May 30

Laugh In Lineup #14

with Jamie Ward , Larry Venturino , Loy Lee and Kareem "Plug" Chapman

Laugh In Lineup #14

with Jamie Ward , Larry Venturino , Loy Lee and Kareem "Plug" Chapman

The Laugh In Lineup Showcase is back! Featuring nationally touring headliners and features who are showcasing at the club for the opportunity to be booked for further dates at Laugh In Comedy Cafe. #14 is a stacked lineup including Jamie Ward (Laughs, Sirius Xm), Loy Lee (HBO, Showtime), and Kareem "Plug" Chapman (Hart of the City). Laugh In Lineup is hosted by Larry Venturino.

Jamie Ward

From Jamie Ward:

Comedy is a hard job, but the toughest part of being a Chinese comic is, I’m Korean. I am the adopted son of a dad who is from New York and a mother from Tennessee. I was destined to be a comedian.

My comedy journey started in 2009 when I returned to the US from Afghanistan. I had just gotten off of Active Duty and I was looking to reintegrate into society. Naturally I was drawn to a life of living on the road and meeting new people, but my foray into professional dance was short lived, so I tried stand-up comedy instead.

What can I say, it’s been a whirlwind adventure so far. I’ve performed all across the country and in 2016 I had the opportunity to perform in the Bahamas and for The US Marine basis in Korea (the good one) and Japan. My mix of fast-paced jokes and high energy stories about my life have given me the opportunity to perform on national TV and radio. I was featured on the TV show Laughs on FOX and my comedy can be heard on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio.

In addition to comedy clubs, colleges and festivals around the country, I work with my own comedy group of all military veteran comedians called The GI Jokers. We run shows to raise money for veteran causes and charities.

Jamie Ward performing at the Laugh Factory

Larry Venturino

Larry Venturino is a stand-up comedian living in Florida but originally from Rhode Island. He burst onto the Southwest Florida comedy scene in his mid-30s. He had already been married and, of course, divorced. Then, he adopted two kids! He's a middle-class white single father raising two Hispanic children doing his best impression of Diff'rent Strokes. All the while, Larry's pushing two decades as a social worker. He's seen the best and the absolute worst in people. When asked about reliving these experiences on stage through his comedy, Larry says, "This is therapy for a mind who has seen it all - triumph and failure, heroes and abusers, life and death."

Larry Venturino regularly performs at clubs and private events. No stranger to the stage, he was the frontman for three touring punk rock/hardcore bands. His brand of comedy is endearing yet intense while taking the envelope and pushing it to the limits. He has performed with nationally touring headliners including: Kevin McDonald from the Kids In The Hall, Dat Phan, Jim Florentine, Bobby Collins, Pablo Francisco, Kevin Farley, Preston Lacy from Jackass, Marc "Skippy" Price from Family Ties, Frank Del Pizzo, & Christopher Cowles.

His debut digital EP - "Do You Know What's In That?" was recorded on April Fool's Day 2017 at the legendary Laugh In Comedy Cafe in Fort Myers, FL. It is raw. From the clink-clank of silverware and bar noise to the ambient noise of a speaker or two to eruptions of laughter and groans - it's a taste of experiencing Larry's live show. Released in May 2017, it is available in digital media outlets worldwide including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Bandcamp, and the Laughly streaming comedy app.

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Loy Lee

Loy Lee, American Asian Stand up Comedian comes from the far off and distant land of Boston, MA. Loy is a gifted writer, comedian and actor who continues to entertain audiences from coast to coast with his unique brand of comedic snark that is firmly planting him as one of the best comedians to look out for today. Coming from 6 generations of blue collar tightly wound east coast laborers, Loy realized at a young age that being 6th generation asian in America was not only a concept that was hard for others to understand, he found that it put him in a place where he was too Chinese to be American but too American to be considered Chinese, that and he's not fit to work with his hands. Loy began his acting career at a very young age of 5 starring in several national commercials. In 2006, Loy moved to Los Angeles to follow the footsteps of millions of aspiring actors to pursue the next level of his acting career. In 2011, frustrated with the roles that were available to him and what the industry expected from asian actors, Loy challenged himself to challenge the Asian American image status quo. Loy’s unique comedic voice and unconventional point of view has also been put to good use in the battle of the stereotypes and expectations of American Asians. As a child, Loy had grew out of a stutter and a speech impediment and he finds pride in his wordplay and mastery of the only language he knows, English. Loy’s talents extend to other areas in the entertainment business. He has a Podcast entitled “Short Pale and Handsome Podcast w/Loy Lee”. where he gives his perspective on current events, sports and his everyday life. “Short Pale and Handsome” provides an outlet for his fans to hear him on a weekly basis and follow his journey through the craziness of life. Loy works with the Asian American community and youth groups as well as colleges, fundraisers and community outreach programs to help define and establish a social environment that promotes self awareness and self esteem among Asian Americans and youth. Loy is a movie enthusiast, loves pool, is an avid sports fan and his favorite hobby is to fall down the google rabbit hole. He currently resides in Washington DC with his wife.

Kareem "Plug" Chapman

A native of East Point, GA., Kareem Chapman, aka Plug Chapman is a natural born comedian, writer, and actor, with a knack for revealing “the funny” like a flashlight in the dark. In addition to opening up for headliners like Jon Lovitz, Jodi Miller and Chris D’elia, he is a hit with audiences from east to west coasts, performing in venues such as The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and John Lovitz Comedy Club just to name a few. Plug is also a touring comic, who hosts various shows each month in several states for other local and touring comedians.

The name Plug comes from his resourcefulness and ability to “plug” or connect anyone with anything. His motto, “If I can’t get you what you need in 3 phone calls or less, then it doesn’t exist”.

At Riverwood High School, Plug was a successful
multi-talented athlete in track, baseball, basketball and
cross-country. He wished for a career in professional
basketball but never grew taller than 5’9”. Instead, he
earned a track scholarship to Fort Valley State College
where he majored in Criminal Justice with hopes of becoming
a homicide detective. His first time on stage took place at
Fort Valley when he hosted a popular dormitory talent show.
He had an epiphany and realized that he had the gift—he
could make people laugh..

After graduating college, Plug decided on a career in music.
Around this time, he anticipated the birth of his daughter
and took a job working as an overnight cashier to make ends
meet. He kept his customers entertained telling joke after
joke. One night popular Atlanta comedian, Dirty South, came
into the store. After watching him interact with several
customers, she invited him to perform so he could showcase
his comedic talent. But a severe case of stage fright
prevented him from doing the show.

Unable to land an entertainment job and support himself and
his child, Plug had to turn to family for help. He found
employment with his uncle Tip, aka T.I., as a personal
assistant. This position allowed him to work closely in the
music industry, travel the world and take the time for
personal reflection. He provided for his daughter and
developed into a well-rounded, focused individual. Plug’s
stint with T.I. affirmed his interests in the music
industry, and prompted a move to L.A. in January 2010. After
many failed attempts to enter this field, he dropped music
in L.A. and went back to his innate gift of comedy. One
afternoon in June of 2010 he went to an open mic night at
the Ha Ha Café in North Hollywood. He managed his first
night jitters, went on stage and put on a great show.
Everyone needs a launch pad, and this was his.

Missing his daughter and his family, Plug decided to move
back to Atlanta in November 2012 to pursue comedy further.
Now he is a familiar face on the comedy scene, performing
all over Atlanta as well as cities like Birmingham, Mobile,
Chicago and Richmond VA.

Known to everyone as an open book, Plug’s subject matter
typically involves poking fun at unbelievable circumstances,
current events and even relationships. With his quick wits
and transparency, Plug says what everyone is thinking, but
makes us not feel bad about it

05/30/2018 7:30 PM

Door Time: 6:00 PM

Other Showtimes

The Laugh In Lineup Showcase is back! Featuring nationally touring headliners and features who are showcasing at the club for the opportunity to be booked for further dates at Laugh In Comedy Cafe. #14 is a stacked lineup including Jamie Ward (Laughs, Sirius Xm), Loy Lee (HBO, Showtime), and Kareem "Plug" Chapman (Hart of the City). Laugh In Lineup is hosted by Larry Venturino.

Doors open at 6 for week day shows! Friday & Saturday doors open at 5pm for happy hour at the bar and table seating begins at 6pm. Late show doors open at 8:00 pm in the bar and the theater opens at 9:15. We have a full kitchen menu open for all shows!

The Laugh In Lineup Showcase is back! Featuring nationally touring headliners and features who are showcasing at the club for the opportunity to be booked for further dates at Laugh In Comedy Cafe. #14 is a stacked lineup including Jamie Ward (Laughs, Sirius Xm), Loy Lee (HBO, Showtime), and Kareem "Plug" Chapman (Hart of the City). Laugh In Lineup is hosted by Larry Venturino.

Jamie Ward

Larry Venturino

Loy Lee

Kareem "Plug" Chapman