The The Ultimate Comedy Experience  was introduced in 2010 by Actor/Comedian Kenan Thompson and Executive Producer Cherie Chiles-Buchanan. They want to help comedians and Young Stars get to the next level by providing opportunities for the winners, in hopes of discovering the next big star! 

For a good Cause

 

A portion of the proceeds from the Ultimate Comedy Experience will go to the Cristian Rivera Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to find a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare pediatric brain tumor that claims the lives of 200-300 children a year. Come out and support rising comedians while helping a great cause!

new york times

New York Times

About: Young Stars
By: Laurel Graeber

Released: December 19, 2019

Chicago Sun Times

Chicago Sun Times

About: Young Stars
By: Steve Heisler

Released: March 14, 2019

Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas Sun

About: Comedy Contest
By: Brock Radke

Released: January 16, 2020

Morning in America

Morning in America

About: Comedy Contest
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Released: April 7, 2022

New York Post Article

New York Post

About: Young Stars
By: 

Released: April 20, 2019

Diva Gals Daily

Diva Gals Daily

About: Comedy Contest
By:

Released: April 15, 2019

Book ECE

Book ECE

About: Comedy Contest
By: Marketing Team

Released: April 30, 2019

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal

About: Comedy Contest
By: 

Released: March 19, 2019

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Quotes from Contestants & Media

 

Kingsmen Media

Kingsmen Media

PRESS/MEDIA

"I cover the event as media and I was very impressed with the show and the comedians. The audience was laughing the entire night."

Chimmie Hernandez

Chimmie Hernandez

COMEDIAN

"It was a great experience very fun and Mary and Cherie and very nice and very uplifting which made the competition less stressful and more fun to be a part of. I hade a great time and learned a lot."

Paula Y Wilkins

Paula Y. Wilkins (Blackgirlmagic)

COMEDY FAN

"There is always a great variety of talent and diversity. The hosts are equally as fun as the competitors. Fabulous location with food and cocktails, as well multiple shows that meet everyone’s schedules. It’s always a plus to bring in local celebrities who mingle, meet, greet and even perform! Cherie is the icing on the cake with her bright smile and support to not only the talent, but also to the people who attend. She represents Kenan very well and treats each show as if it were her own."

JoJo Casillas

JoJo Casillas

COMEDIAN

"It was great meeting new comics from all over. Enjoyed networking with other comics. My only complaint is I didn’t get to meet Kenan 😂 Hope to do it again!"

Josiah B Jones

Josiah B Jones

COMEDIAN

"It was a great honor to be selected for the kenan Thomson ultimate comedy experience, to be selected to perform in the finals for kenan along side so many talented comics and make such great connections were great. Thank y’all an awesome Experience."

Ian Miller

Ian Miller

COMEDIAN

"From a audience stand point: It was awesome to see that much talent in one room at the same time. I mean between the 2 shows there were 30 people who all were killers who coulda won it on any given night.

From a comic stand point: It was extremely well run and a great opportunity for me to meet comics from outside my scene. I was one of if not the only not Chicago comic on the show so getting a chance to network with that many great chi comics and get to work with someone like Chris red and Kennan Thompson on a professional level is something that was invaluable to me as a comic, and on a different level just me as a comedy fan."

Fenelon Guillaume

Fenelon Guillaume

COMEDIAN

"The competition was amazing not only was Kenan so warm and welcoming but all the comics on the showcase had positive energy. I was able to network with so many like minded individuals and build life long friendships It was such a joy to see everybody come out to support live comedy again and it’s all thanks to the Comedy Experience with Kenan"

Michelle Miller McNair

Michelle Miller McNair

COMEDIAN

"I enjoyed the process and had a lot of great fans supporting me the night of the competition. Of course always wish I would of went further in the event"

Comedian KingDavid

King David

COMEDIAN

"It was a blessings to be apart of The Kenan Thompson’s Ultimate Comedy Experience! I had a great time! It was awesome networking with comedians and producers. I grew up watching Kenan and he has inspired me in so many ways."

Vik Pandya

Vik Pandya

COMEDIAN

"I did it a couple years ago when Chris redd hosted and it was an incredible experience, meeting him and Kenan was awesome. I also used the clip from that show to submit to a lot of things!"

Reggie K Jackson

Reggie K. Jackson

COMEDIAN

"I had an amazing time! One of the most professional kindest staffs I’ve worked with in the lady 15 years in the industry. Let me know if you have any other opportunities coming up!"

Red Level

Red Level Entertainment

PRESS/MEDIA

"I love the opportunity Keean's Ultimate Comedy Experience gives to local and up incoming comedians. Keans Ultimate Comedy Experience definitely helps push the comedy culture forward for comedians."

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Cynthia Rudd

Cynthia Rudd

COMEDIAN

"I had the time of my life such an awesome experience that the positive side the other side I didn’t agree with the ending it didn’t have anything to do with Kenan & Cherie"

JettaV Comedy

Jeaquetta Vaughn (JettaV Comedy)

COMEDIAN

"It was an amazing experience. I got a chance to meet and network with a lot of great comedians, many that I’ve met before while working mics in Chicago. There were industry people there that were scouting talent and I was able to get visibility to do some voiceover work. I’m looking forward to trying it again next year."

Krista Kay

Krista Kay

COMEDIAN

"It was an awesome experience! Keenan was super nice and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know a little bit about each comic. It is heart warming to see someone with so much success investing into up and coming comedians. 💕"

Krista Kay

Christian Johnson

COMEDIAN

"It was a fun experience it gave me a chance to perform at 2 comedy clubs in New York (Gotham and Caroline’s) that I’ve always wanted to perform at. It was great crowds with insane energy."

Ryan Webb

Ryan Webb

COMEDIAN

"The Kenan Thompson Ultimate Comedy Experience is a terrific opportunity for comedians to get more exposure. The team is fantastic. I'd absolutely perform on this show again given the chance."

Buda The Comedian

Buda The Comedian

COMEDIAN

"It was an awesome experience and I made a lot of new friends I wouldn’t have made had I not been chosen. Thanks for the great learning experience."

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Quotes from Young Stars & Parents

 

Alexia White

Alexia White

PARENT OF YOUNG STAR

"I LOVE this competition. It changed my daughter’s life and made her an instant comedic star. She won first place a couple years ago—Carolyn White—and has since signed with an agent. We are so proud! No one shines brighter than Cherie and Kenan! They have devoted every ounce of heart and soul to opening doors and providing opportunities for promising young comedians, and they do it all with warmth, grace, humor, and selfless generosity. There is truly no stage like the one they have created for America’s funniest kids—a unique chance to perform live in the most incredible spaces, build their careers, and meet amazingly talented people but also to have a home base and a safe, welcoming place to land. Thank you to the moon and back, Cherie, Kenan, and Young Stars 360! We are eternally grateful. All Carolyn has ever wanted to do is make people laugh."

Kim Rapach

Kim Rapach

PARENT OF YOUNG STAR

"I love Cherie and Kenan and the Young Stars 360 team. They genuinely care about the youth, and want to give them opportunities. Kenan and Cherie lead with integrity. Kenan is a wonderful example of how to be successful, mentally healthy and generous. Cherie works harder than anyone I know, always wanting to help anyone who crosses her path with a positive vision. She and Kenan are bright lights in the entertainment industry. As a mom (of Mac Rapach), I truly enjoyed how my son was treated, inspired and supported throughout the process. This was his first comedy experience and he won the Chicago showcase and got to travel to NYC and make memories of a lifetime. We are all grateful for the opportunities from Young Stars 360."

Jill Kula FitzSimons

Jill Kula FitzSimons

PARENT OF YOUNG STAR

"My son Teddy has done the competition a few times and has had an absolute blast. He loved the opportunity to perform on stage, and all of the people involved (Cherie, Mary, Cortez) were great to him. It was a really cool, unique experience for him."

Mollie Ellis Harmison

Mollie Ellis Harmison

PARENT OF YOUNG STAR

"Preston absolutely loved it! He was so bummed it couldn’t continue due to Covid. He would love to participate again with anything you all do in the future. It was an incredible experience for him, one that we still talk about!"

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Frankie Trixx

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Vegas, NV
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Fenelon Guillaume

New York, NY
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