Host: Robyn Schall, @RobynSchall
If anyone had a path leading them to stand up comedy; its Robyn. Wearing leg braces like Forrest Gump as a child, illiterate to the age of 16 and at one point weighing 215lbs, Robyn was a walking sit-com. We use the word “walking” lightly... more of a wobble. After shedding the leg braces, learning how to somewhat read, and losing the weight, Robyn earned her BFA in acting at the University of Connecticut. After graduating, she realized that with her weight, dating, family and life journey she had some really funny stories to share; so she attempted stand up comedy. Immediately she knew this is where she belongs.
Robyn became a regular in the NY comedy club scene and highly sought after in the fundraiser scene, performing frequently for all types of charities. She was in NY Comedy Festival and won 1st place in the Hoboken Comedy Festival Competition. Soon after Robyn was named 1 of the top 5 stand out comics listed by CBS.com. You have seen her on TV shows such as Raising McCain on Piviot TV, The Bethenny Show on Fox, The Little Couple on TLC and most recently on Live At Gotham on AXSTV. Her favorite project to date; a featured role in ASAP Rocky’s music video Shabba Ranks- doing what else- eating cake!
With Robyn’s two comedic web-series, health and fitness podcast and her stand up, Robyn’s only goal is to help the world feel happy!
Rachel Dry, @rachel_dry
Rachel Dry is a journalist and comedian who got her start in both of those endeavors in Washington, D.C. She recently relocated to New York to join the The New York Times as a staff editor in the op-ed department. Her writing and commentary have been featured in The Washington Post, where she previously worked as an editor.
Rachel's performance credits include the Bentzen Ball comedy festival, D.C.'s Funniest Journalist competition and winning crowd favorite at a show in a bowling alley in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Aparna Nancherla, @
Aparna started out doing comedy in her hometown of Washington, D.C. and currently resides in New York City, and most recently was featured on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party Season 2 and will be featured on the upcoming season of Comedy Central’s Meltdown.
She was a writer and regular correspondent on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. In 2013, she made her late night stand up debut on TBS’s Conan, and was one of the breakout New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. She is also an alumna of the NBC Stand Up for Diversity program, and she currently headlines throughout North America and has been seen at a number of festivals including Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Maui Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bentzen Ball, Outside Lands, Aspen’s Rooftop Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival.
She has also been featured on and in NPR, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, XM Radio, and Slate V. She can regularly be seen performing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s in LA and NYC.
Phoebe Robinson, @
Phoebe most recently appeared on Last Comic Standing, the TODAY show, Comedy Central’s Broad City and is a staff writer for MTV’s Girl Code.
She has co-hosted an episode of the series Raising McCain, starred in the MTV pilot Chicks Out of Water, written on the VH1 pilot Chateau Buteau, appeared on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz, HuffPo Live, and has been featured on several talking head shows for Pivot TV, VH-1, and the TV Guide Channel such as 100 Shows to See Before You Die, 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders, and 40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs.
When not on television, Phoebe’s a writer for Glamour.com and contributes to The New York Times, bitch magazine, xoJane, VanityFair.com, and TheDailyBeast. Her blogBlaria (aka Black Daria) was picked up by The Huffington Post and has been featured on their website. She has also been published in Time Out NY, The NY Post, and The Smoking Jacket.
Brooke Van Poppelen, @
Brooke Van Poppelen is a NYC based comic, actress, writer and host of Hack My Life on truTV along side Kevin Pereira.
Brooke has been seen on @Midnight and John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, andIFC's Comedy Drop. She has also appeared as a talking head & panelist on various MTV & vh1 shows and worked as a writer / producer for Girl Code and co-authored the Girl CodeBook.
This year Brooke released her comedy web series Seeing Other People which she co-wrote and starred in with Giulia Rozzi. The six episode web series has been gathering attention from the likes of IFC.com, Glamour, & Laugh Spin and season two is underway.
Prior to NYC she performed and trained in Chicago at IO, The Second City and The Playground Theater. Brooke hails from the Detroit suburbs and loves coney dogs.
Check out the recap from last year HERE!
Date: Tuesday, July 21
Location: Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway
Professional Non-Member: $150
Any group of 10 or more professionals: $1,000
**Please Note: To receive the student/young professional rate, as well as the group rate, you must call 212-297-2133 to register.