Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Jan Gudaitis

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Jan Gudaitis,also known as Deadpan Jan has a unique voice and a dry and off beat way at looking at life. She has performed at the Limestone Comedy Festival; the Cleveland Comedy Festival; the Golden Spike Comedy Festival;Gilda Radner LaughFest, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival; Let’s Fest Festival; Maumee Joseph and Mary Comedy Festival and the World Series of Comedy, She has worked with Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Laura Kightlinger, Stewart Huff Tim Northern and others.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

I am looking forward to the Late, Late Breakfast Show on Saturday at 4:00 PM. As a comic, I keep late hours so 4:00 PM is perfect for me. Also, looking forward to seeing friends, meeting other comics and staying up late.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

Friday Nov 9th at 7:00 PM at the Improv Shop
Saturday Nov 10th at 4:00 PM The Late, Late, Breakfast Show at the Improv Shop
Saturday Nov 10th at 7:00 PM at the Improv Shop

Give us your social media information!

JanGudaitisComedy.com Webpage
twitter@DeadpanJan
Jan Gudaitis Comedy Facebook page

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

Since I’ve been bitten by a spider and it was no fun and woke up to find the campfire surrounded by a half dozen tarantulas while I slept a few feet away in a mummy sleeping bag, I would prefer to live without taco’s. It wouldn’t be much of a sacrifice since I could still eat all of the fillings separately.

Do you even lift?

Only when necessary! Like when I have to carry the vacuum cleaner from one floor to another or when I have to move mulch around in my yard. When my husband leaves his weights out in the middle of the room, I first curse him under my breath and then roll them out of the way.

Plug something. Commerce will save us all!

We all have dreams and goals, one I hope to realize soon is to write and produce a one-woman-show for various fringe festivals. I hope to prove that Deadpan Jan can bring life to a comedy show.

See Jan and all of the other comics joining her at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Matt Payton

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Matt Payton has performed at comedy festivals such as the Out Of Bounds, Burbank and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has appeared on To Tell The Truth for ABC and his writing has been featured on Splitsider, The Weekly Humorist, Points In Case and McSweeney’s. He is from Missouri, but the other major metropolitan area that everyone over here is supposed to hate.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

Seeing my friends in the festival delight the crowds with their jokes, bringing my favorite jackets out of California retirement and watching my enemies get crushed (they know who they are).

When/where are you performing at the festival?

The Atomic Cowboy Saturday at 8PM. I’ll be espousing the wonderful benefits of Herbalife all the other times during the festival. You’ll want to avoid me at all costs.

Give us your social media information!

Twitter & Instagram: @paytonmatting Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012320412790&ref=bookmarks mattpayton.tumblr.com Also look for me on Slack making references to memes from 18 months ago and relating them back to the highlighters in the supply closet.

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

I would have to say tacos because then I would never know they existed, therefore would not know what I’m missing out on. But let’s say it’s a world without tacos starting now I’d still pick that one because I could throw the ingredients of a taco together in another form. And who wouldn’t like to eat carne asada, cilantro and onions in the shape of a swan?

Do you even lift?

I assume you’re talking about weights and if you’re trying to provoke me into some sort of fight just be warned I’m fully prepared to engage in a battle of wits with you, which I will also lose badly while still flailing about like a bird somehow.

If you have a pet project, something to promote, or anything you want share, tell us here.

If you’re ever in Los Angeles, come to the monthly show I co-produce called Funny How? It’s really well-run and the lineup is always great.

See Matt and and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Aaron Naylor

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Aaron Naylor is a stand-up comedian from Kansas City, MO. He won the 2014 Kansas City’s Local Comic Standing, the 2017 Funniest Person in Wichita Competition, placed 2nd in the 2016 Cleveland Comedy Festival, and has performed at SF Sketchfest, Blue Whale Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Trial by Laughter, and many other festivals. He has opened for real people who do this for a living.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

I love St. Louis and the comedians there, so I’m most excited to hang out with all of them and have some goofs

When/where are you performing at the festival?

I’m performing on Friday at The Monocle, and I’m on two shows at The Improv Shop on Saturday.

Give us your social media information!

My Twitter and Instagram is @iamaaronnaylor. My Facebook is my name, hopefully.

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

I’d rather be covered in spiders because a lot of people like tacos and if I had control over their existence, those people would be mad that I didn’t get covered in spiders.

Do you even lift?

I’m pretty strong for an 8-year old

If you have a pet project, something to promote, or anything you want share, tell us here.

Kansas City comedy is my pet project so come to KC and watch some of it.

See Aaron and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Jeremy Hellwig

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Jeremy Hellwig is one of the co-creators of Fatal Bus Accident. See them tonight at The Improv Shop at 10:30!

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

This episode of Fatal Bus Accident is going to be really fun. I’m looking forward to performing in it and I am especially looking forward to being done working on it. I’m also really excited about meeting a ton of new comics and hanging out and watching shows and going to the City Museum and stuff.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

Fatal Bus Accident on Thursday and Adult Spelling Bee on Saturday.

Give us your social media information!

Twitter: @JeremyHellwig
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.hellwig
Instagram: HellwigJeremy

It’s Halloween season, did you wear a costume? What was it?

Fire Flower Luigi.

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

Covered in Spiders for how long? Either way, probably a world without tacos. There’s plenty of other great foods to eat, and I’d be excited to try whatever would now exist to replace tacos.

Do you even lift?

Sometimes.

If you have a pet project, something to promote, or anything you want share, tell us here.

Please go to Fatal Bus Accident. It is very late on a Thursday but I promise it will be worth it.

See Jeremy tonight, and all of the comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Festival in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Quincy Johnson II

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Quincy Johnson II is comedian and actor. He has featured/opened for Joey “Coco” Diaz, Darren Carter, Flip Schultz, Theo Von, Al Jackson, Greg Behrendt, Quincy Jones and more while on the road doing standup comedy. Quincy has been in several motion pictures including: C’mon Man staring Tony Rock & the hit movie DOPE. He’s has also been featured on television shows including Community on NBC, Fox’s The Orville, VH1’s Walk Of Shame Shuttle & Real Husbands Of Hollywood.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

Performing in St. Louis for the first time in my career.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

Nov. 9th – Improv Shop @ 9pm
Nov. 10th – Monocle @ 8pm

Give us your social media information!

@QuincyJohnsonii on all social media!

It’s Halloween season, did you wear a costume? What was it?

No

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

Def a world without tacos. I can still have tortas and muletas!

Do you even lift?
Yes, adult beverages to

my face.

If you have a pet project, something to promote, or anything you want share, tell us here.

My podcast, ‘WHAT IN THE WORLD’ on the Unpopular Opinion Network.

See Quincy and all of the other comics joining him this weekend. Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Kris Wernowsky

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Kris Wernowsky is one of the co-founders of the Flyover Comedy Festival and the long-running St. Louis storytelling show “Sorry, Please Continue…” He’s a veteran of the Bird City, Memphis and Limestone Comedy festivals. He’s also a regular at Hilarities comedy club in Cleveland.

What about the festival are you most looking forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to seeing as many of these shows that I can, honestly. Late Late Breakfast, Cameron, Matt Damon Improv, Shane, Curtis, Liam, JC and all of the headliners. I also can’t wait to get on stage in front of these great audiences and tell some jokes. I’m also looking forward to a point when I can relax a little bit.

How cool is it that you guys are here in your second year? Use any scale of measurement you see fit.

I think we scaled up where we needed too and didn’t try to change too much. There was a moment last year when the crowds started to fill into the shows Friday night when I told Zach: “Well, if this had been a complete failure, we could shrug our shoulders and say, ‘Well, no we don’t have to do it next year.'” But then we looked at each other and I added, “Now we HAVE to do this next year.” It’s a good feeling, and I hope we can match our inaugural year success.

Do you have a favorite memory from last year’s festival?

Just seeing how happy everybody was, and knowing all of the hard work that we put into making this thing sort of paid off. Honestly, the only thing I want is for the audience and the performers to walk away feeling like everything was worth it. And I got the sense that was how everyone felt. It feels good to be a part of the group of people who pulled that off.

Is there anything outside of the festival you think comics visiting St. Louis should definitely see/do?

Eat at all of the best restaurants.
Go to the City Museum.
Go to the Art Museum.
Export Forest Park.
Have breakfast at The Mud House. Have a coffee at Foam on Cherokee Street.
Go up in the arch.
And drink a lot of Urban Chestnut Beer!

When / where are you performing during the festival?

I’m doing Arguments and Grievances Friday night at The Improv Shop. I’m opening for Janelle James Friday night at The Improv Shop.

Give us your social media info!

@kriswernowsky for Twitter
@kris_wernowsky for Instagram
I’m also on Facebook, but we should all be angry at Facebook.

You’re going to be stuck in an elevator with any three people living or dead? Who? Why? And you get one food item to share with them. What is it?

Honestly, I would love to have BBQ with Jesus, James Baldwin and Cary Grant.

Promote something. Commerce saves us all!

I’m going to promote the Flyover Comedy Festival, once again, because people really need to go to it.

See Kris and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Eli Lutsky

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Eli Lutsky is a comedian and writer based in Los Angeles, or “L.A.” He has performed stand up at Hell Yes Fest, the Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, and the Charm City Comedy Festival. He currently runs a monthly sketch comedy show called “1,000 Years of Cinema” at the Pack Theater in Hollywood, California.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

I love exploring new cities. I usually try to find the very boring museum that’s just about the history of that particular city/state, so I’m pretty excited to check out the Missouri History Museum.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

I’m performing on Friday at The Improv Shop at 9pm, and on Saturday at The Monocle at 10pm.

Give us your social media information!

@elilutsky

It’s Halloween season, did you wear a costume? What was it?

This year I was a DVD that was put back incorrectly. So I looked like the DVD case to Toy Story 2, but then when you opened it there was just a Prairie Home Companion spoken word CD. Sorry if that’s hard to picture, you probably had to be there.

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

Spiders, because it only hurts me whereas the taco thing effects everyone in the world. I don’t even care about tacos, but other people do so I think the honorable thing here is take one for the team.

Do you even lift?

No!

If you have a pet project, something to promote, or anything you want share, tell us here.

If you’re in LA, come visit me at work!

See Eli and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Kelsey McClure

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Kelsey McClure has opened for Kyle Kinane, Doug Stanhope, The Sklar Brothers and a lot of other great comics. She hopes to one day sit on Conan O’Brien’s couch. In 2015 she relocated to Chicago where she took an improv class. She has since returned to the city of grit and soul, St. Louis and is the producer of Mom Show! a Comedy Here (formerly Comedy in the Lou) venture.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

Telling jokes. I miss hosting an open mic and can’t wait to see how a mic translates to a festival audience as opposed to a bar crowd.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

Friday, Nov. 9, 6-6:30 PM @ Handlebar, Host for the Friday Flyover Open Mic

Give us your social media information!

Facebook: http://facebook.com/megakelsey
http://comedyhereshows.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/megakelsey,

Did you wear a costume for Halloween?

I had originally planned on blue-ing myself and going as Tobias from Arrested Development when he decided to join Blue Man Group. However, I learned a very hard lesson in latex-based paint. Read those labels kids. Over the course of the week I was Carl, a mechanic. Darla Dirt, Joe Dirt’s sister/cousin and Wendy O. Williams.

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

How long would I be covered in spiders? I’m just going to say spiders. I lived in London for 6-months and couldn’t find a decent taco and it was heartbreaking. Viva Mexico.

Do you even lift?

Beers. Table to mouth and only above my head to signal the bartender, four more please.

If you have a pet project, something to promote, or anything you want share, tell us here.

Giggle & Guzzle is my livelihood. It combines my passion for comedy and my affection towards beer. It’s a 90-minute show that’s setup like a beer dinner but substitutes comics for courses. The next installment is Wednesday, November 14 at Foeder Crafters of America. That’s right. A joke show in a wood-shop, watch out Portland, St. Louis is coming for you.

See Kelsey and all of the other comics joining her at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Rob Tee

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Returning to the festival this year is St. Louis native Rob Tee. A regular on the independent comedy scene, Rob loves the color blue, Imo’s Pizza, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

Handle bar open mic host Nov 9th 6:30 PM and Nov 10th 7:00 PM.

Give us your social media information!

Instagram: Rob_Tee314
FB: Rob Tee
Twitter @comedianRobT

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

Covered in spiders.  Who wants to live without tacos. I hope no one.

Do you even lift?

NO! UBER OR DEATH!

Plug something. Commerce will save us all!

My company’s launch party December 8th at The Ambassador 7 PM. Free free free! Food is free as well ( cash bar).  STFU & LAUGH LLC

See Rob and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!

Flyover Comedy Festival Performer Profile: Brandon Judd

We’re taking a minute to show you some of the great performers who’ll be walking the boards of the stages in The Grove for Flyover Comedy Festival.

Performing in St. Louis since 2012, Brandon Judd has appeared on national festivals and has been featured on the Best of St. Louis at Helium Comedy Club. He has performed with the likes Gilbert Gottfried, Kevin Pollak, Hari Kondabolu, Ron Lynch of Bob’s Burgers and Portlandia, Creed Bratton of The Office and Randy and Mr. Lahey of The Trailer Park Boys.

What are you looking forward to most at the festival this year?

Getting to kickflip in front of out-of-town comics.

When/where are you performing at the festival?

If I was pressed for it, I’d say November 9th at The Monocle at 10PM, but you can check out juddgment.com for more details.

Give us your social media information!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juddgment
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juddgment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/juddgment

It’s Halloween season, did you wear a costume? What was it?

I wore my Starfleet uniform to parties and dressed as a Jedi to hand out candy.

Would you rather be covered in spiders, or live in a world without tacos?

Are the two mutually exclusive? Is it a world where it’s physically impossible to put a taco together? What about foods derived from tacos like a taco salad?

Do you even lift?

Yeah, and a meme from 2017 called, it wants this question back.

If you have a pet project, something to promote, or anything you want share, tell us here.

My pet project is my epileptic cat Henry Pawlins.

See Brandon and all of the other comics joining him at Flyover Comedy Festival, November 8 – November 10 in the Grove.  Wristbands for the entire festival are on sale now.  Buy yours today!  We don’t know if Henry will be there or not.