Ritch Shydner, with over thirty years of experience as a standup comedian and television writer, can add or improve the humor in the spoken word of politicians, entertainers, or any public speaker. He is a powerhouse of funny and one of the Pioneers of Comedy and can be seen starring in I Am Comic. Ritch has made numerous appearances on the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows, and before that Johnny Carson. He did an HBO half-hour special, One Night Stand. He played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married with Children, and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as Designing Women and Roseanne. Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an equally obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin’s Roxanne and Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop II. Ritch also served as a staff writer on such sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and Titus. He wrote scripts for Becker and other shows. Most recently, Ritch was the Co-Executive Producer and head writer for the HBO show The Mind of the Married Man. Ritch wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grammy nominated comedy albums, Totally Committed and Big Fun. He also wrote for singers Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis, as well as internationally acclaimed ventriloquist, David Strassman. In short, Ritch has worked very hard at avoiding work for over thirty years.
Karen Rontowski’s fast-paced, quirky and charmingly optimistic comedy has been featured in clubs, TV, radio, and at corporate events all around the world. Her stand-up showcases endearing, self-effacing and intelligent characters that catch you by surprise every time. Karen uniquely blends comedy with her experience as a Paranormal Investigator, Tarot and reiki master. She is fascinated with the afterlife and is convinced she will someday have a near death experience because, “I never finish anything.” Karen has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Sirius Satellite Radio, Comics Unleashed, Comedy.com, Live at Gotham, Comedy Central and Mysteries of the Unexplained. You can see her new special called Ridiculous Me on VidAngel.com. After performing and hosting at paranormal conventions all over the world she created the hilariously odd web series Paranormal Karen where she has fun reporting from haunted and obscure places everywhere. Karen’s comedy is now featured in the new line of greeting cards called “Frank and Funny” sold at Target stores everywhere and is the comedy writer for “Haunted Magazine.” She is a regular on the Bob and Tom Radio Show and is a featured performer on their CD.
Steven Briggs is known for his unique, high-energy comedy stylings, which are an entertaining combination of personal storytelling, song, and beatboxing. He began honing these skills early on in a family of storytellers in which his mom would dress him up in a tux and have him retell stories about her to her friends. These early performances prepared him well for a successful career in comedy. He has appeared on Fox, A&E, ABC and ESPN and has been seen in numerous TV commercials. He holds the singular distinction of being featured in President Bill Clinton’s all-time favorite commercial, which aired on ESPN. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, where he is now based, Briggs was promptly greeted by a Marilyn Monroe impersonator who robbed him. Not one to focus on the negative, Briggs quickly found his footing and moved on. He has delighted audiences at some of the best-known comedy clubs across the U.S., including The Laugh Factory, the legendary Ice House Comedy Club, and Gotham in New York. He is also a USO tour vet, having performed for American troops in Greenland, Honduras, Curaçao, Bahamas and Guantanamo Bay. His debut comedy album was produced by Uproar Records and was recently picked up by Sirius XM Radio.