Gem State Gaming Convention 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Grant Lyon (Comedian, Actor, Board Game Designer, Tabletop Game Influencer, and all-around awesome human being) will be joining us this year! You'll see Grant around the convention playing games, running events, and generally having an awesome time.

Don't miss out on his Board Game Stand Up Comedy Show Saturday night!


Described by San Francisco Weekly as “a hilariously sharp observer, not one of those tired white-guy bellyachers,” Grant was once a collegiate soccer player. He decided to pursue a career on stage instead of on the field, and that decision’s been rewarded by being chosen as a New Face in comedy at the Just For Laughs Festival, winning the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and being a finalist in the Big Sky Festival.

He’s appeared on Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed, SyFy’s series The Movie Show, and he starred in the Amazon Prime feature film Killer Kate! In addition, he’s been a guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and on numerous popular podcasts including Doug Loves Movies. “Scheduled Fun Time,” his comedy album with 800 Pound Gorilla records, hit number #1 and has been featured on numerous SiriusXM channels.

As well as being a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, the film he wrote and starred in, Interview Date, was eligible for a short film Academy Award. Funny or Die, MSN, Huffington Post, and others are among the sites that have featured Grant’s sketch videos on their home pages. You might also recognize him from a number of national commercials including AT&T, Johnsonville Sausage, CiCi’s Pizza, Sam Adams and more.

His debut board game, Curmudgeon, came out in 2020, published by 25th Century Games. A huge lover of board games, Grant hosts a weekly series on his YouTube channel called Grant’s Game Recs, short and funny videos about good games.

"Scheduled Fun Time by stand-up comic Grant Lyon is a very good comedy download. Lyon is immediately likable, audience friendly, and clean." – The Serious Comedy Site

"As someone who needed a good laugh, the album hit all the right spots to put a smile on my face." – FanGirl Nation Magazine

"Lyon shows off his meticulous crafting of observational humor as well as having one of the best stories about being a comedian winning in court of all time." – The Comedy Bureau

"His material ceases to be mere bong humor and becomes a lot more interesting. ... Lyon uses his knowledge of random Wiki-facts to set himself apart from other comedians. It's a fabulous raison d'etre." – East Bay Express

"One of the most original comedians on the scene, not only will he make you laugh, you might learn something" – David Testroet, Producer of the Mile High Comedy Competition.