|SINCK||Sara Contreras||Michael Yard|
Born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y., Sinck has developed a wealth of comedic material through his vast and unique life experiences. His humor has been molded by his West Indian upbringing, being raised in a home with 1 brother, 3 sisters, 2 cousins, a dog, a cat, fish and some roaches, a public school education in racially mixed classes during the civil rights 60′s and the bell bottom and afro sheen 70′s, and a 4 year college education on Long Island among white people who had never come in contact with black people.
His comedy file cabinet grew with his introduction to the work force and the world of monthly bills. He worked for Burger King, in a factory, as a security guard, a Wall st. messenger, a high school teacher for the N.Y.C. Board of Education, a teacher of severely retarded adult men for the state of N.Y., a director of summer day camps for children, a train conductor and finally a motorman for the N.Y.C. Transit Authority.
Miraculously, he found time to play high school, college and minor league pro football, meet a woman, have a daughter, marry the woman, help raise the daughter, get on the comedy circuit and share these and other experiences with audiences throughout the world.
Sara Contreras was showcased as one of the country’s best female comedians in Showtime’s “The Original Latin Divas of Comedy,” which received a 2008 ALMA nomination for Best Comedy Special. At the awards show, she presented the “Best Actor in a Dramatic Series” ALMA award to Edward James Olmos. She has also appeared as a commentator and writer for MTV3 and as part of the Fashion Police for El Diario-La Prensa during 2012 Fashion Week. Television credits include” NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (two episodes), “Third Watch,” and “Conviction;” “Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove;” Robert Klein’s “New Joke City;” A&E’s “American Comedy: What’s So Funny?;” ABC’s “The View” and “New York Comedy Festival;” SiTV’s “Funny is Funny;” and TNC’s “Que Loco.” She taped with Nick Turturro for his spec television pilot “Doorman,” with Marlo Thomas for the web-series “Auntie Marlo & Kate,” and for Univision’s Spanish-language stand-up comedy special “Los Locos y Revueltos.” Sara performed for our military troops in Iraq/Kuwait in March 2011.
She appeared off-Broadway as “Aida Galvez” in Lawrence Dukore’s “Sunshine,” and her one-woman show “LifeLines,” was a finalist in the 2012 ONE Festival. Sara will also be performing “LifeLines” at NYC’s United Solo Festival and can be seen as part of the Laughing She-Devils Festival in October 2012. A regular performer on the N.Y. tri-state comedy club/college circuit, she has also been seen across the country at premier comedy clubs and venues. Sara has performed at the New York Comedy, Marshalls Women in Comedy, Urban Comedy, and Toyota Comedy Festivals. She has been critically acclaimed for her work with the N.Y.-based “Sistas Doing Comedy” and the L.A.-based “Hot & Spicy Tamales.” Sara received an impressive N.Y. Times review for her work as a writer/monologist in the off-Broadway production Jose Can Speak.
Film credits include several independent projects and she has participated in the Latin Producers Academy of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Commercial work includes Mastercard and Fleet Bank. Sara was a featured radio personality for the WRKS 98.7 Kiss Morning Show and has been a featured comedian for nationally syndicated radio personalities Luis Jimenez and Wendy Williams, and the “Mixtape Comedy Show” of Anthony Andersen. She can be seen performing on “The Comedy Jump-Off,” “Only in The Hood,” and her own “Sara Contreras: Live at the Chicago Performing Arts Center” DVDs. She was also a creator and writer for “Lugar Heights,” a Latino animated series featured on Galavision. She tours nationally with the Original Latin Divas of Comedy and Funny in Stilettos. She can be followed at www.saracontreras.com and at Latindivacomedy@twitter.com.
Frequently tapped by media outlets for her vast musical knowledge, DJ Kiss has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for their 2012 Academy Awards Specials, VH1′s “Big Morning Buzz Live” as a music expert, MTV’s “The Seven” as the resident DJ, and on NBC’s “The Today Show” giving host, Hoda Kotb, a deejay lesson. She has also contributed to People Magazine and Fox News online.
When Kiss is not behind the decks rocking crowds, she spends time with her husband, DJ M.O.S., and loves to cook and travel. Kiss has been covered by Ebony, Essence, Brides Magazine, InStyle, InTouch, Star Magazine, Us Weekly, Page Six, the New York Times, Playboy.com, and on many other publications, websites, and blogs.
Born on the luscious island of, St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands, Michael Yard gave up his dreams of becoming a professional baseball player and moved with his family to New York in the winter of 1986. “Seeing the New York skyline for the first time was a real trip! I couldn’t believe how tall those buildings were. I guess they don’t call them skyscrapers for nothing!” After experiencing snow for the first time and surviving both his first New York winter and the New York City Public school system, he began his comedy career on a whim in 1993. ” I kept going to comedy clubs and open Mic nights and watching comics do their sets but on the inside I was itching to hit the stage myself. The problem was that every time I would try to psyche myself up to get on stage I would get sick to my stomach! One day I just decided to go for it and my goal was simply not to get booed off stage — and I didn’t!” Fast forward to over a decade later and Michael Yard has become one of the hottest comedians touring the country today. In addition to being one of the most sought after acts on the college and university circuit, Mike’s made a name for himself as one of New York City’s premier comedians.
Michael was honored to be named one of Comedy’s most thought provoking comedians by The Black Comedy Awards. His quest to delve deeper into the minds of the masses paid off when Rev. Jessie Jackson invited Mike to perform twice for The Rainbow Coalition/ Operation PUSH national conventions in New York and Chicago.
When not on stage making new friends at well-known venues like The Improv, Caroline’s, The Comedy Store, Rascal’s, Stand Up NY, The Laugh House or The Mohegan Sun, Mike likes to flex his writing muscles. He had a chance to do so as a writer and voice talent on an animated pilot for Spike TV. He’s also been a cast member and writer on the Internet radio sketch show Mo’ Funny Comedy Hour! Michael loves writing screenplays as well and hopes to one day direct and star in one of his works. In addition to his writing, Mike is rapidly becoming well known for his ability to morph into anyone right before your eyes. His repertoire of voices includes dialects from The Caribbean, Africa, India, Ireland, England and many more exotic lands. He has a knack for making his audiences see, hear and feel his comedy. Mike’s quickly becoming a familiar face with his numerous television appearances. They include, The Apollo Comedy Hour, Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, (All Star Edition) BET’s ComicView (1998-2002) and Video Vixens on MTV.