Welcome Back!! The DVE Comedy Fest returns after a much longer hiatus than expected. Randy Baumann and the DVE Morning Show present a great line-up of comedians with Kyle Kinane, Matt Braunger, Gareth Reynolds, Steph Tolev, and our very own Bill Crawford!
UPDATE: Pittsburgh's own Billy Gardell will be doing a pop-in set!
July 15, 2023
About the Comics:
Kyle Kinane is a comedian from Addison, Illinois. According to Wikipedia, he is a notable person from that town. Other notable residents of Addison have been the boxer Leon Spinks and a woman who wrote poetry about Beanie Babies.
Raised in such a cultural fondue pot as this, it was natural for Kyle to find his way from warehouse work into show business. As a comedian, he has been seen on Conan, The Tonight Show, Netflix’s “The Standups,” and three of his own hour-length specials on Comedy Central. As an actor, he’s been in the Judd Apatow series “Love” and truTV’s “Those Who Can’t.” He was also on “Drunk History,” where he unfortunately wasn’t acting. As a voice over actor, he was the former voice of Comedy Central for 8 years and currently plays Bullet on the Netflix series “Paradise PD.” He is also cohost of the Boogie Monster podcast along with Dave Stone, and the streaming show “Hey Girl” with Matt Braunger. As a musician, he has done nothing, as he is not a musician.
Kyle’s most recent standup work, “Trampoline In A Ditch,” was recorded at Comedy on State in Madison, Wisconsin and was released on 800 LB Gorilla Records in 2020. The album was accompanied by an animated short, produced by Meister. “When you’re here, you’re family.”
Matt Braunger was raised in Portland, Oregon. A headlining comedian since 2007 and an actor since childhood, Matt studied theatre in New York and improvisation in Chicago. Matt’s television credits include recurring roles on ABC’s Agent Carter, NBC’s Up All Night, Netflix’s Disjointed, Starz’ Take My Wife and Amazon’s Upload. Matt was a series regular on Fox’s MADtv, a cast member of the TruTV series How to Be a Grown Up, and has appeared on Carol’s Second Act, Superstore, Fuller House, Man with a Plan, BoJack Horseman, Stan Against Evil, I’m Dying Up Here, Garfunkel and Oates, Maron, HBO’s Family Tree, the Chelsea Lately roundtable, @midnight, The Michael J Fox Show, Happy Endings, CONAN, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Pete Holmes Show, United States of Tara, Pushing Daisies, Carpoolers, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Acceptable TV, and Live At Gotham.
In 2009, he was named to Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch, and Comedy Central’s Hot 9 in ’09 list. His debut album Soak Up The Night was released by Comedy Central Records and was an iTunes Top 20 Comedy Album for 2009. In 2010, he recorded his half hour Comedy Central Presents special and in 2012 released his debut hour-long special entitled Shovel Fighter, which was also released as an album. Matt has since released two more specials: Big, Dumb Animal and Finally Live in Portland and has a new special entitled Doug that debuted in the fall of 2022.
Matt has performed at a variety of prestigious festivals including Just For Laughs in Montreal and Moontower in Austin.
Gareth Reynolds is an internationally touring stand up who’s brilliantly clever quips perfectly offset Dave Anthony’s hilarious snark on their smash hit podcast The Dollop which garners over 5 million downloads a month. Originally from the mean streets of Milwaukee, Wi Gareth has worked on all sides of both TV and film. Gareth has written or appeared on New Girl, Arrested Development, I’m Sorry, Hoops, Flaked, You’re The Worst, A Very Harold and Kumar Xmas, and Maron. He has also appeared on MTV, Comedy central, The Travel Channel, and Netflix. His debut stand up album Riddled With Disease hit #1 on the Billboard comedy charts. His first special titled ‘England, Weed, and the Rest’ is now available on youtube. He is the father to a cat named Jose.
Steph Tolev is a stand up and sketch comedian from Toronto, Canada currently living in Los Angeles. Her unique brand of absurd and personal comedy has made her an audience favorite across North America both on stage and on television. As a stand up, Steph has done the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal four times, three of which were taped for TV and air on the Comedy Network. Steph made her American TV debut on on Comedy Central part of Bill Burr’s new show “The Ringers”. She was recently named one of Vultures “Comics You Should and Will Know” and one of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” comics to watch. She also co-wrote and co-stars in the Comedy Central web series ” Steph & Deb” with comedian Deb Digiovanni. Steph can also be seen in the Amazon show “Please Understand Me” produced by Sarah Silverman and was featured in season two of “Corporate” on Comedy Central. Steph has won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Stand up and was a finalist in Sirius XM’s next top comic.
She was well-received at the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Clusterfest, Laughing Skull Festival, San Fran Sketch Fest, High Plaines, Big Sky Festival, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Sketch Fest’s, NXNE, and JFL42. Steph has released four albums, “So Many Wolves” in 2014 with her sketch duo Ladystache and most recently “Older & Wider”. On her own she has ” Hot N’ Hungry” from 2016 and just recently “I’m Not Well” that was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Comedy Album.
A Pittsburgh native, Bill Crawford has a part of the DVE Morning Show for 10 years! Before that, Bill traveled across the country doing stand-up and was signed by Levity Entertainment. He’s performed in Seattle, New York, Dallas, Miami, Chicago & everywhere in between and done shows with Bill Burr, Steve Byrne, Billy Gardell, Jim Breuer, Bryan Callen, and Bert Kreischer. Bill performed in the TBS Just For Laughs comedy festival in Chicago and was one of the featured comics in the LOL Lounge Showcase in 2011. He was also featured on NFL Network’s “A Football Life: The Immaculate Reception.” In 2015, along with Steve Simeone, Roy Wood Jr. and Steve Byrne, Bill went on a USO Tour, entertaining the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Since then, he has been on 2 additional USO Tours, performing in Jordan, South Korea and Japan. Crawford came up through the ranks at the Pittsburgh Improv, going from open mics to headlining and selling out shows all over the area. He still tours with National Headliners like Steve Byrne and Kathleen Madigan and hosts the official tailgate of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Stage AE. Bill’s comedy is all about perspective and sarcasm. He mixes a blend of intelligence and the ridiculous, taking on a variety of topics and turning them inside out. His comedic style create humorous observations from the everyday life of a guy with two daughters trying to figure it all out.