Artscape’s funniest event is back! LOL@Artscape brings some of the regions’ top comedic talents together for a night that will have you laughing nonstop. The event is hosted by Jason Weems, with professional comedic appearances from Larry Noto, Ben Rosen and Sara Armour.
This event will take place from 9-11PM
in conjunction with Artscape After Hours
.Festival-goers must be 18 years and up to attend LOL@Artscape.
Featured Comedians (In order of appearance)
A native of Baltimore City, Jason Weems is striving to become a comedic great. He spent many years teaching kindergarten, which has left him with severe panic attacks and has shaped his humor in a very unique way. Jason has been seen at the most prestigious “by invitation only” comedy festival in the world, The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and recently added a featured semi-finalist credit to his name on the hit NBC Series “Last Comic Standing.”CJ Burney
A Baltimore native, CJ has been doing standup comedy for seven years now.
He is the winner of the "How Funny Are You" Comedy Competition on ABC's “The View.” CJ has also opened up for Whoopi Goldberg and Paul Mooney.
Sara Armour is a stand-up/improv/sketch/storytelling comedian who currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area. She has performed with: John Heffron, Adam Cayton-Holland, Tony Woods, Ben Hague, Rob Maher, Martin Montana, Matt Bergman, Seaton Smith, and Bengt Washburn.Stavros Halkias
Stavros Halkias is a young comic out of Baltimore, where he was recently named “Baltimore’s New Comedian” of the year for 2012. He's opened for Eddie Griffin, Jim Norton, Aries Spears and BJ Novak of The Office. He's a regular at Magooby’s Joke House and the Baltimore Comedy Factory and produces and hosts his own monthly shows at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Yellow Sign Theater in Baltimore. Stavros performs most nights of the week in Baltimore or Washington, D.C., working on his jokes before going home to his parent’s house where he still lives.
Always a crowd favorite, Damo Hicks is not afraid to go places other comedians won’t. His path down the comedy yellow brick road began in 2003 in his native Washington, D.C. area, when he attended a comedy workshop given by the Fabulous Fat Doctor. Under Doc’s tutelage, Damo went from being just a funny guy to a comedic phenomenon. Since then he has performed at some of the best clubs all over the country opening for such acts as Tony Rock and Robert Kelly to name a few. When he isn’t on the road performing, he is busy working on his craft tinkering new material on stages in NYC and Washington, D.C. Damo Hicks is a YouTube favorite with his series of sketches entitled Drinking With Damo and Hicks and Fuller I.C.S.I.
Ben Rosen is a standup comedian who currently lives in New York City. He performs regularly at Gotham Comedy Club and was selected to participate in the 2012 Laughing Devil Comedy Festival. In his first year as a comic, he was voted “Baltimore's Funniest Person” by the Baltimore Comedy Factory and has since shared the stage with such performers as Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, and Louis CK. Ben is terrible at creating bios about himself and feels abnormally uncomfortable writing in third person.
Jessica has been doing stand-up since she was 16, in addition to sketch, improv and acting. She’s done stand-up at bars, coffee shops, theatres and comedy clubs in Denver, Boulder, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and more. Jessica started and emceed Boulder Comedy Fest, which ran for three years and hosted dozens of comics and sketch performers, as well as undreds of audience members. She has directed Sects and Violins, a sketch show at Single Carrot Theatre in 2009, and she has performed in multiple comedic plays at SCT, and other theatres in Baltimore. In 2012, she taught Stand-up 101 at CCBC Essex as part of their continuing ed program. Jessica continues to do stand-up at various rooms around the city and county, as well as perform sketch with fellow Single Carrot Theatre company members. Jessica is also a host for events with her comedy partner Elliott Rauh.
Luke Wienecke is not a rising comic per se, but he is still pretty funny. Luke has been performing comedy for the past three years in some of the best venues in the area, including Magooby's Joke House, Riot Act and the DC Improv. He was a finalist in this year's DC Improv's DC's Funniest College Student contest, a national finalist in TBS and Rooftop Comedy's National College Comedy Competition with his teammates on the University of Maryland comedy team, being named one of the four funniest colleges in the nation. He performs regularly with the comedy group Off the Wall at UMD, who have performed with Reggie Watts, Judah Friedlander and Jermaine Fowler, among others. At UMD, he also won the Stand-up Standoff this past fall. When he grows up, he wants to be a spaceman.
He’s entertained audiences in major comedy clubs in New York, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., California and his hometown of Baltimore. He has also opened for some of the biggest names in the business – Brad Garrett, Lewis Black, Richard Lewis, Brian Regan, Bob Saget, Paul Resier and many more. In radio and television, he’s worked on-air and as a producer, had a regular weekly segment on WBAL Radio, and was nominated for an EMMY by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences DC Chapter for his work on “Rodricks for Breakfast” on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate.