New York comedian Mark Normand has done a Comedy Central Half Hour special, has appeared on TBS’s Conan twice, Showtime's Live at SXSW, Inside Amy Schumer, TruTv, Best Week Ever, Last Comic Standing, @Midnight, and released an album with Comedy Central records titled Still Got It. He was also voted Village Voice's "Best Comedian of 2013." In 2012, Mark appeared on John Oliver’s New York Standup Show on Comedy Central.
Trae Crowder is a comedian from rural Tennessee and the co-writer of The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark. Crowder was the first person in his family to graduate from college and earn an MBA. In 2010, Crowder got his start as a standup comedian following an open mic night at Side Splitters comedy club in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was after this that he evolved his main character, The Liberal Redneck. After his Liberal Redneck videos went viral, he appeared on a number of television and radio shows. Fox has just given a green light to Crowder’s new scripted comedy, based on his life.
Jackie Kashian's standup "is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered." Her current hour standup special This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux was one of the top five comedy specials of 2014 on vulture.com. In the last year, she's been on the Conan O'Brien show, @midnight and has done some acting on Netflix's Lady Dynamite and IFC's Maron. Jackie has hosted The Dork Forest podcast for over 10 years, with more than 3 million downloads. She is also a co-host to a NEW comedy podcast on the Nerdist Network called The Jackie and Laurie Show.
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In Memory of Matt Gersting
2016 has been a particularly terrible year. Few cities felt the pain as deeply as our own Central Florida family.
On April 19, 2016, we lost our dear friend and the leader of the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest, Matt Gersting.
Before he left us at age 35, Matt had become an outsized and relentlessly positive influence on Orlando’s music, art, technology, and comedy communities, to name only a few. He could make you laugh and he could make you sing. Strangers became friends when they discovered Matt was someone they knew in common.
Sometimes he closed his sets by singing “Hold On for One More Day” and he meant it. He got big laughs and his comedy was smart and sincere.
Matt would never see the Pulse tragedy that shook our city on June 12, 2016, an event that has emboldened us to act with even more love and kindness toward one another. Matt believed in ideals like access to mental health care, and the destigmatization of mental illness, the causes that our fest continues to fund.
Today, our city needs this festival more than Matt could have ever imagined. To those who knew him, it may seem fitting that Matt Gersting started something that keeps Orlando laughing, even long after he has left the stage.
Thank you for honoring Matt’s memory with us.