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Shawn Pelofsky: This sassy female will blow you away with her physical comedy and high energy. If Dane Cook and Kathy Griffin were to have a love child, then this would be your comic for hire. Shawn will take you on a wild ride with her outrageous impersonations and knowledge of pop culture. Her ability to nickname and work a crowd will blow your mind. Once you “Stretch it Out” with Shawn Pelofsky, you will never stop.
Shawn was born one out of ten Jews in Oklahoma. Performing since the age of eight, it’s only natural that Shawn decided to pursue a career in comedy. She attended the University of Southern California and received a B.A. from The School of Theater. During her time at USC, she joined an improvisational group “Comedius Interruptus” which became her motivating force to train at The Groundlings.
By the age of 20, Shawn Pelofsky was performing sketches and improv with comedic giant (SNL’s) Will Ferrell'. With a couple years of improv under her belt, she became a member of The ACME Comedy Theater. During her time at ACME, Shawn flourished in the field of stand-up comedy culminating with her current status as a regular at The World Famous Comedy Store. When she’s not touring or performing for our troops in places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bahrain and Guantanamo Bay, Shawn performs weekly on their infamous Main Room stage. Adding to her many comedic accolades, Shawn has been featured in The Montreal “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival and in the all female hit comedy tours Pretty Funny Women, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad and The Hot Tamales produced by Eva Longoria. She has opened up for greats such as Richard Lewis, Robert Klein, Bill Maher and the fabulous Margaret Cho.
Shawn has given the comedy competition circuit a run for its money as a finalist for The Funniest Woman in Orange County and in Comedy Central's "Laugh Riots". Her television and film credits include Community (NBC), Lip Service (Showtime), The Gossip Queens (LOGO), Chelsea Lately (E!), Pretty Hurts (LOGO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Tonight Show (NBC), Pauly Shore’s Minding the Store (TBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Playboy Channel and Free Enterprise starring William Shatner. You can currently catch Shawn Pelofsky taking gay male audiences by storm performing with the Atlantis Cruises worldwide, Gay Prides around the USA, hosting HRC events and at The Comedy Store with her new monthly hit wonder “The Bathhouse Show”. Make sure to check out her new comedy album: LADY HAHA recently released on i-Tunes.
Vicki Barbolak: Vicki was recently selected by Bob Reid and Mark Ross, the Talent Coordinators of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to be a member of Jay Leno’s Laugh Squad at NBC.
She is the 2007 Winner of Nickelodeon’s “Funniest Mom in America” hosted by Rosanne Barr and is now touring major venues across the America in her own Show the Wild Girls of Comedy and Headlining the hilarious Funniest Housewives of Orange County Shows. As an actress Vicki had the honor of starring in New Vision Theaters’ Company 2010 Production of Faith County II, playing Juliet of Romeo and Juliet (a la Arkansas). She also recently played Garret Morris’s secretary in John Griess’ new Independent Film, Pickin and Grinnin’.
A modern version of Phyllis Diller and Totie Fields, Vicki Barbolak has been called the next Major Headliner to carry on their legendary ‘Live in Concert’ shows. Vicki was the first winner of California’s Funniest Female Contest in 2004 and thankful to the boys up above San Francisco for her win of Russian River’s Gay Comedy Festival in 2006.
Vicki was singled out by E! Television as “…the next breakout star to come out of the World Famous Comedy Store.”