A native of Iowa, Jake Johannsen spent three years at Iowa State University dabbling in veterinarian science and chemical engineering before moving to San Francisco and trying his hand at comedy. Jake sought to make his comedic mark on the city at a time when San Francisco was fostering the likes of young talents such as Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Carvey. Jake made his own comedy debut during an open mike night at San Francisco’s Cobbs Comedy Club. Four years later, in 1986, he won the 11th Annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedian Competition.
A self-confessed raconteur of weird stories, it’s no wonder that Jake is one of David Letterman’s favorite comics. With over thirty five Letterman appearances under his belt (not to mention a handful of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Politically Incorrect gigs) Jake is no stranger to late night television. His late night appearances gave Jake the exposure he needed to land his very own HBO comedy special, This’ll Take About An Hour. Jake received incredible reviews, strong ratings, and a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Writing in an Entertainment Special. People Magazine rated the special as one of the “ten best television shows of the year,” and TV Guide named it one of the “50 Funniest Moments of TV.”
Jake is also making his mark on the feature world. Jake appeared on the big screen next to Bruce Willis in the Alan Rudolph film Breakfast of Champions. Jake first worked with Rudolph on the film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, in which he co-starred in a cast that included Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Campbell Scott.
Jake’s bizarre take on life and his uniquely intelligent style have made him a regular at comedy clubs all over the country and a former host of Comedy Central’s Two Drink Minimum. Jake has had numerous television appearances as well as his own Comedy Central ½ hour special. His latest Comedy Special entitled “i Love You” is currently airing on Showtime.
Karen Bergreen Karen is known to her audiences as clever, quirky and geeky. Lurking beneath her wimpy exterior is a Harvard graduate, corporate litigator, and dictatorial mother of two. With a scathing wit, Karen surprises corporate and comedy club audiences alike with her unexpected jabs jumping from her otherwise benign demeanor. All this, and Karen has received a G rating from the motion picture association of America. Karen has been a favorite at dozens of corporate events. She has performed at parties and retreats for Credit Suisse/First Boston, Morgan Stanley, The Bali Compnay, Viacom, Accenture, General Electric, Golden Tree Asset Management, Gilda's Club, The Spence School, Buzzmetrics. Karen has also performed for personal celebrations, tailoring her comedy for birthdays, anniversaries, bar/bat mitzvahs. She even does kids' birthday parties. A regular on the New York comedy scene, Karen has been invited to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Friars Club in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She has performed her stand up on television on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and New Joke City with Robert Klein. She was a comic panelist on the Oxygen Network’s nightly game show “Can You Tell?” She has been a guest comedian, correspondent and panelist on various television and radio programs in the U.S., Great Britain and Canada, including “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.” Also an actress, Karen has been seen on a variety of National Television Commercials, independent films, television pilots, and NBC’s Law & Order. Karen has recently written for Nick at Nite’s Search for the Funniest Mom in America and has also penned the Millie Cartoon for Mademoiselle Magazine. She is frequently hired to write for celebrity comedians and for private individuals who have been asked to perform roasts at corporate events.