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RICK OVERTON with Greg Proops, Laura Kightlinger, Kira Soltanovich, Chris Pina and Dylan Brody Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:00 PM Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Door Time: 9:30 PM
  • Show Type: Stand Up
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
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  • Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World"... [MORE] Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World" (HBO), "Dr Katz" and "Mr Show." As a stand up, Laura has been featured in two HBO specials and six Comedy Central Specials. Kightlinger recently created an animated series about standups in prison for Comedy Central, tentatively titled "Alternative Women Comics in Prison." Laura grew up in Jamestown, NY and attended Emerson College in Boston. She began honing her skills in Boston Comedy Clubs while at Emerson. Shortly after college, Laura moved to New York City and performed in clubs such as Caroline's, Stand-Up New York, Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star. She now lives in Los Angeles and performs at local clubs.

  • Greg Proops

    Greg Proops

    “Here he is, though, in front of a live audience each week, bravely recording some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.”
    -Rolling Stone Magazine
     
    Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad. Really.
     
    The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? He can be seen on the New Season on the WB.
     
    Professor Proops has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. He has recorded it live in Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, Dublin, San Francisco, Oslo, Amsterdam, Austin, London, Paris aboard a ship in the Caribbean and somehow, Cleveland. Find it at Proopcast.com or iTunes.
     
    Greg brazenly smokes dope on TV on The Green Room with Paul Provenza on Showtime.
     
    Greg has lent his voice to Star Wars the Phantom Menace and was Bob the Builder.That's right Bob the Bloody Builder.
     
    Mr. Proops has been a guest on Red Eye, The Late, Late Show and Chelsea Lately on E!
     
    You may Socially Network with Greg on Twitter at @gregproops and tumblr at proopcast.com
     
     

  • Kira Soltanovich

    Kira Soltanovich

    A graduate of the San Diego State University Dramatic Arts Department and with training from the American Conservatory Theatre and The Groundlings, Ms. Soltanovich is extensively trained in every aspect of writing as well. "I loved living in the dorms at college because my father never let me have slumber parties as a kid. He said sleeping on the floor and eating from cardboard boxes was the reason we left Russia." Recently, Kira optioned a 1/2-hour hybrid comedy with New Line Television starring Scott Baio. Based on her writing and acting, she was selected to be a part of the ABC Comedy Development Showcase where she was named "Hottest new writer". She has shot several pilots this year, including a Pilot Presentation for Comedy Central. You might also hear Kira as the voice of "Carla", a teenage know-it-all, on the animated series, Iggy Cool. Kira has been a winner, finalist and semi-finalist in a myriad of comedy competitions and festivals, including Comedy Central's Laugh Riots, California’s Funniest Female, Seattle International Comedy Festival, and the Boston Comedy Festival.

  • 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.

  • Dylan Brody

    Dylan Brody

     

    DYLAN BRODY is an award winning playwright, humorist and thrice published author and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. In recent years, he has emerged as a radio raconteur, whose witty and profound tales of his journey through life are unique, yet utterly recognizable to everyone, earning him a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers.

    Brody’s new CD, A TWIST OF THE WIT, his third with Stand Up! Records, was released on February 14th 2011.  The last two full length CDs were released in 2009 by Stand Up! following a sold out launch event at the Comedy Central Stage. BREVITY, a compilation of pieces originally produced for radio, and TRUE ENOUGH: Dylan Brody – Live. His stories are heard on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s LaughUSA and RawDog Comedy channels, and have appeared on KYCY Radio in San Francisco, WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York and KPFK Pacifica in Los Angeles.  His CDs were included in the premiere Comedy Catalogue for PANDORA.  In March of 2011 he began providing interstitial comedy content for Yahoo’s streaming radio system and CBS interactive, his short comedic rants acquiring more than a million and a half individual impressions each day.

    In addition to his regular performance schedule in 2010, Dylan appearedin the George Carlin Tribute at the New York Public Library, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, featuring Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ben Stiller, Kevin Smith, Louis C.K., and publisher Lewis Lapham, among others, and produced by Kelly Carlin and Tony Hendra. George Carlin, whom Dylan deeply admired as a child, once referred to Brody as a “very funny young political comic.” This, of course, was back when Dylan was young.  And a political comic.

    His one-person show MORE ARTS /LESS MARTIAL premiered in January 2009 to a standing ovation. The piece takes Brody and his audience on a poignant and often hilarious journey from a childhood of bullied insecurity to an adulthood of martial arts study, personal growth and ultimately true Mastery of storytelling and Taekwondo.

    In early 2007, Dylan Brody’s Thinking Allowed, brought long form humor and insight, literate and literary, to a broad based audience. The show, the first of its kind ever in the venue, enjoyed a successful six month run on the main stage at the Hollywood Improv. Mr. Brody began performing stand-up in New York the summer after he finished high school. During his sophomore year at Sarah Lawrence College, the world famous Improvisation in Hell’s Kitchen accepted him as a regular performer.

    Dylan also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England while he worked London’s comedy clubs and developed a loyal following at the Canal Café Theater where he performed weekly. Returning to America, Dylan worked venues from New York to Los Angeles, sharing the stage with some of the comedy world’s biggest stars including: Adam Sandler, Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, Larry Miller, Norm McDonald, Louie Anderson, Richard Belzer, Larry David, and Jerry Seinfeld. He has appeared at M.I.T., at Sarah Lawrence College’s vast Reisinger Concert Hall and served as Northfield Mount Hermon School’s first ever Artist in Residence. He haswritten for dozens of comedians, including Jay Leno, who has used Brody’s work in his monologues on NBC’s The Tonight Show.

    Mr. Brody wrote his first play while still in grade school, and went on to become a prolific writer and novelist.  Tonight’s play, Mother May I, won the prestigious Stanley Drama Award for playwriting. His novels, A Tale of a Hero and The Song of Her Sword and The Warm Hello, were published in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and his novella, Heroes Fall, was published in 2009.  A collection of his stories, Xenophobia and the Jewish Druid and other stories – a prequel to future works was released in 2010.

    Brody’s work has been published in periodicals ranging from TSR’s Adventure Fantasy magazine, Dragon, to Harvard Press’ scientific humor magazine, Annals of Improbable! Research.

    For more than two decades, Dylan Brody has been making people laugh around the world. He has evolved into an artful anecdotalist with an engaging style all his own.


  • 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.

Description: NOVEMBER 7th - THURSDAY, 10 PM- The IMPROV!  GREG PROOPS! KIRA SOLTANOVICH! LAURA KIGHTLINGER! And, of course RICK OVERTON! Producer/host Chris Pina likes to describe RICK OVERTON & FRIENDS as 'indie comedy', a much needed 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 in an intimate setting. Pina adds, "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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