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The 2nd Annual Big Easy Comedy Festival returns to New Orleans

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The 2nd Annual Big Easy Comedy Festival returns to New Orleans on May 28, 2011
for a night of unrivaled laughter and entertainment

New OrleansWith the thrill of Mardi Gras festivities in the past, the 2nd Annual Big Easy Comedy Festival returns to New Orleans on Memorial Day Weekend bringing a night of comedic performances and laughter to the city of New Orleans. On May 28th, four of comedy’s biggest names will take the stage together at the UNO Lakefront Arena for what is sure to be an unforgettable night, but be prepared to laugh until it hurts.

Last year’s festival favorites Mike Epps and Bruce Bruce return to keep the audience laughing with their hilarious standup performances, while Sheryl Underwood and Michael Colyar, newcomers to the festival, will captivate viewers with their impressive stage presence and high energy performances.

The 2nd Annual Big Easy Comedy Festival will kick off at the Lakefront Arena on May 28th at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the UNO Lakefront Arena Box Office,, all Ticketmaster outlets, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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For photos, interviews or other press information call Sarah Cornelius at 203-488-5828 or email

Comedian Biographies

Mike Epps
One of the newest among his peers in the entertainment industry to climb the ranks of stand-up comedy, Mike Epps has reached the top, having headlined his extremely successful self-titled tour “Mike Epps & Friends Tour” for the past two years. Mike Epps was discovered in 1999 at the Lafapalooza fest in Atlanta, he first hit the big screen as Ice Cube’s co-star in Next Friday. Epps went on to appear in Bait with Jamie Foxx and had a small cameo in How High. He teamed up again with Ice Cube in All About the Benjamins and Janky Promoters, and started in films such as The Fighting Temptations, Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse, Roll Bounce, and The Hangover. In 2010, Mike Epps embarked on a tour with Snoop Dogg titled “Imagine That”, and starred in another Ice Cube film, Lottery Ticket. He has also released two Showtime specials Mike Epps: Live from Club Nokia and Mike Epps: Under Rated, Never Faded & X-Rated. He was also the host of the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2010. In May 2011, he will star in the newly released movie Jumping the Broom.

Bruce Bruce
Thanks to his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style, Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with rolling on the floor. His stand up comic talents earned him the highest ratings ever as the host of “BET’s 10th Anniversary Comic View” for two seasons, two-time host “Coming to the Stage”, his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and comedy special DVD “Bruce Bruce Live”. Bruce’s personality and versatility has transcended the stage to feature film appearances in Hair Show, The Wash & Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector and even cameos in music videos from Ludacris & Outcast. In June 2009 he was featured in TBS’s “Comedy You Can Believe In” hosted by David Alan Grier. In 2009 and 2009, Bruce Bruce was a regular on the Royal Comedy Tour, and in February 2011 he released a live-standup performance Bruce Bruce: Losin it!.

Sheryl Underwood
Comedienne, political satirist, republican, and conservative are not the first things that come to mind when you look at the talented Sheryl Underwood, however there's more to her than meets the eye. One of the most brilliant comics on the scene today, Underwood's claim to fame is that she dares to say what people are really thinking and makes no apologies for it. Underwood first took the scene in 1989 when she became the first female finalist in the popular Miller Light Comedy Search. Since then, she has won a number of high profile comedy competitions, including BET Comic View’s Funniest Female Comedian. Sheryl conquered the world of television on BET’s popular talk show Oh Drama!, which led to the creation of her own show, Holla. She has also been a favorite on shows such as Politcally Incorrect, HBO’s All Star Def Comedy Jam, Showtime's Full-Frontal Comedy Show, Motown Live and Fox's Saturday Night Special. She also appeared on the big screen with roles in Bullworth and Master P’s I Got The Hookup. Not only hardworking, but also a philanthropist, Sheryl donates 5% of her road earnings to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. where she is a lifetime member and has served as the president of her local chapter.

Michael Colyar
From the streets of Chicago to the sands of Venice Beach, to television, stage and screen, actor and comedian Michael Colyar has made his mark in the hearts and minds of a diverse audience. Colyar gained notable attention in 1990 when he was the $100,000 Grand Prize Comedy Champion of Star Search, and donated half of his winnings to homeless charities in the Los Angeles area. Colyar’s highly entertaining brand of comedy has won him the accolades of host of BET Live from LA in 1999, host of The Big Black Comedy Show: Live from Chicago! in 2005, and most recently on screen in The Longshot in 2008 and The Princess and the Frog in 2010. Michael Colyar is hard to ignore, and impossible to forget.