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Rod Man: If it can be said that the greatest comedians are always the best observers of human behavior, then Rod Man has a lock on taking those observations and offering them up in a biscuit-soaked, laidback style that pays homage to his southern roots. Born and raised in and around the Atlanta area, Rod Man has elevated the art of interpreting the subtle quirks and ticks of conversation between everyday people and serves it up like you’ve just sat down at a family barbeque with your cousin who keeps everyone entertained with the best stories.
The road to comedy success is never easy and Rod’s process of developing and performing new material at clubs across the country paid off in 1996 when we was awarded First Place at the Urban Comedy Festival in New York. His dedication to his craft was noted by those in the highly-competitive comedy field and led to several television appearances on “Def Comedy Jam”, BET’s “Comic View” , “Showtime at the Apollo” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”.
With the sophistication and short attention span of today’s audiences, Rod’s ability to hold a crowd’s attention is based on letting them know he’s in on the joke. He knows he’s part of the joke and his audiences appreciate his authenticity. His natural delivery and style may seem laid back but his storytelling has all the elements that are artfully building to a full crescendo. Audiences may not even notice until they’ve returned home that they’ve picked up a new word or two because they were too busy laughing their gluttenous maximus off (a turn of phrase Rod invented). “I am trying to hurt the crowd’s stomach and ass.”
Rod has received numerous accolades and was the 2003 winner of the Bay Area Comedy Competition in Oakland. In 2005, he was the headliner for the Just for Laughs Comedy Tour in Canada which led to Comedy Central tapping him for one of their covet half-hour specials.
You can’t keep a good comedian down and Rod’s foray into film was inevitable. His ability to translate on to the big screen led to appearances in the Judd Apatow produced major motion picture “Funny People” starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen “Love Chronicles” (with Terrence Howard and Robin Givens) and “Player’s Ball”. DVD releases include "Big Black Comedy Show vol. 2" with Monique and "P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy".
Rounding out his stage work, Rod has opened for the greats in music as well, Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder to name a few. He also took his talents to radio in 2008 as a part of the Big 6 morning show on KJLH in Los Angeles.
While some entertainers would feel right at home resting on their laurels after years of touring and performing, Rod Man’s favorite place to be is right where he started: entertaining and delighting audiences on stage and screen.
Nate Bargatze: Nate Bargatze is a comedian, born and raised in Old Hickory,TN. He grew up watching his Father who is a world class magician and decided to follow his footsteps in the entertainment business. Since he made his television debut on CMT Comedy Stage in 2007, he has had two appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, performed on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at the 2008 Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival in the ‘New Faces’ category receiving critical acclaim in the Hollywood Reporter. Nate wrote for the Video Game Awards as well. Nate recently returned from his second tour in Iraq performing for the troops in Baghdad. He continues to keep the momentum going working every night in New York City comedy clubs when he is not on the road. Just recently Nate filmed his first Comedy Central Presents special which will air in 2011. Also was recently crowned 2010's New York's Funniest Comedian at The New York Comedy Festival