Vinnie Montez is a Colorado native, he grew up in the largely homogenous community of Boulder, CO, which prides itself on being a bastion of cultural diversity, but which is honestly just weird. Growing up, he always wanted to be a police officer. Now a 21-year veteran of law enforcement, his experiences as a cop and his Mexican heritage are the foundation for his comedy: you just can’t make some of this stuff up.
Vinnie got into comedy in 2007 as a means of addressing the stress and trauma of dealing with horrible situations on a regular basis. Since then he has performed regularly at Denver’s Comedy Works and other national venues. His first comedy special debut was on Dry Bar Comedy, released in 2019, Vinnie Montez: Armed & Hilarious. With a focus on telling funny stories about being a police officer and promoting better mental health for the men and women in blue, he is a favorite at events around the nation.
Vinnie has shared the stage with Michelle Wolf, Chris D’Elia, Joe Rogan, John Crist, Josh Blue, Paul Rodriguez, Gilbert Gottfried, Nick Guerra, Brian Posehn, Gina Brillon, Joey Medina, Caroline Rhea, Bob Marley and more.
In 2018 Vinnie was inducted as an official member of Humanizing the Badge (HTB), an organization on a mission to help forge stronger relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
Vinnie has become a favorite among law enforcement and corporate audiences alike, performing for the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, Colorado Association of School Resource Officers, Rocky Mountain Hostage Negotiators, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, County Sheriffs of Colorado, Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisors Association of Colorado, National Latino Peace Officers Association, University of Wyoming, Humanize the Badge, KYGO’s Christmas Crusade for Children, Hallie’s Heroes and many more.
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald has performed stand-up comedy and been a staple of the Denver comedy scene since 1986. Since that time, Kevin has opened for and worked with such diverse and legendary performers as Joan Rivers, Bob Hope, Kevin Nealon, Brian Regan, and Norm McDonald. He is probably best known for his eleven seasons on the popular Animal Planet television series Emergency Vets. Other television appearances include, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Maury Povich Show, and The Today Show with Matt Lauer. Radio appearances include, The Howard Stern Show, one of the most popular segments ever of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, as well as being featured on Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story. Dr. Fitzgerald put himself through school bouncing for various rock bands including The Who, Willie Nelson, Parliament Funkadelic, and The Rolling Stones.
Kevin performs to rave reviews at corporate and fundraising events annually and is in high-demand as a host/emcee, comedian, guest speaker, and lecturer at private events, conferences, and veterinary meetings across the country. He believes his unusual dual-career as doctor and comedian offers him a unique perspective on life. Dr. Fitzgerald also believes none of us laugh enough.
Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic expanded his fan base exponentially. Josh starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and was named the 11th best special on the network in 2011. Josh debuted a one-hour special on Showtime, Sticky Change, where he tells stories about everything from being a white African-American, to dealing with cabbies who think he’ll pay in sticky change. In 2016, Josh released his third one-hour special, DELETE, available on HULU and Amazon, in which he explains why you shouldn’t call disabled people “inspirational”. He has appeared twice on Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT and made his late night television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has most recently appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC.
Possessed with an undeniable likeability and impeccable comedic timing; Josh continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities one laugh at a time. His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.
Josh made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia. His story has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC. He was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and made a standout appearance on Comics Unleashed. He became the first comic to debut a stand-up special on the big screen when his first one-hour special, 7 More Days in the Tank was shown in movie theatres across the country. Portions of the performance also aired on Bravo Network as a half-hour comedy special. Josh is a repeat guest on such nationally syndicated radio programs as NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Mancow Show and has been featured in numerous print publications including People Magazine and The New York Times.
Josh was a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team that competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest sporting event. He is a single father living in Denver, CO with his son, Simon and his daughter, Seika.
With a remarkably unique, self-deprecating style combined with side-splitting material, Phil Palisoul’s well-polished stand-up routine has made him a huge hit at comedy clubs, cruise ships, casinos, and corporate events across the country.
In addition to numerous television appearances, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Phil has performed at the prestigious HBO-Aspen Comedy Festival and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and has opened in concert for such legendary comedians as Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller. Phil has entertained corporations such as Coca Cola, Walt Disney Television, Hummer-GMC, IBM, and Kodak, and has headlined fundraising galas for organizations such as American Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, and Wounded Warriors.
If you are not familiar with Sam Adams, then here’s your introduction.
Sports writer-turned-standup comedian. Keynote speaker. Author. Commercial actor. Master of Ceremonies.
Sam gave his first standup comedy set in 2001, only a few months after his return from reporting on track and field at the Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia. Eight years later at age 49, the long- time sports journalist took on comedy as a full-time professional career.
Sam’s entertaining profanity-free comedy performances earned him high praise at the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival held in Norfolk, Nebraska. He won the festival’s amateur competition, then was asked to compete in the professionals division as a last-minute replacement. Sam took the second place prize amid a field of two dozen national headline comedians.
In 2018 Sam’s popularity catapulted when the “True Color” clip from his 2017 Dry Bar Comedy special went viral — with more than 10 million social media views in less than 72 hours. Since, the clip has reached more than 35 million views on Facebook alone.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette offered this glowing review of Sam’s comedy performance in 2019: “Known for his prize-winning comedy and casual delivery devoid of profanity and vulgarity, (Adams) spent two hours entertaining a full house that belly-laughed and applauded too many times to count.
“If it’s true that laughter is the best medicine, he administered his healing brand intravenously for two solid hours.”
Sam’s humor and smooth stage presence has led to many requests to serve as Master of Ceremonies for high profile events — a list which includes the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame awards dinner (Denver, CO), the Colorado Association of Realtors awards (Denver, CO), the Accredited Members Financial Conference (New Orleans, LA), Craftworks Restaurants/Breweries awards (Tucson, AZ), Capital One awards (Tulsa, OK) and Fidelity National Title conference (Albuquerque, NM).
Before standup, Sam spent three decades as a sports writer and television commentator based in Denver, Colorado. In 2003 Sam’s media peers elected him Colorado’s Print Journalist of the Year. In 2019, Sam was the first African-American sports journalist ever inducted to the prestigious Denver Press Club’s Hall of Fame.
For Sam’s first book, titled “If You Don’t Believe Me: Lessons Learned From Listened To The Greats” Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway offered the following tribute: “Through the ups and downs of an NFL career, I developed great trust, respect and appreciation for Sam. Blending an uncanny ability to mix humor with keen insight and knowledge, Sam is a one-of-a-kind storyteller.”
From pages to stages. Now you know Sam Adams.
Chris Voth is an accomplished comedian, a licensed teacher, and a published author who recently made his late night debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also appeared in three seasons of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” was chosen for the prestigious Great American Comedy Festival, and was featured in his own half-hour special on Altitude Sports Cable.
A 15-year comedy veteran, Voth is a past winner of the Denver Comedy Works Competition and has worked with everyone from Dave Chappelle to Larry the Cable Guy to Linda Ronstadt. Voth released his first comedy CD (“Never Mind the Jim J Bullocks, Here’s the Chris Voth”) in 2008. Using smart, clever material, he is hugely popular at corporate and private shows across the country. In addition, Voth performed for two years in a clean comedy improv troupe, doing nearly 200 shows at colleges, conferences, and camps all over North America.
In 2008, Voth took a job at an inner-city high school teaching English. What started out as a year or two of serving the community became a passion for working with young people. Voth earned his teaching license, received TESOL certification, and graduated with a Master’s in English from the University of Colorado at Denver. He was named a Mile High Teacher in 2012.
Voth has also worked as a freelance writer and editor. A short story about his experience entering teaching after years of doing comedy entitled, “Stand Up and Deliver,” was published in the Cream City Review Literary Journal in Spring 2010. A full-length book encapsulating the first five years in the classroom is due out whenever he finally gets done writing it.
Rubber-bodied and dynamically engaging, comedian Bryan Kellen has become an energetic, comedic powerhouse. Bryan’s feverish mix of storytelling, observational humor, and physical comedy produces one of the most universally captivating shows in entertainment today. He has become the regular theater tour opener for television star and notable comedian, George Lopez, who noticed Bryan’s reliable abilities and similar style of turning uncomfortable life experiences into hilarious performances. His career hit the ground running, when Bryan bested a long list of well-established comics and won the Rocky Mountain Laff-Off in Salt Lake City, Utah just two years after his first time on stage. This coup was followed up by a 2nd Place finish in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. Shortly thereafter, ‘Entertainment Business Journal’ named Bryan as one of the “Top 100 Comedians in the Country.”
During the summer of 2001, San Francisco’s NBC affiliate invited Bryan to perform on their “Best of the Bay” stand-up comedy show. Bryan next made an appearance on The WB’s popular morning show, “The Daily Buzz,” where he brought the audience, hosts, and fellow guest, basketball player Karl Malone, to hysterics with his hilarious improvisational skills. His magnetism caught the attention of talent executives from the hit show Entertainment Tonight, who gave him a development deal as head-writer and star of a new series. Bryan’s ability to put audiences at ease was proven after the tragedy on September 11th, when Bryan appeared on CNN and MTV discussing the impact that the tragedy had on the world of stand-up and individual comics.
His poised and poignant insight was well received and both networks aired the segment on several occasions. At the end of 2003, Bryan was awarded one of his most coveted honors at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. After a national tour of critiquing professional comedians, The National Comedy Hall of Fame named Bryan as “America’s Best Up-and-Coming Comedian.” He has since reappeared at the 2005 Las Vegas Comedy Festival, as well as on NBC and Comedy Central while becoming a favorite headliner at America’s top comedy clubs.
Bryan now tours regularly as an opening act for George Lopez. Maintaining a skyrocketing pace, Bryan has left audiences little time to catch their breath – gasping just long enough to demand more of this gifted and super-animated stand-up comedian.