Though he would remain one of the comedy world's best-kept secrets through the later half of the 1990s, improvisational comic-turned-actor David Koechner later made a successful transition from SNL and Late Night With Conan O'Brien funnyman to supporting feature player roles when word of his talent spread, thanks to stellar supporting parts in such wide-release films as A_Guy_Thing and Anchorman. The Tipton, MO, native studied political science at the University of Missouri, with a subsequent career in the family business (manufacturing turkey coops) narrowly averted by a post-college move to Chicago. It was there that Koechner attempted to master his comic skills under the tutelage of improv master Del_Close, with further studies at the Windy City's ImprovOlympic cementing the skills of the up-and-coming talent. A subsequent stint at Chicago's Second City Theater led to Koechner's lucky break when he was whisked away by SNL creator Lorne_Michaels to become a player in the long-running weekly comedy mainstay. Though he would remain with SNL for merely one season, Koechner continued to impress on the small screen as a performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the 1996-1997 season. As his reputation continued to grow due to appearances on such popular shows as Mad_About_You and Dharma & Greg, Koechner also made an impression in features thanks to small but memorable roles in Austin_Powers:_The_Spy_Who_Shagged_Me, Man on the Moon, and My_Boss's_Daughter. Though he would continue to work in minor capacity on the small screen, Koechner seemed to be focusing on features at this point in his career, with a turn as a chauvinistic sportscaster in the 2004 Will_Ferrell comedy Anchorman offering what was perhaps his most substantial feature performance to date.
Tony Sam is a Comedian, a Writer, a Producer, and a Terrific Lover. That's right, TONY IS A COMEDIAN WHO QUICKLY BECAME RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF CHiCAGO'S MOST CREATIVE AND FUNNIEST PERFORMERS.
HAILING FROM THE CHICAGOLAND AREA, HE NOW LIVES IN SUNNY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AMONG THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF LOS ANGELES.
TONY COMBINES HIS UNIQUE LIFE EXPERIENCES IN THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD WITH HIS CREATIVE IMAGINATION, AND PLAYFUL NATURE THAT NOT ONLY ENDEARS HIM TO THE AUDIENCE BUT DELIVERS HUGE LAUGHS AS WELL. HE DELIVERS HIS JOKES AND COMICAL STORIES IN HIS OWN CRAZY WAY, WITH SUBJECT MATTER RANGING FROM HIS ECCENTRIC GRANDMOTHER TO HIS FEAR OF BEES. QUIRKY AND EXTREMELY LIKEABLE, HIS CHILDLIKE CHARM WILL QUICKLY GET YOU ON HIS SIDE, AND HIS MATERIAL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO STAY THERE, PERMANENTLY.
He also has an extensive array of characters in his stable of potent comedic weapons, which vary from Merlin the Angry Rant Wizard Comic, to Electroface the Heavywieght Comedy Champion of the World.
OVER THE YEARS, HE HAS WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND PERFORMED IN SEVERAL SKETCH COMEDY SHOWS WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GROUPS, AND IS DOING STAND-UP COMEDY ALL AROUND COUNTRY. HE IS VERY PROUD TO BE CO-CREATOR AND LONG TIME EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE HIT SHOW, CHICAGO UNDERGROUND COMEDY. IN ADDITION TO CHUC, HE ALSO CREATED TWO OTHER HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL "ALT-COMEDY" SHOWS, THE POP STAND, AND "MONEY MACHINE!". HIS STAND-UP PERFORMANCES HAVE INCLUDED CLUBS, SCHOOLS, AND ROCK VENUES ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY. HE WAS ALSO A FEATURED PERFORMER IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LIVE CHICAGO GAMESHOW, “DON’T SPIT THE WATER!” . TONY HAS STUDIED AND PERFORMED IMPROVISATION, SKETCH COMEDY, AND COMEDY WRITING AT THE WORLD FAMOUS IO-CHICAGO THEATER AND THE CHICAGO SECOND CITY TRAINING CENTER.
HE HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE 2004 and 2007 CHICAGO SKETCHFESTS, THE 2006 NYC FRINGE FESTIVAL, THE 2005, 2006 CHICAGO SNUBFESTS, 2007 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND COMEDY FESTIVAL and the 2008 Bumbershoot Comedy Music and Comedy Festival in Seattle.
OH!!! HE ALSO HOLDS A DEGREE IN MARINE AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY FROM FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY AND CO-AUTHORED A PAPER IN NATURE MEDICINE. WOW!!
HE HAS HAD ALL SORTS OF NICE THINGS WRITTEN ABOUT HIM. YOU CAN VISIT THE PRESS PAGE TO READ ALL THE ARTICLES.
ONE MORE THING,
HE'S ALSO PROBABLY SMARTER THAN YOU, BUT HE WOULD NEVER BRING IT UP…DIRECTLY.
Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa by way of Columbus, Ohio - Lee Keeler began performing comedy with the Talking Monkeys, the official improv troupe of The Ohio State University. Keeler moved to Savannah, Georgia for his MFA in Dramatic Writing from SCAD. He helped spark a stand-up scene in Savannah, later writing/producing "Ferris Club" and "The Lorax (Grindhouse)" for ClassyHands.com. Keeler moved to Los Angeles where he currently writes for Crave.com, ScreenJunkies and The Devastator Quarterly. He produces/hosts The Hour of Power Hour at the Improv Hollywood, a monthly shindig that has featured TJ Miller, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford and many more. For more information, please use the internet to learn more about him.
Nick Thune, comedian / actor, hails from the Great Northwest (Seattle), where he spent his early
years growing up. Nick’s absurdest view and deadpan wit combined with the soothing lull of
his guitar, have distinguished his unique style of comedy. He has appeared on the Tonight Show
8 times, and on each occasion, he won. Nick has also appeared on Conan, The Late Show w/
Jimmy Fallon and has his own Comedy Central Special.
Thick Noon, Nick’s debut album, was released on Comedy Central Records in 2010 and was
included in amazon.com's "Best of 2010 Comedy Albums". Nick can be seen in Mike Judge’s
movie “Extract” and the independent film “Highway 61 Re: Revisited” opposite Tobin Bell.
Thune’s other film credits include “Spring Breakdown” and “Unaccompanied Minors”.
Nick has created two web series for Comedy Central, "iThunes" and "NicksBigShow.com".
Currently, Nick is touring the country changing lives one joke at a time. For more information,
go to nickthune.com, eyethune.com or twitter.com/nickthune.
JOIN US for our 2nd Anniversary Blowout!!! It's hard to believe that this little show that started in the Lab is a comedy toddler now! We're proud to present the weirdest, coolest Power Hour yet, with a live band, audience prizes and brain-bursting surprises! Get out of your home and/or assumed place of employment and power up with the laser-sharp laserings of:
DAVID KOECHNER (Anchorman)
RICH FULCHER (The Mighty Boosh)
CAMERON ESPOSITO (Just For Laughs)
TONY SAM (Persona!)
SAMURAI LAB (Japanese Sketch Comedy)
with SURPRISE GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Hosted by LEE KEELER (ScreenJunkies.com)
Featuring the live musics of THE MAX WHIPPLE ORCHESTRA!
The Hour of Power Hour is your semi-monthly face-melting of the freshest voices in sketch and stand-up comedy straight from the steaming-hot ovaries of Hollywood! Presented by The Devastator, the quarterly comedy magazine that has been amplifying the laughter of human society since 2009. Produced and hosted by Lee Keeler (ScreenJunkies.com), the show features the finest in Devastation that comedy has to offer! Previous guests have included Maria Bamford, David Spade, Greg Proops, Paul Scheer, Matt Besser, Kyle Kinane, TJ Miller, Greg Fitzsimmons, Rob Delaney, James Urbaniak, Kumail Nanjiani, Greg Behrendt, Neal Brennan, Myq Kaplan, Ali Wong, Dominic Dierkes, Moshe Kasher, Sean Patton, Jackie Kashian, Eddie Pepitone, Keith Knight, Brendon Walsh, DC Pierson, Brent Weinbach, Dave Anthony, Rick Overton, Ken Tanaka, Allan Havey and more!