Union Stage

DC Comedy Festival: Best of The Best feat. Paris Sashay + Rob Gordon + Ivan Martin + Eddie Liles

Friday, July 02

DC Comedy Festival: Best of The Best

All Ages
Union Stage
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About the Event

Paris Sashay

Paris Sashay is a comedienne, actor, writer and producer from Washington, DC, but Currently living in New York. Her command as a seasoned storyteller makes even the mundane experience feel like an adventure. Audiences across the country fall in love with her infectious laugh, wit, and style.

Nothing can stop Paris’ ascension to stardom, unequivocally one of the funniest rising comediennes with highlight performances at Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal as a ‘New Face’, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, BET 50 Central, and ‘Unprotected Sets’ on EPIX. Also, with performances at The Howard Theatre ,The Kennedy Center, Caroline’s on Broadway, Hollywood Improv, Comedy Store and The Comedy Cellar. She triumphantly debuted at the DC Improv only days after losing several teeth in a brutal attack by a toxic man sexually harassing her on the street. In 2016, Paris launched the #TeethAndTittiesCampaign raising awareness about violence against women.

Paris has worked with Micheal Che, Dick Gregory, Wanda Sykes, Lil Rel, Domonique, Jen Kirkman, Jay Chandrasekhar , Tony Roberts and Roy Wood Jr. offering her piercing insight on issues of the day.

She has been a panel member on “Wild’n Out Wednesday’s with Roland Martin” on TV One, BET, Comedy Central, EPIX and interviewed on Fox 5 DC, NBC 4 Washington, and WUSA 9 regarding her assault. Additionally, Paris frequently serves as a motivational speaker, having the honor of being the 2013 and 2017 Commencement Speaker at The Foundation School in Gaithersburg, MD

Rob Gordon

Rob Gordon was born and raised in Washington, D.C., with his parents and older sister. He found a love for comedy very early in life. Comedy is in his blood. He’s often heard saying, “everybody in my family is funny. It’s the energy they exude.”

After graduating from Hampton University with a degree in architecture, Rob began to focus his time and energy on comedy and entertainment. Rob expresses himself not only with standup but through skits, sketches, acting in films, and web series. With his ever-growing, active, loyal fanbase and social media following, Rob continues to expand his footprint in the entertainment industry worldwide daily.

Ivan Martin

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida he brings characters to the stage that present an outlook on the hardships of life from a gentleman’s perspective. Ivan’s comedy is realistically clever and honest, but also focuses on his experiences throughout his child and young adulthood. Although, he grew up in a house full of sisters, his upbringing is the reason for his “Gentleman Comedy”. Ivan started his comedy career in VA Beach while in the NAVY, after residing in Virginia he relocated to the City of Baltimore where he was quickly embraced by the comedy community. He begun to perform at Comedy Clubs and Colleges around the country. In 2017 Ivan became the founder of the Baltimore Comedy Festival hosting 100+ comedians, domestic and international. In 2019 Ivan was selected for Kevin Hart’s “Hart of The City” produced by Comedy Central. Following that accomplishment, he hit the World as a Feature with Norwegian Cruise Lines and performed in over 12 countries. He is also a frequent performer in the DMV area, where he is known as a favorite. In Baltimore he is known for being one of the most diverse comedians on the scene, performing and writing various Sketches while entertaining crowds weekly at his Art of Comedy Showcase/Open Mic Series. (Motor House/SHOWROOM Baltimore).

Ivan is also the founder of the Baltimore Comedy Festival which is in its fourth year and host 100 comedians from all over the world performing at over 20 venues in the city each Labor Day week since 2017. Ivan is also a co-founder of the Washington DC Comedy Festival.

Eddie Liles

Born and raised in the NW Washington D.C. Eddie Liles is a comedian, actor, writer, and producer that will not let you forget him. Standing 6’5″ 300lbs, this guy’s laugh is infectious and genuine. He is also one of the co-hosts of the ” I’ma Get In Trouble” Podcast.

Eddie grew up wanting to be a theatre actor on broadway but quickly found that he was better at making people laugh. After playing football and studying theater at Bowie State University. He went into multiple jobs as a Hospitality Manager were he fell into the routine of hating working for other people but always making others laugh. All of this has added to his “I can do anything” “Bully” style of comedy and storytelling. He shines on stage like no and will have you talking about his performance for weeks.

In 2012, made the decision to focus on becoming one of the best Stand Up Comedians in the world, and he has been doing just that. Eddie has been featured on Multiple Festivals across the Country. He is a regular feature performer for Tony Woods. He has also opened for Dave Chappelle, David Keochner, Tim Dillan, Joe Clair, Rich Vos, Shane Gillis, Donnell Rawlings, and many others.

As CEO of Broken Diamond Comedy llc. Eddie has produced some of the biggest independent Comedy events in the DMV. He has worked Dupont Underground: Comedy and Events, Baltimore Comedy Festival, DC Comedy Festival, a host of venues, and Comedy clubs.

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