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Featuring:NICK CANTONE has gone from performing in front of 4 drunks and a seeing-eye dog, to engaging audiences in some of the top comedy clubs in the country. He has shared the stage with some of the best in the business, opening sold out shows for many comedy heavyweights including Lewis Black, Dane Cook, Dave Attell, Jeffrey Ross, and Jim Norton. Nick is a skilled writer and polished performer with a smooth, easygoing style. Audiences find it easy to relate to his personal experiences and witty observations. He drives a Saturn, hates mayonnaise, and rocks a mustache! In 2008 and 2009 Nick performed in front of thousands at the popular Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2009, he teamed up with professional musician Brandon Freitag to form the Mustache Kings. The worlds #1 all mustache comedy band! Check out Nick's comedy clips and Mustache Kings music videos at: www.youtube.com/nickcantonecomedy JESSE THOMAS is about as accomplished as most Richmond comedians can be. A transplant from Fairfax, VA, in 2006 Jesse entered the Psychology degree program at VCU and was soon after asked not to return. In the midst of a crashing economy - one that's traditionally placed value on a person based on ones education - Jesse made a bold move in 08 and stepped up to fill the sneakers of Nick Cantone as the house comedian (for lack of a better term) at The Funny Bone comedy club in Short Pump. Being the only full-time Richmond comic not required to hit the road in order to monetize his craft, Jesse made the most of his position by assisting both up-and-comers and established funny people in the Richmond comedy scene. Standup comedy events started popping up all over the city, filling the needs of starving artists in search of a new audience and venue to hone their passion. In a situation where most professionals would maintain nothing more than an apprehensive curiosity for the competition, Jesse has genuinely supported and nurtured those events in the name of comedy. Going as-far-as hosting said events, doing sets for, and helping facilitate talent unattainable for those not in his position, Jesse deserves some of the credit for all the laughter currently emanating from RVA. hough he may not accept any recognition for enhancing the Richmond standup experience, it's clear that he deserves it. His egalitarian attitude towards the interested few has further perpetuated RVA comedy, ensuring job security for himself and persevering past a period where every business - including The Funny Bone - must have painfully entertained the idea of cutting its losses and closing the doors. The economy is getting better, and so is RVA comedy. Jesse is smart, funny, and accomplished in the realm that is Richmond comedy. He can be seen regularly at The Funny Bone, McCormack's, Cafe Diem, Club 955 at Bottoms Up Pizza, Fallout, and tonight at The Republic. I questioned Jesse to learn more about the funny, what makes him tick, and the inner workings of the city's scene. When asked about his ties to Richmond and being asked to leave VCU, Jesse said "That was the best thing that ever happened to me." Read More Here: http://shar.es/vDiwX JAMES LAWSON is "laugh out loud" funny! Christian comedy,night clubs,private events,it doesn't matter. James lawson is over 7 years experienced at it all. He specializes in reaching his audiance on a personal level and tailoring his act for an event. This is what makes the humor so genuine and out right hillarious. In November of 2011, comedian James Lawson recieved a VRC-40 Rawhides medal for his outstanding performance at the Norfolk,Va. military naval base. He appeared on the "Sharvette Mitchell Show" of blog talk radio with rave reviews. He was also showcased on comcast cable's onDemand feature as a 3 time 1st place winner of the "clash of the comics "competition held at one of the countries largest Class "A" comedy club franchises; the "Richmond Funnybone". As a headliner at colleges, clubs, churches, and private events nationwide; Lawson has also opened for some of the biggest names in stand up comedy such as DL Hughley, John Witherspoon, and Bill Bellamy to name a few . Conclusively, James Lawson is a born natural entertainer, amazing to watch, and an act you simply ..MUST SEE !!