Producing Atlanta’s best comedy shows at alternative venues throughout the city since 2012, 1UP Comedy is happy to bring the laughs to the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo with 2 1-hour stand-up sets featuring some of the city’s best comedians.
This event is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
Friday Night Comedian Lineup:
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment
Founded in 2014, Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment has grown into the wildest night in Atlanta nightlife. Featuring monthly events, an online community, and philanthropic projects, AWE is the greatest entertainment community in the South.
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment matches will be both Friday and Saturday (8/20 & 8/21)
The band Devomatix exists for one reason: to pay tribute to the iconic robotic-punk group from Akron. Since forming the Devo tribute band in Atlanta, Mark Kozee and his group have been performing throughout the Atlanta area, including participating in the Little Five Points Halloween Parade, and even being joined on stage by Devo members Jerry Casale and David Kendrick for the DEVOtional convention, an annual gathering of hopelessly devoted Devo fans at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern in Cleveland, OH. “It is a labor of love for us,” Mark says. The band also includes Andrew Doss on synths, Adam Zisser on drums, Mike Smitherman on bass, and Jimmy Graft on rhythm guitar and keys.
Devomatix will be performing on Saturday 8/21
Members Only is an Atlanta-based party band that plays nothing but hits and can keep your event on their feet all night long! We feature 2 lead singers (male and female) and a young, energetic group of players that will make your event unforgettable!
Members Only will perform Saturday 8/21 at our ’80s Prom Event
Between them, Mike and Tom have over 40 years experience in the public performing field, and are currently known as the powerhouse duo: The Game Show Guys. They can be heard regularly on their podcast Tell Them What They’ve Won, America’s Favorite Game Show Podcast. Both veterans of the Atlanta improv comedy and trivia hosting scenes, when not obsessing over game shows, they are playing pinball, classic consoles, building LEGO and collecting Magic: The Gathering cards. Yes, we’re nerds.
faydra_black is an Atlanta Native, Cosplayer, Mommy, and Twitch Streamer who has been streaming for about three years. She streams mostly World of Warcraft, Overwatch, as well as her LEGO builds. She is on staff for the Stream Atlanta meetup community.
Bobby Blackwolf has been a video game podcaster since 2005, recording his show live on internet radio until 2018, when he moved to Twitch. In 2012, he co-founded the Voice of Geeks Network, a podcast network and streaming channel all about geek culture. He streams his video game talk show, The Bobby Blackwolf Show, every Sunday night at 8PM ET/5PM PT on the VOGNetwork Twitch channel, covering the gaming industry and including live chat interaction.
For the last 10 years I have made a living scouring the southeast for deals to find, fix and flip, from gone consoles to pinball machines and anything in between, if I can fix it, I will buy it, make it work again and sell it for profit. You can too! Follow my YouTube channel CaptNRetro and see how!
Dwight Cenac is a father of one, native Jacksonvillian and the creator of the White Label Game System. His first Kickstarter, High Noon, is a cards-and-minis tactical western skirmisher, a non-cooperative dungeon crawler with cowboys, indians, samurai, ninjas, aliens, cyborgs, machine-gun-toting priests, bandidos with tequila bombs, blondes with shotguns, hillbilly moonshiners and burly wrestlers, vampires and werewolves, angels and demons, a gunslinger in a suit of armor, that Tesla guy, and a whole slew of other colorful characters that funded in just 7 hours with a final raise of just over $150,000. When he’s not developing ridiculous expansions for the game, he spends his time running a family business while thinking of developing ridiculous expansions for the game. He’d like long walks on the beach if they made a mobile game table to allow for gaming while walking. And come to think of it, he probably just thought of his next Kickstarter.
Mondo Davis is a board game designer from St. Louis, MIssouri. Mondo signed his first game, Color Field, with 25th Century Games in 2019, and has since signed four other designs. Mondo currently lives in Clarkston, Georgia with his wife and his three year old daughter. In addition to board game design, Mondo enjoys travelling, hiking, and tending the temperamental fig tree in his back yard. You can find more of Mondo’s work at www.mondodavis.com
DrKrazy is an Affiliate on Twitch who has been Broadcasting on the platform for over 6 years. He’s a Variety Streamer who is often seen playing Sea of Thieves. When the Seas don’t interest him though he turns his gaze to Adventure and Platformer games. When he’s not Streaming he is often planning the Next Meetup as the Community Manager for Stream Atlanta, which has pulled over 300 Broadcasters into a single Event space.
Gamer since 1985 and collector since 1991, Emceemur is a preservationist of vintage games and a YouTube content creator on the rise. Mur has acquired some of the rarest pieces in existence and has extensive knowledge on the subjects of both gaming and its history as well as the state of the market and its current trends. The Emceemur Show features showcasing of vintage to modern gaming items scavenged in the wild as well as day one reviews of new releases on all platforms.
Charlie Emery is living out the American dream as a hardworking family man who was able to turn his passion for pinball into a successful business. Spooky Pinball, LLC is the company responsible for such titles as America’s Most Haunted, Rick and Morty, Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle, among others. With two brand new titles just announced (Halloween and Ultraman Kaiju Rumble), he has his hands full running a self-described “boo-tique” pinball company. A longtime collector, Charlie and his family have been sharing their love for the game with listeners and fans all over the world with the Spooky Pinball Podcast since 2010.
I started my career in gaming back in 2012 when I began working for the first barcade in Chicago’s, Emporium Arcade Bar. By the end of my 7 years I was the Regional Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of our 3 locations. Now, here at Stern Pinball, I oversee our global street team, the Stern Army, who are responsible for bringing fun and engaging pinball events to pinball arcades all over the globe.
Chan Grant is an XR developer at Amebous Labs and an avid comic book collector. Having graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2016, Grant has spent the last five years working in the XR field, creating experiences ranging from medical simulations to gardening games. Chan is also the co-host of Singularity University’s Vanishing Point, a livestream discussion exploring technology, engineering, and the various ways these industries impact the way people live.
Check out the next Vanishing Point livestream! Come join the conversation: https://discord.gg/2huQVru
Ryan Gutowski has been playing board and card games since childhood and writing about them since 2016. Ryan, his wife Erin along with their friends Ric and Bob run One Board Family, a gaming website devoted to multi-generational gaming. As a Dad of 3 kids, he spends his free time playing board and video games with his kids and his biggest competitor, Erin. Building community around the table is something he’s deeply passionate about.
Tony P. Henderson
Tony P. Henderson is a moderator, podcaster, and digital media creator known for the “Tony P. Oddcast” and the long-running “Geek Vs” podcast.
Before the launch of Avengers: Endgame, the world was curious who Tony P. Henderson was when his likeness appeared in the trailer and final cut of Avengers: Endgame.
Additionally, Tony’s moderating work was recently the highlight of a BET segment highlighting black nerd culture. Tony has also had minor appearances in “ER”, “Judging Amy,” “Wanda At Large,” “The District” local commercials, and the Oscar-Winning “Million Dollar Baby.”
Tony is always looking for an opportunity to entertain and bring people together and he lives by the words of Eric B. & Rakim, “MC means Move the Crowd.”
Chris has been playing video games since the days of the Apple 2e. Having grown up in the height of the 8 bit era, he is an avid fighting game player, a lover of all things retro, and a GBA collector. He is an expert in the gaming industry and gaming history with over a decade of experience as a designer, producer, and product manager for companies such as Warner Bros, Zynga, and Adult Swim. He loves talking about games and pop culture and has spoken at Digital Hollywood, the Pomona Idea Summit, and San Diego Comic Con.
James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer in Atlanta, Georgia. James grew up in the 80s during 10-for-$1 token nights and everyone was worried that videogames and Dungeons & Dragons were going to be the death of the country. His favorite videogames (in no particular order) are Gauntlet, Donkey Kong, Spy Hunter, Galaga, Time Pilot, and Tempest. He and his wife have two young boys who also love gaming.
For 2021, James will be the RPG & War Games Crew Chief, working with game developers and publishers to provide attendees with a wide range of tabletop games for both the Tabletop Library and the Play-and-Win collection.
Kevin Lanzing is the designer of several board and card games, including Flash Point: Fire Rescue. This was one of the early Kickstarter success stories in 2011, with many expansions and reprints since. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, son, and cat. A career educator, Kevin is keenly interested in the ways games can serve as a learning tool, as well as an excuse to socialize and have fun.
Kevin on Board Game Geek
Mark Malek was born into an arcade. Along the way his parents picked up an Atari 2600 for cheap and he proceeded to pick up every game console he could get his hands on and a few arcade games as well. Throughout life he’s dabbled in music composition, film production, and graphic design but these days you can find him looking for the future in a VR headset or tinkering with small electronics.
Pierce is the Lead Developer for Loam and an amateur houseplant gardener. Before joining the team at Amebous Labs, he received his master’s degree in digital media from Georgia Tech and designed games for Disney. If you were curious, his favorite VR games are Half-Life: Alyx and SUPERHOT.
Charles is the Rock God of Podcasting and he has lived the stories others just tell!
He started podcasting in the very early days of its conception. Former MTV VJ Adam Curry essentially created podcasting in early 2004 and he jumped right on board in August of 2004.
Currently, The Rock God of Podcasting is the host of multiple award-nominated shows including “Rock God of Podcasting,” Pokemon GO Podcast” which is the #1 show about the game that is revolutionizing how we interact with games, and “Breaking the Panel” which is a “view” style discussion show where the headlines are merely a jumping-off point for a deeper discussion about the news and happenings in the world of comics from the bookstores to the big screens.
The Rock God of Podcasting is a full-time professional moderator and podcaster with high energy, a radioactively contagious passion for life, and is eager to interview anybody.
Will Meadows is an enthusiastic media maker, graphic designer, and funsmith. His infectious love of board gaming has manifest itself in the formation of a media group that produces hobby-focused content for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et. al. The crew at Tantrum House (made up of four married couples), is revered for its production quality, family friendliness, and the breadth of media coverage they offer the board gaming industry. Tantrum House produces a bi-weekly podcast where they forecast coming Kickstarter campaigns and help new creators promote their games. They host a LIVE Saturday Morning Board Game Show on YouTube. And they put on an annual 3-day board game convention in the Carolinas, TantrumCon, which features national qualifier tournaments, state championships, live shows, hundreds of giveaways, a massive board game library, and a table-flipping tournament. Will is originally from the Buckeye state but now lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife Sara and their three boys Liam, Lincoln, and Zander.
Blake Myers is a fixture in the Atlanta film community. Blake specializes in special gore effects and indie production design. He works on various independent and big-budget movies. He has been the festival director of the Buried Alive Film Festival for the past 15 years. When he’s not making gory messed up movies, Blake enjoys building arcade light boxes, building arcade machines and playing video games.
Stephen AKA PB_Undesirables is a “Pinball Evangelist” who has been streaming Pinball, Tarot, Retro & Retro-inspired games on Twitch for 4+ years. Despite PBU being a casual/hobbyist streamer they have amassed quite a collection of equipment & experience from streaming something as “unconventional” as Pinball. Additionally streaming from public locations such as breweries & arcades has presented them with other challenges not commonly encountered.
Rick Pecot is a master pinball tech with over 40 years of experience. He has loved pinball since he was a kid and was fascinated with how they worked. While in high school he bought his first machine at a garage sale, a Gottlieb Outer Space. With guidance from a local operator, he got it working. Then he began shopping out and repairing pins after school and quickly learned the trade. Rick soon began servicing pinballs as a full time service technician. He is an expert on EM and early SS pinballs, and still repairs boards on the side. An electronics technician and instructor by trade, these days he is a support specialist for high speed digital inkjet presses. Pinball is still his passion and hobby. This may be his first seminar at SFGE, but Rick has been on our trooper tech staff since our second year!
Alberto Ruiz just an I.T. guy who loves “retro” gaming on modern computer hardware. Alberto has a passion for Raspberry Pi/Retropie, specifically related to gaming. It has been told that “He knew Super Mario before he had a brother.”
Joel Ruiz is a video editor and podcast producer with over a decade of production experience and projection promotion. From 2015 to 2018 he wrote, edited, and produced over 100 short films in the comedy, Ladies Night. In 2019 he started Critical Bits, a comedy RPG podcast. Through Critical Bits, Joel runs several actual play events and livestreams, including Seasons, Pokémon Revolt, Helldale Hornets, along with various annual events and streams for Spider Day. As gamemaster in the current Critical Bits main campaign, The Fun Bunch Saga, Joel crafts a comedically terrifying world full of superheroes.
Jonathan started playing games with the NES and 80s era arcade games. A renaissance gamer, Jonathan has played many games across varied genres on consoles as well on the PC. He helped cofound TheKBLife YouTube channel which has to date raised over $2,000 for CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) via Extra Life. Recently, he’s gotten into pinball and co-founded Slamdown Pinball which has run over 50 events in Southern California. He is currently on a quest to climb the World Pinball Player Rankings.
Shannon Strucci is a filmmaker and podcast host known for her webseries FAKE FRIENDS, a series on parasocial relationships, her role as a player and host on the teen superhero body horror actual play podcast Critical Bits, and her role as film correspondent on the podcast Struggle Session. She also publishes other video essays and reviews, directs and edits short comedy/horror films, has written narrative scripts and short stories (including the creepypasta “A Hands-On Approach”), and has collaborated with other video essayists, including with Hbomberguy on their Scanline series. She has guested on many film, actual play, and pop culture podcasts and livestreams and her video essays have been featured in IndieWire/Press Play, Kotaku, Sight & Sound, Digg, Filmschoolrejects, Fandor, Polygon, Wired, and others.
TwanM4n has been streaming on Twitch since 2014, primarily focusing on speedrunning and casual playthroughs of JRPGs. TwanM4n is a speedrunner of over 25 games and has performed or given commentary at over a dozen events, including Dreamhack Atlanta and Games Done Quick. He also organizes and runs his own speedrun marathons with a focus on people that are new to speedrunning (and their pets).
Mike Vinikour is an associate Game Developer at Stern Pinball. Game industry veteran with 27 years and counting in the business in a variety of capacities both in pinball and video games.
Jeff is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Premium Edition Games bringing all the amazing items you see to life! He is also the CEO and author at Hagen’s Alley Books where he has written and published over a dozen books himself and for other passionate authors all over the world. He has been featured in multiple video game documentaries including The Bits of Yesterday and Video Game Box Art and was partially responsible for the “Boom Tetris for Jeff” craze doing commentary for the Tetris World Championships in 2016.
Linda Zhang is an XR Developer for Loam. As part of the Amebous Labs development team, she works on the game’s software engineering. Using her knowledge of data-oriented programming, she improved the game’s back-end making it easier to add new features and optimize its performance.
Shelby Lee is an Atlanta local and a co-host of the podcast, Critical Bits, where she plays overachieving teen, Alex Finch.
Paul Byron is a Comedian, Improvisor, Voice Actor, Writer, Cultural Commentator, Political Philosopher, Streamer, and, Podcaster in the Atlanta area. He’s a big fan of long sandwiches and the soups of the world.
David Greelish has studied computer history and collected old computers for over twenty five years now. He is a computer historian, writer, presenter and podcaster. He has written extensively about computer history, created and participated in numerous podcasts, conducted both audio and written interviews with notable people in the industry, like Ed Roberts, John Sculley and Alan Kay. He has published all of his computer history fanzines along with his own story in the book “Classic Computing.
Brian L. Stuart teaches Computer Science at Drexel University. He has also taught at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis. His professional experience also includes work in industries ranging from telecommunications to data storage to agriculture to logistics. His current research is primarily focused on the ENIAC.
Joe Decuir is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to personal computer graphics and video games, citing these three animation machines. He was privileged to contribute to their success, supporting Jay Miner and teams of talented and hardworking designers.
Boisy has been a fan of the Tandy Color Computer since his teens. He’s the co-author of “CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer” and is a regular contributor to the CoCo Crew Podcast.