Hyena's Comedy Nightclubs - Dallas
(214) 823-LAFF (5233)
Located on 75 and Mockingbird Lane inside Mockingbird Station next door to the Angelica Theatre
Darren Carter - July 24, 25, 26
When Darren Carter takes the stage, he takes the audience with him. A whirlpool of impressions and observations with on-point improvisation keeps the crowd rolling through the night, and on through the morning if they’re lucky.. From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Be Cool with John Travolta, to Comedy Central, BET and Showtime, the aptly named “Party Starter”, and sometimes even “Rooster”, gets recognized on the daily by his many adoring fans. See what all the fuss is about and join the party! Darren Carter style.
Eric Schwartz - July 31, Aug 1, 2
You may be an Eric Schwartz fan and not even know it.
For years, Eric Schwartz has entertained millions with his popular, online hip-hop parodies and sketches. What many web viewers don’t know is that Schwartz is renown for his electrifying live stand-up show.
Schwartz may look like tech support, but behind his geeky facade lies a multi-talented showman who goes from wimp to pimp, delivering an hour of riotous laughter in the release of his debut, one-hour live comedy special, “Eric Schwartz aka Smooth-E – Surrender to the Blender.” Schwartz proves he is a talent ready to fit on any screen that can contain him.
“There has always been a disconnect between my Internet and live audiences,” says Schwartz. “One of my goals with this special is to blend the two together and create an endless loop, so that the show never stops.”
As a title, “Blender” signifies a constant theme of bringing people together through a mixture of entertaining elements. As suave, rapping alter-ego Smooth-E, “‘Surrender to the Blender’ means I want the audience to give in to my charms,” Schwartz says. “It also also represents my multi-cultural upbringing and message of co-existing. But most importantly, it means that I blend comedy, music, video and technology into my own style on stage. Take a sip!”
As a self-proclaimed “Quarter step-Mexican Jew,” Schwartz grew up in Southern California with Jewish biological parents and a Mexican step father. This inspired his dream to become the first gringo mariachi, “El Gringo De Mayo.”
This is just one of many hilarious characters Schwartz presents, along with mind-blowing musical comedy, physical antics and multicultural satire. Schwartz offers an alternative to the same boring jokes in front of a brick wall, whipping the crowd into a delighted frenzy with a skill set similar to Jimmy Fallon or Adam Sandler.
Schwartz has appeared on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comics Unleashed, BET and more. In addition to his creations airing on E!, G4, CNN and OMG Insider, YouTube tapped his SuburbanHomeboy channel to participate in its prestigious NextUp Creators program first-ever Comedy Week in 2013. Forbes.com says he “has a minor industry in pop-music parodies,” while MusicFix.com describes him as “brilliant.”
Ian Bagg - Aug 7, 8, 9
Ian Bagg started his comedy career in his native country, Canada. He proceeded to do all the show business things that every successful Canadian entertainer does. He went to a “Hockey Night in Canada” game on a Saturday night, performed at the “Montreal Comedy Festival,” kissed a fish in New Foundland and a “Comedy Now” special on CTV. So what does a Canadian do when he has done it all? He boards a train to New York City, lives in a youth hostel and ends up on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson” and “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” It is not always fun and games. He was forced to do “Make Me Laugh,” “Showcase Comics with Louie Anderson,” “Fridays” on NBC and the “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.” His new, one-hour special “Ian Bagg: Getting to F*cking Know You” premiered on Showtime in April 2013.
Bagg has acted in Tim Robbins’ “The Cradle will Rock,” “MVP 2,” and “MXP”. Fun fact: he’s the the only known comic to have worked for famed director/producer Judd Apatow and not become a multi-billionaire. Life has been amazing for Bagg being on such diverse platforms as the History Channel, the Food Network, the Biography Channel and being the first ever Canadian to meet three US presidents– Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and George Bush…although only one was in the White House at the time while he met one on a plane and the other at a hockey practice.
While working red carpet interviews, Ian has pissed off Brad Pitt, been hit with a champagne bottle and asked for chocolate covered pretzels by Alec Baldwin. You probably wonder what kind of man does this and without imploding? The answer is a man whose dog survived a three- story fall and who’s been known to think he is twelve–but may actually be twenty-nine or seventy-two.
Ian went to school to be an explosives engineer, but a lucky chance at an open mic made him the volatile one. He may be in your area sooner than you think, because this manchild does over 100,000 air miles a year…or you could listen to his radio/podcast show on XM Radio channel 160 or The Toadhopnetwork (The Ian Bagg Show.) He has performed 2 successful half-hour specials, “Comedy Central Presents” and HBO’s “A Comics Climb” and has been seen on “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution.”
“Anyway you get to know him you will remember him” ~ Ronald Reagan
Brad Williams - Aug 14, 15, 16
Brad Williams possesses something that everyone can agree is funny: a disability. Brad is a dwarf. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Legit, Live at Gotham, the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind Of Mencia, and Pitboss. Brad has also performed for the troops all over the world because soldiers think dwarfs are funny too.
Brad’s show is high energy. Robin Williams called him “Prozac with a head.” Brad’s ability to make humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race are winning over audiences and proving that anyone can overcome their shortcomings.
Billy D Washington - Aug 22, 23
“Talent, talented and more talent” is how the CBS news series ‘48 hours’ has described Billy D. Washington.
Billy is a witty, philosophical, piano-playing comedian, who works as a nationally recognized headliner. “It’s weird” Billy muses in a recent newspaper article, “After my shows even though people have laughed their hearts out all night, they ask me why am I not doing something else”?
Billy is not only talented musically, he possesses an incredible ability to create cleverly constructed jokes and improvise obscure audience situations. After an hour of this poetic and intelligent banter, people often wonder why they haven’t heard more of him. He is quietly one of the most sought after comedians in the country, if you don’t believe it ask Aretha Franklin.
After opening one of her concerts in November 2000, Aretha was so impressed that she requested Billy to do tour dates from that day forward, he has been the opening act for Aretha Franklin every since.
Do you ever watch VH-1? In 1998 after several stimulating comedy sets at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, Billy was hired by the music video network to host several of their programs. These programs included, The Michael Jackson Music Video Collection, The History of Music Video A-Z and a daily slot hosting a video music show.
Thirty Thousand plus, is the number of people that see Billy perform yearly. Twelve, is the number of national television appearances he can claim (HBO, Fox, NBC, CBS). Two is his number of International television appearances (BBS- The Montreal Comedy Festival Gala). Zero, the number of unsatisfied audience members.
Michael Malone - Aug 28, 29, 30
Comedian Michael Malone is a larger than life performer who delivers heavy-hitting punchlines with the weight of a veteran and the heat reserved only for the country's hottest up and coming comics.
Known best for his top-10 selling comedy album debut on iTunes and "rubber face," Malone is a force to reckon with in the comedy world. His blistering humor and irreverent views on life, love and personal tragedy have earned him recognitions such as Campus Activities Magazine's Top Comedy Performer of 2013 and "Hot Comic to Watch in 2013" and winner of the prestigious 33rd Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2012.
Malone’s been featured on the Bob and Tom Radio and TV, made appearances on WGN TV, National Lampoon’s Operation Comedy Tour, NBC TV, XM Sirius Satellite radio and the CW. He also has two top-ten selling comedy albums on iTunes.
Ben Creed - Sept 4, 5
A thirty year veteran of the road, Ben Creed began performing at comedy clubs in Los Angeles at the ripe age of sixteen. As a young actor under the tutelage of acting coach Joan Peterson, he won first place in the California Shakespeare Festival for his portrayal of Caliban, from ’The Tempest.’ Later that year he founded ’Cheap Thrills Theater’, a comedy sketch revue performed weekly at The Little Theater in Granada Hills. Still in high school, Ben performed his stand-up at The Comedy Store, The Laff Stop, and countless horrible one nighters and around the Los Angeles area. Turning down a drama scholarship to Pepperdine, Ben opted instead for the rewarding life as a traveling road comic, starvation, eviction, disconnection, collection. After three years of hammering out sets to late night drunks from Loserton to Obscurityville, he hocked everything he owned and pooled the money with what he had earned on the road, took that eighteen dollars and headed out to New York City. The grim meathook reality of New York helped to sharpen Ben’s comedic edge and hone his sarcastic wit, (and we all know how painful it is to be honed.) He quickly became a fixture in the city clubs such as Dangerfields, where he became the house comic for the next sixteen years sometimes performing up to five shows a night for the ’Blood & Whisky’ crowds who, having sat through two hours of hack impressionists, poop jokes, and ’The Hands Bit’ found Ben’s original material and unique stage presence a welcome relief. Here are some of the things the New York Press has to say about Ben, "Creed’s sarcastically intelligent, wise guy material and dynamic stage presence make him a stand out among New York Comics. With sharp insightful writing and strong performing skills, smart-aleck delivery and raspy resonance of Bill Murray, plus the tough yet sensitive magnetism of Bruce Willis, Creed seems destined for film." ...New York Post..."I was recently blown away by edgy comic Ben Creed at Dangerfields, I highly recommend him." ...New York Times..."We nearly shat ourselves."...The Queen of England. Ben has appeared on Comic Strip Live, Comedy Tonight, A & E’s Comedy on the Road, Showtime, The Playboy Channel and in the film ’Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen.’
Gilbert Gottfried - Sept 6
At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and after a few short years, became known around town as "The Comedian's Comedian." After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. It wasn't until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to several television appearances on "The Cosby Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman."
Gottfried's work in television soon led to roles in film. Most notable was his improvised scene as business manager Sidney Bernstein in the hit sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II," for which the New York Daily News said, "Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene." Aside from his glowing reputation in comedy clubs, Gottfried began to gain a reputation as the king of quirky roles in both movies and television. He appeared in such movies as "Problem Child," "Problem Child II," "Look Who's Talking II" and "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." He was also the host of the very popular late night movie series "USA Up All Night."
After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic "Aladdin," Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voiceover talents, lending his voice to several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. Gottfried also is the voice of DIGIT in the long running PBS Series "Cyberchase," can be heard on the Comedy Central series, "The Annoying Orange", and as the voice of the horse on "Family Guy."
Gottfried appeared on the ABC reality series "Celebrity Wife Swap," swapping with Alan Thicke, numerous Comedy Central Roasts and the Comedy Central series, "The Burn with Jeff Ross." Gottfried's hilarious viral video reading of "Fifty Shades of Grey" (College Humor) received over 4 million views on YouTube. Gilbert is a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Howard Stern Show." In addition, has had a recurring role on "Law and Order" SVU as TARU tech Leo Gerber.
Gottfried appeared in the hit comedy documentary "The Aristocrats," with Entertainment Weekly saying that "out of the 101 comedians who appear on screen, no one is funnier - or more disgusting than Gilbert Gottfried." Gottfried, a classic movie lover, was a guest Programmer on TCM. He mock-complained to TCM host Robert Osborne that choosing only four films out of all those available was "the worst homework assignment ever!"
"Gilbert Gottfried Dirty Jokes" was released on both DVD and CD, featuring 50 non-stop minutes of Gottfried telling the funniest and filthiest jokes ever. The show was filmed live at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Also featured on the DVD are some of the funniest bonus features ever, including wild stories, indignant ranting and celebrity impressions.
Rubber Balls and Liquor is Gilbert Gottfried's hilarious first-ever book. Part memoir, part twisted social commentary, and part scratches on the bathroom wall. With this scathingly funny book of rants and musings, Gottfried sullies an entirely new medium with his dysfunctional worldview.
As a famed comics comic, Gottfried puts aside political correctness for his live performance and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries.
STEPHEN KING ON GILBERT GOTTFRIED "More than a national treasure, he's a secret weapon. If we had had Gilbert Gottfried in World War II, Hitler would have given up in 1942."
Chris Franjola - Sept 11, 12, 13
Chris Franjola is a writer/comedian born and raised on Long Island who now lives and works in Los Angeles. He’s currently a writer and a regular performer on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately.” Chris also starred on the scripted comedy series “After Lately,” which aired for three seasons on E! He is also the host of the Sons of Anarchy after show "Anarchy Afterword," airing live on FX. When he isn’t busy writing and acting, he’s performing stand-up on the road, headlining venues all over the country. Before Chelsea Lately, Chris wrote for other shows, including "Family Guy," the MTV "Video Music Awards," and the original "Chelsea Handler Show."
Mitch Fatel - Sept 18, 19, 20
Mitch Fatel has been showcasing his comedic talent for 15 years and is the number one requested comedian on Sirus Satellite Radio. Fatel is known for his unique style of engaging his audiences with his innocent demeanor, then catching them off guard with his mixture of mischievous dialogue and off color comments. He has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and Howard Stern. Fatel was awarded “Best Comedian” at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006 and in April of 2007, Fatel’s half hour stand-up special debuted on Comedy Central to rave reviews. Fatel also recorded a one hour special for the network entitled, Mitch Fatel is Magical that debuted in 2009. His third album, Public Display of Perversion, was released in March of 2013 and debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. He currently has a reality show pilot at A&E based on his life.
Margaret Smith - Sept 25, 26, 27
Stand Up Comedian, Actor, Writer and Producer, Margaret Smith does it all! A Six-time Emmy Award winner, Margaret recently left her gig as a writer and producer for the Ellen Degeneres Show to work on her own projects. She is currently in negotiations on a pilot she has developed. She also recently published her first book. A hilarious yet poignant, partial memoir about becoming a single mother. It’s titled, “What Was I Thinking”. Additionally, she has won the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comedian. She starred in her own special for Comedy Central and has produced and starred in her own independent projects. Her incredibly funny CD, titled “As It Should Be” has a liner note on the cover from Jay Leno. Jay writes, “, “The best comedians are the ones that write and perform their own material and Margaret Smith is at the top of that list”.
She played the standout record store owner in the hilarious, yet short-lived, spin off of “That 70′s Show” aptly titled “The 80′s Show”. Her list of roles in Television and Film include parts in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas”, the remake of “The Blob”, the Wachowski brother’s hit thriller “Bound” with Gina Gershon and Meg Tilly, and a guest starring role in the Pamela Anderson series, “VIP”, to name a few. You may have also seen one of her many performances on both The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as Late Show with David Letterman. Margaret has toured the comedy circuit doing live performances throughout the United States and beyond including Britain, Ireland and Australia, not to mention a one-nighter in Tasmania. “Have you ever seen a Tasmanian Devil? They’re so cute. You want to pet them, ‘till they yawn.”
She’s worked with everyone from Rosie O’Donnell to the late Bob Hope. She says, “Phyllis Diller told me the dirtiest joke I’ve ever heard,” and claims to have had an emotional bottom on The Oprah Winfrey Show. You might want to keep your eyes open for Margaret during her summer hiatus when she hits the road and tours. She may be coming to a theater in your area.
Midnight Swinger - Oct 2, 3, 4
More than just a stand-up comedian, the Midnight Swinger is proud to be called a throwback entertainer. That's right, an entertainer! The Swinger believes in more than just standing behind the microphone and telling jokes, and doing more than just a simple "comedy show." The Midnight Swinger puts on a spectacle that leaves the audience LAUGHIN', SINGIN' and SWINGIN'.
The Swinger always wears the sharpest threads no matter where he is performing, and stylin' and profilin' with an oversized pompadour. The Swinger will be the first to tell you, "Damn, I Look Good," his battle cry before, during and after every show.
The never subtle or soft spoken Midnight Swinger heats up the room as he puts on a classic Las Vegas style show filled with great comedy, music, singing and dancing. And when the show is over you will walkout with a smile on your face yelling DAMN, I LOOK GOOD!
Steve Hirst - Oct 9, 10, 11
With dead on impressions, music and a closing bit that will have you falling out of your seat, Steve's roller coaster ride of laughs will leave you short of breath and begging for more. Get ready America because the new British Invasion of comedy has arrived and it goes by the name of Steve Hirst.