Dan Telfer and Friends
Dan Telfer wrote and performed comedy in Chicago for 15 years before moving to Los Angeles. He is currently a social media producer and audience warm-up comedian for the Comedy Central TV show @midnight. As a writer for The Onion he was responsible for headlines like Drunk Women Find Their Run Across Busy Street Hilarious and for the web series The Onion’s Extremely Accurate History of the Internet. He was also in charge of an entire team of writers, and headed The Onion’s advertising integration department. As a stand-up comic he has toured as an opener for Maria Bamford, Brian Posehn and Patton Oswalt. He was selected to perform at the Chicago Just For Laughs Festival's Best of the Fest show, the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival's Talk of the Fest show, and the coveted New Faces of Comedy showcase of both festivals. In addition to The Onion his writing has appeared in Paste Magazine, The A.V. Club, and the official book based on the TV show Mad Men: The Illustrated World. But he is perhaps known best for his stand-up chunk "The Best Dinosaur," which became a runaway viral video hit and earned him a massive internet following.
“Dan Telfer’s comedy is a feat of improv, stand-up, and lightning fast synapses.” -The Chicago Tribune
"I love Dan Telfer. He is wonderful. He is like a goofier, smarter, funnier, taller, me with glasses. And male parts." -Maria Bamford
"Of all the performers I've known over the years, Dan Telfer, more than any of them, seems the most compelled to do stand-up comedy. And I don't think it's because of some deep-seated need for attention, or because he's seeking love from strangers that was denied him as a child; I think he needs to do stand-up comedy because he can't be alone with his own thoughts. Coincidentally, he's hilarious." -Paul F. Tompkins