Slideshow: 24 Exclusive Portraits of Comedians at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

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Kellye Howard has appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Russell Simmons Presents.’

CHICAGO – The annual “Just for Laughs Chicago” comedy festival, sponsored by the TBS network, is one of the highlights of the summer months in the Windy City. Each June, Chicago cements its reputation as the capital of hilarity, and the participating comedians are the top of the current crop.

Photographer Joe Arce of took these Exclusive Portraits of 24 comic masters during the festival in June. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. LAUGHS1: John Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ headlined ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’
  2. LAUGHS2: Tim Meadows of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Ladies Man.’
  3. LAUGHS3: Brian Posehn was recently in Comedy Central’s ‘The Sarah Silverman Show.’
  4. LAUGHS4: Paul F. Tompkins hosted VH1’s ‘Best Week Ever.’
  5. LAUGHS5: Todd Barry was in Cartoon Network Adult Swim’s ‘Delocated.’
  6. LAUGHS6: Kellye Howard has appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘Russell Simmons Presents.’
  7. LAUGHS7: Pete Holmes is a stand-up comic, cartoonist and voice actor of the E-trade baby.
  8. LAUGHS8: Kevin Dorff is a notable alumni of ‘The Second City’ in Chicago.
  9. LAUGHS9: Cast of the TBS Network sitcom ‘Sullivan & Son.’
  10. LAUGHS10: Steve Byrne is Steve Sullivan on the series ‘Sullivan & Son.’
  11. LAUGHS11: Ahmed Ahmed has a supporting role on ‘Sullivan & Son.’
  12. LAUGHS12: Owen Benjamin portrays Owen on ‘Sullivan & Son.’
  13. LAUGHS13: Roy Wood Jr. is a barfly named Roy in ‘Sullivan & Son.’
  14. LAUGHS14: Andrew Daly has a supporting role on the HBO show ‘Eastbound & Down.’
  15. LAUGHS15: Kumail Nanjiani of the Comedy Central Special ‘Beta Male.’
  16. LAUGHS16: Todd Glass got his break on NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing.’
  17. LAUGHS17: Kyle Kinane is the voice of Comedy Central’s promos.
  18. LAUGHS18: Ben Roy recently released his comedy album ‘I Got Demons.’
  19. LAUGHS19: Paul Provenza recently hosted Showtime’s ‘The Green Room.’
  20. LAUGHS20: Vanessa Fraction has appeared on HBO’s ‘Def Comedy Jam.’
  21. LAUGHS21: Irish comic Dylan Moran appeared in ‘Shaun of the Dead.’
  22. LAUGHS22: Vince Acevedo is a popular Chicago-based stand-up comic.
  23. LAUGHS23: Cameron Esposito was one of ‘12 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013.’
  24. LAUGHS24: Theo Von’s first film, ‘Inappropriate Comedy’ will release in 2013.

See video, hear podcasts and check out all the fun from the TBS Network “Just For Laughs Chicago 2013” by clicking here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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