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1 UP Comedy

Producing Atlanta’s best comedy shows at alternative venues throughout the city since 2012, 1 UP Comedy is happy to bring the laughs to the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo with a 1-hour stand-up set featuring some of the city’s best comedians:

Joe Pettis (Host)

The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Atlanta Comedy,“ Joe Pettis started performing in 2008 in the hopes of one day gaining enough relevance to warrant a Wikipedia page. He has since traveled across the United States sharing his stories of growing up in a single mother household, sobriety and the life before (or at least the parts he can remember), his many run ins with the law, and so much more.

As the founder of 1UP Comedy, he is well regarded for producing some of Atlanta’s best comedy shows. His shows were named one of the “5 Cool Things to Discover in Atlanta” by Rolling Stone Magazine. He is the creator of Resurgens Fest, the only comedy festival in Atlanta to focus exclusively on local talent while raising money for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. His monthly Underwear Comedy Party at the Village Theatre was named one of the “9 Most Unique Concept Shows in the Nation” by Laughbutton and one of the “13 Naughtiest Things to do in Atlanta” by Thrillist.  He is also the host of the longest running brewery show in the country, Beer and Comedy Night at the SweetWater Brewery.

His two IMDB credits (which he found after googling himself) stem from his appearances on Daytime Fighting League on Adult Swim and Getting Doug with High on VPN. He is also a regular on Doug Loves Movies and pretty much any podcast that will have him. Joe has performed at multiple comedy festivals including the Nashville Comedy Fest, Laughing Skull Comedy Fest, Burning Bridges Comedy Fest, Cape Fear Comedy Fest, and is the resident comedian at the SweetWater 420 Festival. When not performing, he can be found on Red Dead Redemption Online or attending a local wrestling show.

Zachary Wright

Zachary Wright is a very talented comedian from Atlanta, Georgia. Zachary has a charming style of comedy that draws you in with the utmost importance only to deliver something incredibly silly. He has performed at the Red Clay Comedy Festival and Resurgence Fest. You can catch Zachary performing at his home club, The Laughing Skull Lounge, most weekends. You can also follow him on Instagram (@zachwcomedy) for more upcoming dates!

Ian Aber

Ian Aber is a comedian, writer and comedy show producer.  He was a national Finalist in NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity and performs at clubs, colleges, music venues, bars, warehouses and pretty much anywhere there is comedy.  His comedy is featured on Sirius radio and Audible. Ian has opened for Margaret Cho, Jo Firestone and Fortune Feimster and been accepted to and attended the Limestone Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival, Accidental Comedy Festival, Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival, Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges Comedy Festival and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.  He is the host and co-producer of several long running comedy shows in Atlanta including, Date Night, Urban Tree Comedy and Back Story as well as speciality shows like sweetbabycheeses : Grilled Cheese and Comedy, Surrogates Interactive Comedy and Queer History Live. Ian also hosts the new “Str8 Ppl : A Minor Look At The Majority” podcast, half hour interviews with Queer and Straight people about straight culture and society.

Rara Imler

The self-described “Sylvia Plath in a crop top” is a stand-up comic, writer, and based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She has opened for Doug Stanhope, Kyle Kinane, Chris Gethard, Nick Thune, David Liebe Hart, and Brooks Wheelan of SNL. Her caustic, absurdist brand of humor has been featured in venues and festivals all over the East Coast. She is a co-producer for NerdLanta and her voice was recently featured on Adult Swim’s animated series Gemusetto Machu Picchu.

Greg Behrens

Greg Behrens is a comedian from Atlanta, GA regularly featured at clubs, comedy festivals, or your living room if you want. In addition to being a nationally touring stand up comedian, he is the creator and host of Jokin’ Off: A comedy battle, co-creator/host of Comedy Island, and a longtime writer/cast member in Atlanta’s premiere live sketch comedy troupe, Sketchworks. Greg has performed in the Limestone Comedy festival, Boston Comedy Festival, The San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Red Clay Comedy festival and many more, as well as being a semi finalist in the Laughing Skull Festival and a Finalist in the Devil Cup at Broadway Comedy Club in NYC. You can hear Greg’s comedy on Audible, Rooftop Comedy, SiriusXM or in you living room,.. he’s dead serious about that.. he will come to your living room.