An east coaster by birth, Joey DePaolo found his beginnings in comedy in New York, writing and directing comedy shorts that were selected for air by NBC, IFC, and even Canada's own BITEtv. Joey made his arrival on the LA comedy scene in 2009 with the comedy trio The Skinny Dicks. It was through the group that he co-created Skinny Sundays, a night of unfair stand-up comedy attracting some of the biggest names and best hidden talents in the stand-up world. As producer and co-host, Joey was a part of the show's blossoming and eventual landing with its new home on the main stage of the world famous Hollywood Improv. Joey performs regularly on both coasts and has been seen on Funny or Die and as a regular in the sketch comedy/variety show Comedy Slice at the Improv Comedy Lab.
Rob Lindo hails from Vancouver by way of Jamaica (that's a story for another day). But he also lived in New Jersey and Washington, DC, before relocating to LA in 2008. He has been involved in the LA stand-up community since 2009. Rob has been seen in various national commercials, on Atom TV, Johnny B. Homeless, Comedy Central, Break.com, and Funny or Die.
Rob performs around LA at the Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, and the Pasadena Ice House. He is also a member of the comedy trio The Skinny Dicks. It was with this ridiculous trio that he co-created Skinny Sundays - a comedy show featuring nationally headlining comics and the rising stars of comedy in unfair head-to-head competitions, purely for the enjoyment of the audience. As producer and co-host, Rob was a part of the show's development and eventual transition to its new home on the main stage of the world famous Hollywood Improv.
Michael McDonald is not a singer. That’s the other guy. He is also not a professional fighter. That’s the other other guy. He’s also not an abusive unemployed alcoholic. That’s some of the rest of the Michael McDonalds out there. You’ve found the one who is best known for his ten years playing freaks on Mad TV. Michael got his start writing and performing for free at the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. His first paid writing and acting jobs came from Concorde Pictures, Roger Corman's infamous low-budget movie studio. Starting as an extra, McDonald landed dozens of roles in terrible movies. He eventually moved behind the camera to write and direct more terrible movies. Roger Corman still owes Michael money. Since those early poverty stricken years, Michael has divided his career into as many tiny hard-to-reassemble pieces as possible:
Michael has usually worked in television, landing guest spots on SEINFELD, ELLEN, JUST SHOOT ME, and NEWS RADIO before landing on MAD TV in 1998. During his ten-year run, McDonald created several weird characters - most notably man-child Stuart Larkin, Marvin Tikkvah Rusty Miller, and The Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man. He was also forced to attempt many impressions, including Dr. Phil, Al Gore and most of the murders & politicians of that era. In 2007, McDonald left MAD TV because the wigs were really getting to him. He went on to guest star on more television shows, including SCRUBS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and PUSHING DAISIES. As of this writing by a completely impartial third party who has no connection to Michael what so ever, I – I mean Michael - currently has recurring roles on HOUSE OF LIES and WEB THERAPY. Both of these are on SHOWTIME, which means they are better than network shows, but they don’t pay very well. Michael’s first film role in years is as a bad guy in THE HEAT, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Watch for it in the summer of 2013.
Aside from the early days of directing crap for Concorde Pictures, McDonald took up directing again on Mad TV. It seemed like a natural thing to do, since he was always telling everybody what to do anyway. From there, he branched out to direct episodes of other shows in which he had previously worked as an actor, including SCRUBS, and SEVENTH HEAVEN. Eventually he became a producer/director on ABC’s COUGAR TOWN, and guest director on DON’T TRUST THE BITCH IN APT 23, SAVE ME, and HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS. Directing actors has taught Michael that he should be nicer to directors when he is acting.
McDonald enjoys writing his own material, starting with those horrible Corman movies in the early days, to sketch comedy at the Groundling Theater, and then on MAD TV. In 2012, his first drama pilot, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, was produced for NBC but was not picked up because it was “too cool for TV.” NOTE: It bears repeating that this is an unbiased, third-party assessment. Michael is currently working on another drama script through his deal with ABC Studios. Luckily, this one is guaranteed to be a hit – because it just has to be, damn it!
STAND UP COMEDY
Whenever his schedule permits, (translation – frequently) McDonald tours the country doing stand up comedy. His first hour-long comedy special, MICHAEL MCDONALD: MODEL. CITIZEN. aired on SHOWTIME in 2010 and is currently available on AMAZON. Michael hopes to tape a second hour-long special before the end of 2013.
Comedian John Caparulo is perhaps best known as the under-dressed everyman on the E! hit show, Chelsea Lately. Cap, as he's known by his friends and fans, has also made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Next Generation of Blue Collar, and as a standout performer in Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.
His first 1-hour special, Meet Cap, was released in 2009 and premiered on Comedy Central the same year. More recently, in addition to touring as a popular national headliner, Cap appeared as part of Ron White's Salute To The Troops on CMT, a network on which he became well-known as the host of the surprisingly hilarious Mobile Home Disaster.
Caparulo's stand-up comedy has become a favorite for SiriusXM fans, which led to his former radio show The Mad Cap Hour, and currently, the Domestic Disputes podcast, which are both available on iTunes.
His newest stand-up special, entitled "John Caparulo: Come Inside Me," launched on Netflix September 5th 2013, with DVD and CD versions following shortly after. Cap has also begun an innovative adaptation to the current media trends with Caplets, monthly clips of fresh stand-up comedy that can be viewed on Hulu, and on his website, johncaparulo.com
Bret is considered one of the best comedians in the business today, and has been written up in trade magazines like THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and VARIETY, as well as being mentioned in national magazines like MAXIM, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, and ROLLING STONE. His COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS was voted one of the Top 5 specials of 2011 by Comedy Central viewers, and his comedy album “AMERICAN COMIC” broke the top 10 on ITUNES the first week of it’s release in 2012. He has made celebrity appearances on CHELSEA LATELY, ABC’s COMICS UNLEASHED, the TOP TEN on E! and THE SPORTS LIST on FOX. Bret first gained national notoriety starring in the feature film VINCE VAUGHN'S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW, which documented Ernst with Vaughn & three other comedians as they performed in a 30 night-30 venue tour across America. Bret had a recurring role on the hit SHOWTIME series WEEDS, was seen on CSI: NY, and also appeared in Artie Lange's movie, BEER LEAGUE. Bret hosted the Oxygen Series LOVE GAMES: BAD GIRLS NEED LOVE TOO as well as WRESTLING SOCIETY X on MTV. His stand-up has been featured on THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS, COMEDY CENTRAL'S PREMIUM BLEND, the SHOWTIME series COMICS WITHOUT BORDERS, LOPEZ TONIGHT on TBS, and was most recently seen on the KEVIN HART series ONE MIC STAND on BET. Born in New Jersey, Ernst went to high school at Plantation High in South Florida, played collegiate level football at C.W. Post in New York, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Bret performs internationally and to sold out crowds in top clubs across America.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a town that prides itself on Football, Steel, beautiful women and Josh Macuga. A comic with a boyish charm best experienced when a few cocktails deep, Josh loves to simply entertain in any way possible. Josh and his producing partner Paul Fiore's YouTube channel TheCasualMafia has garnered over a million unique views and their hit The Douchebag Anthem still holds true. His show Between The Sheets is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's finest late night talk shows and his podcast Three's 2 Much on the ToadHopNetwork has a cult following Branch Davidians would envy. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you cry and he'll make you want to mouth kiss him. If you get a chance to see him live make sure to bring your corsett to keep your gut from busting... oh jesus that's the lamest joke ever. Okay that's a long enough bio, just go see him wherever, whenever, you won't be disappointed... If you are don't tell his Mom.
Andrew Santino is most known for starring in ABC’s comedy MIXOLOGY. Currently, Andrew can be seen in YAHOO’S first digital series, SIN CITY SAINTS, which he stars in along side Tom Arnold and Malin Ackerman. Andrew recently hosted the red carpet for COMEDY CENTRAL’S ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER and was one of COMEDY CENTRAL’S 10 COMICS TO WATCH. Santino headlined at Montreal’s JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival as well as SXSW. Andrew got his start acting and writing on the final season of PUNK’D for MTV and his stand up television debut was on ADAM DEVINE’S HOUSE PARTY. Since then, he has been on CONAN, and has guest starred on ADULT SWIM'S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, on NETFLIX'S ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, HBO’S FAMILY TREE, NBC’s THE OFFICE, and FX’s THE LEAGUE.
Whitney Cummings is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and producer Cummings is executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which was recently picked up for a fifth season. She also wrote, produced and starred in Whitney, which aired on NBC from 2011 to 2013. Cummings is also creating, writing, and starring in a new half-hour pilot ordered by HBO this year.
She appeared in the 2014 summer tour Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, co-headlining with comics Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., and others.
Her second one-hour stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: I Love You, debuted on Comedy Central in June 2014 and she is shooting a third hour for HBO this August set to air in 2016
Cummings appeared regularly on E!’s, Chelsea Lately, as well as Comedy Central’s Roast series. Her first one-hour stand up special, Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central in August 2010 and was nominated for an American Comedy Award later that year.
9:30PM- Ready for something different?
One of the fastest-growing shows in Hollywood, Skinny Sundays brings its brand of unfair stand-up comedy to the Improv, pitting comics against each other in head-to-head competitions for the right to perform. And your enjoyment. With some of the biggest crowds and most star-studded lineups in comedy, Skinny Sundays has headlined talent from SNL, the Tonight Show, Late Show, Conan and Kimmel, and has regularly features comics like Sarah Silverman, Drew Carey, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Garlin, Margaret Cho, Tom Arnold, Tim Heidecker, Bobby Lee, Dave Foley, David Koechner, and more!