Comedy Show Lineup
Vanessa Graddick was born in St. Paul, MN where grew up an athlete, performer and involved in several social clubs. Prior to her career as a comedian she was a Children’s Social Worker in both Minnesota and California. In January 2006, Vanessa moved to the City of Angels to see what else the world had in store. However, it was much more than expected. On November 1, 2006, her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Needing an instant distraction from real life, that very night Graddick took to the stage, and the people laughed. Since then this talented, driven and most importantly, funny Stand Up Comedian has been taking comedy by storm. Though based in LA, Vanessa has performed all over the United States including major Comedy Clubs in California, New York, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Florida and more. Additionally, she has entertained American troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Korea, Japan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Vanessa has participated in several comedy competitions including the New York Underground and Boston Comedy Festivals. She was the winner of Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Competition in Los Angeles and a semi-finalist in the Bay. Area Black Comedy Competition. To round off her comedic competition experience, Vanessa was a Top 10 Finalist in the NBC Stand Up For Diversity National Search.
Since then Vanessa has been seen on Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed, The Gossip Queens, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Showtime Network’s Lip Service, NuvoTv’s Stand Up and Deliver and BET’s Comic View. She has also made appearances on The Real Husbands of Hollywood, Black Jesus and the original pilot for Centric’s The Rules According to Him + Her. Not only has she made her presence felt on camera, Vanessa moved behind the camera as a Segment Producer on celebrity news show, The Gossip Queens and as a Producer on the hilarious game show, Funny You Should Ask.
Vanessa comedy is direct, fast paced, and intelligent with attitude and no regrets. Real life, real talk and real funny! With her introspective and thought-provoking comedy, Vanessa Graddick is proving quickly to be a name to watch out for.
Lebanese-Syrian-Palestinian-Italian American (try saying it really fast) Sammy knows a lot about mixin’ it up. After double majoring in Business and Math at UC Berkeley — which is why he does comedy now — Obeid blends his college experience with his love for being the life of the party, breaking down the latest trending topics into woke jokes that make you laugh your abs into a six pack while simultaneously getting smarter. Voted “Fastest Rising Star” in Campus Activities Magazine, Sammy has appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, TBS’s Conan, and often reminds strangers that he was the first comedian to ever tell jokes on the Food Network (sorry Rachel Ray). In 2013, he may have even impressed his parents by setting a world record of performing comedy 1,001 consecutive nights, with his story featured in Time Magazine and The New York Times. Also, he’s running for President in 2036, so mark your calendar!
An LA based comic with a degree from UC Berkeley, her comedy has been featured on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and well as Gotham Comedy Live. She tours nationally and has done 2 global tours for our Military troops. She just finished her second feature with Lions Gate, you can also see her on Amazon, Hulu, Oxygen and Comedy Central
Laughter can solve any problem, which is why it’s . not farfetched to call Trey Elliot the comedic problem solver. Trey Elliot was born Dec, 30 1980 in Plainfield New Jersey and raised in the town of Edison.
After graduating high school Trey relocated to Atlanta, GA where he attended Clark Atlanta University, majored in Mass . Communication with a concentration of T.V./Film. To pay for his college tuition he worked at UPS. While entertaining his co-workers, a small dare to perform live comedy on stage is what launched his comedic chain reaction leading to today. Trey hit the stage for the first time in 2002 at the World’s Famous Uptown Comedy Corner in downtown Atlanta, GA. Since then, Trey’s comedy has catapulted and he has never looked back.
Following the greats and his comedic icons, Trey moved to Maryland/Washington DC where he began to blossom and hone his skills as a comedian. In 2009 Trey’s skills launched him the opportunity to move to the land of dreams, Los Angeles, California. Where he now resides taking his comic career to the next level.
Throughout his career, one of his most rewarding accomplishments was touring internationally to Singapore, Diego Garcia and Afghanistan with the troops for Armed Forces Entertainment. Trey has appeared on “Stann’dup Comedy Show” on Starz, Aspire TV, BET Coming to the Stage, The Last Comic Standing, Def Comedy Jam, NBC Stand Up for Diversity, Comedy Central, and Headliner for the U.S. Troops oversees with Armed Forces Entertainment.
A real-life journey that takes a person from a latchkey kid of a loving and hardworking mother in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects to a stand-up comedienne/movie star/bacon loving television personality is not something that happens easily or often, but somehow Loni Love pulled it off with her usual aplomb. Not to say there wasn’t a lot of hard work getting there, but when Love puts her mind to something, well, you better move out of the way.
Loni Love is currently a co-host of The Real, the one-hour daily talk show on Fox stations. Most recently, The Real has received a 2019 Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Talk show as well as Loni and her co-hosts receiving the nomination for Best Talk Show Hosts. The nationally syndicated show (with a rebroadcast in primetime on cable network BET) was touted by the New York Post as “fun, funny, involved in life, outrageous by nature, warm and, most of all, real.” The show was nominated for four EMMY Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show, and won the EMMY for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts. The Real also won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series.
As a young person, Loni knew the smartest way to get ahead was to work hard and take scheduled naps. Working hard was an ethic passed down to her by her mother. The naps were Loni’s own doing. While in high school, she worked on and flirted with the guys on the General Motors assembly line, discovering a passion for electrical engineering. Her smarts, hard work and determination helped her land a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She took her studies very seriously but was equally as driven in her downtime. While in college, she began dabbling in stand up and brown liquor, loving every minute of captivating an audience with her comedy. When she graduated college, she took an engineering job in California, which worked for both her chosen vocation and her ‘side-gig’ as a comedienne.
She quickly became a regular at the legendary Laugh Factory, working during the day as an engineer and at night doing her comedy. In 2003, she was a finalist on the revived Star Search, and not long after, Loni won the Jury Prize for Best Stand-Up. From there, she was invited to showcase on HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. At this point, it was time to make a career change, and thankfully for audiences, Loni went with comedy. “I took some time to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. At my job, my manager had a massive heart attack. It made me realize that nothing is certain, nothing is for sure, and if I’m going to make a move, I gotta make a move now.” Loni told Ebony magazine.
In the ten plus years since she began doing comedy full time, Loni has found her niche on The Real (“It’s like a younger, intoxicated version of The View” said Jezebel), as well as the recurring guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Loni also currently co-hosts the GRACIE Award-winning radio show Café Mocha with rapper YoYo. They’ve interviewed President Obama and the First Lady as well as superstars like John Legend, Toni Braxton among many others. Café Mocha is the only nationally syndicated show of its kind that was created exclusively BY and FOR women of color. You can catch the show on over 40 stations including SiriusXM Channel 141. Additionally, Loni has guest hosted on Fashion Police and has been a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and E! Along with her work on television, Loni has appeared in myriad movies including Mother’s Day, the successful Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 opposite Kevin James, Soul Plane with Kevin Hart and the Bad Ass franchise with Danny Glover and Danny Trejo. In addition, Loni is the subject of the documentary “Being Loni Love”, which traces Loni’s life story from her early days as a latchkey daughter growing up in Detroit’s Brewster- Douglas housing projects to national stand up comedienne, tv and movie star.
Author (“Love Him or Leave Him but Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab” came out in 2013), popular stand up comedienne, theatre actor, film star, television host, roving reporter and part time aunt – Loni Love has no plans to slow down and will stake center stage as this year’s host for the 25th annual Essence Festival this summer.