As a 40 year comedy vet, Rick Overton has starred in numerous HBO and Showtime specials and has had countless TV standup appearances. He played The Drake on "Seinfeld" and Pam's Dad on "The Office." He currently recurs on Adult Swim's "Children's Hospital," ABC's "Last Man Standing," TNT's "Leverage" and recently guest starred on "The League," "The Middle," "The Kroll Show," and "Newsreaders." Rick has also guested on classic TV series like "Lost," "E.R.," "Mad About You" and "Married with Children." On the big screen, he has worked with A-list directors like Ron Howard, Chris Columbus, Harold Ramis, Jay Roach, and Steven Soderberg, with roles in films like "Bad Teacher," "The Informant," "Dinner for Schmucks," "Cloverfield," "Groundhog Day," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Willow." He also has an Emmy Award for writing on HBO's "Dennis Miller Live." Rick is currently a semi-regular contributor to the Huffington Post and hosts a popular podcast called "Overview" that is available on iTunes.
One of the most innovative and surreal comedic artists to date: A staple of the NYC and LA Underground Comedy Scene. His life story is featured in "Getting It Right," a book by award-winning author Adrian LeBlanc, which will be published by Random House this fall.
Rick Shapiro is known for his hilarious appearances in the HBO sitcom, "Lucky Louie," as the brother-in-law Jerry; this role proudly featured full frontal nudity. Rick has also been a featured performer on Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd and Howard Stern, XM Radio: Opie and Anthony, Raw Dog and National Lampoon Radio. Rick has also performed on "Law and Order," "Deadline" and "Saturday Night Live."
Rick was cast as a character on the spoof radio feature in the recently released Grand Theft Auto series. In a comedic look at public radio, Rick appears on a show debating health care as a down home medicine man named Mason Waylon.
Rick has performed at the 2007 Edinburgh Comedy Fringe Festival where he received numerous 4 and 5 star reviews from publications such as Chortle, Metro, The List and others. This publicity then prompted Rick's 45 day tour throughout the UK. Rick then performed for two weeks at the Soho Theatre in London, The Glasgow Comedy Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, the Galway Comedy Festival in Ireland and then toured other various locations within England.
Rick returned to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008 under promotional Management of Mick Perrin.
In 2010 you can expect to see Rick in San Francisco, all-around Texas (in one location tbd, Rick will be taping his first DVD), Chicago and back on TV in Louie CK's FX show, Louie - Rick was in the pilot.
In 2011, Rick will return to Toronto, Canada for his week-long performance at the famous Yuk Yuks Comedy Club; following that he will go on to tour Canada's great land.
Also, Rick has just signed a 4-picture deal with Warner Brothers, so expect to see him on the big screen, come November 2011.
Rick, although a long-time devout Lower East Side performer, now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Rick Shapiro's CD Unconditional Love' can be found at http://www.StandUpRecords.com, http://www.amazon.com, iTunes and most digital retailers. Rick's second CD is scheduled to release shortly.
Chris is a talented actor, artist, comedian and musician. Once voted the Funniest Person in Austin, he's been a regular performer at the Improv in LA, with the improv troupe "The Fugitives", and is an original cast member of Fake Radio - since 2001 - performing characters ranging from Bob Hope to Clarence the Angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life". He currently tours nationwide with comedian and actor Hal Sparks. He regularly performs with another group of comedians including Rick Overton, Rick Shapiro, Dylan Brody and comic storyteller Kelly Carlin. His TV credits include "Just Shoot Me!" , "Rock Me, Baby" , "The Drew Carey Show" , "Mad About You" and Oxygen's Movie of the Week, Nadine in Date Land , playing a detective opposite Janeane Garofalo. Bonno also filmed guest star roles on both Comedy Central series "Halfway Home" and played opposite Michael Rapaport on Fox's "The War at Home". You can find Chris on the web playing the character Ralph the Roadie, a roadie who wants to be a rock star, a web comedy series. He is currently working on the screenplay for the feature of it, with comedian and writer Matt Weinhold. He also, sings, plays the bass in a recently formed band, and is an excellent fine artist/painter with shows popping up sporadically throughout the year in and around Los Angeles. But really, truly, his first love is Fake Radio...!
Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World"...She now lives in Los Angeles and performs at local clubs.
Chris Pina has been a stand-up, sketch artist and improvisor at the Hollywood Improv and many other comedy clubs for years. He's been the opening act for Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Sam Kinison, Rick Overton and many other comics. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, Chris was immediately cast as a regular on the 22-episode, CBS - Andy Griffith series, "Headmaster". He went on to act in other television series such as Hill Street Blues, Beverly Hills 90210, Mad About You and many more. He co-starred with Annie Potts in the NBC pilot, "Hollywood High" and began writing jokes for Sam Kinison, Richard Jeni and other top comics around the same time. Chris co-produced, co-wrote and starred in six theatrical productions including the acclaimed, "The Cardigan Christmas Show" and "The National Void". Chris' voice can be heard in commercials and animated shows. He was the voice of Coca-Cola's Powerade ad campaign for two years and was the lead character voice of Mascot in Endemol's 2007 web series, "Mascots" (which he wrote and directed). For 6 years at the Hollywood Improv, Chris directed and performed with the hysterical improv group, The Fugitives every Friday and Saturday night. Since 2008, Chris has been a contributing monologue writer for "Late Night with David Letterman". In 2010, Chris joined three-time Emmy Award-winning writer, David Feldman, on his nationally syndicated Pacifica Broadcasting radio series, The David Feldman Show" where Chris provides voices and material for the comedy broadcast. He also produced talent for David's shows by bringing in Laraine Newman and cast regular Paul Dooley. Chris continues to contribute to the show and it's one of his favorite shows he's ever done because he works with comedy giants like Martin Short, Teri Garr, Robin Williams, Laraine Newman and Robert Smigal. In 2011 to present, Chris produces and hosts, "Mind The Gap", a thinking-person's comedy revue that combines stand-up, music and spoken word in a theatrical setting. Mind the Gap's core group includes Kelly Carlin (George's daughter), Rick Shapiro, Dylan Brody, Laraine Newman, Gary Shapiro, Chris Bonno and Rick Overton. Some of the Mind The Gap guests have included Eddie Pepitone, Laura Kightlinger, Dana Gould, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Dore and other amazing comics. Chris is currently producing and hosting The Improv's "Rick Overton & Friends" show which includes the best of the best in live comedy and is the show to catch on Sunday nights.
Producer Chris Pina likes to describe Rick Overton & Friends as, 'Indie comedy, a much desired alternative to the usual comedy club scene out there. It's a fearless, innovative, gut-splittingly funny, thinking-person's event that brings together daring, smart comedy and cool music. All the components (the cast) conjure an inventive, bold mosaic of truth-telling through their senses of humor and humanity. The artists of Rick Overton & Friends would just like to entertain, enlighten and make your brain balls more rounded