Headliner


Who is Argus Hamilton, and why is everybody quoting him?

Meet the funniest topical comedian in America, the man Robin Williams once called "the Will Rogers of the Baby Boom." Argus Hamilton's daily column of jokes on the news, now carried in over 100 newspapers across the United States, is also read and heard by millions on the Internet and on radio stations across the country.

Argus James Hamilton III is the son, grandson and great-grandson of Methodist ministers in the South. A proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma and now based in Los Angeles, Argus brings an unusual perspective to the news from Washington and around the country. "I'm an English Monarchist and a Southern secessionist," Argus jokes. "Let's see Rush Limbaugh get to the right of that."

Argus Hamilton performs at corporate, political and charity events around the country. When he's in Los Angeles, he can be seen working out the latest material nightly at The Comedy Store in Hollywood.

Argus is regularly quoted by daily newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times, by weekly business papers including the Orange County Business Journal, by Time magazine, by sports columnists around the country, and by radio hosts who took a cue from the late Paul Harvey, one of Argus’ longtime fans and admirers.

Argus was honored by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry as the official comedian of the Oklahoma Centennial and appeared with the governor in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade.

 

Musical Guest

 
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Lucine Fyelon

Hip-Hop-Classical violinist, singer/songwriter, and producer Lucine Fyelon won the hearts of the Apollo audience by winning season one episode eleven of Showtime At The Apollo TV show airing on FOX TV hosted by Steve Harvey. Before competing for Apollo, Lucine’s original song “PoundCake” became viral receiving more than 21 million views on social media outlets. Because of Poundcake's immense success Lucine has been writing and producing all of her music. 

 Born in Armenia living in Los Angeles, Lucine started playing violin at the age of 5 with the guidance of her parents who are both classically trained solo musicians. Her musical education started in Tchaikovsky school of music in Armenia and finished in University of California, Los Angeles Herb Alpert school of music. By combining her classical upbringing and making it soulful through hip hop/R&B and EDM music, Lucine created her own style of playing and singing which expresses all of the different emotions that come from her heart and soul.

Lucine's self titled debut album "LUCINE" was released on May 25, 2018. She started touring in US as a solo artist since 2016 and performed as the opening act for Jermaine Dupri in Atlantic City. Lucine has recorded for artists such as will.i.am, Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Brittney Spears, Shawn Mendez, Troy Sivan, Miley Cyrus, Iggie Azealia, and played alongside John Williams, Babyface, Lauren Hill, Foo Fighters, Ricki Martin, Jared Leto, David Foster and many more.


Additional Talent

 
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Brandon Vestal

Brandon Vestal has appeared on NBC's “Last Comic Standing” and was featured on FOX’s “Laughs.” After working on his Southern accent in Oklahoma for most of his youth, Comedian Brandon Vestal discovered standup comedy as his calling and on the road he quickly established himself as one of the best comic talents in the country. Vestal has made his mark in the world of Comedy Competitions and Festivals. He was the winner of the Hollywood Comedy Festival, crowned “Best of the West” at the Detroit Comedy Festival, a finalist at the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas, and a semi-finalist at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival two years running. After his years in the trenches, this insightful storyteller’s work has really begun to pay off. Brandon has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Man Up Stand Up, Comedy Time TV, and FOX’s Laughs. He can also be heard on XM/ Sirius’s “Blue Collar” and “Raw Dog” channels as well as The Bob & Tom Show. And he has released a new CD, A Useless Grown Man on the prestigious Uproar Entertainment label. Brandon Vestal’s low key, deeply personal and honest style has made him a fast favorite in the comedy world, a “Don’t Miss” for college audiences, and a club favorite. He puts on an amazing show and is a definite must see.

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Mahesh Kotagi

Mahesh Kotagi is originally from Texas but he has no Texan accent. That is important, very important.

Since moving to NYC he has become a rising star in the comedy scene. He made his television stand up comedy debut this year on six episodes of season 3 of Laughs on Fox. He also appeared in his first national commercial for MTV Snapchat.  

2017 voted Best of the Festival for Burbank Comedy Festival.  He has been featured in the following festivals: Burbank Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Laugh Fest in Laughlin Nevada, Carolines on Broadway Comedy Madness, The Crossroads Comedy Festival, and Make Me Laugh Albany.  

He produces and hosts Inside Jokes and co-produces the All Brown Comedy Throwdown. In addition to comedy he is a writer, producer, and an all around nice guy. Oh and he rescues puppies daily. Although he did write this... so take that last bit with a grain of salt.

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Justin Orgel

Justin Orgel is a self-proclaimed “international treasure,” a bona fide pizza-bagel, and one of the world’s oldest living millennials. With a winning combination of white privilege and charming narcissism, Justin managed to launch himself from the humble confines of his 4'x4' cubicle to comedy club stages around the world. From NYC to the DMZ, Justin has (mildly) amused crowds with his unique brand of observational humor, that can best be described as “creepy neuroses, tinged with a faint whiff of Marriott Platinum Elite status.” Justin is the creator of popular, recurring NYC shows, Ramedy (ramen-comedy fusion show) and Who Cares.  Off-stage you can find him anonymously viewing your LinkedIn profile, flying Premium Economy, or passive-aggressively firing his cleaning lady.    This summer he will finally be recognized on Amazon TV’s “Comics Watching Comics

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Gabriela Tijerina

Having trained at revered New York City comedy venues like the Comedy Cellar and Upright Citizens Brigade, Gabriela Tijerina has recently been

making waves in the Texas comedy scene. A native of Laredo, Tijerina has shared the stage with major acts and last year took home the title of San Antonio Current's 2017 Best Stand Up Comic. Gabriela brings her sarcasm, self-loathing and Texas charm to comedy clubs and festivals (Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, Motor City Comedy Festival) across the country. 

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Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown accidentally fell into stand-up comedy and now she can’t get out. As a full grown adult with a demanding career in entertainment (behind-the-scenes), she decided to conquer her fear of public speaking. So she took the renowned “Pretty, Funny Women” class with The Madame of Comedy herself, Lisa Sunstedt...and the rest is history. 

 You may have seen her tell stories about her alcoholic family, #MeToo moments and her life as a single cat-mom at places like The Laugh Factory, The World Famous Comedy Store or headlining at Haha Cafe in Los Angeles. She also helped create “The Comedy Coven,” a new hit monthly stand-up show she co-produces with her PFW classmates. 

 When asked why she doesn’t just stick to her day job, Kelly says, “Stand-up is cheaper than therapy.”