Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival

SAN BERNARDINO - Eleven stand up comedy shows, starring such top-name comedians as Rita Rudner, Jay Mohr and Tommy Chong, will be showcased in the four-day Showtime Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

The Aug. 25-28 event features more than 20 comedians performing, including Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy, Anthony Clark, Steve Trevino, Melanie Comarcho, Ian Bagg, Monique Marvez, Willie Barcena, and other stars to be announced.  A presentation of the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency, all 11 shows will be filmed for Showtime Network's LOL Comedy Series.


Tickets are $25 for single shows, with VIP Gold Circle admission of $40. Single day admission is $63. The LOL Comedy Festival Package for all four days of performances is $270.  Outside the theater, Aug. 26-27, free events will be open to the public. There will be stand up comics performing, as well as music acts. The outdoor festival also will have food and beverage vendors.

The free comedy entertainment outside the theater, as well as all California Theatre shows, is recommended for mature audiences.


Comacho and Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy open the festival inside the California Theatre on Aug. 25, with shows at 9 and 11 p.m., respectively.  A comedienne and actress, Comarcho is from Inglewood, and has performed on comedy stages through stages throughout the country. She has appeared on Comedy Central and as part of the Def Comedy Jam Tour.  Comarcho also has appeared on such TV shows as "The Chris Rock Show," "Vibe," "The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show," "Arsenio Hall" and "The Soul Train Comedy Awards."  Rapper, actor and pop culture phenom Snoop Dogg, whose 11th studio album, "Doggumentary," was released in March and debuted at No. 8 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.  Snoop Dogg is one of the most successful - and most recognizable -- hip hop artists of all time, selling more than 12 million records in the U.S. and more than 30 million worldwide as a solo artist.

Trevino headlines the 6 p.m. show Aug. 26, with Clark performing at 8 p.m. and Barcena at 9:30 p.m.  Trevino got his start in comedy when he was in elementary school. He started doing comedy professionally at the Dallas, Texas, Improv. He later opened for the Three Amgios Comedy Tour, starring Carlos Mencia.  He has appeared on Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia," BET's "Comic View," MUN2s's "Loco Comedy Jam," SiTV's "Latino Laugh Festival," GALA's "Que Locos," and SYN's "The Daily Buzz."  Clark is a comedian and actor who was the host of the reality competition television series "Last Comic Standing." He also starred in the TV show "Yes, Dear."  He also starred in the 2011 film comedy "My Uncle Rafael," with Missi Pyle and John Michael Higgins, and appeared in the films "The Rock" and "The Thing Called Love."  Clark also has appeared in such TV series as "Boston Common," "Soul Man" and "Ellen." He also appears in Alan Jackson's music video for "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues."

One of the featured comics in last summer's LOL Comedy Festival, Barcena appeared as part of the "Legally Brown" tour, whose television special aired recently on Showtime.  The comedian has performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" numerous times, and Leno also invited him to perform for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  Barcena also has appeared on the TV shows "Moesha" and "The Wayans Brothers," and was chosen to be the host of the popular Si-TV production "Latino Laugh Festival - The Show."

Ian Bagg opens the Aug. 27 shows at 6 p.m., followed by Mohr at 8 p.m. and Tommy Chong Presents Comedy at 420 at 9:30 p.m.  Bagg, who also performed at last summer's LOL Comedy Festival with Jon Lovitz, is a native of British Columbia. He moved to New York in 1996 and became a regular at clubs like the Comic Strip and the Comedy Cellar.  He has appeared on Conan O'Brien's late night show three times, and has also performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and on "HBO Showcase Comics" and "Friday Nights."

A stand-up comedian, actor and author, Jay Mohr is known for his role as Professor Rick Payne in the TV series "Ghost Whisperer," the title role in the CBS sitcom "Gary Unmarried," and as the back-stabbing sports agent Bon Sugar in the hit film "Jerry Maguire."  The New Jersey native was a featured player on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," had a recurring role on "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," starred in the TV series "Action," and hosted a sports talk show on ESPN called "Mohr Sports."  Mohr also appeared in such series as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "West Wing," "Scrubs," and in 2003 and 2004, he created, hosted and was executive producer of NBC's "Last Comic' Standing."  He also has appeared in such films as "Picture Perfect," "Are We There Yet?," "Small Soldiers," "Pay It Forward," and "The Groomsmen," and Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter."

Chong, the other half of the legendary 1970s comedy duo Cheech and Chong, is probably best known as the "stoner" character in countess TV series and films. He will present his Comedy at 420 show.  From 1999 to 2002, Chong has a recurring role in the hit comedy series "That '70s Show." He appeared in such films "Up in Smoke," "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie," "McHale's Navy" and "Pauly Shore is Dead."

Rudner opens the Aug. 28 line-up, starting at 6 p.m., followed by Marvez at 8 p.m., and a soon to be announced celebrity at 9:30 p.m.  Rudner got her start in show business as a dancer, and appeared in several Broadway shows, including the original productions of "Follies" and "Mack & Mabel."  Her comedy TV specials include "Rita Rudner: Born to be Mild" and "Rita Rudner: Marries Without Children" for HBO, and "Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegas" for PBS.  Since 2001, Rudner has performed almost exclusively in Las Vegas. She moved to The Venetian in January. She also created and hosted the syndicated improvisation comedy show "Ask Rita," for which she received the Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Television and Radio.


Personality, stand-up comedienne, actress and writer, Marvez was a founding member, along with Eva Longoria, of the Hot Tamales Comedy Troupe.  She received an Alma Award nomination for her Showtime special, ""The Latin Divas of Comedy,' has entertained U.S. troops in Iraq, and performed for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

This is the second consecutive year that Showtime is filming the summer comedy festival. Since January, the network has aired five comedy specials filmed at the theater in July 2011.  Those comedy specials starred comedians Tom Arnold, Caroline Rhea, Jon Lovitz, the "Legally Brown" tour and, most recently, Louie Anderson.

LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY FESTIVAL LINE-UP
Aug. 25
9:30 p.m. Melanie Comarcho
11 p.m. Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy

Tiffany Haddish, April Macie, Simply Cookie, Luenell and Monique Marvez

Aug. 26
6 p.m. Steve Trevino
8 p.m. Anthony Clark
9:30 p.m. Willie Barcena

Aug.27
6 p.m. Ian Bagg
8 p.m. Jay Mohr
9:30 p.m. Tommy Chong Presents Comedy at 420

Mark Cohen, Shelby Chong, Edwin San Juan, Jay Phillips, Eddie Ifft

Aug. 28
6 p.m. Rita Rudner and 4 Potential Ex-Husbands

David Gee, John Fox, Allen Stephen and Otto & George
8 p.m. Monique Marvez
9:30 p.m. Bill Bellamy Ladies Night Out