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RICK OVERTON & FRIENDS Sunday, May 12, 2013 09:30 PM Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Two drink minimum
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Door Time: 9:00 PM
  • Show Type: Comedy
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Tags: Alternative
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
    Two drink minimum
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  • Henry Phillips

    Henry Phillips


    Henry Phillips has been seen and heard performing his twisted songs and stories on 'Comedy Central Presents', ABC’s ’Jimmy Kimmel Live’, satellite and terrestrial radio nationwide. His critically acclaimed albums, fusing mellow folk-rock ballads with psychopathic lyrics have earned him mention in Billboard magazine’s ’Critic’s Choice’, as well as acclaim from such notable artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips' songs as "disconcertingly funny". His semi-biographical comedy film "Punching the Clown" received the Audience award at Slamdance film festival '09, and is currently available on Netflix and iTunes.

     

  • Rick Overton

    Rick Overton

    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.

  • Matt Kirshen

    Matt Kirshen

    London born Matt Kirshen's precision wit has earned him an impressive reputation on the international comedy circuit. Most recently he appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Paul Provenza’s Green Room, and as a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing have earned him a whole new host of fans in the United States and a surprising number of other countries worldwide.

    He has also recorded a half-hour special for the World Stands Up, Comedy Central, and has acclaimed festival appearances at Montreal, Edinburgh, Kilkenny, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Bermuda, and Amsterdam.

    His debut CD, "I Guess We'll Never Know" was named in Punchline Magazine's top 10 albums of 2009 and his hit appearance at the 2008 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal resulted in no fewer than 4 of his gags appearing in the Montreal Gazette's round up of their best jokes of the fest.

    Matt has appeared in and written for numerous television shows in the UK, including a charity gala featuring Jimmy Fallon, which resulted in Jimmy himself requesting Matt to open for him in a college tour to promote his Late Night hosting slot.

     His youthful looks disguise a veteran comic with almost a decade of experience, and a wealth of smart, funny and relatable material, making him a firm favorite with college audiences. While it's his prime-time NBC appearances that most American comedy fans will recognize him from, they are often surprised at the breadth and scope of his material, described by one reviewer as "intelligent, but with the emphasis firmly on the funny"

  • Chris Bonno

    Chris Bonno

    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...!

  • Jimmy Della Valle

    Jimmy Della Valle

    aka The Brooklyn Buddha just shot his One hour Netflix Comedy Special "Brooklyn Buddha" where he received 2 standing ovations. Jimmy is a personable guy, who's like a "breath of fresh air". This good looking "Character" Actor/Comedian grabs the attention of his audience and keeps them on the edge of their seats, while discussing his life's experiences from what it was like to grow up as an Italian/Irish New Yorker in a dysfunctional blue collar family with a gambling problem since he was 3.  Jimmy pushes his audience's humor button to the next level with surprising one-liners, impressions, weird anecdotes, crazy stories as well as his audience interaction and amazing Improvisation off the audience's responses which always makes for an extremely funny show.  He is constantly writing new material and would compliment any show in any state or internationally with headlining performances that are always on the edge with clever observations and stories about his crazy Blue Collar New York life and his crazy latin wife.

    Jimmy is no stranger to the comedy stage. Don't let his young looks fool you. He has been a comedian his whole life and got kicked out of catholic school in the 5th grade for being the class clown and was forced by the nuns to go to public school or end up in jail.  He has been making a living as a full time comedian since 1991 from the first time he stepped on the comedy stages in New York City with his unique point of view, otherwise known as Jimmyisms.  He has done over 5,000 comedy shows in all 50 states as well as performing for the Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines at over 10 different bases Nationally and Internationally two and three times at each base over his comedy career.  Jimmy Della Valle can be seen Headlining all the major comedy clubs, casinos and colleges across the country as well as corporate events.  Jimmy also has many TV credits such as the Emmy winning HBO's The Sopranos, CBS's Without a Trace, NBC's My Name is Earl, Nickelodeon's Unfabulous, HBO's Oz, and Sex and The City to name just a few as well as hosting the TV show Toddlers & Tiaras on Bravo The Jersey Hip Hop Special.  He has played many different characters in several independent feature films.  He has two major movies with lead roles coming out this year called Rivers 9 and also Puncture Wounds both with Famous British actor Vinnie Jones from the films Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and X-Men.  Jimmy has also been in over 30 National Commercials.  He has also had a major recurring role as a comedian and favorite of Judge Piers Morgan on the summers hit show NBC's America's Got Talent where he shared the Stage with Las Vegas's Mirage Casino and Favorite Headliner Ventriloquist and winner of America's Got Talent Terry Fator, and The Three Redneck Tenors.  Jimmy has also been seen on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Nuvo TV's Stand Up & Deliver series produced by Jennifer Lopez and other countless Stand Up TV shows.  Jimmy has also had his own Stand up Comedy Show with all Italian Comedians that ran for 2 years in Las Vegas.  He also has a hit CD called "Its Just A Jimmyism" which has sold over 100,000 copies.  Jimmy has also had his own XM satellite radio show that ran for 1 year on National Lampoon Comedy Radio as well as being heard on Sirius many times over the years.  With his unique character look, streetwise flare and macho vulnerability you will understand instantly why people love him whether it is in person on the comedy stage, TV or Film.  From the second he opens his mouth and you here his sexy NY accent all women instantly love him and guys want to hang out with him.  I don't know if you're a Gambler but Jimmy Della Valle The Brooklyn Buddha in the world of comedy is what you call a sure thing.  Jimmy also has a hit Podcast called Brooklyn Buddha on the Wild Jones Podcast Network that has been heard in all 50 states and 26 countries.

     

    Jimmy is the real deal he's a true NY Character, Actor, Comedian, Voiceover Artist, Writer and Master of Improvisation as well as he can pick up any Accent in a matter of minutes.  When not filming a TV show Commercial, Voiceover or Film, Jimmy is auditioning for Television and film roles almost everyday in Los Angeles thanks to his wonderful agent and manager.  He is constantly studying acting in the master acting class at the Actors Academy with his favorite acting coach Lewis Smith who was a Movie Star in the cult favorite The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai The Heavenly Kid and Quentin Tarantinos Django to name just a few.  Lewis Smith is Jimmy's mentor and was also a favorite student of all the great acting coaches such as Lee Strasberg, Sandy Meisner, Stella Adler, Roy London and he also lived with the great Acting Icon Paul Newman who taught him all his little acting secrets which he has now passed onto Jimmy.
     

    Jimmy Della Valle, born and raised in NY, now living in Los Angeles, confesses - "Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker." His streetwise edgy flare, macho vulnerability, and blue-collar twists are what allow Jimmy to keep audiences on the brink of laughter. For almost two decades, he has been a stand up comedian entertaining at comedy clubs, casinos corporate events and colleges with his quick comedic timing, and his uniquely skewed observations.  Jimmy was born in Syracuse NY, then moved to Brooklyn, NY where several years later he met his wife in the famous Hamptons.  Jimmy is now Living and Happily married in Los Angeles with his latina wife who is his biggest fan and supporter as well as their Russian Blue Kitty Marvin.  Most recently, Jimmy was on the hit summer NBC show "America's Got Talent" where Judge Piers Morgan said, "I wanted to hate you with every bone in my body, but I loved you. You have the greatest comedic timing and delivery, I have ever seen in my life. You are hilarious!". Jimmy was on 3 episodes of America's Got Talent where 40 million plus TV viewers watched each night for 3 weeks. That ladies and gentleman is Millions of comedy fans overnight and if you are lucky you can be next.  For any more info please check out BrooklynBuddha.com.

     

  • Chris Pina

    Chris Pina

    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.

  • Katie Massa

    Katie Massa

    Born and raised on Long Island, insisted on wearing a Little House on the Prairie bonnet for all of first grade, had a somewhat unhealthy obsession with "The Golden Girls" and was a favorite target of the 8th grade bully. After a transformation from odd bird to ugly duckling to reluctant peacock, she is now married with a baby and living in Los Angeles where she starts every morning the healthy way: by looking to see if she has the same number of Facebook friends that she had the day before. Her husband tells her she was rejected by the sororities in college because she was either "too weird or too butch." She thinks she may have ADD, but does not want to take any medication for fear it will take away any shred of charm that's left of her. She is a Groundlings-trained comedian, actor and voiceover artist who has appeared on NBC ("Love Bites"), Comedy Central ("Strangers with Candy"), Nickelodeon ("The Nick Cannon Show") and the Oxygen Network, where she was a series regular on "Trackers." She has voiced several Disney DVD games including Hannah Montana, High School Musical and Camp Rock. As a standup comic, she's played all over New York and Los Angeles, including Gotham Comedy Club, The Comedy Store, Carolines and many others. She has written and showcased original sketch shows at PSNBC (NY) and Second City (LA) and co-created “Subway Soaps,” a series of sketches onboard the New York City subway that was described by the New York Times as “Pleasantly surprising” and featured on CNN's "Showbiz Today." Her sketch show "We're Not That Way" was an L.A. Weekly Pick of the Week, and the paper deemed her "an excitingly intense performer." She produced and emceed the long-running comedy show No Drink Maximum @ the Parlour, and currently performs standup comedy every Thursday night at Skinny’s Lounge in the Noho Arts District, as well as all over Los Angeles.

Description: Line up: Rick Overton, Matt Kirshen, Kat Radley, Chris Bonno, Bill Bronner, Jimmy Della Valle, Chris Pina, Katie Massa Kennedy

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
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