Derek Gaines

Thu, Mar 10, 2022
Fri, Mar 11, 2022
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

Derek Gaines

with Atheer Yacoub and Jamal Russell

Derek Gaines was born in California, but found his comedy chops while growing up in Philadelphia. He currently calls New York City his home where he regularly performs and brings a unique perspective to growing up African American in the suburbs.

Derek's first break came when he reached the semi-finals of Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes in 2010. Also in 2010 Derek was a finalist in Philadelphia's Phunniest Person Competition. Derek made his standup comedy television debut in 2014 when he appeared on AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live and was selected by the Just For Laughs Festival as part of their New Faces showcase. Derek has been a contributor to VH1’s Morning Buzz and TRU TV’s Greatest Ever. He starred in Morgan Spurlock’s docuseries “Connected". Derek is also a cast member of MTV’s Joking Off and the co-host of MTV’s Broke A$$ Game Show. Derek plays the role of Jaybird in the hit Tracy Morgan’s series THE LAST O.G. for TBS. He was one of the lead roles in the NBC comedy pilot RELATIVELY HAPPY opposite Jane Lynch after coming off a very successful dramatic appearance on ABC’s TRAINING DAY. Derek recently had a break out role on the season’s NBC hit Will & Grace.

Atheer Yacoub

Atheer Yacoub is a New York based comedian, writer, and podcaster. Her comedy is inspired by her Palestinian-Muslim upbringing in Alabama. She came to the city with big hopes of making it in a respectable career, but found herself in comedy instead.

Atheer recently released her half-hour special for Comedy Central Arabia and has appeared on Gotham Comedy Live on AXSTV. Atheer was also a writer for The Breakdown with Mehdi Barakchian and Passport control with Mehdi Barakchian, which aired on BRIC TV. Along with Leila Barghouty, Atheer co-hosts The No Fly List Podcast which features funny conversations with other comedians, artists, and interesting people of color. Atheer is also the co-creator of Muslim Girls DTF: Discuss Their Faith, a comedic web series discussing topics that affect brown and Muslim women. Atheer has opened for Bassem Youssef, Mo Amer, and Dean Obeidallah and has also made frequent appearances on Sirius XM radio including The Dean Obeidallah Show and John Fugelsang's show. She tours domestically and internationally and has performed in numerous festivals including the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Laugh Devil Comedy Festival, New York Arab American Comedy Festival, The Big Brown Comedy Hour, Toronto's SheDot Festival, Muslim Funny Fest and 1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival. She can also be seen performing in basements all over New York City.

Jamal Russell

Some of my credits include opening at Caroline's on Broadway new York, ice house in LA, comix roadhouse in connecting and rhode Island connection. I've preformed in multiple festivals around the US and George Washington University.