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Ricky Gonzalez was raised in Evanston, IL. After his college and semi-pro baseball career, Ricky turned his focus on stand-up comedy. In January 2010, Ricky entered a 40 comic stand-up comedy competition, which featured some of the best stand-up comedians in Chicago. The following month he took home first place in which helped launch his stand-up comedy career.​
 
Ricky has since gone on to perform at some of the top comedy venues in the country: Zanies (Chicago, IL); The Improv (Schaumburg, IL); The Comedy Club On State (Madison, WI); Jokes & Notes (Chicago, IL); The Laugh Factory (Chicago, IL); The Comedy Café (Milwaukee, WI); The Comedy Bar (Chicago, IL); and Up Comedy Club (Chicago, IL).Ricky is also, currently, a cast member at the prestigious Lincoln Lodge (Chicago, IL), which is one of the longest running, independently produced, comedy shows in the country.​Ricky has performed with some of the top comedians in the country including: Pete Holmes; Pablo Francisco; Robert Kelly; Hannibal Buress; James Adomian; Moshe Kasher; Pete Lee; Al Jackson; TJ Miller, Nick Vatterott, Chad Daniels, Charlie Murphy, and Chelsea Peretti.

In 2013, Ricky performed in TBS Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago, IL and also The Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival where he opened for Jeff Garlin, Todd Barry, Pete Holmes, Eddie Pepitone, Ian Edwards, and Judah Friedlander.

Ricky recently made his national television debut by being featured in an episode of "How The States Got Their Shapes" on the History channel. Ricky  also is a writer for the very popular web series, "Creative Has Nothing For You", starring Colt Cabana & Marty DeRosa.​

RICKY GONZALEZ

Deanna Ortiz 

Deanna Ortiz, single, white, female. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, her comedy is a sassy and lively take on everyday life. Audiences love her conversational style as she talks about love, loss, pregnancy scares, and her fears of being abducted. She has been featured in independent shows all over Chicago and is a regular at The Laugh Factory and regularly featured at Zanies and WGN radio. She has traveled all over the midwest performing and has recently been a part of the Memphis Comedy festival and auditioned for the Just For Laughs Comedy festival. She is a cast member of The Lincoln Lodge and the Two Hour Comedy Hour.