Joe Matarese grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and now lives with his wife and 2 kids just minutes outside of NYC in the burbs. His completely autobiographical act pokes fun at his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses, life with young kids, and his marriage to a psychologist (his perfect match). Joe’s talent for turning real life struggles into comedic gems has landed him appearances on the most sought after TV, radio shows, and podcasts including The Late Show with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent (where he received a standing ovation from all 4 celebrity judges and the 2000 person crowd), Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central Presents (his very own ½ hour special), The Howard Stern Show, and more. You may also recognize him from Bravo’s reality series Better Half where he taught his wife to perform standup and she brought home the $20,000 prize. Joe has hit the stage four times at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, leading to two development deals with major television networks. Joe is a regular on Artie Lange’s and Nick DiPaolo’s hit podcasts, and has his own weekly hit podcast called Fixing Joe where he, his celebrity guests, and his fans help fix each other’s issues. This hit podcast was recently turned into a 13 episode web series called Fixing Joe funded by Official Comedy. Check him out live - within minutes you will feel like your life is perfect!
Maria Shehata is an award-winning comedian known for her conversational delivery and no-nonsense candor. Featured on BBC, Comedy Central, Showtime and Nuvo TV, and winner of Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema, and Best Comedy at the Miami Web Fest where she was nominated for Best Actress. Maria was also shortlisted as one of the Five Best New Performers at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe by The 99 Club. Her writing has been published in Modern Love in the New York Times.