Live in the Ballroom ABOUT JULIA Julia is a nationally headlining comedian, former teacher, author, speaker, and woman of transgendered experience. She was a quarter-finalist and fan favorite on season
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Julia is a nationally headlining comedian, former teacher, author, speaker, and woman of transgendered experience. She was a quarter-finalist and fan favorite on season 11 of America’s Got Talent on NBC in 2016.
Originally from Fairview, New Jersey, for the first 48 years she was better known as comedian Rick Scotti. She toured the country, appearing at venues all over the United States and Canada, both as a headliner in comedy clubs and as an opening act for artists such as Lou Rawls, Chicago, and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Julia has appeared on numerous television and radio shows as well as commercials.
In 2000, Julia left comedy to begin her life altering transition, and also to begin her new career as a teacher, where she remained for seven years. She was self-employed for a time, but in 2011, after a ten year layoff from comedy, Julia returned to the stage. Her new brand of comedy is fierce, honest, and fearless. She has been described as a “force of nature”, “a cross between Sam Kinison and Mrs. Doubtfire”, and like a “chainsaw flying through the room”.
Julia was a quarter-finalist on season 11 America’s Got Talent in 2016. She was a judge’s favorite with Simon Cowell saying “you genuinely made me laugh”, and Howie Mandel quoted as saying “you have so much to offer, you are a joy.”
In 2012, Julia had been named one of the Top Five Transgender Comedians in the country by Advocate Magazine. Since then, she has gone on to become the first transgendered woman and finalist in the New York Based Ladies of Laughter Competition. She has performed at the Boston Comedy Festival, and in 2014 was one of the winners of the Laughlin Laugh Festival in Nevada.
Today, you can find Julia performing at comedy clubs and theaters around the country. When she isn’t making people laugh, Julia often speaks at teacher in-services on the subject of bullying and transgendered youth issues.
Season 11 Quarterfinalist America’s Got Talent – NBC
Selected Top 3 Laughlin Comedy Festival 2014
Finalist Ladies of Laughter 2012, NY
Advocate – “Top 5 Hottest Transgendered Comedians of 2013”
Contributor to comedian Louie Anderson’s book Dear Dad, Letters from an Adult Child (paperback)
Julia’s blog, Inside and Out is currently read in over 10 countries.
Tony Sykowski is a Brooklyn based comedian who has been writing, performing, and producing shows for over 10 years.
He grew up on his family’s farm in Hadley, Massachusetts, the self proclaimed “Asparagus Capital of the World”.
After graduating from Umass-Amherst, Tony moved to Chicago, where he studied and performed with Second City’s House Co, iO Chicago, and the Annoyance Theater. During this time he worked for Second City Theatricals aboard the NCL Breakaway, had his written work has been featured on Second City Network, co-created the sketch/improv group Brand New Toys (which produced two full sketch reviews in addition to performing at Sketchfest, Chicago Improv Fest, and Detroit Improv Festival), and staged his acclaimed solo show I Killed Peter Rabbit at the Annoyance Theater.
He’s also a stand up who’s performed at The Comedy Bar, Zanies, Q.E.D., Westside Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Grisly Pear, and in the back rooms of too many bars.
Outside of comedy, Tony has hand modeled for Jim Beam, Canadian Club, and Sauza Tequila. He loves to brag about this to anyone who will listen.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St.