ARI SCHNEIDER LAWRENCE SHAW
Found hanging off a glacier in Antarctica and raised by an indigenous tribe is NOT how one would describe Ari Schneider’s early life. Rather, he is from Los Angeles, his mother from Buenos Aires and father from the Bronx. He attended school in Santa Monica, did some plays like The Importance of Being Earnest and Comedy of Errors, and learned stuff. Later he was accepted into the Guildford School of Acting in England where he f–ked around a bit and performed in such plays as The Merchant of Venice and Three Sisters. There he received a BA with Honors in acting and musical theatre and was awarded a “Gold with Distinction” from the Royal Academy of Dramatic arts for Stage Combat in use of Broad Sword, Staff and Case of Rapiers. Yup…that’s right. That means he can kick some serious royal ass on stage, but in the “real world” can easily be dominated with a simple kick to the shin or ankle. He currently resides in Los Angeles where you might find him performing at the Second City Theatre, doing thespian bulls–t, living the life of a tortured writer or playing video games. www.arischneider.com
RYAN BARTON-GRIMLEY KEVIN SHAW
Ryan Barton-Grimley, or RBG as his most distinguished colleagues refer to him, was born in Harare Zimbabwe in the mid-1970's. After battling blood-thirsty lions and mad wilder-beasts for just shy of a decade, he moved to the US of A with his family and proceeded to do time at various public and private institutions, almost getting nine degrees and finally graduating from UCLA with a prestigious and meaningful liberal arts degree. This astounding feat of academic excellence led to a starring role in the acclaimed indie feature film TROPIX opposite Danielle Bisutti and supporting roles on CRIMINAL MINDS and the Fox Movie of the Week, THE PRICE OF LOVE. Burned out on all the fame and fortune, RBG decided to slide further down the rabbit hole by writing and directing the internationally acclaimed home invasion thriller... THE TRUTH starring John Heard, Brendan Sexton III, and Daniel Baldwin in 2010. This stunning piece of independent cinema was distributed worldwide, much to the chagrin of film critics everywhere and was one of the most pirated films on the Internet in the three weeks preceding its release. RBG is currently starring in and producing Douglas Mueller's debut feature film... REPATRIATIONas well as, directing and starring in his second and third feature films... ELIJAH'S ASHES, the award winning road comedy about brotherly love and homophobia, and... HAWK & REV: VAMPIRE SLAYERS a slacker-horror-comedy about "kicking lots of vampire ass and taking lots of vampire names!" Lastly... keep an eye out for RBG performing improv at various dark and shady theaters around town including UCB, Groundlings and The Nerdist. For more info: ryanbartongrimley.com
TONI CHARLINE SAMANTHA ZUBEC
Toni Charline is a writer and performer living in Los Angeles, CA. She has performed and/or written for Sketch Cram, CDR Sketch, The Del Close Marathon, Let's Do This and Not Too Shabby. Toni can be seen weekly at UCB with her Harold team Bangarang! If not at UCB, you can see her preforming sketch or improv at LA indie-comedy venues TNT, Crashbar and Room 101 (a show she co-created and hosts with her improv group Shakedown). You can follow her on twitter @Tonicharline or check out her profile at UCB
CHRISTINNA CHANCY JUNE UPLAND SHAW
Christinna Chauncey’s experience as an actor spans two decades with credits including the 20th C Fox faith-based film, "I Am” along with dozens of television guest star roles. She’s also worked in television casting and has become one of the most sought-after audition coaches in Los Angeles. In preparation for the role of June, she had a lot of fun digging deep into a period of her life she refers to as a “very interesting time” spent in the pageant world when hair was big and shoulder pads were even bigger. www.oncameraclasses.com
MATT CRAIG TOM BARTLETT
Matthew Craig is an Emmy-nominated improviser, actor, writer, and director. He is an alum of The Second City in Chicago, having performed in their Resident Company for over three years on both their Mainstage and ETC theaters. He spent several years traveling the world with their touring company and has worked for their corporate training division as a writer/performer/instructor/director for over fifteen years. Matt began his career at Washington University with the troupe Mama's Pot Roast. Previous theater credits include UCB, The Annoyance, iO, iOWest, Disney Cruise Lines, Brave New Workshop, The Second City Touring Company, The Second City ETC, and The Second City Mainstage. He performs all about LA with his two-man improv group FrankenMatt. (www.frankenmatt.com) Matt does occasional commercial, voiceover, and television work, appearing on “The Office,” “According to Jim,” "Key & Peele," and most recently on “Mobbed”, where Matt, an ordained minister, marries unsuspecting couples. Matt worked as a writer on "Saturday Night Live" during the 2010-2011 season, and currently writes and produces "Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Prod." for WB Animation. Check out his profile here at IO West - Matt Craig
CASEY GRAF LEXUS
Casey Graf is an American actor born in San Antonio, Texas. After moving to Hollywood he got bit parts in Television and movies such as The Mentalist and Fired Up! He got his first big break starring along side Academy Award winner Jon Voight in the new Baby Geniuses movies. He also starred with C. Thomas Howell, Brooke Langton and Tom Arnold in Chilly Christmas. www.caseygraf.com
PIPER GILLIN JEANETTE
Piper Gillin is a comedian, actress, and writer. She trained with The Second City in Hollywood and can be seen on their stage regularly in various improvisational and sketch shows. She’s performed in North Hollywood Shakespeare productions, various stand-up comedy shows throughout LA, and dabbles in the fine art of commercial acting. She is currently finishing her B. A. at the University of Southern California.
JEFF LORCH MARTIN VAINE
In film, he has worked with Robert Zemeckis in a motion capture project as Philippe Petit (precursor to the current film THE WALK); with Jon Gries in the indie hit “Pickin’ & Grinnin’”; and another the indie festival hit JONNY’S SWEET REVENGE, garnering 10 awards and counting, including best actor. TV: “Master of Sex”,“Criminal Minds”, “Whitney”, “Brothers & Sisters”, and “iCarly”. Theatre: Need to Know, Uploaded (Rogue Machine Theatre); A View From The Bridge, Rocket to the Moon, Of Mice and Men, Blue Dahlia (Pacific Resident Theatre); Modigliani (Open Fist); My Antonia (Rubicon). And many years of improv at Groundlings, iOWest, UCB. UCLA Alumni.
GREGG ALEXANDER CLIFTON GEDDES
Gregg Alexander is an award winning Writer / Producer who has worked with Joan Rivers, Vincent D'Onofrio, Matt Walsh, Adam Devine, and many more. He's also an Alum of Amy Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade. He's passionate about storytelling, developing memorable character's and producing the most compelling content possible. Some of his credits include: "Romancing The Joan' - Joan Rivers - Executive Producer, “Joan Knows Best’”- Joan Rivers, “UNLICENSED THERAPIST” - Vincent D'Onofiro - Writer, “Scott & Zander' - Matt Walsh, Tony Danza, Adam Devine and ”Whipped” with Dave Holmes. You can follow him on instagram@lets_get_klassy
BRIAN STURGESS RUFUS
Brian Sturges is an actor, comedian, musician and writer living in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and The Second City Improv, Conservatory and Long Form Programs. As a session player on guitar, bass, piano and harmonica, he has recorded for several companies, including Red Lobster, Disney and Warner Brothers Records. Brian’s on-stage credits include, The Lollygaggers, America: Made in China, and The Really Awesome Improv Show. He was the Musical Director for the play Hell County, Florida and debuted his one-man show, Poor Life Choices, which he wrote, directed, and performed at The Second City Theatre in Hollywood. Brian is the screenwriter of the film, Wall of Flesh and can be seen in the films, Hee (An Evil Flower), Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers and God of Thunder. www.briansturges.com
PATRICIA VALLETTA MISS NELL
Patricia Villetto is a regular mainstage writer and performer at Second City Hollywood and iO west. Currently she is a staff writer at AwesomenessTV and DreamworksTV. She was the writer/director of "Purple Rain: Redemption" a parody of Purple Rain and a graduate of the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where she studied acting, playwriting and art of Irish bullshitting. Follow her on twitter @PVilletto
KEITH BRUNSMANN DETECTIVE JACKSON
Keith Brunsmann, graduate of Actors Theater of Louisville Kentucky, is best known for work in HOLLYWOOD AND VINE, TWEAK CITY, TROPIX, SOUTHLAND, CHARMED, X-FILES, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and WITHOUT A TRACE. He currently resides in Los Angeles and runs the world renowned lighting company The Lighter Side.
PATRICK PANKHURST MIKE JOHANSEN
Patrick Pankhurst teaches acting for the camera at USC. He spent 25 years working in casting, as well as being an actor for 35 years on stage, in commercials, film and television. Inspired by Daniel Seltzer at Harvard, he went on to study with Peggy Feury And William Traylor in Los Angeles and continues that tradition acting, teaching, and coaching in the L.A. theatre world. He believes the camera is a great teacher and uses it to explore both acting and teaching. www.patricksclass.com
TODD WEINGER JACK TREMMORS
TODD WEINGER - A South Florida native, Todd nearly derailed an Amtrak train when he was seven years old, for which he was put on probation until he was 18 by the FBI. While his primary focus as an adult is writing for film and television, his first love was acting. A late bloomer, Todd played Oliver in "Oliver!" as a freshman in high school. He has studied improv at The Groundlings School, as well as at UCB. You should befriend him on Facebook, he rarely rejects anyone.
COLIN MCGURK CALEB
Colin McGurk is a Los Angeles based actor and writer. Theatre credits include The Zephyr Theater's production of THE HOUSE OF YES (LA), Emerging Artists' production of STRIPPING EDEN (NY). His television and film credits include A TO Z (NBC), CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS), and IN TIME (Sony). Colin is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and has a MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. You can find more of his work on the inter web.
COURT KING ANDRE
Court King is best known for playing “guys” and “dudes” in more national commercials and industrials than you can count. A graduate of Groundlings, Court is skilled in hand to hand combat, hip-hop dancing, conga and bongos, road driving, Jamaican and cockney accents, improv and sketch comedy. See him soon in the indie road-trip comedy about homophobia… ELIJAH’S ASHES.
KEVIN MANNIS RUSTY
Kevin Mannis is an actor and producer best known for THE MIRACLE, THE PRETTY PITCH PINE TREE, STUDENT BODIES and the upcoming ELIJAH’S ASHES. He is also the creator of the DYBBUK BOX a horror story that was the basis of the Sam Raimi produced films THE POSSESSION. He is also a dealer of rarities and antiquities in the lovely city of roses… Portland Oregon.
BONNIE HE JESS
Bonnie He isn't very good at bios. The first autobiography she ever wrote was in 4th grade, and she got a D+ for it. Ironically, she still gets paid to write, and does so for Privy.net and VisitRedondo.com. She's also an actor in the Murder Mystery Company, and feels generally satisfied with life, which probably means she's a terrible artist, since only miserable people are good at the arts. She's trying to cry right now. www.bonniehe.com
DAVID RICKABAUGH TRUCKER BOB
David was born in Hollywood, CA and raised in Los Angeles. He “caught the bug” doing plays and a commercial in high school but didn’t pursue an acting career because he thought there was too much “bullshit” involved in being an actor. After being “fired” from a soulless job he decided to try some background acting work, landed a national commercial and fell back into the industry. Now he can’t imagine life without the wonderfully creative commotion of a set, whether in front or behind the camera. Check out his one liner in this film and the piercing looks that made Ari Schneider blush! Also, be sure to see him all gothed up with his gimp in the upcoming indie horror comedy feature... Hawk & Rev: Vampire Slayers! www.david-rickabaugh.com/
JONNY SVARZBEIN FATHER MATTHEW
Jonny Svarzbein is a writer and performer who was born in El Paso, TX. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Music Education and as a member of the improv/sketch group Comedy Corner, Jonny began studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC and LA where he has studied under Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser and pretty much every teacher at UCBT-LA. UCB credits include the Harold teams 8 Babies, Landlord and Mister Town City, the House Sketch team Bonafide and hosting The Cagematch every Wednesday night. Jonny is also a member of the sketch group The Guys from The Internet, whose sketches have been featured on VH1, College Humor, San Francisco Sketchfest, Break.com, and Funny or Die. Follow him on twitter: @jjscomedy