Wendy's, Zach will keep audiences laughing how ridiculous people can be. Zach also loves to get people to laugh at the crazy products on the market and T.V. shows out there. Zach Currently writes for the Comic Bible Magazine and has performed in New York City at Gotham Comedy club, the Metropolitan Room, the Comic Strip, Broadway Comedy Club, and the New York comedy club.

VP / Director, Assoc. Editor & Florida Correspondent

Lori Valenti I've been with Comic Bible Magazine for a very long time – Everybody doesn't have a bio here – Do I really need to write a bio? – Do not follow where the path may lead - Go instead, where there is no path, and leave a trail!

Florida Correspondent

Bill Michaels Cassie Doria - What's up, I'm Cassie and I am The Comic Bible's correspondent for Orlando, Florida.  I have a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Master's in PR, and now I can add freelance writer to my repertoire as well.  Phew!  Now that we have the formalities out of the way, let's laugh our lives away in the comedic playground formally known as Central Florida!

Midwest Correspondent

Bill Michaels Ally Bruener is an up-and-coming stand-up comedienne based out of Louisville, Kentucky. After being diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and fully wheelchair-bound at a young age, she found her voice as a self-advocate and affirmed that her rightful place in the world is in front of a crowd. Since graduating from the Underground Comedy School in October 2010, Ally has performed as part of the Clifton Heights Music Festival and as a member of Comedy Caravan’s Best of the Louisville Comedy Underground and Best of the Bluegrass series. This seemingly sweet and innocent girl breaks the limits of political correctness with self-deprecating cripple jokes and darkly observational humor while stealing the hearts of a shocked audience. –

New York Correspondents

Jared Freid is a 26 year-old Stand-Up Comedian and Writer based in New York City. He has been featured on Tru Tv, written dating advice for Weekly World News, and currently writes “J-Train’s World” for Jared also produces one of the largest independently run shows in NYC called “J-Train’s Comedy Express”, which you can “like” on Facebook. Jared can be reached for bookings and information at and you can follow him on Twitter @jtrain56.


Bill Michaels Alice Liu is a writer, producer, and performing artist living in New York City. She has served, at times, as a minority advocate, a reluctant animal rescuer, and a babysitter of adult children (a.k.a. the leader of a rock band). She is the author of The Hunter: A Middle-Aged Urban Zen Fable and several television pilot scripts.

Ohio Correspondent

Terrence Adams has spent the last five years writing professionally for Premiere Radio Networks in New York City.  During that time he has also been working as a freelance writer and has started two separate blogs; and  He has just moved from his apartment in Brooklyn to his homestate and subsequent home city of Columbus, Ohio, where he plans to cover the midwestern comedy scene the best way he knows how; from the streets.  Follow Terrance on Twitter - @Victrola_Cola_1 and email him here.

Ohio Correspondent

Kelly BowlinDan Hudson This bio is brought to you by a generous grant from the Charlie Sheen group. Where "Winning" isn't everything! It's the only thing. Did you know there are comics with diseases? Hi this is Daniel. He is a comic. For only pennies a day you can help him write jokes about his Multiple Sclerosis. Your pennies will buy things he needs like note book paper, pens, and comedy classes. Your grant will help Daniel in his small village in Cincinnati. So won't you help Daniel? Please buy The Comic Bible. You could change a life.

Texas Correspondent

Kelly BowlinSarah Hackley is a full-time writer and editor, with a specialty in ghostwriting for attorneys and investment advisers. She has most recently been published in Crucible and On The Issues Magazine. Due to an affinity for extreme temperatures and spicy foods, she lives in Austin, Texas. Find her at or follow her on Facebook.

.UK Correspondent

Kelly BowlinGregory James Wakeman is a passionate aficionado of comedy in all its forms, especially film and television Gregory has spent the last few years writing scripts for radio and television and has recently completed work on a short film for Summit From Nuthin Productions.

Australia Correspondent

Kelly BowlinCandice Jayde Olive is a PhD student, an author and a freelance journalist living and working in Australia. She is a lover of all things literary; her first novel, an Australian crime fiction thriller, is due for release internationally in 2012. She lives in Brisbane with her husband Carl and her cat James.


Kelly BowlinAlex Barnett is a comic, writer, husband, father, believer in social justice, rooter for the underdog and, importantly, a former lawyer (almost).

Humor & Ask Kelly! Correspondent

Kelly BowlinKelly Bowlin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. He currently writes script and has been published in Yahoo, Suite 101, Digiguide, and utopian realms. He’s written two novels and a collection of 26 short stories titled The Modern Wild West in Shorts. Don't Forget to ASK KELLY!



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