(NORFOLK, NE.) – Five hilarious comedians will be taking the stage during the comedy showcase of the Great American Comedy Festival presented by Nucor Steel Nebraska, Nucor Cold Finish Nebraska, Nucor Detailing Center, and Vulcraft Nebraska.
Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand's The Gaffigan Show and Comedy Central’s Another Period. He’s reprising one of his iconic film roles in the upcoming second season of the Netflix Wet Hot American Summer series. His third stand-up comedy special, Noted Expert, was released on Epix.
Marcella Ageullo is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor whose comedy knows no bounds; she eagerly discusses any and every topic that tickles her. Marcella’s half hour comedy special on HBO & HBO Max is quickly becoming a comedy classic. Her debut album, The Woke Bully - which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Comedy Charts and was named One Of The Best Comedy Albums of 2019 by NPR program Bullseye - is a combination of Marcella’s unique perspective & honesty and captures what it’s like to experience her live. In 2023, she can be seen on Fuse TV’s second season of We Need To Talk About America, where first generation comedians dissect American-centric topics and viral videos. Her stand up can be seen on the second season of 2 Dope Queens on HBO as well as Night Train with Wyatt Cenac on STARZ.
Sean Grant has been featured on Seasons 1 & 2 of TruTV's Laff Tracks, was a 2019 Just For Laughs New Face inductee and selected as one of the 10 comics to watch in 2020 by Timeout LA. His debut comedy album reached the top of the Amazon Sales charts in its first week. His stand up sets on Comedy Central's & Don't Tell Comedy's pages have reached millions of viewers across various platforms. Sean has also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has made guest TV appearances on Meet the Browns on TBS , Maron on IFC and WTF Baron Davis on IFC.
Danielle Perez is a 2021 Just For Laughs New Face and Los Angeles based comedian, actor, and writer known to some as the woman in a wheelchair, with no feet, who won a treadmill on The Price Is Right. A 2019 & 2018 Stand Up NBC Semifinalist who has opened for Maria Bamford, Cristela Alonzo and Nicole Byer as well as performing at Sundance with Aida Rodriguez for Curated By Media. Danielle will soon recur in multiple episodes of Gloria Calderon Kellett’s Amazon series With Love with recent recurring roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) and Special (Netflix). Danielle is currently developing a series where she will write, star and EP with a24 and staffed on Bumper in Berlin for Peacock starring Adam Devine.
Tyler Rothrock is a stand-up comedian and writer from Nazereth, PA. His debut album, Tyler of Nazareth, opened at No. 8 on the Billboard Comedy chart. He’s appeared at the New York Comedy Festival and also opened for Michael Che, Dave Attell, fellow GACF alum Roy Wood Jr., Kyle Kinane, and more. He’s also been a co-host of the Lehigh Valley With Love Podcast.
The 14th festival is set for Thursday through Saturday, June 15-17, at 7 p.m. at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk. The festival opened in 2008 to honor the legacy of Norfolk’s favorite son, Johnny Carson, who was host of NBC’s “Late Night Show Starring Johnny Carson” for over 25 years.
The festival kicks off Thursday with the family Comedy Magic Show. Friday night’s entertainment includes the Comedy Showcase at the theatre and the Adults Only, Late Night Show at 10:00 at The Stables in Norfolk. Saturday’s Festival Gala with Vicki Lawrence as the headliner and four other comics concludes the three-day event.
The Great American Comedy Festival is also made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. For tickets and information, visit www.greatamericancomedyfestival.com