Rob is a Los Angeles based actor and writer. A former company member of Chicago's famed Second City Theater, he wrote and performed three shows on their E.T.C. stage, including "Pratfall of Civilization". A long time Chicago improviser, he has worked extensively at I.O. Chicago, performing with groups including "JTS Brown", "Foursquare", and "The Armando Diaz Experience."
He has worked on several short films and video projects, including the award winning comedy "Stalk Much?" directed by Bill Baykan. He co-wrote and starred in a short called "Elevator" that was a favorite of Will Ferrell's on funnyordie.com. Rob also wrote and produced "The Clinic", a short film that was selected by several film festivals around the country, including L.A. Comedy Shorts.
Since moving out West, Rob has been performing at Second City L.A. with "Mr. Johnson" and at I.O. West with "Spirit Cat". He's also written, directed, and acted in several short films with Mr. Johnson that you can see on their youtube page at www.youtube.com/mrjohnsoncomedy.
Rob worked as a freelance ad copywriter with DraftFCB in Chicago for several years, and is also a trained opera singer.
Molly Erdman wrote and performed in three Mainstage revues at the Second City in Chicago from 2005 to 2007. She has appeared on According to Jim, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Rotten Tomatoes Show, and In the Flow with Affion Crockett, and for four years she was the long-suffering wife in the minivan in commercials for Sonic Drive-In. Molly has written for The Rotten Tomatoes Show and Infomania, and she is the creator of the website Catalog Living, a blog devoted to the people who live inside home furnishing catalogs. Her book, Catalog Living at its Most Absurd, was published by Plume in June 2012.
After college, Bakkedahl toured for a year with the Repertory Theater of America. After moving to Chicago, he made a name for himself at the Improv Olympic performing in the influential two-man improv show ZUMPF with his teacher Miles Stroth. Dan went on to perform at the Second City mainstage, eventually writing “Doors Open on the Right,” Second City’s 90th Revue. In Chicago, he is often noted for having left the Second City mainstage due to artistic differences.
Bakkedahl is perhaps best known for his work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show where he served as a correspondent from 2005 to 2007. He has since moved to California with his family and recently filmed supporting roles in the films Observe and Report and Welcome to Academia. Most recently Bakkedahl co-starred in the Snake 'N Bacon animated special on Adult Swim, which aired on May 10, 2009.
Bakkedahl is a member of the advisory council of the California Shakespeare Theater.[
Deep Dish featuring Rob Benedict
Deep Dish combines the art of stand-up comedy and long form improvisation. A celebrity comedian takes a single audience suggestion and does a series of improvised monologues based on true stories from their lives. A group of improvisers then does a series of kick-ass improvised sketches based on these monologues. The Deep Dish performers are comedy veterans hailing with from I.O. West, UCB, and Second City Chicago, and have many film and TV credits under their belts. Featuring: Rob Benedict, Ike Barenholtz, Jill Benjamin, Dan Bakkedahl, Bob Dassie, Molly Erdman, Rob Janas, Josh Meyers, and Jack McBrayer.
Opening act: Justified Harassment
Justified Harassment is an improvisational and sketch comedy team based in Los Angeles. They are a group of talented performers from some of the country’s top comedic institutions: Comedy Sports, Second City, UCB, iO West, and the Groundlings. They have worked with Miles Stroth and Bill Steinkellner, developing their high-voltage brand of comedy from a variety of improvisational styles. Featuring Alex Coleman, April Morrow, Ben Wells, Garrett Marshall, Jared Wilson, Ken Jansen Jr., Leslie Watkins, Mike Duff, Nathan Ondracek, and Steve Sherman.