2018 Jury

Past Jurors: Michael McCarthy (SNL), Susan Messing (Messing with Susan), Maggie Rowe (Arrested Development), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), Tasia Sherel (Everybody Hates Chris), Drew Droege (Heathers), Travon Free (The Daily Show) and more!

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jeremy briggs

Jeremy Briggs is an actor, writer, director, but most importantly a sketch comedian. Jeremy Has
appeared in several national and international commercials, the Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”
and the Buzzfeed produced web series “Relationship Goals”. He wrote and starred in the
independent feature “The Tour”, and is working hard on producing his next two scripts.
However, Jeremy’s true passion lies in staged comedy. He’s performed at theaters all over Los
Angeles such as iO West, the Groundlings, UCB, Second City, and ACME. He directed and
taught sketch comedy at iO West before the doors closed earlier this year, and then
co-authored a sketch writing curriculum to be taught at the ACME Theatre.


jonald reyes

Jonald Reyes is a freelance Director based out of Chicago, IL.  He has been honored to be named as Chicago Reader’s Best of Stage Director (2016).  Jonald is an alum of DirectorsLabChicago 2016 and Directors Lab Lincoln Center Theater 2017.  His recent theatrical works include We Are Asian.  We do Comedy. (Steppenwolf Theatre), Our Perspectives: Asian American Play Readings (Goodman Theatre), Unhinged (Second City), and Splatter Theater (Annoyance).  His film credits include Team Us Comedy presents Friends with 401(k) Benefits (Artistic Consultant) and You Are Not Alone (Executive Producer).  He is the Associate Artistic Director of Revival Theater and the proud Artistic Director of the premier Asian American comedy troupe, Stir Friday Night.


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Big. Bold. Beautiful. These three words are small in comparison to the larger than life personality of comedian Erica Faye Watson.  A Chicago native, Erica's quick-fire wit, amazing stage presence and hilarious opinions on life, knock out every audience one laugh at a time!  A Hyde Park native, Erica received both her B.A in Film & Television Directing and M.A. in Art, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago. 

Through her stand-up comedy, she tackles issues of size acceptance, racial & gender stereotypes and other timely issues in a hilarious way that educates as well as entertains.

Her acting talent has lead to principal roles in films such as Christine Swanson's "BlacKorea", Spike Lee's "ChiRaq", Chris Rock's "Top Five", Steven Soderberg's "Side Effects", Lee Daniel's "Precious"  as well as top rated tv shows such as Showtime's "The Chi", NBC's "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago Med",  Fox's "Empire" and TV One's "Love That Girl".

Erica's fearlessness make her a fan favorite on ABC7's Windy City Live, WCIU's The Jam, Freeform's "Happily Ever After" and TLC's "Big Sexy".