Aisling Bea is an award winning Irish stand-up, actress and writer and is one of the biggest female TV comedians in the UK. She is the co-host on long running hit British panel show, 8 Out of 10 Cats with Jimmy Carr and regularly appears on most comedy TV shows in the UK like Qi (BBC1/Netflix) with Stephen Fry, A League Of Their Own (Sky 1) with James Corden and The Jonathan Ross Show. She had a leading role in the newest series of BBC/ Netflix crime thriller The Fall starring Jamie Dornan and is a lead in upcoming BBC1/ Hulu drama Hard Sun, by Luther writer Neil Cross. She has her own TV show commissioned for Channel 4 in the UK with Emmy nominated Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan. She regularly appeared on Comedy Central show @Midnight and was selected for Montreal Just For Laughs in 2012 and again this past summer in 2017. She regularly performs on the Los Angeles scene at The Largo, NerdMelt, UCB, The Improv and The Virgil and appears on cult podcasts like How Did This Get Made with Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane and CrabFeast with Jay Larson and Ryan Sickler. Her TV stand up credits include Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC3), Montreal and The Channel4 Comedy Gala at the O2 (Channel4).
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Chris Garcia started his comedy career in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was named “A Comic To Watch” by the San Jose Mercury News, “One of the 7 Funniest People in San Francisco” by 7×7 Magazine, and a “Rising Comedic Star” by the SF Weekly.
A comedy star in her native Ireland, Maeve Higgins has performed all over the world, including in Edinburgh, Melbourne and, most recently, Erbil. Now based in New York, she’s made a name for herself there too. In a good way! She co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’sStarTalk on National Geographic and has appeared in Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Maeve hosts Butterboy, a live weekly show with Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. Her podcast ‘Maeve in America’ launched in 2016 and quickly became a critical and commercial success. She writes regularly for The New York Times. Her new book of essays, 'Maeve in America', is due for publication by Penguin in August 2018. Her career began in 2005 when she reached the final of a national radio competition. She went on to star in three series of the most popular home-grown comedy show in Ireland ‘Naked Camera’. In 2009 she wrote and starred in her own TV series in 2009 ‘Maeve Higgins’ Fancy Vittles’. Her first book ‘We Have a Good Time, Don’t We?’ was nominated for an Irish Book Award and her second essay collection ‘Off You Go’ was published by Hachette in 2015. Live stand up is her first love and she continues to perform at lauded venues and prestigious festivals all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, The Dublin Fringe Festival, the Kansas City Irish Festival and The Eugene Mirman Festival in New York.
Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series”, and Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That '70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development,” and “Corner Gas.” McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Nickelodeon's “Invader Zim,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Catscratch,” and “Clerks: The Animated Series.” He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the episode ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ on “Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends,” appeared in the music video for "Roses" by Outkast, and made an appearance in “Tim and Eric's Awesome Show.” In 2006 McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canada's best-known sketch comedy troupes. "Sketch with Kevin McDonald" won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best Taped Live Performance - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew). He was recently at the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of Kids in the Hall, and also with his show "Hammy and the Kids" with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father ("Hammy") and the Kids in the Hall, as well as “Death Comes to Town” on CBC.
#1 NYTimes bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems returns to Sketchfest with another stellar group of close personal acquaintances and comedy royalty to perform some of his best-loved books featuring The Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny! Fun for all, it's a morning or laughs, drawing, a sneak-peek premier of an unpublished book, and Mo!
hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick
music by Marc Capelle