CloudTop Comedy Festival is proud to feature up-and-coming comics from across the country through our Future Comedy Showcase . Below is the roster from our 2019 Future Comedy Showcase. Each comic submitted their best five minutes of stand-up for a spot in this showcase. Over 140 submitted, and we picked the best of the bunch for this rapid-fire showcase featuring all eleven of these selected comics in a single hour. Make sure to follow these and all our festival comedians on social media so you can get some laughter in your life!
Highly animated and contemplative, Kandyce August is a joy to watch. She was a semi-finalist in the World Series of comedy. She appears in a recent episode of the show Comics Watching Comics on Amazon Prime and has since performed in comedy festivals all over the country.
Mat Alano-Martin comes to comedy from the world of rock and roll, where he spent 10 years touring North America as a member of several unknown bands and as a tour manager for bands that some people have actually heard of. With a comedic style that bridges the social and political views of his indie-rock background with the attitude and sensibilities of his rural and blue collar youth, Alano-Martin has appeared at comedy clubs, theaters, punk rock dives, redneck roadhouses, casinos, colleges, living rooms and everywhere in between.
Alano-Martin’s albums “Profiled as Such” and “Blood Mouth” can be heard in regular rotation on Sirius/XM’s comedy channels and he has appeared on the nationally syndicated The Bob & Tom Show and on Laughs on FOX. He has worked with such notable acts as Patton Oswalt, Tig Notaro and Marc Maron and has performed at several festivals and prominent showcases across the country.
Courtney Baka is a comedian and writer based in Minneapolis. With her dry wit and unique perspective she finds the comedy in a tragic world. She has performed in numerous festivals across the country including The Women in Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, 208 and 10,000 Laughs. In addition she has opened for such comedians as Kyle Kinane, Rhea Butcher and Shane Torres. She has also written for the punk rock satire site The Hard Times, where she is known as the resident goth. Courtney was named 2019 Minnesota Comic to watch, but you can usually find her in her apartment with her two cats where she is currently living out her dream of becoming a cliche.
Mark Bookwalter is a comedian based in Bloomington, IN. As an overweight nerdy kid he learned early to use jokes to combat bullies and low self-esteem. Now he spends most of his time trying to convince his family and friends that he is a comedian by reiterating that he is a regular at The Comedy Attic in Bloomington, has performed at Limestone Comedy Festival, Charm City Comedy Festival, Super Dope, Let’s Fest, and more, was a semifinalist in both the Cincinnati and Bloomington funniest person competitions, and reminding them he has performed with such acts like Nick Thune, The Sklar Brothers, Andy Kindler, Jackie Kashian, Kurt Braunohler, Laura Kightlinger, and more.
Christie Buchele is an up-and-coming standup comic from Denver, Colorado. Christie made a name for herself by the heart-wrenching and hilarious realities of being a woman with a disability. Christie has been featured on Viceland’s, Flophouse; Hidden America with Jonah Ray; and Laughs on Fox. Christie has performed on both Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington, Denver's own High Plains Comedy Festival and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans.
Christie has been described as "Brave" for leaving the house in that body, Christie's comedy has been described as "funny despite what she talks about..." and "Uncomfortable.." by Christie's mom. She was chosen to open up for the likes Josh Blue, Marc Maron and David Cross.
Christie co-hosts a witty relationship advice podcast, Empty Girlfriend, which earned best Comedy Podcast by Westword Magazine and best Podcast for Sexpot Comedy in 2017. As one third of the Denver Comedy powerhouse, The Pussy Bros, Christie reps the Mile High City hard while crushing audiences with a wry, biting style that’s a bit sweet, a and a little bit surly; proving time and again you can say almost anything with a smile on your face and a gimp in your step.
Rachel Fogletto is a Philadelphia based stand-up comedian, self-described charming oversharer and middle-shelf wine enthusiast. Rachel has performed all over the country, and has even made international appearances in Canada and Sweden. The best compliment she has received to date was from an audience member who told her, "You were so funny you ruined my night."
Rachel got her start by producing and hosting the showcase, Comedy-Gasm! which had a popular and successful 3 year run, and founded the long running showcases Broad Humor and Comedy for Gentlemen. Rachel is a co-producer of The Leak Podcast and co-produced The Bechdel Test Fest in Philadelphia 2016-2018. Previous festivals she has performed in include Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Women In Comedy Festival, SheDot Comedy Festival, Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, and She Makes Me Laugh Femme Festival. You can pretty much trace her every move at RachelFogletto.com , @rachelfogletto on IG, or track her current emotional state on Twitter @RachelFogletto.
Corey Herrera is a Native American from Cochiti Pueblo New Mexico. Corey is new to the local scene of comedy but feels like he has been in comedy his whole life! Instead of dealing with hecklers on stage, he's had to deal with hecklers his whole life from both sides of his family!
Corey is the president of Indigenous Aspirations LLC, a Native American owned small business that provides grant writing and research services to tribes and non-profits. He is also a proud husband and father.
You can see him performing around Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He also hosts a monthly open mic at the Starbucks across from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Arielle Isaac Norman is an Austin-based comedian who’s known for delighting, shocking, (and often grossing out) audiences across the country. She was a 2018 and 2019 finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin contest, and she has performed at Moontower, Laughing Skull, and many other festivals. Along with trans chick comedian Ava Smartt, Arielle hosts the weekly podcast Gender Fluids, which takes an explicit and unapologetic look into the rarely explored depths of sex and gender. Come see her monthly show, Off Script, where heckling is not only allowed but rewarded.
Also she’s a twice-divorced, ex-mormon, newly sex-positive, poly, genderfluid, boy lesbian from Houston.
BK Sharad is a stand-up comedian based in Denver/Boulder Colorado. Born Sharad Ravichandran, he changed his name to BK Sharad after realizing no one could say or spell the name he was born with. Originally from Dallas, BK moved to Colorado and began his journey in comedy. BK Sharad is the president of, and runs the CU Comedy Club at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has helped bring many different acts to CU Boulder such as Tig Notaro. He also runs shows and an open mic at the University. In 2019 BK Sharad entered the New Faces Comedy Contest at Comedy Works, and advanced to the next round. Currently he awaits, training to battle in the next round of the contest. BK Sharad has also been on the news commenting on how it had rained for 2 weeks, and then stopped raining. BK Sharad continues to fight for his main goal in life; to spread joy and try to make the world a more positive place.
Zach Reinert is a comedian and writer out of Denver, CO. He is a regular at Comedy Works in Denver and can be seen all over the country. He is in a sketch group on YouTube called Step-Dads and you can also see his written work in the Denver magazine Suspect Press.
Wendy Wroblewski is a stand-up comedian from Gaithersburg, Maryland. A regular at the DC Improv, she performs comedy all over the Washington, DC area. She was a guest on the Boston Comedy Festival, the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest. You may have heard her voice on Sirius XM as the live on-air host of Comedy Central Radio Live. She has opened for Keith Alberstadt, Maria Bamford, Nate Bargatze, Todd Barry, Gary Gulman, Ryan Hamilton, Bobby Lee, Pete Lee, and Beth Stelling.