Comedy Careers

An Interactive Workshop Series with Industry Professionals
LIVE and online! Ask questions of your favorite comedians, club bookers, agents and managers.

Comic Cure’s Comedy Careers is the workshop that offers direct access to comedy professionals in a moderated Q&A format. Each workshop is limited to only 100 attendees. Guests include professional comedians, writers, club bookers, agents and managers. Attendees can submit questions in advance or during the LIVE show. Hosted by Richy Leis, Comic Cure, Creative Director. Full length archived workshops will be available to attendees within 24 hours.

Registration

$50 – Weekly Pass-holder
Quantity: Only 50 available

  • Pass holders enjoy access to a full week’s worth of 5 live workshops
  • Access to the archives of the full-length workshops
  • Priority Q&A – your question will be considered prior to single workshop attendees
  • 24-Hour priority purchase access to future workshops

$10 – Single Workshop Attendee
Quantity: Up to 100 per workshop, no more than.

  • Access to attend one live workshop.
  • Access to the archived full-length workshop.
  • Q&A – ability to ask questions (no priority status)
Upcoming Workshops
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Special Guests

Saturday, June 6

JC Currais

Comedian / Actor / Writer

JC Currais Bio

Born and raised in Miami, FL. Jc Currais mixes a larger than life stage persona with his high energy performance style. He has performed on Last Call with Carson Daly, FOX's Laughs and TBS's CONAN. He was named one of TBS's Top Comics to Watch at the New York Comedy Festival and one of the New Faces of Comedy at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

As an actor, he has appeared on FOX's Lethal Weapon, BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood and was a writer on Comedy Central's TripTank. He made his film debut in the Sundance Film Festival feature “New Low”. His second feature film “From The Dead” is slated for release in October of 2019. Recently he joined the cast of the Disney Channel original series Just Roll With It.
His presence is as big as his imagination and you never know where the show will end up when this man-child is the ring master. Currais has opened for such comedians as Steve Byrne, Hannibal Burress, Whitney Cummings, Kyle Kinane and Ralphie May.

Sunday, June 7

Cisco Duran

Comedian / Road Manager

Cisco Duran Bio

Francisco “Cisco” Duran (b. 1986) is a stand-up comedian and entertainer from Miami, Florida. Cisco Duran moved to Miami at the age of 4 and started performing comedy at age 21. By age 23, Cisco was a finalist for Florida's Funniest Comedian and was subsequently named as one of the Top Ten Comics by Sunpost.com. Cisco has been featured on Kevin Hart's show on Comedy Central "Hart of the City, “Minuto de Fama” on América TeVé, AXS TV on Gotham Live, also as part of the Bucharest Comedy Festival (Romania), Big Sky Comedy Festival (Billings Montana), and has performed alongside the likes of Bobby Lee, Charlie Murphy, Loni Love, Eddie Griffin, and Hannibal Buress.

Cisco currently tours clubs, college's, and also travels with Carlos Mencia’s world tour as his Feature Act.

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Monday, June 8

Claudia Cagan

Supervising Producer, Entertainment Tonight

Claudia Cagan Bio

Claudia Cagan is a two-time EMMY-winning television producer for Entertainment Tonight, having started her career on the performing side of the business as production singer and personal assistant. She traveled all over the world with her sister, GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter, Melissa Manchester, until she made the transition into TV production.

Early on in her TV career, she was hired as a talent executive on THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, where, besides booking TV and THEATER stars, she also booked the classic and up-coming comedians of the 90s, including MARGARET CHO, CHRIS ROCK, CHRIS TUCKER, MARTIN LAWRENCE, ELLEN DEGENERES, ROSIE O’DONNELL, HOWIE MANDEL, JERRY SEINFELD, GEORGE WALLACE, LEA DELARIA (the first openly gay female comedian to appear on a late-night talk show,) and many, many more.

Wednesday, June 10

Kristin Key

Comedian / Musician

Kristin Key Bio

Kristin Key grew up a minister’s daughter in a small town in West Texas. Much like Footloose, she was raised in a no-drinking, no-dancing, no instrumental music environment, so she immediately took up drinking, dancing and playing an instrument. Proving that the almighty has a strange sense of humor, Kristin came out of the closet at 15. Needless to say, it did not go well. So, Kristin decided to “take it back”, retreat back into the closet, and try a little harder to be straight.

At 19, while in college to become a paramedic, Key signed up for Open Mic Night at the local comedy club. As soon as she took the stage she felt at home. Though her observations and wit made her a local favorite, she remained in the closet, fearful of losing her local fan base. Small shows in the Texas panhandle turned into 35 states worth of comedy over the next 5 years. Audiences couldn't help but love the original comedy songs and rapid-fire style of comedy coming from the "Preacher's Kid", and though female comics struggled to find work she was booked not for being a woman, but for simply being funny.

When Last Comic Standing held their auditions in Austin, Texas, she stood in line hoping for a chance to be seen. After 7 hours of waiting, she got her chance and her ticket to Hollywood to compete with the best in the comedy world. At the end of the season she stood among the final six and watched as her fan base exploded. With validation from millions of comedy fans, Key moved to L.A. and began preparing a new act to take on the road.

While participating in an anti-bullying fundraiser, Kristin finally broke her silence and decided to share her hilarious story of coming out, taking it back, living in the closet, and meeting her wife. After 15 years in comedy, Kristin has found a way to perfectly blend together her thought provoking hilarious true stories and original songs with outrageous off-the-cuff improv moments, ensuring that no two shows are the same.

She is most recognized for her appearance on Last Comic Standing, additional credits include: Comics Unleashed, VH- 1’s 100 Greatest Series, The Bob and Tom show and Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. She has released several comedy and music albums, including a new Christmas album, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kristin” (now available on Amazon, Google, and iTunes). Much has changed from the dusty west Texas town of Amarillo to the bright lights of L.A. but the one thing that hasn't changed is that fast-paced quick witted comedy that has kept audiences rolling in the aisles from the beginning.

Thursday, June 11

Ty Barnett

Actor / Comedian / Writer

Ty Barnett Bio

Ty Barnett, a Chicago native, got his start at Seattle’s “Comedy Underground.” Since then, his star keeps rising! Dedicated to“bringing the funny,” his shows have been called “hilarious” (Whoopi Goldberg), “thought provoking,” “edgy,” and have earned him countless television appearances. He was one of the final 2 on the most watched and only Emmy nominated season of LAST COMIC STANDING and has made multiple TONIGHT SHOW, LATE LATE SHOW, and KIMMEL (please take off quotes for  ALL TV shows please) appearances. Jay Leno says Ty is: “…one of the funniest comedians working.” He currently has scores ofnational commercials and has a notable presence online through his web series THIS IS THE BULL@%t I’M TALKING ABOUT.

Barnett is a series regular on Discovery Family Channel’s “Babies Behaving Badly” and “Beasts Behaving Badly.”  He was also the host of The Food Network’s MEALIN’ AND DEALIN’ and CHEAP EATS along with HBO’s BAD BOYS OF COMEDY, his ownCOMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS, his one-hour special, ISSUES,and his half-hour special, YEP… which gets millions of views online. Ty has been called “one to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter.  His albums, GROWN MAN, BABY STEPS and ‘BOUT DAMN TIME are regularly featured on Sirius/XM.

You may have seen him in a recurring role on ‘TIL DEATH on FOX, LIFE IN PIECES on CBS, or perhaps the sitcomSAMANTHA WHO? NICKMOM NIGHT OUT or TOSH.0. He was also a guest star on NBC’s BROOKLYN NINE-NINE. With charm and style that transcend race and age, Ty’s ability to rock ANY and ALL audiences has made him an international favorite on stages from the South Side of Chicago to theaters in London. You don’t “go to” a Ty Barnett show, you “hang-out” with Ty Barnett!

Friday, June 12

Kel Mitchell

Actor / Comedian

Kel Mitchell Bio

Two-time Emmy Award-nominee & Dancing with the Stars runner up Kel Mitchell currently stars & serves as executive producer, on the Nickelodeon’s reboot of the hit series All That & co-founder of the Good Burger Pop-up restaurant in West Hollywood, Ca. Hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois, Mitchell began his acting career at a young age and won several awards for his starring roles in Nickelodeon’s breakout hits All That and Kenan & Kel. Additional acting credits include truTV’s Friends of the People, Cartoon Network’s Loiter Squad, TV One’s Love That Girl, Disney’s Liv and Maddie, the Nickelodeon series Game Shakers, Sam & Cat and The Thundermans, and the 1997 feature film Good Burger and the 1999 feature film Mystery Men. In September 2019, Mitchell debuted as the host of CBS’s educational Saturday morning program Best Friends Furever. 

Saturday, June 13

Laurie Kilmartin

Comedian / Writer

Laurie Kilmartin Bio

Laurie is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN on TBS. As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.  She was a top 10 Finalist on Last Comic Standing. Her  first book, Shitty Mom, was a NY Times bestseller. Her Seeso special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, was named Vulture ‘s Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016.

In 2018, Rodale Press published Laurie’s book about cancer, hospice and grief . “Dead People Suck was called “hilarious and heartfelt” by the New York Times. The Audible version of Dead People Suck was recorded partially at The Stand NYC comedy club.

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Monday, June 15

Al Jackson

TV Host / Comedian / Actor

Al Jackson Bio

American television host, comedian, and actor Al Jackson.  He cohosts the nationally broadcast talk show Daily Blast Live, which was just renewed for a third season, as well as the weekly podcast “Al & Frank Try To Be Serious” with Frank Caliendo, found on all streaming platforms.  Al regularly serves as a contributor with weekly segments on the Bob & Tom Radio Show, which boasts 140+ affiliates nationally.

Recently, Al brushed up on his acting chops appearing on HBO’s 2Dope Queens performing stand up as well as shooting four episodes of the Jim Jeffries show Legit on FX.  Last year, he shot the 100th episode of his BBC Guinness Book of World Records show Officially Amazing.

Al’s hour long comedy special “Baby Steps” was picked up by the global distributor Comedy Dynamics and his half hour comedy special is on Comedy Central.  He has appeared on several Comedy Central shows, including This is Not Happening, The Meltdown, and @midnight.  He was also featured on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Special and Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground.

Tuesday, June 16

Krista Spanick

General Manager, Orlando Improv

Krista Spanick Bio

Krista is an experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in entertainment management, operations management, coaching, sales, and hospitality industry. From 2002 to 2009 Krista was the operations manager for the Orlando Improv / Funnybone Comedy Clubs.

Wednesday, June 17

Sean Grant

Comedian / Actor / Writer

Sean Grant Bio

Sean Grant is a comedian from Miami, FL. He has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and has had guest roles on Maron on IFC and Meet the Browns on TBS. Sean was also the head writer for Dead House on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network.

Sean was featured on Tru Tvs Laff Tracks, he hosts a weekly improvised podcast called Welcome to Coo Coo Town and his hit comedy album Sean Grant-First of His Name by Comedy Records is available everywhere music is sold.

Thursday, June 18

Murray Sawchuck

Celebrity Magician / Comedian / Host / Illusionist

Murray Sawchuck Bio

Murray who is currently headlining at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas strip nightly really made his mark as a household name when he exploded onto the entertainment scene after his successful run as a semi-finalist on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” The #1 network summer series was viewed by over 22 million fans nationwide. Murray dazzled the judges: Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel by producing a Ferrari from thin air, transforming a girl locked in a cage into a 450 pound tiger and did the largest trick ever on “AGT” by vanishing an entire 1918 steam train locomotive in mere seconds. All of these illusions took place before a “live” and national “TV” audience, and brought standing ovations from the judges.

Murray has just become one of YouTube’s newest sensations with his first viral video hitting over 37 million views and all his other video going over 1 million views. Murray is a regular guest star on History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” as a Magic Expert. He has also been featured on over 20 Reality shows from America’s Got Talent, Pawn Stars, CW’s Masters of Illusion, SYFY’s Wizard Wars, VH1’s Celebracadabra, TLC’s 4 Houses and What Not to Wear, Reelz Extreme Escapes, PopTV’s Don’t Blink, Master Chef,  Top Gear, Hallmark’s Home & Family, Nat Geo’s Brain Games,  and many many more!

Murray John SawChuck was born in Burnaby, British Columbia – Canada and always had the passion for adventure. At age 3, he began swimming and golfing. He learned how to play the accordion, keyboard and saxophone at 5 years old. At age 7, he began dance lessons that included: ballet, Russian, swing, break dancing, ballroom, etc.  He was an avid athlete and enjoyed participating in soccer, baseball, snow skiing, horseback riding, etc.

Murray’s parents, John and Arlene presented him with a Siegfried and Roy magic kit when he was 7 years old and his uncle and aunt Bill and Olga gave him a magic gift that changed his life. Murray envisioned himself as an entertainer incorporating magic, music and dance in his routines. He wanted to perform for audiences like his idols Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball, Danny Kaye and Phyllis Diller.

As a teen, Murray had over 21 different jobs from bus boy to fixing bicycles, and lifeguard at local pools. He continued to entertain folks by dancing, playing the accordion and saxophone.  He continued his studies and received a degree in Broadcast Communications and Journalism.

When Murray was a young man he met Marvyn and Carol Roy, a.k.a. “Mr. Electric.”  The couple had toured worldwide for over 50 years and mentored Murray while he grew from an accomplished magician to an international star.

Murray was the only magician globally who invented a magic act that included the manipulation of a multitude of Compact Discs when he began his professional career called The CD Act!

Murray has won over 32 awards for his performances nationally and internationally and received the title of “World Champion.”  He has delighted audiences in theatres from Monaco and Paris to Las Vegas and the legendary Playboy Mansion.  Recently he was honored with 4 awards, The Hollywood FAME Award for contribution to Magic on TV, the LA Comedy Award for BEST COMEDY SHOW, TOP 100 Business Men of Nevada and 100 Most Distinguished Men of Nevada.

Friday, June 19

Dee Burdett

Head of Comedy for TIXR(Ticketing Company), Director of Marketing and Special Event Production at The Ice House Comedy Club (Pasadena, CA)

Dee Burdett Bio

Twenty years in the entertainment business and there isn’t a side of the industry veteran Dee Burdett hasn’t worked on. From her early days of booking and promoting live music events in her native San Francisco Bay area, she moved on to venue management as well as special events/corporate party sales in 2000 when she was part of the opening team of the San Jose Improv. The Improv Comedy Club chain in 2003 moved her to their Southern California Brea location to continue managing, developing, & building their special events sales department.

After working for years with many of the top touring stand up comedians, Dee Burdett was recruited by national headlining comedian Ralphie May to join his team as Road Manager in 2006 for his “Girth of a Nation” tour. Coming off of the road in 2007, Dee returned home to the Improv – this time at the legendary Hollywood location to manage the club.  In high demand from the industry she was pursued by Laughstub event ticketing system to be a part of their launch team in 2010 handling Artist & Venue Relations, Live Event Ticketing & Production. Departing LaughStub in 2013, Dee remained a solid fixture in the LA comedy/music scene in her role as Director of Booking/Production for the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. She also took an active role in the development of JLCN.tv(Jon Lovitz Comedy Network) working to develop original content, and utilized the network to further promote and grow artist fan bases.  When JLCC closed their doors in November of 2014, Dee developed a Special Event program and a weekly show Harvelle’s Comedy & Burlesque for Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Dee departed for Pioneertown, CA’s historical Pioneertown Motel in 2015 where she worked with owners Mike and Matt French to restore/renovate the property and develop/produce events on site. In addition to corporate and private events, Dee produced Campfire Comedy – a weekly summer show that served to introduce live comedy to the high desert.  After leaving the desert in the fall of 2016, she took some time to work on various production crews for HGTV and NBC. Dee eventually returned to her native Northern California to spend time with family and pursue interesting and challenging projects in entertainment, social media, and hospitality.

In the fall of 2017, Dee returned to Los Angeles to continue working in live event and television production. She built an event clientele at The Rec Room in Huntington Beach, as well as a weekly stand up comedy show Taco Tuesday.  Dee accepted a full time position in May of 2019 with the legendary Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena where she serves as Director of Marketing and Event Production. In February of 2020, while maintaining her spot at The Ice House, began working to develop a comedy division for TIXR, a progressive ticketing company based out of Santa Monica where she serves as Head of Comedy.

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