With material as gleeful as it is dirty, Paige Polesnak has become a regular on the Pittsburgh comedy scene over the past year and a half. Performing in clubs in Minneapolis, Charleston, and Pittsburgh, she hopes to continue cracking smiles, breaking hearts, and collecting scrotums for her trophy wall.
Garrett Titlebaum is a stand-up comedian who was born just a few blocks away from Eddie Murphy’s house. However, the two have not remained close. Garrett has opened for national touring comedians Mike Recine, Brandie Posey, and Lee Camp. His weekly podcast Garrett Titlebaum: It’s Nice To See He’s Working, has become one of the most popular interview shows in Pittsburgh for comedians and artists to discuss their pursuit of being profitably funny. As a comedic actor, he can be seen in the titular role of Craig in Craig Quits His Day Job on Amazon Prime.
Helen Wildy is a stand up comedian based in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Helen moved to the United States as a child and grew up in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
John Dick Winters
John Dick Winters is a stand up comedian, comedy producer and storyteller based in Pittsburgh but has performed as far away as just outside of Pittsburgh. He is the founder of Race to the Coffin Comedy and the Burning Bridges Festival, the largest comedy fest in Pennsylvania. Probably. Who knows to be honest? Prove him wrong.
Touring the country on the national independent comedy circuit for nearly a half decade John has worked with countless of incredibly talented comics that no one has ever heard of and a few whose name’s you may actually recognize such as: Aparna Nancherla, Brian Posehn, James Adomian, Sean Patton, Ron Funches, Kyle Kinane, Myq Kaplan, Sara Schaefer, Rory Scovel, Geoff Tate, Kyle Dunnigan, Shane Torres, Graig Gass, Steve Byrne and the late Ralphie May.
JDW is a three time Moth soryslam winner including one GrandSLAM victory, he won the innagural Acrcade Comedy Theater Contest in 2014 and placed 3rd in the Funniest Comic in Pittsburgh contest in 2015, has his own segment on the WDVE Morning Show w/ Randy Baumann and has been part of many comedy festivals such as; The Cleveland Comedy Fest(14,15), The Pittsburgh Comedy Fest(14,15), The Accidental Comedy Fest(14,16), The Cape Fear Comedy Fest(14,15), the Scruffy City Comedy Fest(14), The DVE Comedy Fest(15,16,17) and was just recently accepted to the Memphis Comedy Fest(18). In Novemeber of 2016, three days after trump was elected, John recorded his first hour long comedy special ironically titled “Celebrate the Ugly Things”. It streams for free on YouTube.
His style is part observational, part autobiographical, part mumble. Heavily tattooed, always in black, standing over 6ft tall, John looks intimidating but his comedy is anything but. John Dick Winters will play your bar, your living room, your black box theater, your garage, your comedy club and whoever is in attendance will leave smiling.
Seldom does an act arise with the same homegrown wit and charm as Joe Esch. His humor touches on the absurd, serious, and personal with a sweet and playful style that's unmistakably his own, and has earned him a spot as one of PA's rising comics. Originally from Pittsburgh, Joe is a regular performer at the Arcade Comedy Theater and the Unplanned Comedy Warehouse, and has even been a recurring performer at the Burning Bridges Comedy Festival. Now Joe tours the Commonwealth and the nation with a boyish panache that would be unsettling if it weren't so irresistible.
Gab Bonesso is an award-winning standup comedian, columnist, actress and children’s performer. She has won the title “Best Comedian in Pittsburgh” three times. Twice voted by the readers of Pittsburgh City Paper and once voted by the readers of Pgh Magazine. Gab is credited for pioneering the Alternative Comedy scene in Pgh and in 2012 she was awarded a Grant by the Pgh Foundation and was given an Experimental Artist Residency at Carnegie Mellon University where she developed new work. Gab wrote a weekly column for AOL from 2010-2012 called “Rocking the Suburbs”. During 2011-2013 Gab performed corporate comedy and hosted corporate training videos for American Eagle Outfitters. Gab also toured the United States and Canada hosting a documentary series for the company. In 2011 Gab teamed up with Pittsburgh-based musician Josh Verbanets (lead singer of Meeting of Important People) and co-created The Josh and Gab Show which is an anti-bullying rock and roll comedy stage program for children. The Josh and Gab Show has been featured in schools, music festivals, churches, libraries and conferences all over the North Eastern region of the United States and they headlined a music festival in Monterey, Mexico. In 2015 Gab delivered a TedX Talk at the Byham Theater in Pgh on the subject of The Role of Adults in the Anti-Bully Movement. In 2017 Gab was the first comedian signed to Misra Records. Her first comedy album: Everyone’s Dead was a cathartic release after the back-to-back losses of her mother and brother the year earlier. Gab has written and appeared on radio as an On Air Producer for CBS (2007-2008). She was even nominated for an AIR Award for “Best New Talent”. As a comedian Gab has featured or opened for headliners such as Richard Lewis, Brain Posehn, Tommy Chong, Jen Kirkman, John Hodgman, Kurt Branholer, Dustin Diamond, Adam Sank and Lizz Winstead. As an actress Gab has appeared in spots on Television/Internet for Sony Jobs, The Ruscitto Foundation and WQED Anti-Bullying PSA’s, City Paper Local Motion Fashion Show, American Eagle Outfitters and The Scare House - Burgatory - Lemieux Foundation “ScareHouse Shake” Promotion. Gab can currently be seen in Movie Theaters around Pgh in an Anti-Bullying PSA shown directly before the movie trailers. Lizz Winstead (co-creator of the Daily Show) has referred to Gab Bonesso as a “superstar” and Richard Lewis said that Gab Bonesso is “the real deal and f***ing hilarious”.
Bio: Collin Chamberlin is a rising comedian from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started comedy in the summer of 2013. Collin has performed at venues including the Arcade Comedy Theater, the Pittsburgh Improv, Cleveland Hilarities, and Go Bananas. Collin will perform anywhere there’s gas money and a microphone. Just ask him about the high school prom he ruined. Some have described Collin as “relatable”, “adorable”, and “pretty funny.” Since starting his comedy career, Collin has performed with national acts including; Christina Pazsitzky, Greg Warren, Dave Coulier, Owen Benjamin, Taylor Williamson, Jamie Lissow, SNL‘s Kenan Thompson, and had an onstage role with Steve Martin and Martin Short.
Derek Minto is stand-up comedian currently residing on the top of a mountain in Pittsburgh PA. Derek been a featured comic for the WDVE comedy festival as well as being voted best comic in the City Paper Best of the Burgh in 2016. Derek has opened for Hannibal Burgess, Todd Glass, John Heffon, and Amy Schumer once drunkenly told him he was very funny. Derek has traveled the United States doing comedy but still finds any city without fries on their salad gross.
Sean Collier was described as a “budding media personality” by the Pittsburgh City Paper, and no one – least all of him – seems to know what that means.
What is verifiable about Sean is a varied list of roles around town. He’s the movie critic for the WDVE Morning Show. He’s the associate editor of Pittsburgh Magazine. He’s a stand-up comic, with frequent appearances at the Pittsburgh Improv, Arcade Comedy Theater and throughout the region as part of the Steel City Comedy Tour; he's also been a part of every DVE Comedy Festival and the 2015 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. He’s appeared in storytelling shows, sketch comedy, Shakespearean tragedies, panel discussions, radio drop-ins, and more.
A Pittsburgh native and current Mount Washington resident, Sean has degrees in English and Theater Arts from Penn State, and is a 2002 alum of the sadly defunct Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts.
My barber school manikin head was made by a company called “Morris Flamingo” and that is funnier than whatever I would have written here.
Hailing from the illustrious north western suburbs of Pittsburgh, Christopher Scriva is an up and coming comedian and 1/4 of the WE GOT NEXT comedy crew. When he is not performing stand-up or commuting 50 minutes one way to a dive bar open mic, he can be seen performing long form improv and sketch as part of the Unplanned Comedy Players team, My Dog Carl.
Alex Stypula has been featured on the cover of the Pittsburgh City Paper, has a weekly segment on WDVE Radio, and has opened for acts such as TJ Miller and James Adomian. He also won the Gilda’s Club of Pittsburgh Great Comic Search for best comedian in the city. Alex approaches dark and bizarre subjects with quick wit and short jokes. His style and delivery are truly unique in the comedy world, puzzled looks upon hearing a joke set up quickly turn into riotous laughter as the punchline lands. Member of Race to the Coffin Comedy
Ramsey Daniels was born and raised in Pittsburgh and has been doing stand-up since returning here after college. He was the Runner-Up in the 2017 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival Amateur Competition and the Winner of the 2017 Pittsburgh Improv Stand-Up Contest. He was also voted Rookie of the Year by the Pittsburgh Comedy Intramural Sportswriters' Association. He's performed at Arcade Comedy Theatre, Unplanned Comedy, Brillobox, Hambone's, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Steel City Improv Theatre. He would like to thank his parents for letting him use the car and John for putting him on the Burning Bridges Festival!
Newcomer to the Pittsburgh comedy scene, Eric is one of the four members of "We Got Next Comedy" along with fellow comedians Joey Welsh, Trey McDonough, and Chris Scriva. Eric performs in the monthly showcases put on by the group, as well as the biweekly podcast. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Eric has had the honor of performing at various venues and events including the Arcade Comedy Theatre, and now Burning Bridges.
With a unique perspective on everything from military spouses to milk, Phil has become a rising star in the Pittsburgh comedy scene. Phil scored 2nd place in the 2016 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival stand-up competition, and was featured performer in the 2017 Burning Bridges Comedy Festival. He is the head writer for Pitt Tonight, a senior writer at the Pittiful News, and a regular performer at Arcade Comedy Theater and Unplanned Comedy Warehouse.
Harry Gilliland knows he should be able to write a few short sentences about himself, but he’s having a really hard time. In the four years he’s been doing stand-up in Pittsburgh, you’d think he would have developed some skill at writing witty, autobiographical stuff. Do people even care that this is Harry’s third Burning Bridges Festival, or that he performed on the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival in 2016? He barely even thinks about those things. If he knew anybody was reading this, he would roll his eyes and call them a dumb nerd.
Since she started doing comedy in 2014, Suzanne has become a regular in venues both in slightly outside of Pittsburgh. She has been a featured performer in the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (2016), the WDVE Comedy Festival, and Burning Bridges Festival (2016-2018). Suzanne spends her time thinking about the relative merits of various sociopolitical systems and minature horses. You can follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzielawrence
Amanda Averell is a comedian from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t traveling the US performing stand-up, improv, & sketch, you can find her at Arcade Comedy Theater where she works as House Manager & Intern Manager as well as Talent Liaison for “Beta Stage”. She's also on the short form improv house team, Game Shark, who performed at Second Best Fest and the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival in 2017. Additionally, Amanda works as a Marketing Consultant & Liaison for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, coaches improv, teaches improv and comedy writing workshops, and produces independent stand up and improv shows. Amanda also contributes content to the Go Jane Go app. This is her third year as part of the Burning Bridges Comedy Festival and she's stoked to be back.
A relative newcomer to comedy, Ossia Dwyer uses her self-deprecating humor in lieu of therapy because insurance is complicated. She has opened for Aparna Nancherla, Shane Torres, and participated in the 2017 Burning Bridges Festival and the 2017 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival.
Bursting on the scene in 2017 as Co-Founder of the We Got Next comedy group, Trey is mostly known for hosting monthly shows and a biweekly podcast with fellow We Got Next members Joey Welsh, Eric Weber, and Christopher Scriva. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Trey hits the stage with his take on everyday situations as a very confused young adult.
The Beast Master
Born and raised in Punxsutawney PA Jesse Irvin mixes story telling with observational jokes that you could probably find on Craigslist if you looked. When he’s not on stage telling jokes about his hatred of snakes and dick sleuthing, he’s busy writing for The Hard Times or reminiscing about his years in rightfully obscure punk bands like American Armada or Westboro Bastard Church. Starting comedy in Pittsburgh during 2011, he’s become known as one of the DIY-comedy pioneers of the scene that make up the Race to The Coffin crew. He’s opened for more famous jokers like Kyle Kinane(@The Fest FL so it kind of counts but this would look weird with just one name) and Geoff Tate, and taken stages away from more talented performers at The Fest in Gainesville, FL and as part of the world’s longest stand up show in Nashville, TN. He’s also helped to give back to other comedians as co-founder of the Burning Bridges Festival, that’s heading into its third year in existence. Jesse recorded his first comedy album, Cops and Bloggers at Unplanned Comedy Warehouse on November 18 2017.
Will Ness is a Pittsburgh comedian known for surprising people in the dark. At home, he’s an accomplished laundryman, an owner of books, and a fan of mid-century modern architecture. This is his third year at the Burning Bridges Festival. When asked about the experience, he said, “I’ve yet to see a bridge burn down completely, but I have high hopes that this will be the year.”
Senneca Stone grew up poor and he really won’t shut up about it. This is all to combat the shame he feels by being a generally positive and content adult.
Senneca regularly performs at Helium Comedy Club in Buffalo, NY and all across the rust belt region.
For years, Senneca held the false belief that he was the first person to change the lyrics of Go West’s “King Of Wishful Thinking” to “King Of Wishful Drinking.” He thought that was a neat little party move.
Senneca also has a puppy named Fern.
Isaac Crow was born and raised in West Virginia until he made the big scary move an hour away to Pittsburgh. He's been doing standup in the city for over three years now and has performed all around the city, won a Moth Storyslam, and last August had a set at the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival. Also did a Pride show in Cleveland and was on the inaugural Let's Fest in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Working on a book, it's almost done
“Joe Marchi is a student at the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Natrona Heights, Joe has been a lifelong resident of Allegheny County and longtime fearer of the outside world. Growing up on Comedy Central and Brian Regan CDs, Joe’s appreciation of comedy began at a young age. His first stand-up set was a spot in the Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School’s annual talent show, where he delivered the tightest knock-knock jokes of anyone in the first grade. During his time at Pitt, Joe rediscovered his love of comedy, dropped his first grade act, and started anew. Since then, he has opened for comedian Sean Patton, he works as a Head Writer for ‘Pitt Tonight,’ and can be found sharing his charismatic stories of driving cars, family, and childhood around the ‘Burgh.”