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Stand-up comics on the verge of breaking out and becoming the next big name offer insights into the motivations behind baring one's soul for a living.

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There is more than meets the eye with Alabama native Rocky Dale Davis; people are quick to misjudge him as a typical Southern white boy, but Rocky has a progressive outlook in his comedy.
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Riddled with depression, Shane Mauss takes a deep, comedic look at taboo subjects like suicide and depression and uses his own personal story as a vehicle for expression.
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After serving three tours of duty on the front lines of Afghanistan and Iraq for the U.S. Army, Raul Sanchez seeks the comfort of comedy to help with his post-traumatic stress disorder; his act highlights the lighter side of everyday life and war.
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Comic Paris Sashay grows up in a large family in the Washington, D.C., area; Paris' takes on racism, feminism and family slay the crowd at her home club, the DC Improv.
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Comic Daniel Webb gives his unique take on being an empowered gay man in the heart of Texas.
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Jessa Reed is dealt a difficult hand in life that leads her down the path of drug addiction; she gets sober and spins all of her trauma into comedy gold.
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Scout Durwood knows what it's like to be the outsider and has created a place for herself onstage with an act unlike any other; she seamlessly blends original songs, absurd dance and provocative stand-up comedy into a hilarious performance.
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After her dreams of becoming a WNBA player are cut short by a tragic accident, Zainab Johnson finds her way to the stage, where her smart and edgy storytelling is informed by her experiences growing up in Harlem in an African-American Muslim family.
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Mohanad is living the American dream; as an immigrant from the no-fly country of Libya, his observations about American life are razor sharp; while many comics perform for the love of the spotlight, Mohanad is performing for survival.
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As an Alaskan Jew, comic Becky Braunstein hilariously tells stories of her life in the Last Frontier; after a life change prompts her to move from Alaska to Portland, Ore., she takes the mainland by storm.
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rob Christensen joins a crew and sells drugs to fit in; to escape that lifestyle, he joins the Air Force, goes to college and finds stand-up, a discovery that changes his life.
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Named Atlanta's best comedian in 2017, Mia Jackson is the country girl next door people want to be best friends with as she delivers hilariously snarky jokes about relatable subjects.

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