Michael Kosta is an accomplished stand-up comedian, actor, host and former professional tennis player. In fall 2015, Michael will be hosting new E! series Comment Section, produced by Joel McHale. Michael was also recently featured on Fox Sport 1’s series Crowd Goes Wild, where he and Regis Philbin lead a panel of sports experts in a lighthearted look at the daily happenings in the world of sports.
Kosta started out as an athlete; he is quick to point out that he was once-ranked number 864 in the world in professional tennis and earned over $11,000 on tour. Don't laugh, that's $11,000 more than you made as a pro athlete.
Kosta gained attention as a comedian when he broke out of the HBO Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen. He quickly relocated to Los Angeles where he began his television career; he has appeared on TheTonight Show with Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and Conan. He also starred in his own half hour special, Comedy Central Presents: Michael Kosta.
Kosta’s debut album Comedy for Attractive People launched November 2014.
Robert Mark Pickard III was born and raised in Palos Verdes, Calif., where he surfed, played sports and until he was 16, thought girls had cooties. His soccer skills helped get him into the University of California, Irvine, where he got his B.A. in Literary Journalism. Passionate about comedy and needing money, Robbie waited tables at the Irvine Improv his last two years of college. He was nearly fired on a daily basis for watching the comics while his customers waited 30 minutes for their mozzarella sticks. It wasn’t a job—it was like going to comedy school.
A collegiate soccer player turned frat guy, Robbie’s first taste of performing comedy came when he wrote and hosted roasts of his fellow fraternity brothers. Even though they don’t remember any of it, all of the drunks at these events thought he was super funny, and it gave Robbie the unmerited confidence he needed to pursue a career in comedy. Robbie stepped on stage for the first time on May 11, 2007 at The Ice House in Pasadena, Calif. He did really well because he had about 40 overly supportive friends in the audience, resulting in even more unmerited confidence. Next, he performed at a dive bar in Pomona, Calif. called Scoreboards. He did the exact same five minutes of material that did so well in front of his friends the week before, and bombed miserably. Humbled and humiliated, the journey began.
Since then, Robbie has been moving up the ladder in the Los Angeles comedy scene at a rapid pace. His sharp, tightly written material paired with his laid-back delivery have been winning over audiences across the country. Already a regular at all of the Improvs in Southern California, he is also a regular performer on Comedy Juice, recently hailed by Sirius Satellite Radio as "the best standup show in the country.” In a short time, Robbie has already performed at many of the top comedy clubs in the country: The Improv (Hollywood, Brea, Irvine, Ontario), The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Ice House, Caroline’s on Broadway, The Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up NY and many more. Robbie has shared the stage with some of the hottest comedians working today, including Bill Burr, Jim Norton, Aziz Ansari, Rob Schneider, Harland Williams and Tom Green. He has also been hitting the road as the feature act for Sadiki Fuller and Tom Clark, touring across the Pacific Northwest.
In April 2008, Robbie started producing and hosting his own weekly show at his alma mater, UC Irvine. Monday Night Comedy @ The Anthill Pub has gone on to be one of the most successful recurring social events that the school has ever seen. Each week, Robbie works out new material and brings in top headliners from around the country. Many students that graduated years ago still come back on Monday nights to catch the show. In 2008, he was selected to perform in the California Comedy Festival and was a finalist in Orange County’s Funniest Person Competition. Soon after, producers from National Lampoon caught his act and gave him a role in their film, "Dirty Jokes: The Movie." He has written and produced many popular short films on YouTube, and is finishing writing his first TV pilot.
Robbie currently resides in Santa Monica, Calif., and can be seen live all over Los Angeles, Orange County and the rest of the country.
Born and raised in Chicago, Renee started her comedy career at the world renound Second City. A conservatory graduate, she continued her comedic education at Improv Olympic and The Annoyance Theater. Continuing to be a part of writing and performing with several Chicago sketch groups, Renee expanded her comedic skills by taking on stand up comedy. After only 6 months, Renee won 2 stand up competitions and was one of the first female comics to be asked to join underground comedy coalitions. A member of Second City’s first ever House Ensemble Improv team, one of three females to be a part of Chicago Underground Comedy, Renee co-founded SpitFire, The Comedy Broad Squad. Renee has been mentioned in the Chicago Tribune as a "stand out", in The Chicago Reader as "chatty and fun", and received an editorial in the comedy section of Time Out Magazine. Up until October 2006, Renee was a frequent performer at Zanies, Chicago and Schaumburg, IL, Improv. Now residing in LA, Renee has been seen on several LA underground stages, along with the famous Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, Ha Ha Comedy Caf.., and the Ontario Improv.
Mark Ellis is a comedian, actor and host you’ve probably seen on tv, heard on the radio or at least clicked on the internet.A stand-up that has played to sold-out shows all over the world and on television, Mark also has a monstrous online following as the co-host of Schmoes Know, his movie show that has over 250K subscribers and 50 million views on YouTube.Mark’s acting has been showcased in film, television and numerous national commercials; he regularly appears as a commentator on Spike, MTV, VH1, Reelz and network programs as well. He can also be seen on the online show Collider Movie Talk.In addition to his weekly Schmoes Know podcast, Mark also makes regular appearances on the KLOS morning show Heidi & Frank, The Adam Carolla Podcast & Jedi Council.Mark Ellis recently released his debut comedy album Get to the Castle to a Top 10 showing on iTunes Comedy…he currently lives in Los Angeles, does not play second base for the Dodgers and is considering hiring a maid.