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Alonzo Bodden and friends — Friday, 31 August


Get ready for a night of non-stop laughs at WCNA 37 with Alonzo Bodden and friends.Bodden’s first big comedy break came on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at Just for Laughs in Montreal, Canada, and then he was introduced to America on NBCʼs “Last Comic Standing,” where he won season three’s “The Best of the Best.”

Bodden is known for his social and political commentary, and he’s a regular on National Public Radio’s weekly show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” He has two Showtime comedy specials in the can and currently hosts a podcast called “Who’s Paying Attention.” He’s also a gearhead and a car/motorcycle enthusiast and expert, uniquely qualifying him for hosting Speed Channel’s “101 Cars You Must Drive” and the Travel Channel’s “America’s Worst Driver. ” He’s appeared on CNBC’s “Leno’s Garage” and is one of the hosts on Science Channel’s new series “How to Build Everything.”

Alonzo has also performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and was a guest panelist on Comedy Central's “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” While his movie career has consisted mainly of playing security guards, he has protected the best, including Steve Martin and Queen Latifah in “Bringing Down The House” and Leslie Nielsen in “Scary Movie 4.” He was also the voice of Thunderon in “Power Rangers Lightspeed.” Alonzo has also traveled around the world entertaining USO troops from Iraq to Greenland and everywhere in between.

Bodden will be joined by Jessica Kirson, a powerhouse on stage unlike any comedian you've ever seen. She was awarded, Best Female Comic by the MAC association in New York City and recently accepted the Nightlife Award for, Best Stand-up Comedian in NYC. Jessica has a strong social media presence with over 30 million views of her videos. She’s been featured on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, Oxygen, Bravo, NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (Seasons 2 and 3), NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly," "The Dr. Oz Show," and the Travel Channel. She’s appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," ABC’s "The View,” Showtime, NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," CNN, "The Jim Gaffigan Show" on TV Land, "Kevin Can Wait" on CBS, and TruTV's "Comedy Knockout.”

Jessica appeared in a movie written and directed by, Nick Cannon, starring Jim Breuer and George Lopez called, "School Dance." She has been working with the Howard Stern show producing and starring in prank calls that are on Sirius/XM radio. Jessica recently appeared in and was a consultant, producer, and writer for Robert DeNiro's new movie, "The Comedian” and has an upcoming appearance in HBO’s “Crashing.”writer for the film. This fall she can be seen on "Crashing" on HBO.

Ritch Shydner is another dynamic part of the WCNA 37 comedy team. In the 1980’s, Ritch made numerous TV appearances including “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show” (with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno). He’s done HBO and Showtime stand-up specials, played Al Bundy’s co-worker on “Married with Children,” and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as “Designing Women” and “Roseanne.”

Ritch translated his modest TV success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin’s, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne," "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO’s “The Mind of the Married Man.” He also wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grammy-nominated comedy albums, “Totally Committed,” and “Big Fun,” and for Ron White and Jay Leno. He produced and performed in an award-winning documentary on the world of stand-up comedy, “I Am Comic” and in 2015 wrote a movie adaptation for HBO of Bill Maher's book, "True Story." In 2016, Ritch authored his first book, "Kicking through the Ashes—My Life as a Stand-up In The 1980's Comedy Boom." Says Bill Maher, “Back in the day, in the dingy ratskellers in which we learned our craft, Ritch Shydner was always the comic the other comics came into the room to watch, because he was the funniest. That hasn’t changed, and I’m afraid neither have the ratskellers.”

Laura House rounds out the WCNA 37 comedy crew. She’s an actress, headlining comedian, writer, and teacher who was discovered in Austin, Texas, while teaching seventh grade by day and doing stand-up at night.House’s past performances include shows on HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, MTV, and Nickelodeon. She’s also the first female comic to perform on the first Native American stand-up show, FNX's First Nation Stand-Up.

House has written for hit TV shows including Emmy-winning Samantha Who? and Mom; BAFTA-winning Secret Lives of Boys; Nicole Byer’s Loosely, Exactly, Nicole; The George Lopez Show; Mad Love; Blue Collar TV; and more. She created and starred on MTV’s cult-hit comedy Austin Stories, and created the hit solo show, How to Hate Yourself, a series of self-help episodes teaching how to hate yourself. Huffington Post called the series a riotous laughfest with complete joy.

House was featured in HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, and performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and other stand-up shows while continuing acting and writing. She played a hillbilly slut opposite Natalie Portman in Where the Heart Is. And if that’s not enough, she also teaches meditation and finds humor to be the best road to healing. Her album, Mouth Punch, drops in March 2018.

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