Derek Gaines, Josh Gondelman, Liz Miele, Stavros Halkias, Andy Ostroff, Samantha Ruddy, and More!

Derek Gaines, Josh Gondelman, Liz Miele, Stavros Halkias, Andy Ostroff, Samantha Ruddy, and More!

Fri · May 19, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00

Derek Gaines
Derek Gaines
Derek's first break came when he reached the semi finals of Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes in 2010. Also in 2010 Derek was a finalist in Philadelphia's Funniest Person Competition. Derek made his standup comedy television debut in 2014 when he appeared on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live and was recently selected by the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival as part of their New Faces showcase. Derek has been a contributor to VH1's Big Morning Buzz and is currently starring in Morgan Spurlock's docu-series "Connected" on AOL Originals. Derek is also the co-host of MTV's hilarious pop up game show, Broke Ass Game Show.
Josh Gondelman
Josh Gondelman
Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City. With years of experience as a preschool teacher and a pretty good guy, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. Josh's comedy touches on topics from rainbows to gangsta rap and makes them all equally hilarious thanks to his terrific writing and performing. In 2010, Josh traveled to Atlanta for the inaugural Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, where he turned heads and captured first prize! Since then he has become an in-demand performer on a national scale. He has performed at the Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen, CO, and headlined at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival in Asheville, NC. More recently he has appeared in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and SF Sketchfest. Josh's grandmother was especially thrilled to see him on television on G4?s "Attack of the Show" and MavTV's "Rooftop on the Road." His first CD, "Everything's The Best" was released in November of 2011 by Rooftop Comedy Productions.
Liz Miele
Liz Miele
Liz Miele started doing stand-up at 16 and now at 23 she is a regular at some of the best clubs in New York City including, Carolines, Comic Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club, and the Laugh Factory. She has since appeared on Live at Gotham, on Comedy Central. She has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show and the WE Network. At 18, Liz was profiled in the April 2004 issue of The New Yorker. She was a finalist in the 2004 Ladies of Laughter contest, 2008 March Comedy madness contest and winner of 2008 Gilda's Club contest and her stand-up has been featured on AOL, XM radio, and Comedynet.com. She has opened for Jim Gaffigan, Ted Alexandro, Alonzo Bodden, John Heffron, Jim Mendrinos, Louis Ramey and Aries Spears
Stavros Halkias
Stavros Halkias
Stavros Halkias recently moved to New York City, hoping to get on TV and buy his mother a nice house. After dabbling with comedy in college, he started performing regularly in his hometown of Baltimore, where he was named New Comedian of the Year in 2012. Since then he's toured clubs, colleges, and independent shows across the U.S., been featured on SiriusXM, and become a regular on Robert Kelly's You Know What Dude podcast. Here's a list of some the great comedians he's had the opportunity to work with: Robert Kelly, Dave Attell, and Tom Papa. Here's a list of people that don't approve of his comedy career: Emmanuel Halkias, his father.
Andy Ostroff
Andy Ostroff
Andy Ostroff was born the second of two boys in the town of Natick, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. He grew up as a curious and conscientious young boy once telling his mother not to drink and drive while she was driving her station wagon and holding a Pepsi. At the age of 13 Andy had a kick ass Bar Mitzvah, which prompted his mother to say “you are the most handsome Bar Mitzvah boy ever.” This is the young boy who has blossomed into the man you see today.

Andy haphazardly ventured through the Natick public school system (where NFL quarterback Doug Flutie went!) with much success including winning the inaugural Mr. Natick High School beauty pageant. If you ask nicely, Andy might let you email his mom and she will be happy to tell you all about it. However, Mr. NHS was the first point in Andy’s life where he actually thought, “being on stage performing might be more fun than basketball…even when we win.”

After, high school, Andy’s next stop was The George Washington University in Washington DC. He ended up majoring in American Studies with a minor in Theatre Arts. He was also a manager for the athletic department meaning that someone actually put him in control of a multi-million dollar training facility. That was sweet! Anyway, Andy continued acting and liked it more and more. He did pretty well in class too. This is despite the fact that when reading his senior thesis project, on how sports help Spanish speaking Americans become part of American culture, Andy’s professor said, “You have a very amusing writing style that makes me laugh out loud when reading your work.” That’s quite a compliment, but not so much when what you have written is supposed to be a serious academic endeavor. Hmm. Somehow he managed to graduate with honors. This, my friends is still a mystery.

After college Andy really had two choices. Choice one was to follow his father’s footsteps and go to law school. Choice two was to move to LA and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Luckily, Andy’s father told him that if he went to Law School he was crazy.

Thanks Dad.
Samantha Ruddy
Samantha Ruddy
Samantha Ruddy is a comedian and writer who hails from outside Scranton, Pennsylvania, and makes a home now in Brooklyn, New York. She has been selected to perform in the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in the 2015 Devil Cup. In addition to standup, she is a contributing writer to Collegehumor, Someecards, and Reductress.
Venue Information:
The Standing Room
4738 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY, 11101
http://standingroomlic.com/

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