Comedians You Should Know


Danny Kallas - comedian/producer


The blue-collar Chicago accent of Danny Kallas has been described as "so thick, you don't even know what hit you." Raised in Elmwood Park, a tightly-knit community bordering Chicago's Northwest side, Danny enjoys blending all sorts of comedy. From absurd silliness to intelligent satire, if it's funny, it's in his act.

A founding member and producer of Comedians You Should Know, Danny has been named on's list of funniest comedians in Chicago. He was the winner of Snubfest 2009 and has been seen nationwide in festivals like Just For Laughs and the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta.

Joe Kilgallon - comedian/producer

Born and raised in Chicago, Joe Kilgallon has been performing stand-up comedy since 2006. A producer of Comedians You Should Know, Joe's in-your-face style and charismatic charm help paint stories drawn heavily from personal experience and his Chicago-Irish roots, making him an instant favorite and the type of comedian everyone wants to share a drink with after the show.

Ricky Gonzalez - comedian/producer

Ricky Gonzalez was raised in Evanston, IL. After a college and semi-pro baseball career, Ricky turned his focus to stand-up comedy and has since performed at some of the top comedy venues in the Midwest. Ricky is a cast member at the prestigious Lincoln Lodge, the longest running, independently produced comedy show in the country. He is also an associate producer and regular performer at Comedians You Should Know.

Ricky has performed in the Just For Laughs Festival, Traverse City Comedy Festival, Hoboken Comedy Festival and recently made his national television debut in an episode of "How the States Got Their Shapes" on the History channel. Ricky was also a writer for the popular web series "Creative Has Nothing For You" starring Colt Cabana & Marty DeRosa.

Mike Lebovitz - comedian/producer


Mike Lebovitz' comedy career began at the age of six with clowning classes at the local JCC. He's been delighting and confounding audiences big and small ever since with his offbeat, yet accessible brand of humor.

An accomplished actor, director and writer, he draws from a broad range of disciplines in building his act using outlandish viewpoints and subversive turns of phrase to highlight the inherent absurdity of being.

A producer of Comedians You Should Know, Mike has offended nostrils in Montreal as a "New Face" of the 2013 Just For Laughs and in Switzerland where he won the international competition at the 2013 Montreux Comedy Festival.

Jeff Steinbrunner - Comedian/Producer

Jeff Steinbrunner is a Chicago-based comedian who spends his time daydreaming about cartoons and gameshows, while relentlessly questioning the very reality we all suppose to be real.

He is a regular at Chicago's Laugh Factory, a cast member of the prestigious Chicago Underground Comedy and an Associate Producer of Comedians You Should Know. He performed in the inaugural Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington, Indiana and was named "Best of Fest" at The Accidental Comedy Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the last 5 years Jeff has worked tirelessly, honing his act in front of diverse audiences from a multitude of locations including New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Louis, Nashville, Cleveland and Tokyo, Japan.

Blending absurd visuals, unexpected twists and a face so smiley you wouldn't mind punching it, Jeff works hard to make every performance as fun and memorable as possible.

Michael Sanchez - Artistic director/filmmaker


Michael Sanchez studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City and turned his attention to stand-up following his move to Chicago in 2006. His off-kilter act has been seen all over the country, including Seattle's Bumbershoot and The Seaport Music Festival in New York City, and in a fluke of accidental luck he once had the pleasure of opening for Tracy Morgan.

A founding member and producer of Comedians You Should Know, Michael also co-hosts and produces the monthly storytelling series "I SHIT YOU NOT!" as well as it's weekly podcast "The Poodcast", both of which feature real-life tales of failed restraint and bodily blunders.

His film work can be seen at Life Jazz Films.