C2E2 Announces Night of Comedy with Stephen Rannazzisi



Popular "You're Either In or You're Out" Tour Comes to Comic Convention... Free for All Weekend, Saturday or VIP Ticket C2E2 Ticket-Holders!!

Kevin "Dot Com" Brown from "30 Rock" to Open

Norwalk, CT, April 6, 2012: Stephen Rannazzisi will headline an evening of entertainment at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on Saturday, April 14 in the IGN Theater at McCormick Place. Rannazzisi, who got his first taste of television success for his role on MTV's Punk'd, is more recently recognized for his part as "Kevin", the League Commissioner on FX's hit show The League, a semi-improvised comedy which is set in Chicago about the members of a fantasy football league and their everyday lives. Mr. Rannazzisi's show at C2E2 is part of his You're Either In or You're Out tour which has been selling out venues across the country. He will perform free for all C2E2 Weekend, Saturday or VIP badge-holders. The festivities begin at 7:30pm with an opening act by comedian Kevin "Dot Com" Brown who plays the bodyguard, best friend and right hand man to Tracy Morgan in NBC TV's huge hit series 30 Rock.

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, a pop culture event which is organized by the creators of New York Comic Con (NYCC) will be held April 13 – 15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com. Recently announced guests at C2E2 include John Barrowman, John Cusack, Anthony Daniels, Josh Gates, Chris Hardwick, Charlaine Harris, Adam Hughes, Joe Kubert, Tom Morello, Chad Michael Murray, Anne Rice, Scott Snyder, J Michael Straczynski, and Steven Yeun among many others!

"I am really happy to be able to announce this free night of entertainment for our ticket-holders," notes Lance Fensterman, who runs ReedPOP, the organizer for C2E2. "Our events are focused on both the business and the fun of the pop culture world. We want to celebrate everything that makes pop culture universal and that definitely includes comedy! This will be a great performance and I know that it will be a fun night for thousands of fans."

ABOUT STEPHEN RANNAZZISI: Stephen Rannazzisi plays "Kevin," the League Commissioner on FX's hit show The League. He was the first one of the group to get married and have a kid, which makes him as close as it gets to an adult in this group. He started the League because he thought it would be fun but now has realized it just means babysitting seven more children.

Actor/comedian Rannazzisi got his first taste of television success in 2003 as one of the smart-ass cast members on MTV's Punk'd. After being recognized on stage by Ashton Kutcher at the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, Steve was quickly signed up for the show. Since then Steve has continued to make audiences laugh in television, feature films and on comedy stages across the country.

After his success on Punk'd, he was made a series regular on ABC's Big Day, which chronicled all the hilarious happenings of a couple's wedding. Stephen played the wise cracking best-man "Skobo." After that series Stephen was cast yet again by ABC as a lead opposite Heather Locklear in See Jayne Run. Stephen was recently seen opposite Eddie Murphy and Thomas Hayden Church in the Paramount feature film Imagine That. He played "Kulik" the levelheaded partner in the financial investment firm where Eddie Murphy worked. Additionally this year, Stephen starred opposite Kevin James in the Sony Pictures blockbuster comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Stephen was cast as the leading character of "Stuart," the manager of the Pen store in a Mall that gets taken over in a robbery heist.

In addition to performing stand-up, his credits include guest starring in the FOX series Kitchen Confidential, HBO's Sex in the City, and NBC's Third Watch. Stephen has also performed on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and appeared in the feature films Summer of Sam and For Your Consideration.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.