Laugh in the New Year! The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (PCF) presents Norlex Belma and Mia Jackson in a special showcase hosted by Pittsburgh's own Day Bracey. PCF helps to raise awareness of Pittsburgh's comedy community and makes Pittsburgh a better place to create comedy by showcasing inclusive, original work.
With an even-keeled delivery belying blistering takes, Norlex Belma has become one of the hottest comics working in New York City. Norlex got his start in one of the nation's fastest growing comedy scenes, Pittsburgh, after attending Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music. Norlex now resides back home in his native Brooklyn and has performed at clubs and colleges around the country including Zanies, Carolines on Broadway, The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Pittsburgh Improv, The Grisly Pear, The Blue Note NYC, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY Oswego, and NYU. Norlex has opened for national headliners such as Jermaine Fowler, Emma Willmann, Godfrey, Sam Tallent, Marina Franklin, Liza Treyger, and Rob Schneider.
In 2016, he was featured in the PBS documentary, The Comedy Confluence, detailing the rise of the Pittsburgh comedy scene.
Since then, he has been a part of the Burning Bridges Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, WDVE Comedy Festival,Red Clay Comedy Club and Orlando Indie Comedy Festival. In the summer of 2018, Norlex headlined Carolines on Broadway as a part of the Breakout Artist Series. When Norlex is back in Pittsburgh, he is a regular on the WDVE Morning Show with Randy Baumann and has had multiple performances aired on iHeartRadio.
Mia Jackson is a bonafide Georgia peach (that's Georgian for “native”) and self proclaimed know-it-all. After graduating from the University of Georgia she hit the local comedy scene and has thrilled audiences since day one. To her credit, she has appeared on NickMom's Night Out, Viceland, and was a semi-finalist on Season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. She has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and the movie Mother's Day. In 2017, she was named a New Face at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Atlanta's Creative Loafing named her the city's Best Stand-Up. Smart, funny, and versatile, Mia entertains all types of crowds.
Comedian, producer, and podcaster (1/2 of "Drinking Partners"), Day Bracey plays host for the evening's show and is Stand-up Director for Pittsburgh Comedy Festival.