Amber Preston & Ben San Del
Amber Preston is a comedy seductress. Recently named one of “5 Comedians to Watch” in New York Magazine her brassy charisma and keenly honed jokecraft leave audiences powerless not to fall head over heels. From raucous roadhouses to the classiest clubs Preston’s saucy, mischievous charm captivates diehard and casual comedy fans alike.A proud native of Fargo, ND Preston’s early performance career consisted of hosting family talent shows and dancing in the aisles of the Hornbacher’s grocery store hoping to be discovered by Lawrence Welk. Years of musical theater, improv training, and short film work followed. In 2004 she took the plunge into standup comedy and immediately started turning heads.Preston is a natural improviser whose comedy can be defined as much by the method of its creation as by its hilarious outcomes. She brings her “piddly ideas”, those small grains of nascent humor, to the stage. There she pokes, prods, and explores them, involving the audience in every step of the instinctive and spontaneous process until they emerge days, weeks, or months later as comedy pearls. Add to this a laundry list of quirky obsessions (mustaches, Hall and Oates, Hall and Oates’ mustaches), and a genuine passion for connecting and having fun with her audience and you have a recipe for true comedy excellence.
Ben San Del: A former newspaper writer, Ben’s stage career kicked off after winning Acme Comedy Co.’s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Contest in 2006. With a style described as “sharp, with perfect pacing” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he regularly plays clubs and colleges throughout the country. Ben’s 2009 stand-up show, “Animal Cracker Genocide,” was held over for an encore production at the Minnesota Fringe Festival due to popular demand. He was selected to perform at the 2012 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, the 2013 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival in Minneapolis, and the San Francisco Sketchfest and Aspen Laff festivals in 2014.