Sponsored by the Mill Valley Art Commission, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Punchline Comedy Club, Piazza D’Angelo’s Restaurant, Mill Valley Inn and Mark Pitta and Friends, the hugely popular show draws young and old alike. This year’s show promises another lively evening of entertainment. Featured performers will be the talented and nationally recognized Hal Sparks, Myq Kaplan and John Fugelsang. Mark Pitta returns to host.
Hal Sparks is an American actor, comedian and heavy metal musician. Former host of E!’s “Talk Soup” he played the character Michael Novotny on Showtime's “Queer As Folk.” Hal can be heard Wednesday mornings hosting “Humpday” on the Stephanie Miller radio show. He has had feature roles in such films as “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” as well as on such popular television series as “Martial Law” and “Frasier.” You can currently catch Hal on his one hour Showtime special “Charmageddon.”
Myq Kaplan has appeared at the New Faces show of the 2009 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”. He was voted Best Local Comedian in the Boston Phoenix and won March Comedy Madness 2009 at Caroline’s in New York. Myq was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and Comedy Central's Open Mic Fights. He was named Boston University's Funniest Student and was featured at the inaugural Great American Comedy Festival. His CD Vegan Mind Meld is on sale on iTunes and his joke “Jews and Sea Creatues” was animated and can be seen on Funny or Die. He most recently competed on Last Comic Standing and ranked in the top 5. He spent about 5 months on the Last Comic Standing tour.
John Fugelsang has appeared many times on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" and is currently touring in “The Sexy Liberal Show” with Stephanie Miller & Hal Sparks as well as performing in the Off-Broadway run of “Laughing Liberally.” He’s been featured on CNN, Fox News, Dennis Miller, Air America, NPR, CNBC. He's a regular on HLN's “The Joy Behar Show” and plays two roles in the upcoming romantic comedy “The Whole Truth” starring Elisabeth Rohm and Eric Roberts, screening at NYC’s Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival. John has opened for Bill Maher & Darrell Hammond. He recently wrapped the independent feature “Price Check” opposite Parker Posey.
Mark Pitta fulfilled a life-long dream by appearing on the Johnny Carson Show with subsequent appearances on Jay Leno. He was host of FOX networks “Totally Hidden Video” and appeared on “Premium Blend” for Comedy Central. He currently hosts “Mark Pitta & Friends” a premier comedy showcase for up and coming comedians and established headliners Tuesday nights at the Throckmorton Theater.