Derek Gaines

Derek Gaines

Mark DeMayo, Leah Bonnema, Josh Wesson, Menuhin Hart

Sat · January 20, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 9:45 pm)

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

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.
Mark DeMayo
Mark DeMayo
2015 was a breakout year for actor/comedian Mark DeMayo. He appeared on Comedy Central’s The Nighty Show with Larry Wilmore. His solo show 20 & Out, about his career as a NYC Police Officer won rave reviews at the International Fringe Festival and he was hired by Emmy Award winning writer (Monk) Andy Breckman as a Police Consultant for his new murder mystery show for ABC.

Mark is a native New Yorker and has the accent to prove it. As Mark tells it, “I wanted to do Shakespeare, but I have this heavy New York accent, so I went to a speech therapist, a good one, she was a big shot, she worked with Meryl Streep, after two lessons she gave me my money back, she said couldn’t help me because I wasn’t practicing enough. I said I am practicing at home, but I can’t practice at work because I’m a NYC COP. I can’t yell, Thou art under arrest, at the bad guys, they’d laugh at me and walk away.

When not performing his stand-up comedy act or touring with his solo show 20 & Out, Mark writes an article entitled “Back in the Day” and produces a web- series “Off the Cuff” for the online publication newyorknatives.com.

Mark has also been featured on Gotham Comedy Live for AX’s.TV, Showtime’s WhiteBoyz in Da Hood, and on MTV and VH1
Leah Bonnema
Leah Bonnema is a Stand-Up Comic based in New York City. Huffington Post named her one of their Favorite Female Comedians and College Candy listed Leah as one the Ten Funniest Female Comics. She has been featured on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, VH1's 100 Greatest Series, and IFC's Comedy Drop. Leah was a finalist in 'New York's Funniest' during the NY Comedy Festival and has also performed in the Women in Comedy Festival, The NY Underground Comedy Festival, and Bumbershoot. Leah has opened for comedy legends Darrell Hammond, Kevin Nealon, Paul Mooney, Sarah Silverman, and Gilbert Gottfried.
Josh Wesson
Josh Wesson
Josh Wesson, born in California and raised on Long Island, brings plenty of life experiences to the stage that will definitely make you laugh. He grew up in quite a few different environments, from homeless shelters to motels to the suburbs, all of which has helped him to understand and relate to people of all backgrounds. Josh has a laid-back style of observational comedy that will make you feel like you’re just hanging out with one of your friends. He’s part of the successful Fat Baby crew, whose show was featured in the 2015 New York Comedy Festival. He has been seen on MTV2’s Charlamagne & Friends, Comedy Central, and FX, and is a regular at The Stand Comedy Club in NYC. Follow him on Twitter @JAYWESS.
Menuhin Hart
Menuhin Hart
Menuhin Hart, born on December 19, 1983, started his life in Bronx, NY where he was raised for the first eight years of his life. In 1992, he moved to Atlanta, GA where he discovered his aptitude and zeal for making people laugh. As his friends would call him the “class clown,” Menuhin filled even the classrooms with constant laughter with pranks and his comical wit. It didn’t take long for the school to recognize his talent and asked him to play Chris Rock for the school play, honoring the Black History Month. The crowd was filled with unexpected hilarity as Menuhin took over the show. But comedy wasn’t the only talent Menuhin came across. His creativity led him elsewhere: music production, audio engineering, DJing, computer IT, cosmetology, and pizza making! He thrived in all these careers until he hit a gaping creative void in 2009.

He was confined in his career loss and his only way of pulling himself together was by turning his life experiences into jokes for people who came to laugh and relate with him. Although he performed at grungy local bars where the only impressions were ineradicable cigarette smells and a small crowd, hearing even the quietest chuckle was enough for him to pursue his career of comedy. He spent the next two years performing at Urban Grind, The Basement Theatre, and eventually performed at better known comedy clubs: The Relapse and The Punchline. And just as life always has, Menuhin was hit with another calamity in his career and he realized he was ready for more – New York.

Menuhin moved back to his roots and within a few years he opened for Thomas Dale at Caroline’s, making it as a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, creating personal podcasts “Netflix Campfire” and “Vintage Static” with self-made voice-overs, writing sketches, producing music for other comics such as Dante Nero’s podcast Beige Philip, beat boxing on MTV2′s Joking Off, and performing at Gotham Comedy Club, The Stand, The Standing Room, Eastville Comedy Club, and more. And he continues to be well known amongst New York comics to be the “class clown.”
Venue Information:
The Standing Room
4738 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY, 11101
http://standingroomlic.com/

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