Greetings MAGFestians, and welcome MAGLaughs! What is it? Well, it’s a stand-up comedy showcase featuring comedians from around the country who, well, let’s just say they know their way around their joysticks. Without further ado, let’s see our lineup:


L. A. Hardy

L. A. Hardy is BlackDad.  A character, superhero, sage and most of all a Dad! A world of experience traveling to over 32 countries entertaining the US military since 1996. L.A. has Headlined shows from coast to coast and internationally. He is welcomed nationally at clubs, private events AND Television.  He's been seen on 'Comics Unleashed' w Byron Allen, Comedy.TV, BET Comicview, Fusion, and MTV.

L. A. brings big laughs from topical to personal and back again. An old school guy with a 'new school' approach to the everyday. BlackDad doesn't have time to play and gets right to the point. A veteran comedian with fresh baked ideas on everything from kids to culture. L. A. created the B.O.B.A. and is a staunch supporter to this day. Where L.A. goes…the laughs follow! 

Bryan Preston

Bryan Preston, also known as the greatest man who ever lived, is a well-respected author, educator, comedian, lover, and rhetorician. Since his humble beginnings in Baltimore comedy, Bryan Preston has always been a shining beacon of wit, intrigue, and moral decay. He has had his hand in authoring feature films such as the critically acclaimed screwball comedy Driven to Succeed, while also creating and starring in three seasons of the much-lauded internet darling situational, high concept, super villain comedy Meanwhile at the Skull Base. When he isn’t being a whirling dervish of literary ferocity, he is dazzling audiences with his nuanced, laconic, pop-culture-laden standup comedy, opening for such notables as Hal Sparks, Ari Shaffir, and the original Cheerios Bee.

His unique, piquant sensibilities and razor sharp, incisive, terrifying observations make him, frankly, a pretty above-average party and podcast guest. When he isn’t busy churning out genre redefining masterpieces, he is inspiring America’s youth and dazzling audiences at clubs and colleges nationwide (Baltimore). Frankly, you wanted the best, but they couldn’t make it, so here’s Bryan Preston.


Fard Muhammad

Fard Muhammad, the host and producer of MAGLaughs, is an actor, comedian, and voice-over performer. He’s been seen and/or heard on shows and movies including “Jesus, Bro!”, “Dragonbored”, “The Nostalgia Critic”, “Disco”, “Hagan Reviews”, “Atop the Fourth Wall”, “Weird Video Games”, and “Rocked”. He’s also the opening and closing announcer of the “Dennis MIller Option” podcast. He has performed stand-up, sketch comedy, and improv in the Chicago area for the last decade. You’ll see him in “Another Cinema Snob Movie” in the spring of 2019.

Chloe Ketchum

Chloe Ketchum has been traveling the country as a professional nerd for seven years. A newly hailed Philly-girl, Chloe's dry wit and play on words in stand-up, sketch and nerdprov keep audiences anywhere from shaking their heads to roaring with laughter, whether a hole-in-the-wall bar or an anime convention.  She co-hosts a literary analysis podcast that is covering the A Song of Ice and Fire series, called Girls Gone Canon, and can be found writing meta-analysis on books and TV on her blog. Girls Gone Canon can be found on most podcast providers, and can be checked out at


Sam & Bill

Sam & Bill are an award-winning comedy music duo from NYC. Their debut album Sam & Bill Are Huge peaked at #1 on Amazon's comedy lists, and they just released a brand new geeky comedy EP, Geek Friend Experience. Sam & Bill are playing MAGfest for a second time thanks to requests from folks who saw them the first time! Follow them on twitter @samandbillmusic or instagram @badmotherfolkers.

Tommy Sinbazo

Tommy Sinbazo is a veteran of the nerd comedy scene. His quick wit and off the cuff humor has been slicing though crowds like a Vorpal sword rolled by a loaded D20 for over 18 years. Crawling from the depths of the Geek Comedy Tour, this Cosplaying, Leathersmithing, Magic Missle of Myrth is a guaranteed hit. He has shared the stage with comedians Ralphie May, Brian Posehn and Kevin Meeny. He has been invited to perform at numerous comedy festivals, conventions and has even entertained American troops stationed overseas. If his face is familiar, you may have seen him in a mattress commercial. If his voice rings a bell you may have heard him on the radio or as one of the hosts of The Laughfinder Podcast.


Violet Gray

Game master of the Laughfinder podcast, Violet Gray's humor combines things geeky and political with the experiences of being the only gender non-conforming Dungeons and Dragons player in northwest Baltimore. Chris Rock. Doug Stanhope. Gilbert Gottfried. Violet hasn't opened for any of these people, but she has opened for comics who have. Come get these nerd jokes!

Dash Kwiatkowski

Dash Kwiatkowski is a chubby nerd. He's the DM of your fourth favorite DnD podcast, Lost in the Multiverse.
He is currently the longest reigning Intercontinental Comedy Champion.
Dash features at The Comedy Attic, Comedy on State, Dr. Grins, The Seattle Comedy Underground, and he is a regular at the SF Punch Line, The Sacramento Punch Line, and Cobbs comedy club. He's been featured in Sketchfest, Limestone, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Crom Omaha, and The Arch City Comedy Festival, as well as SF Comedy Day and the SF International Competition. He's the star of popular web series, Neighborhood Watchmen.
He's really into Dim Sum. He has dope sideburns, but it's not a Wolverine thing, so be cool about it.


Insane Ian

Insane Ian is a musical comedian and nerdcore rapper, originally from Baltimore, who now operates out of Chicago. Ian's song run the gamut of nerdy pop culture; from comic books and video games to TV and movies, there's no subject safe from his satiric eye. His music has been featured on The Onion's AV Club, Wired's GeekDad, Vulture's Splitsider, and the legendary Dr Demento Show, where he had the #1 song for the year for 2015. He is a member of the Funny Music Project, aka, where he and other artists present 2 free comedy songs a week. You can find Ian and his music at the following links: / / / /

Joey Purse

As an innocent looking young man, Joey Purse has been seen at multiple clubs in the north eastern region of the United States including Dangerfields in New York City, Broadway Comedy Club in New York City and the Pittsburgh Improv to name a few. His innocent charm has the ability to make anyone smile.


Chris Barylick

Standing at 6’3” and 160 AMAZING, squirrel-fighting pounds, Chris Barylick is a stand up comic, the founder of the Geek Comedy Tour (‘Comedy that KNOWS Han shot first’), two-time finalist of the “Fly Me Away” contest at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Sacramento Comedy Festival participant and creator of the ‘Through The Wash’ web site (wherein gadgets are reviewed as to how well they survive the washer and dryer cycles), noted bar quiz host and recipient of the Daily Cal newspaper’s “Best Trivia of 2013” award, avid gamer and former pet rat owner.

A frigging nerd at heart, Chris combines an energetic mix of pop culture, everyday humor, the absurd and tech/nerd triviata to make fun of the things closest to him. He has performed at venues throughout D.C., Maryland, California, New York, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, on Sirius satellite radio, has hosted for comedians such as Joe Recca, Kevin Lee, Adam Dodd, Brent Weinbach and Erin Jackson and has performed at the Geek Week Comedy Festival, the Redwoods Comedy Festival and the Sacramento Comedy Festival.

Chris currently resides in College Park, Maryland and believes you should be allowed to punch a seal if it just stole your sandwich.

Derek Williams

Feature Derek Williams is one of the funniest comedians from the beaches of Virginia. He will bring out your inner geek, whether it be his addiction to going to comic book conventions, his impressions of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons, he brings it all to the table. Derek has competed and placed in many comedy contests including the Virginia Beach and Richmond Funnybone Clash of the comics earning multiple 1st place spots. He was featured in the Norfolk Comedy Festival and has worked with and opened for many comics including Godfrey, Steve O, Josh Blue, and many more.

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Laura Prince

Laura Prince is the Host and Lead Researcher for the Stay Doomed podcast. She is an experienced improv performer, ring announcer, and stand-up comedian. She performs at MAGFest with These Guy Are Sick, and this is her second MAGLaughs.

Justin McDonald

Justin "Struggle" McDonald is a New York comic, before comedy he spent 20 years as a hiphop artist and 10 years as a radio personality on 90.1fm and 107.3 FM WUSB NY. After retiring from hiphop he went into podcasting with the launch of The Know Good Struggle Podcast, shortly after that started doing comedy. Justin has performed at many major clubs Governor's, Governor's at McGuires, Brokerage, Dangerfield's, Broadway Comedy Club, and Greenwich Village Comedy Club. Justin has just started to break thru in the Comedy scene in NY and is looking foward to what the future in comedy holds.

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Noah Houlihan

One of the founding members of +2 Comedy, Noah Houlihan has appeared at over eighty conventions up and down the eastern seaboard and into the midwest. Noah is the host of Game the Gamer on YouTube and the Stay Doomed podcast as well as Geek Out. This is his third MAGLaughs.

Will Liam

Will Liam is both a veteran podcaster and stand up. He has been doing comedy in Philly, and touring conventions for over six years. He has also co-hosted the +2 Comedy Podcast and is the co-host of the new Positively Horrid podcast, a horror movie review cast with a morbid affection for the macabre.


Matthew Casella

Matthew Casella is an actor, comedian and musician originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He has performed at The Kennedy Center, Baltimore Center Stage and Artscape. In 2018 Matthew wrote, produced, and starred in a one man show based on the music of Tom Waits called "Ghosts of Saturday Night" and he looks forward to performing the same in Capital City Fringe this summer. His band, Haze Mage, is recording their first full-length album to release in Spring 2019. Matthew dropped out of culinary school in 2009 and doesn't hold a degree in anything.