Homegrown October

A Selection of Raleigh's Best & Brightest

Justin Scranton
Justin Scranton grew up in Raleigh, NC and started doing comedy in 2017. He is also the host and producer of 7-Stories, a live monthly storytelling showcase that has featured a number of the area's best comedians. Scranton has become a weekly fixture at the Goodnight's open mic and was a semi-finalist in the North Carolina's Funniest Contest.

Justin Scranton - Facebook

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic

Vishal Krishnashami
Vishal is a student at NCSU and runs a show at NCSU to raise money for the Sehgal Foundation and show students how strong the Local comedy scene truly is. Vishal also runs a monthly open mic at Imurj every Wednesday in downtown Raleigh.

Video | @Avg_Indian

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic

Joe Perrow
Joe Perrow is a stand up comedian from Raleigh. To everyone's surprise, Joe won North Carolina's Funniest Person at Goodnights Comedy Club back in 2015. The title alienated Joe from other area comics because no one thought he deserved it. Then he won the Ultimate Comic Challenge in January this year to prove to everyone that he's actually funny. Other comedy accomplishments include eating lunch with Rory Scovel, smoking cigars with Robert Kelly, and yelling at Todd Glass for starting a fire. Joe is the host of his very own podcast “Working Bits” and the co-host of "Brent and Joe's Game of Thrones and Gas Station Wine Review," which is America’s highest rated premium television and wine review fusion podcast.


Upcoming shows:
Night of the Laughing Dead, Comedy Roulette

Kevin Kinner
Hailing from Chicago, Kevin moved to North Carolina a few years ago and got to shoot a musket as an extra in "Sleepy Hollow." That was pretty cool. He performs at Goodnights regularly and hosted the Asheville Comedy Festival this year.

@kevinkinner | kevinkinner.com

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic

JD Etheridge
JD Etheridge is a comic out of Greensboro, NC. He's a silly goose y'all. He loves video games and grilled cheese sandwiches. He's opened for Rodney Perry and Tom Segura and he's a very proficient swordsman. He also has a podcast called "The Open Micers" with fellow comic Micah Hanner.

@Blacjesta | The Open Micers Podcast

Upcoming shows:
The Crowd Work Show

Mark Brady
Mark is based out of Raleigh North Carolina. Mark was the winner of the North Carolina's Funniest Contest in 2016. He was also the winner of Charlotte Comedy Zone Fight Night Season 10. Mark has worked with comics such as Dom Irrera, Donnell Rawlings, Bruce Bruce, Jon Dore, Tom Segura, and Todd Glass. He recently performed in both the Cape Fear Comedy Festival and Park Slope Comedy Fest.


Upcoming shows:
Best Of The City, Writer's Bloc

Brent Blakeney
Brent's stand-up career started in the spring of 2011 in Lynchburg, VA. He has been performing all over the country ever since. Hard work has paid off with the opportunity for Brent to work with some great comedians over his career. Brian Regan, Iliza Schlesinger, Nate Bargatze, Bruce Bruce, and Gary Gulman are just a few of the headliners Brent has had the opportunity to learn from. In 2015 he was picked up as the opener for "Last Comic Standing" winner Jon Reep. He loves you and hopes you are doing well.

Video | @sixsevencomedy

Upcoming shows:
GCA Grad Show, Opening for Jon Reep

Micah Hanner
Micah Hanner is a stand-up comic who performs all around the Triangle area of North Carolina. His love for comedy began during his time at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he studied Music and Entrepreneurship. Micah is an energetic and physical comedian that pushes the limits of social norms. He has the ability to be versatile in the fact that he can readily entertain corporate events as well as late night clubs. Micah also produces comedy off-stage through his podcast, The Open Micers. Every week Micah sits down with his co-host JD Etheridge and one other comedian, artist, or content creator from NC.

Video | @open_micah | The Open Micers Podcast

Upcoming shows:
Best Friends for Now, Comics Against Humanity

Maddie Wiener
Maddie Wiener is one of the youngest stand-ups in North Carolina. Originally from Chapel Hill, she started doing comedy at 16 years-old during her sophomore year of high school. Three years in, she has performed all across the state on local showcases and at clubs such as the Charlotte Comedy Zone, The Idiot Box Comedy Club in Greensboro, Goodnight's Comedy Club in Raleigh, and Dead Crow Comedy Room in Wilmington. She has opened for Rich Vos and John Evans, and runs a show with fellow comics Kenyon Adamcik and Rob Davis called "Locals at the Local" every month at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC.

Video | @maddiewiener

Upcoming shows:
Best Friends for Now, Opening for Josh Blue, Comics Against Humanity

Mike Mello
Mike Mello first stepped on stage 15 years ago at Goodnight's Comedy Club. Since then he has been on tour with such big names as Tracy Morgan and Russell Peters.

Video | @MikeMelloComedy

Upcoming shows:
Writers Bloc, Comics Against Humanity

Shari Diaz
Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Shari switched up her stomping grounds for Raleigh, NC bringing the Nasty North to the Dirty South to show them what they've been missing. As the only latina comic in North Carolina, her crossover appeal, crowd working skills, and clever style has quickly built a platform and a diverse following ranging from hipsters to moms screaming for a night out. Her accolades include opening for one of the original Latin Kings of Comedy, Joey Medina, in Raleigh and NYC. In addition, she has set the stage for "Comic View" comedians Kenny Williams and Anthony “AD” Demmer, Shawty the Comedian from MTV’s "Wild N Out," Reginald "Bruh Man" Ballard from the hit TV series "Martin," and "Def Comedy Jam's" Tony Woods.

Video | @sharitosway

Upcoming shows:
Open Mic, Best Friends for Now

Sam Mazany
Based out of Raleigh, NC, Sam Mazany is a regular at Goodnight's Comedy Club and has opened for Dave Attell, Christopher Titus, Guy Torry, Andy Woodhull, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Rannazzisi, and many more. He produces several shows across the Triangle and is the co-founder of No Poetry Comedy.

@smazany | www.sammazany.com

Upcoming shows:
Best Friends for Now, Comics Against Humanity

Matt White
Matt White's "getting out my small town" ambitions fueled his comedy dreams. He started in college at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC by creating a comedy organization (Seriously Clowning) which, years later, lead to what is now the current comedy scene in the area. His "If you build it, the funny will come" mentality and a strong work ethic gained him some notoriety and he went on to win the title of Port City Top Comic 2012, and Carolina's Funniest Comic 2013. He has opened for Tig Notarto, Alonzo Bodden, Tim Meadows, Rory Scovel, Sean Patton, and more.

Video | @Headclown

Upcoming shows:
Best Friends for Now, GCA Graduation Showcase