Art House Productions hosts the second annual 6th Borough Comedy Fest (6BCF) from June 12th-15th 2019. 6BCF is held in Downtown Jersey City with over 130 performers from across the nation. The festival features Stand Up, Sketch, Improv, Roast Battles, Podcasts and new special events: The Roast Of Jersey City’s Mayor Steven Fulop, and a surprise celebrity podcast guest on The James Altucher Show. This year’s industry judges include Stand-Up New York and Catch A Rising Star. One final comedian will be selected to headline a weekend show at Stand Up NY!


CONGRATS to comedian SAGAR BHATT the official winner of 2019's 6th Borough Comedy Festival! He was the final comic selected by industry judges to headline a weekend show at Stand Up New York this fall!

Congrats as well to the other 5 finalists: Willie Macc, Sandip Sen, Gianmarco Soresi, Glen Tickle and Emily Walsh.

Art House Productions has long awarded adventurous and diverse performing artists with a stage to expose audiences to their ambitious and challenging projects. Like the theater, 6BCF puts a premium on diversity and inclusion in comedy.

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live interview on The James Altucher Show

For eighteen years (1983-2001) a fixture of radio & television’s Howard Stern Show, comedian Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling was born and raised in East Norwich, a tiny hamlet on the glorious North Shore of Long Island, New York. He graduated in 1966 from Oyster Bay High School and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1971.

In 1982, after founding “Governor’s Comedy Shop” in Levittown on Long Island and touring as a national headliner, on a suggestion from a Washington DC comedy club owner, he blindly sent his three LP’s to Howard Stern upon Howard’s arrival at WNBC-AM in New York City. Howard called him to make a guest appearance on his radio show. In 1986, Jackie became a full-time cast member and the head writer of Stern’s show, and as they say, the rest is history. Remarkable radio as well as show business history.

Jackie left the Stern show in 2001 after fifteen-year run as head writer of the radio show, four television series, and three Pay-Per-Views. He’s released six dirty joke CD’s … “The Joke Man,” “Sgt. Pecker,” “Hot Dogs & Donuts,” Come Again?!,” F. jackie,” and “snart,” as well as three videos, five joke books and countless joke gadgets of all kinds, for children as well as adults.
From 2007-2014, Jackie wrote and performed his own radio show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, “Jackie’s Joke Hunt,” and he wrote the joke page for Penthouse magazine for 17 years.



Jessica Kirson is a powerhouse on stage. Jessica’s act is a hilariously relatable performance of sheer silliness, vulnerability and ridiculous characters. Her countless comedic character videos have racked up over 30 million views on social media. Her audience is multigenerational creating an excuse for large groups of friends and families to spend a night out together. This year, Jessica was featured playing herself on the HBO series Crashing with Pete Holmes. She recently served as a consultant, producer and writer as well as acted in the Robert De Niro’s film “The Comedian.” She has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “The View, and “Kevin Can Wait.” She was recently awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and received the prestigious Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian.” And in her spare time, Jessica is a regular contributor to The Howard Stern Show, where she produces and stars in prank calls for the program. In an era where only 10% of all touring comedians are female, Jessica stands out as one of the strongest comedians regardless of gender. As her friend Dave Attell says, “I’d hate to follow her.”

Kirson's COMEDY CENTRAL special airs this fall.



Kevin Farley is regular Stand-Up comedian at notable venues such as The Laugh Factory in LA and Chicago, The Improv in LA and Palm Beach, Florida and The Comedy Store. He studied at the famous Second City in Chicago and then soon after starred in films such as Black Sheep (with his brother Chris Farley) and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler, and leading roles in An American Carol, White Knight just to name a few. His TV guest appearances have been on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, The Neighbors, Hot in Cleveland, Just Shoot Me, United States of Tara, True Jackson, VP, Comedy Central's Drunk History, Hawaii Five -O, plus HA! The Musical in New York. Farley has been featured on The Today Show, The View, Extra, Fox News and numerous radio shows. Kevin Farley has truly established himself as a comedic presence both on the big screen and television. Multi-tasking his truly gifted talents seems easy for Farley because he does it all with a fabulous sense of humor, both on screen and off.

Farley's CURRENT TV series presently airing. "F is for Family"a hit Netflix series. Farley is the voice of multiple roles.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE June 12-15, 2019


Wed June 12 @ ART HOUSE

Art House Productions 
262 17th St, Jersey City
Storytelling, Sketch Comedy

6PM: Improv Tech, OFF TOP!, Bird & Friends
GAS Good At Sports, Gin Girls, Devin & Kristina
Helvetica / Night Eaters 
The Code Switch, Gary From HR,
10PM: Mercy Santos (God's Favorite Improv Team), Jane Don't, My Momma's Biscuits

Thur June 13 @ Art House

Art House Productions 
262 17th St, Jersey City
Improv, Sketch Comedy

6PM: BOYF, Softball, The Michaels
7PM: ROAD PIZZA, Milwaukee!
Freeze Frame! The Musically Improvised Sitcom, Improvised Buffy
The Nitro Girls! The Executives
Perfect Storm, Meggie & Laura

Thur June 13 @ HARBORSIDE

Harborside JC
210 Hudson St @ Exchange Place, Jersey City
Special Event: Podcast + Comedy Show



7PM: The James Altucher Show with Surprise Celebrity Guest Interview: Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling
8PM: Live Comedy Show with Dante Nero, James Altucher, Mike Lash & Rich Kiamco


FRI JUNE 14 @ FM Bar Lounge

340 3rd St @ Newark Ave, Jersey City
Stand Up Comedy + Roast Battles

30 Stand Up comedians compete - 6 finalists will be selected to perform on Saturday’s mainstage show. 1 winner selected from Sat night will headline a weekend show at Stand Up NY.
Hosted by Rich Kiamco

730PM: STAND UP: Dan Rosen, FreddyG, Pedro Gonzalez, Rich Carucci, Timmy Hall, Emily Walsh, Edward Bell, Glen Tickle, Renee Santos, Badar Tareen

845PM: STAND UP: Sandip Sen, Cristina Arroyo, Gregory Lotsvin, Brandon Mitchell,Mike Mancusi , Jess Fleischer, Jayson Acevedo, Katie Morrissey, Alex La, Gianmarco Soresi

10PM: STAND UP: Natalie Perlin, Willie Macc, Justin Randall, Jen Lap, Jimmy McDonald, Emily Evans, Sam Morrison, Sagar Bhatt, Stu Melton, Sai D



11PM: 10 comics Roast Battle each other and selected comics will continue on to The Roast of Mayor Steve Fulop on Sat night.

Hosted by Scott Chaplin [Comedy Central Roast Battle]

Ryan Rummel vs Jayson Acevedo

Sandip Sen vs James Mac

Alex La vs Gianmarco Soresi

Timmy Hall vs Gregory Lotsvin

Boris Khaykin vs Pedro Gonzalez


SAT JUNE 15 @ Harborside JC

210 Hudson St @ Exchange Place, Jersey City
Podcast, Roast Of Mayor, Live Music, Stand Up Comedy, Afterparty

4PM: WTY Podcast with Rich Kiamco interviews “The Best Of The Fest.” with the final six comedians of 6BCF.

630PM: The Roast Of Jersey City’s Mayor Steven Fulop
, Emcee: Comedy Central Roast’s Scott Chaplin plus Roast Battle winners and Mayor Steven Fulop!


730PM: Live Music: The Great American Country Drifters

Stand Up Comedy: “Best Of The Fest” 6 final comics perform and one is selected to headline a weekend show at Stand Up NY! plus hysterical headliners: Jessica Kirson and Kevin Farley close out the last show of the festival! Emcee: Rich Kiamco


After-Party @ Harborside’s Piggy Back Lounge

200 Hudson St @ Exchange Place FREE ADMISSION

10PM: next to the mainstage show MINGLE & MUNCH! Hang with industry, comics, producers and audience at Harborside’s Piggyback Lounge

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Meredith Burns

Meredith Burns is the Executive Director of Art House Productions. She began her career as an actor working off-broadway and regionally at theaters such as Pregones Theater/PRTT, The New Ohio, The Shakespeare Theater of DC, and Sierra Repertory. She is a founding member of Glass Bandits Theater Company, a not-for-profit organization based in Brooklyn, and from 2010-2014 served as the company's Managing Director. She currently performs sketch comedy on the Magnet Theater's long-running house team, The Executives. From 2014-2017, Meredith built and directed a comprehensive arts and literacy based after school program at New Voices Middle School in Brooklyn serving upwards of 200 children daily. She received her BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

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Rich Kiamco

Comedian Rich Kiamco has been featured on SeeSo,  performed in The Boston Comedy Festival, Asheville Comedy Festival, Maine Comedy Festival, San Diego Comedy Festival, and has opened for Gilbert Gottfried and Louie Anderson in Las Vegas.  Broadway Comedy Club awarded him with a comic residency which was extended for an additional month.  Kiamco received the Overall Excellence Award at the NY Fringe  + Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival and has performed on campuses across the USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. Rich was featured on BRAVO’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel’s 3 Men And A Chick Flick,  he has appeared on The Howard Stern Show, The Wendy Williams Show and 2Point Lead with Yannis Pappas. Rich can be seen with youtube sensation Vic Dibitetto on The Vic Dibitetto Show with Marion Grodin. He appears on BuzzFeed's Follow This on Netflix. His Podcast WTY We There Yet? is available on iTunes. He was pictured on the cover of the NY Times Sunday Styles with The ManKind Project, and his Op-Ed on Kevin Hart was published in USA Today.


Xavier Padin

Xavier is a Bronx-born, Puerto Rico-raised, South Carolina-educated, and Washington, DC-polished actor / improviser / writer / teacher / comms. strategist / coach & diviner now living in NYC. He began studying improv in 1998, which led to a few movie roles and him becoming a super-legit Meisner-trained actor, He's been a serious & comedic stage and film actor/director since 2005, where he began his studies at USC. In 2009 he made his return to improv comedy at Theatre99 in Charleston, SC. Xave later moved to Washington, DC where he was an incredibly active member of the improv community, performing improv at Dojo Comedy, DC Improv, The Unified Scene, and at Washington Improv Theater (WIT) - where he performed on multiple Harold teams and the weekend team of legendary ne'er-do-wells, Season Six. Xavier was also an actor/writer on DC's the longest-running sketch comedy team, Brick Penguin. Xavier has studied sketch comedy and completed improv training programs at WIT, UCB (post-academy) and at the Magnet Theater. Since arriving in NYC Xavier has directed multiple improv teams, performed as a character actor, and as can be seen weekly in the Magnet Theater Saturday night improv show, The Armando Diaz Experience. Xavier can be frequently seen in sketch comedy at UCBHK and with his Friday night team, The Executives, at the Magnet Theater. 

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