Laugh for Recovery Line Up 2013
Shayma Tash's chaotic childhood helped contribute to her success as a notable female stand-up comic. Starting her career in San Diego and flourishing in Los Angeles, Tash has worked alongside legendary comedians such as Chris Rock, George Lopez, Tim Allen, Bill Maher, and many others. She has made television appearances on The Best Damn Sports Show, The Tonight Show, MTV’s Punk’d, and Chelsea Lately. Shayma has performed her side-splitting routines at The Comedy Store, The Improv, The Laugh Factory, and currently opens for Carrot Top in Las Vegas. Shayma spent the last 10 years working in comedy clubs around the U.S. and Canada. She has also done 15 tours abroad performing for the U.S. military. Shayma headlines in Las Vegas as part of Mike Tricarichi’s “Icons of Comedy” Series at the Las Vegas Hilton, and is currently developing a one-woman variety show that will include singing, dancing, characters, impressions and yes…stand-up. Visit shaymatash.com for more information.
Claude Shires can be seen performing around the L.A. standup comedy scene including The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House. Claude has appeared on successful TV shows such as Dexter and CSI. He also appeared in the short films Expecting, Accidentally on Purpose and The Final Day of Intoxication, and provided the voice for the animated character Willie Hollbeck in the video game L.A. Noire. Like many other great stand-up comics, Claude Shires has performed at some of the worlds best renowned comedy clubs over the last 12 years. In his acts, Claude often discusses topics familiar to audience members, such as aging, family, marriage and other aspects of everyday life. He is also not shy about discussing his time in the military and the humor he found while he was serving.
Tommy Chunn knew from a very young age that his calling was to make people laugh, including himself. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Tommy is an African American, whose father was adopted by a man of Asian descent (which explains the name). Through highly animated facial expressions, physical contortions, masterful use of word-play, innuendo and dead-on impersonations, Tommy tells hilarious stories which draw from the hardships of his own life experiences. Living most of his teenage and adult life alternating "black" and forth between Detroit and San Diego largely accounts for his universal perspectives, enhanced versatility and overall broad appeal. Tommy has performed on HBO's Russell Simmons comedy specials, FOX's Def Comedy Jam: Prime Time, 60 Minutes comedy special, Evening at the Improv, and B.E.T.'s Comic View, as well as appearing with Harry Belafonte, Roy Ayers, Isaac Hayes, Neol Pointer, Martin Lawrence, Dennis Miller, Tim Allen and Richard Pryor. Visit tommychunn.com for more information.
Bob Murphy is a regular in the comedy scene in San Diego and has been doing comedy on and off since the late 80’s. His comedy includes tales about being from Detroit, sobriety and making fun of his life. He has performed on the Comedy Central TV network and a local cable TV show in San Diego called Kill Them With Comedy for two years. You may have seen him perform recently in comedy clubs across Southern California including the La Jolla Comedy Store, Hollywood Comedy Store and various improv venues. Bob managed a comedy room in Encinitas for five years and continues to produce shows with Laughing at the Moon Productions and perform at various events and conventions including 12-Step recovery oriented comedy shows.
Other people may be there to help us, teach us, guide us along our path, but the lesson to be learned is always ours.