Louis C.K. is one of the most honest and respected comedic voices of his generation, finding success in both television and film as well as the live stage. Currently he serves as executive producer, writer, director and editor of Louie.
Louis was nominated for four 2011 Emmy Awards for Louie and his most recent standup special “Hilarious”
including “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”, “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series”, “Outstanding Picture Editing For A Special” and “Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Special”. He also was recently honored as 2011 “Comedy Person of the Year” from the Just For Laughs Festival, won a 2011 Comedy Award for “Best Standup Special”, and was recently nominated for five 2012 Comedy Awards. Louie was honored on many year-end top 10 lists including AFI, Time, Entertainment Weekly and dozens of others. “Hilarious” was also honored with a 2012 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Always one to experiment, Louis released his last standup special, Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon, directly to
consumers through his website for $5. The move was hailed as groundbreaking and was a tremendous success and he donated a large portion of the proceeds to charity.
As a filmmaker, Louis is best known for his cult classic Blaxploitation spoof, Pootie Tang, which he wrote and
directed. Louis’ first feature film, Tomorrow Night, an independent film that he produced, wrote, and directed,
premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1998. He also created the short film, Ice Cream, which screened at
Sundance and as part of the “New Directors, New Films” series at MOMA in 1994.
In 2008, Louis was seen in Diminished Capacity with Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen and Alan Alda and
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence, Mike Epps and Cedric the Entertainer. He also starred in
the film, The Invention of Lying, alongside Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner, and had a recurring role on the NBC series, Parks & Recreation, which he recently reprised earlier this year.
Aziz Ansari, one of the biggest stars in the comedy world, brings his Modern Romance: A New Comedy Tour to the Wild West Comedy Festival. Rolling Stone labeled Ansari “the funniest man under 30." His much anticipated third hour-long stand-up special Buried Alive debuted on Netflix. The special was named one of the best standup specials of the year by The Onion AV Club and Paste Magazine. Ansari co-stars opposite Amy Poehler in the beloved Emmy-nominated NBC series Parks and Recreation, now in its sixth season. Ansari has landed a book deal with The Penguin Press about modern dating. He’s also kept busy in the film world. He was the voice of Mub in Twentieth Century Fox’s animated hit film Epic; made a cameo in This Is The End; and starred in the action comedy 30 Minutes or Less and Universal’s Funny People. Additional film credits include Get Him to the Greek, I Love You, Man, Observe and Report, and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
American comedian Sarah Silverman was born on December 1, 1970, in Bedford, New Hampshire. After dropping out of New York University, Silverman focused on the stand-up comedy circuit and received her big break in 1993 as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live. After that stint, she worked many years as a writer, comedian and actress, becoming known for her good looks and politically incorrect statements. Her 2005 film,Jesus Is Magic, released and highlighted her one-woman comedy show. Two years later, she starred in The Sarah Silverman Show. Silverman continues to write and act on TV and in film.