Editor-in-Chief of the Boise Weekly, AMY ATKINS describes herself as a "writer, maker of jewelry, listener of music, watcher of TV, reader of books, surfer of Internet, and lover of hitchhiking cats and all things pink." She's a passionate consumer and reviewer of entertainment, and has lent her excellent judging and commentary skills to all five years of Boise’s Funniest Person.
EMMA ARNOLD is a comedian, author, and beekeeper. She tours regularly, and performed in fifty two cities in 2016. A fan favorite on the Dana Gould Hour, Sklar Bro Country, and Doug Loves Movies. Her greatly anticipated book, “Notion Sickness”, will be published in 2017, and her comedy album will be available May 2017 from Rooftop Comedy.
JODI EICHELBERGER is a puppeteer, writer, director, and composer whose roles include Stingy on the television series LazyTown and The Upcoming 2018 Movie LazyTown: The Movie. He performed in the original cast of the Tony award-winning musical Avenue Q on Broadway. Jodi is currently artistic director and most stellar master of ceremonies of Boise’s Story Story Night.
MATTIO MARTINEZ has written and directed shorts and web series for ABC Studios, the BBC, as well as for several independent live-action and animation production companies. As a stand-up comedian based in L.A., Mattio performs at The Comedy Store, Flappers, and the Super Secret Comedy Show at the Lyric Theatre and co-produces a monthly stand-up show called BASH.
TIM NORTHERN is a regular on the national comedy club circuit and has the credentials to prove he is no stranger to the bigger and brighter stages in comedy. Born and raised in Nashville, this wordsmith's influences are a who's who of comic geniuses. George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Steven Wright all appealed to him because of how smart their material was. That lesson was never lost on him. His style can be aptly described as humor for the thinking person, a unique combination of intellect and fun-filled observation. Simply put, Tim Northern is a punster of the highest caliber.
Alisha Donahue is a comedian, podcaster and mother of four. As one half of the comedy duo Lady Bizness, voted Boise’s Best Comedians by Boise Weekly readers in 2016, Alisha has opened for Fortune Feimster and Gilbert Gottfried, performed at Idaho Laugh Fest, The Comedy Womb and the upcoming 208 Comedy Festival. She was first runner up in the inaugural Boise's Funniest Person comedy contest in 2013, though if pressed she will tell you she tied for first.