Comedians You Should Know

Comedians

Danny Kallas - comedian/producer

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For over a decade, Danny Kallas continues to be a favorite at some of the best alternative rooms and a go-to feature act for many of the top comedy clubs in the country. He's also participated in a variety of comedy festivals over the years, all of which were reached by hot-air balloon. In 2016, he started headlining and now his preferred method of transportation is a forklift.

 
TV credits! Conan, The Tonight Show, Late Night, Flavor of Love. Does Danny have them? No. What's he got then? A solid stand-up act he's worked on night after night since 2006. He's sometimes dirty, often silly, and not for everyone. You want vanilla? Take a hike! You want spumoni topped with belly button lint? Let's go!
 
Besides being a stand-up comedian, Danny is the co-creator of Comedians You Should Know (CYSK,) the first comedian-produced, stand-up comedy showcase to have a show in the USA's three biggest cities. CYSK has gotten critical-acclaim from several media outlets, most notably The Onion's A.V. Club who said: "The genuine quality of talent on display is unrivaled in Chicago."
 
In his spare time, Danny likes playing pool...in dive bars, watching sports...in dive bars, and trying to figure out how to dry off his hands without using the community towel...in dive bars.

Joe Kilgallon - comedian/producer

Born and raised in Chicago, Joe Kilgallon has been performing stand-up comedy since 2006. A producer of Comedians You Should Know, Joe's in-your-face style and charismatic charm help paint stories drawn heavily from personal experience and his Chicago-Irish roots, making him an instant favorite and the type of comedian everyone wants to share a drink with after the show.

Ricky Gonzalez - comedian/producer

Ricky Gonzalez was raised in Evanston, IL. After a college and semi-pro baseball career, Ricky turned his focus to stand-up comedy and has since performed at some of the top comedy venues in the Midwest. Ricky is a cast member at the prestigious Lincoln Lodge, the longest running, independently produced comedy show in the country. He is also an associate producer and regular performer at Comedians You Should Know.

Ricky has performed in the Just For Laughs Festival, Traverse City Comedy Festival, Hoboken Comedy Festival and recently made his national television debut in an episode of "How the States Got Their Shapes" on the History channel. Ricky was also a writer for the popular web series "Creative Has Nothing For You" starring Colt Cabana & Marty DeRosa.

Allison Dunne - Comedian/Producer

Allison Dunne is a Milwaukee born, Chicago based comic whose sugar-coated treatment of taboo will have you both laughing and avoiding eye contact with her parents after the show. The newest producer of CYSK, Allison has appeared at the Limestone Comedy Festival and is also a producer of a Chicago storytelling show called “Ladylike."

 

 

 

JONAH JURKENS - COMEDIAN/PRODUCER

 

Coming out of Chicago, with his unique and charismatic style, Jonah has proven himself to be one of the "Comics to Watch".  Since winning the "Chicago Fringe Festival Stand Up Competition" within his first month as a stand up comedian, Jonah has been winning crowds over with his honest and engulfing story telling. He has performed and studied with both the renowned Second City and Improv Olympic theaters.

Jonah is a producer of “Comedians you Should Know", which is one of the nation’s premier independent comedy shows, produces/performs at the iconic drinking story telling show "The Blackout Diaries" and can be seen monthly at his show "Your Feature Presentation" at the world-famous Laugh Factory. If that’s not enough, you can hear him weekly on the very popular "Petals and Pricks: The Bachelor Podcast" with co-host Kelsie Huff.  

Since his start in 2010 Jonah has become a favorite at showcases and clubs throughout the country earning the reputation as a talented and tremendously driven comedian/producer. 

BLAKE BURKHART - COMEDIAN/PRODUCER

Blake Burkhart began performing comedy in Chicago in 2012 and has been with CYSK since mid-2016.  He is known in Chicago for his unique style of standup which is an entertaining mixture of subtle and absurd.  Blake can be heard on the weekly podcast "Blake and Bobby go to the movies" a movie review podcast run by Chicago comedians.

Michael Sanchez - Artistic director/filmmaker

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Michael Sanchez studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City and turned his attention to stand-up following his move to Chicago in 2006. His off-kilter act has been seen all over the country, including Seattle's Bumbershoot and The Seaport Music Festival in New York City, and in a fluke of accidental luck he once had the pleasure of opening for Tracy Morgan.

A founding member and producer of Comedians You Should Know, Michael also co-hosts and produces the monthly storytelling series "I SHIT YOU NOT!" as well as it's weekly podcast "The Poodcast", both of which feature real-life tales of failed restraint and bodily blunders.

His film work can be seen at Life Jazz Films.