The "Nobodies of Comedy" tour is returning to The Ritz Theatre with a new lineup of comedians at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Michael Mills of Mills Entertainment has selected five rising stars of funny business for this show: Erick James, Mark Viera, Tim Krompier, Andrew Schulz and James Johann.
A comedian, actor and magician, this former college hockey player and engineer approaches comedy from analytical and childlike points of view.
Terminally happy, James' amusement over life, people and himself results in jokes that are childlike and mischievous.
James received a degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, followed by a graduate diploma in management studies from Cambridge University. Now, James performs at clubs across the northeast as well as colleges and corporate functions.
He opened for "Dave Attell's Insomniac Tour" when it stopped in Albany, N.Y., and has worked several times with "Killers of Comedy." A co-creator and producer of "Laughs & Latte," a comedy series designed for and performed in coffee houses around the northeast, James also is a co-creator and performer in the comedy-magic duo Departures.
James Johann was born in the Midwest during the 1970s-era of bell-bottom jeans, wood-paneled station wagons and disco music. His childhood upbringing was significantly influenced by country music, countless bad haircuts and heavy doses of Catholic school.
In 1991, after being fired from several 'McJobs,' Johann began his standup career in Kansas City.
In 2004, Johann performed in the "New Faces of Comedy" category at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. Johann was featured on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" in 2005.
Besides headlining comedy clubs nationwide, he completed the 2003 theater tour, "Paying for the New Trailer," starring Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy.
James is part of The Slackers Tour, the latest national tour from the producers of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
Comedian Tim Krompier has been entertaining audiences in New York and across the country with his autobiographical style of comedy for several years.
In addition to performing standup on a nightly basis, Krompier is a comedy writer for United Stations/Pulse Radio Networks in New York. You can hear his writing and his voice work on stations from New York to L.A. and Canada.
A native New Yorker, Andrew Schulz is known for edgy, street-smart, unapologetic comedy.
He has performed with acts such as Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, Louis CK, Damon Wayans, Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr and Judah Friedlander.
Schulz is writing and commentating on MTV's clip show, "Guy Code," which premieres next month. He also hosts "Certified" on the Music Choice channel.
Bronx native Mark Viera has honed his talent to craft to reflect a light-hearted, fun-loving approach to entertaining and a knack for seeing humor in ordinary situations.
Recently, he secured a role as a featured comic on "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up."
Viera also made his network television debut on NBC's "30 Rock" and can be seen in the Comedy Central show, "Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey."
Tickets range from $5 to $25. For tickets and information, visit www.ritztheatre.org, stop at the box office, 30 S. Washington St., or call (419) 448-8544.