Headliner - Dean Edwards
As seen on SNL and Tiffany Haddish presents: They Ready
Dean Edwards is an American actor, comedian and writer. Most notably recognized for his two year tenure as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, Edwards is best known for his multitude of remarkable celebrity impressions that include Denzel Washington, Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Mo'Nique, Chris Rock, 50 Cent, and Eddie Murphy. Recently, Dean showcased his amazing talents in his first comedy special, Netflix's Tiffany Haddish Presents: THEY READY, Season 2.
Edwards' filmography includes supporting roles in Top Five, Spiderman 3 and Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding. He has had guest appearances on Hulu's supernatural comedy series, Deadbeat, as well as HBO's The Soprano's. Dean also spent 2 years creating and workshopping the character of "Donkey" in Dreamworks' SHREK THE MUSICAL on Broadway. This led to his being chosen as Eddie Murphy's vocal double, voicing the role of Donkey in Dreamworks' animated Halloween special, Scared Shrekless and countless other Shrek related projects.
Feature - Marla Schultz
As seen with Chelsea Handler and in Girls Behaving Badly
Headlining standup comedian, keynote speaker, actor & mental health advocate. For two years she toured with fellow comedian Chelsea Handler & entertained the U.S. Military troops overseas.
She is a sought-after keynoter on mental health awareness & a presenter for 'NAMI', the National Alliance of Mental Illness. She was featured in the award-winning documentary, You're Gorgeous, I Love Your Shirt: A Look Inside the Crisis of Bullying and Mental Health.
TV acting roles: POWER, Men of a Certain Age, FX's Dirt, Comics Unleashed, Oxygen's Girls Behaving Badly, E! Entertainment Television the Entertainer with Wayne Newton & featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Day New York, WPIX, WCBS-TV, KDVR & MSNBC.
This summer Marla performed for a second time at the Nantucket Comedy Festival. Other festivals: Lucille Ball, Raleigh's Oak City, Toyota, Marshalls & Boston's Women Comedy Festivals.
Host - Turner Sparks
#1 iTunes Comedy album "Double Happiness"
Turner Sparks' new stand-up comedy album "Double Happiness" (released in September, 2022 by Larry The Cable Guy's Git R Done Records/ Comedy Dynamics) went to #1 in America on the iTunes Comedy Charts and is currently in heavy rotation on SiriusXM's comedy channels.
In October of 2018 Sparks was inducted as the newest "Friar" at the legendary Friars Club in New York City, and in September 2020 he was elected to the Friars' Board of Governors. In October 2021 Turner made his debut on The Las Vegas strip with a week-long residency at The Laugh Factory comedy club inside The Tropicana Hotel, a feat he repeated again in March 2022 and March 2023.
While he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, award-winning comedian Turner Sparks started his comedy career in 2009 in Suzhou, China by founding Mainland China's first stand-up comedy club, Kung Fu Komedy Club.
In 2016 Sparks returned to the US and has been rising quickly in the New York City comedy scene ever since. Sparks has become a regular performer at the top comedy clubs in New York City including Stand Up NY, New York Comedy Club, West Side Comedy Club, The Friars Club, The Comedy Shop in Greenwich Village and more.
Sparks has performed in over 15 countries and continues to draw rave reviews for hitting the audience with his razor-sharp punch lines, quick wit and global perspective all while maintaining to perform his signature clean and non-political show. Sparks' world travels and diverse background give him the unique ability to appeal to audiences in any setting from a bar in Singapore to a country club in Texas to a late-night comedy club in New York City.
His US television appearances include "Lucky Chow" (PBS/ National Geographic), "Kennedy" on Fox Business and CGTN (America). Sparks is also the host of the popular "Lost in America" podcast on iTunes which is a worldwide hit going to #1 in Armenia, Albania, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Finland, Mongolia, Nepal, Peru, Pakistan, South Korea, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and his high school's Instagram page (Jesuit High - Go Marauders!).
Outside of the US, Sparks has popped up on CCTV and CGTN (China) and in January, 2019 he appeared on China's hit comedy show "Roast!" on Dragon TV, which is viewed by an estimated 400 million people.
Turner Sparks performs hundreds of shows a year throughout the world and was awarded "Best of the Fest" at the 2014 Akumal Comedy Festival (Mexico) presented by Stand-Up Records, "1st Runner Up" in the 2015 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition and "Best of the Fest" at the 2016 Burbank Comedy Festival (Los Angeles).