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NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Live Tour Stars Felipe Esparza, Mike DeStefano, Tommy Johnagin, Myq Kaplan, and Jonathan Thymius

Season 7 winner Felipe Esparza headlines this tour

Season 7 winner Felipe Esparza headlines the tour (photo © First Playground)

Goodnight’s Comedy Club and Broadway Series South presents NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Live Tour, an evening of knee-slapping stand-up comedy starring Season 7 winner Felipe Esparza, and three of the four Summer 2010 finalists (Mike DeStefano, Tommy Johnagin, and Myq Kaplan), plus sixth-place finisher Jonathan Thymius, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29th, in 1,700-seat Meymandi Concert Hall in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Bios from “Last Comic Standing” website for the five comedians performing at the Raleigh stop in the 60-city tour include:

FELIPE ESPARZA: “Felipe [Esparza] has been a stand-up comedian for 14 years. He was raised in East Los Angeles (Boyle Heights), and has worked closely with fellow comedians Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, and Russell Peters. He got his first taste of major exposure when he appeared on a Showtime ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ segment early in his career. Since then, he’s appeared on numerous television shows, including ‘Comics Unleashed,’ ‘Premium Blend,’ and ‘Comics Without Borders.’ He also completed production on his first major motion picture — based on his stand-up material — called ‘I’m Not Like That No More,’ in which he stars opposite Paul Rodriguez.”

MIKE DeSTEFANO: “Mike [DeStefano] has been a stand-up comedian for 10 years. A former heroin addict, Mike has been clean for 11 years, and performs regularly at prisons and rehab centers pro bono. He lives in the Bronx, downstairs from his mother. Mike has appeared on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien,’ ‘Comedy Central Presents: Live at Gotham,’ and had his own half-hour special ‘Comedy Central Presents: Mike DeStefano.'”

TOMMY JOHNAGIN: “Tommy [Johnagin] grew up in Benton, IL, and currently resides in St. Louis. He has been a stand-up comedian for almost 10 years. Tommy started in stand-up at the age of 18, and dropped out of college three years later to become a full-time comedian. Recently, he appeared in his own half-hour special ‘Comedy Central Presents: Tommy Johnagin’ in 2009. In addition, Tommy’s credits include ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and Comedy Central’s ‘Live at Gotham.'”

MYQ KAPLAN: “Myq Kaplan is 31 years old, and currently lives in New York City with his girlfriend. He recently appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,’ and his half-hour Comedy Central special entitled ‘Comedy Central Presents: Myq Kaplan’ debuted in April. In 2009, he won New York’s Funniest Standup Competition. Myq tours North America regularly — having performed thousands of shows at comedy clubs all over the country. He’s been a stand-up comedian for nearly eight years.”

JONATHAN THYMIUS: “Having begun his career in Seattle, Jonathan [Thymius] has been a stand-up comedian for 14 years, and now lives in Los Angeles. He is known for his dry humor, and has appeared in clubs and festivals throughout the world, as well as in Internet sketches on Funny or Die and the Fox series ‘Mad TV.’ Jonathan says he had well over 62 friends on Facebook, but half unfriended him and the remaining ones were imaginary.”

Goodnight’s Comedy Club and Broadway Series South presents NBC’S “LAST COMIC STANDING” LIVE TOUR, starring Felipe Esparza, Mike DeStefano, Tommy Johnagin, Myq Kaplan, and Jonathan Thymius, at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Meymandi Concert Hall in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601. TICKETS: $16-$31. BOX OFFICE: Progress Energy Center Box Office: 919/831-6060 (information only). Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115204/1464555. SHOW: http://broadwayseriessouth.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Calendar&file=listevent-bss2008&eid=10036. PRESENTERS: Goodnight’s Comedy Club: http://www.goodnightscomedy.com/. Broadway Series South: http://www.broadwayseriessouth.com/. VENUE: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=23. PARKING/DIRECTIONS: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=37. OTHER LINKS: NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”: http://www.nbc.com/last-comic-standing/ (official website). Felipe Esparza: http://www.felipesworld.com/ (official website). Mike DeStefano: http://www.mikedestefano.com/ (official website). Tommy Johnagin: http://www.tommyjcomedy.com/ (official website). Myq Kaplan: http://www.myqkaplan.com/ (official website). Jonathan Thymius: http://www.jonathanthymius.com/ (official website).

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2 Responses

  1. Went to the Last Comic Standing last night and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The comics were very funny from beginning to end!

  2. Felipe Esparza -Not very funny, hard to understand
    Mike DeStefano – Funny, but vulgart
    Tommy Johnagin – Very funny, played of audience, including triangleartsandentertainment.org
    Myq Kaplan – Host….very funny
    Jonathan Thymius – Very boring…felt sorry for him