Jeff Richards joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a Featured Player in September 2001. Jeff comes to SNL after touring the country doing stand-up comedy and impressions.
Growing up in Walnut Creek, California a suburb of San Francisco, Jeff excelled in both football and baseball. When a knee injury forced him off the field in his senior year of high school, he focused on public access television. His show "Hanson Live" put Jeff in front of and behind the camera for the first time. After graduating high school, Jeff hosted a morning show radio and created a sketch comedy show that also appeared on public access TV in the bay area. In 1996 he began attending the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. There he joined the Chapel Hill Improv Players (CHIPS) where he performed live comedy for the first time. Friends, family and teachers encouraged Jeff to unitize his gifts of impersonation as a stand up comedian. Jeff soon began hosting shows at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In late 1997, Jeff moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy as a career. He soon became a regular at the world famous Comedy Store and appeared in several local and nationwide commercials. He began touring comedy clubs across the country. In 2000 Jeff briefly joined the cast of Fox¹s MAD TV, appearing most memorably as David Letterman. In 2001, Jeff performed on CBS Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and NBC¹s Late Friday. His performance on Late Friday caught the attention of Saturday Night Live who invited him to audition and then to become a feature player for the 27th season of the show.
Jeff¹s high-energy stand-up is a mix of his-growing arsenal of impressions (including Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, Louie Anderson, Kevin Spacey, Gary Shandling, Charlie Rose, Don Imus, Dustin Hoffman, and Ozzy Osborne) and outrageous original characters (including the "knife guy", the "drunk girlfriend," her "jealous boyfriend" and the "jock/meathead" from every 80¹s teen movie).
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Brendon Walsh established himself as a comedian in Austin, TX. In 2004, he won the “Funniest Person In Austin” contest and that same year also appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as his original character, “Scary Monster” (a terrible monster stand up comedian). In 2005 and 2006, Brendon was voted “Best Stand-Up Comedian” in the Austin Chronicle’s “Readers Poll”. In 2006 he appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and on season 4 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” In 2007, he won the $10,000 grand prize on the comedy stage in an internet contest at Famecast.com, beating thousands of other people for the prize money and title of “Famecast Comedy Fenom”. Brendon was featured in the “New Faces” Showcase at the 2008 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal where he was recognized as one of the breakout performers.
In 2009, Brendon moved to Los Angeles where he can be regularly seen performing at the likes of Largo, the Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv, Comedy Store as well as several alternative room. His TV credits also include being the first stand up to appear on TBS’ CONAN, and Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. Since moving to LA, Brendon has sold two vehicles to star in and co-write. In 2010 he sold “Crowded Apartment” to Spike. Most recently Brendon has been writing the pilot of “Walsh”, a half hour narrative for for Comedy Central, and he recorded his Comedy Central Stand Up Presents: The Half Hour special which premiered in May, 2012 and was the highest rated episode of the season.
ALI WONG is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress living in Los Angeles, CA. With the recent release of her Netflix Special, ALI WONG: BABY COBRA, Ali became the first comedian to record a stand up special 7 months pregnant. Ali co-stars in the new ABC comedy, “American Housewife,” premiering this fall.
After SF Weekly selected her as “The Best Comedian of 2009″ and the SF Bay Guardian awarded her “Best of the Bay,” she decided that it was finally time to depart her hometown. In 2010, Comedy Central listed Ali Wong as one of 7 “Comics to Watch.” In 2011, Variety Magazine named her as one of the “10 Comics to Watch,” and Ali appeared in the 2011 and 2012 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, QC.
Since then, Ali has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”, and “Late Night With Seth Meyers”. She also appeared in Oliver Stone’s film, Savages and was a series regular on NBC’s “Are You There Chelsea”. In 2012, Ali hosted the Golden Globes Live Coverage on E! You can often catch her as a guest on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and on Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” She recently appeared in Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow’s hit film Trainwreck and is currently a writer on ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat.”