If you missed Don's hilarious Showtime one-hour Special, "Ask Your Mom," you've got to catch him Live! Engaging, clever, and just flat-out funny, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says “Friesen will leave a lasting comic impression,” and describes him as “offbeat, satirical, self-deprecating and slightly out of control.”
As the only two-time winner in the 36-year history of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Friesen ignites the stage with a playful, high-energy spoof of his life as a modern suburban dad trying to get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact.
He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest tech, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.
Friesen's credits include Showtime, Live at Gotham, The Lewis Black Christmas Special, and Comics Unleashed. He was also featured in TBS’ “The Comedy Festival” in Las Vegas and is a wildly popular on KLOS’ 5:00 Funnies and XM Sirius satellite radio.
You may know Carlos Alazraqui as Officer James Garcia on Comedy Central’s "Reno 911. (currently in its third season)" You also may have seen him on his many appearances on VH1 and E Television reality series. But he is also an established and talented voiceover artist, giving life to Mr. Crocker on Nickelodeon’s “Fairly Odd Parents,” Rocko on “Rocko’s Modern Life, and Lube and Winslow in “Cat/Dog.” Carlos also stars in two new cartoons for the Cartoon Network’s – as Munroe, the Scottish Pug dog on “Juniper Lee” and as Lazlo on Cartoon Network's number one series called “Camp Lazlo.” Additionally, Carlos provided the voice talent on one of the most recognizable campaigns in commercial history – “Yo Quiero Taco Bell.”
Carlos starred in his own half hour stand up comedy special on Comedy Central. Carlos performs live at the Hollywood Improv on Melrose Ave, The Ice House,The M Bar on Vine,The Knitting Factory in Hollywood and has a steady corporate schedule. He recently sold a script idea called the "Rip Squad" to Comedy Central and is currently developing another project to pitch to the Networks.
In terms of work in film, he has recently completed shooting on a horror film with Lou Diamond Philips currently titled "Dark Portal". Other films include “I Downloaded a Ghost” has been airing on Disney Europe, which is available to rent in the United States and "Happy Feet" with Robin Williams which will be released in November 2006. The Reno 911 movie is scheduled to shoot in January 2006.
Carlos lives in the San Fernando Valley with his two dogs, Max Bear Jr. and Jacky O. He is a USTA 4.0 tennis player and an avid skydiver.... 690 jumps to date!
Dan Gabriel got bit by the comedy bug early in life. Dan grew up immersed in the world famous San Francisco comedy scene where his mom took him to comedy shows when he was just in grade school. While other kids were trading Garbage Pail Kids, Dan was trying to make his friends listen to Steve Martin albums on his travel case record player.
In college, he stepped up on stage for the first time and was instantly hooked. Ignoring his studies, Dan spent his nights at any open mic night or comedy event he could find. After graduation he began opening for his heroes like Dave Chappelle, Mitch Hedberg and George Lopez. Since then Dan has worked his way from opening act to nationally touring headliner.
Now considered a veteran jokesmith, Dan has appeared on CBS’sLate Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Showtime, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, CBS’s Star Search, NBC’s Late Friday just to name a few. He was an award winning writer for Thugs on Film on BBC America and the Winner of the L.A. Take Out Comedy Competition. Take Out opened the doors for Dan to co-develop and host the hit first season of Asia Street Comedy, on AZN TV. Today you can hear his podcast, “The Best Medicine” on iTunes as well as his two critically acclaimed comedy albums, “Giant Robot” and “Baby For Sale.”
Dan’s comedy is PG-13. Without graphic violence or nudity, Dan casually delivers what his friends refer to as “Smart Stupid Comedy.” He is a soft sell who doesn’t beat you over the head with his material. If you like a joke, cool. If not, there’s another one coming in about 10 seconds. Dan has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, the Late Late Show and Showtime just to name a few.
Wirey, physical, and totally out of control. Mikes humor is all of these and so much more. He is able to nail down stereotypes with poignancy and humor. Audiences love Mike, and so do we.
Summer is here and The Improv is proud to host Teen Tours from all over the country, and we would like to invite you out to experince the World Famous Hollywood Improv with your 13+ Teens!!!
Come out and see The Improv's most amazing talent! Combining up and coming comics with seasoned veterans and today's hottest acts, it is always an amazing show! Some shows have yielded such up and coming acts as Ian Bagg, Sam Tripoli, Bret Ernst, Adam Hunter, as well as some veteran performers such as Ron White, Bob Saget, Chris Rock,and Sarah Silverman.
***These shows are not censored for children. Material may not be appropriate for children under the age of 17***