MEET THE ARTISTS
Ardie Fuqua is a comedian and actor from New York. He has made appearances on BET’s Comic View and BET News. A veteran of the NYC stand up scene, he can be seen regularly at the city’s finest clubs, including Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Stand Up NY. Fuqua has given hilarious commentary as himself on VH1’s shows and Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has also worked as a writer and performer on the P. Diddy Presents The Bad Boys of Comedy series. In 2009, Fuqua made over a dozen appearances on TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest, a popular long running series. Recently, Fuqua appeared on the 1st season finale of the critically acclaimed FX series, Louie, co-starring with comedian, Godfrey. Fuqua made a return appearance in the 2nd season of Louie, appearing as the Comedy Cellar emcee, a role he regularly fills with the club.
You know what they say about a person with two first names? Well...who knows? People say a lot of stuff. When it comes to Tracey Ashley people are saying the same thing "This woman is funny!" Known for her seamless story-telling, sharp topical material and hilarious punchlines Tracey Ashley is a comedienne on the rise. Tracey performs on college campuses and comedy clubs across the country. Becoming an instant College favorite Tracey was nominated by Campus Activities Magazine as Best Female Performer for her rave reviews of performances. Tracey was a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 5, has appeared as a Co-host on TVLANDS Prime Movies and most recently was honored to appear on The OWN Networks comedy special Wanda Sykes Presents: HERLARIOUS. Entertaining audiences with the ups and downs of her world from being born on the farm in Georgia to making a new life in the Midwest Tracey Ashley is hilarious, endearing and all around fun to watch.
Ruperto Vanderpool, a natural born comedian who's best known for his pantomiming humor and his endless variety of facial expressions. Born and raised in New York City the Bronx as son of Dominican parents, allowed Ruperto to be exposed to a diverse array of cultures that have provided him with many experiences, which today he incorporates into his stand up routine. "Funny things always happened in my house being that there were 8 of us." It's no surprise that he brings an extremely high level of energy, personality and style to the comedy stage that is hard to find today. Ruperto is currently featured in a major motion picture " The Cookout" produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Films and Lions Gate Films. Ruperto's television appearances consist of CBS Urban Latino TV, BET's Comic View, Galavison's Que Locos!, special featured guest on It's Showtime at the Apollo, Ricki Lake and NBC's Law & Order special victims unit. He was chosen to perform at the Latino Laugh Festival in San Antonio, Texas and recently made his debut as a writer for the online animated series, La Familia which can be seen on the new website icaramba.com. When asked about his most memorable performance he immediately brings up his two shows at the theater I Madison Square Garden for the popular New York radio show La Mega 97.9 FM. "My voice was hoarse, I closed out the show and brought the house down! The feeling was incredible!!" Comedy is just one part of this magnetic performer's rising career. Ruperto Vandrpool is read to take on the world. His playful use of both English and Spanish allows this pioneer of Dominican-American Comedy to give a touch of "sabor" (flavor) to his audience.
A Brooklyn native, Marc Theobald is becoming one of the hottest acts in the stand-up scene. Marc used to make jokes as he worked as a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company. He made doctors laugh constantly, so he decided to take his act to other people as well. Marc entered the stand-up comedy scene and never looked back. He tours nationally, performing at clubs and colleges all over the country. Marc has landed featured spots on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Byron Allen’s Comics Unleashed. Marc has also appeared in Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, BET’s Comic View and even Showtime at the Apollo, earning fans across the U.S. with his energy and sharp joke writing skills. He recently brought his act across the pond, appearing in the international World Stands Up special, filmed in London, England. In New York, Marc appears regularly at the top clubs in New York, including Stand Up NY, Laughing Devil Comedy Club, Gotham, and Caroline’s on Broadway. A respected writer, Marc co-wrote the films One Mic and Comic Groove for comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan. Marc lives in New York City.