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.
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.
Some of you will know Wil Anderson as “the bloke who sits in the middle on that ABC-TV show with the weird name” (The Gruen Transfer); or “the one who wasn’t Corinne or Hughesy on that show that used to get in trouble all the time” (The Glass House); or maybe even “the guy who hosts Spicks and Specks” (That’s actually Adam Hills but he gets that a lot.) You might have also heard him on the radio as the “Wil” part of Wil and Lehmo on Triple M, a show that was described by one critic as “being on the same time as Hamish and Andy”. For five years he also got up at a time most people consider “last night” to be “the one who knew lots about Buffy but nothing about maths” on the much-loved Triple J Breakfast Show with Adam Spencer. Wil also does a bit of writing, and for the last five years has written a regular column for the Sunday Magazine (Herald-Sun/Sunday Telegraph) you can find some examples here. You can spot his column because it’s the one that isn’t about babies, recipes, recipes on how to cook a baby, or what stuff celebrities “can’t live without”. He has also written a book called Survival Of The Dumbest which he can happily boast is “over 250 pages without pictures.” But it is stand-up comedy that is Wil’s true passion. He has proudly told “dick jokes for cash” in pretty much every comedy club and festival in Australia, and taken his knob gags international to Edinburgh, Montreal, New York and in December made his London premiere with a two-week season at the Riverside Studios. Last year he took his 14th pun-titled solo show “Wilosophy” to the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and then New Zealand, London, and Edinburgh. Wil lives in Sydney with his three cats Tip, Diego and Ziggy.
The best way to get inside Cathy Ladman's head is to see her live. As one of the country's top comedians, Ladman's show is a self-probing, anxiety-venting vehicle, which draws laughter from exposing personal neurosis. She has not only appeared on "The Tonight Show" nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two Johnny Carson "Tonight Show Anniversary" shows. Cathy has had her own HBO "One Night Stand" comedy special and, in 1992, was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. Most recently, Cathy was one of the three finalists in Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.”
A native New Yorker, now living in Los Angeles, Cathy is successfully pursuing an acting career in television and film. Her film credits include roles in "The Aristocrats," "White Oleander," "What Planet Are You From?" "My Fellow Americans," and "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead." Her television pilots include "Caroline in the City," in which she had a recurring role, "Next Exit," "Carlos," "American Nuclear," and "Hot Prospects." She appeared regularly on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" and, when it was in production, Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist." She has guest starred on Fox's "Titus" and CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Besides comedy monologue, Cathy's writing career includes developing original television treatments, episodic scripts, and feature-length screenplays. Cathy has been a writer on several shows, including "Roseanne," "Caroline in the City," "The Caroline Rhea Show."
In addition to stand-up, TV, and film, Cathy has been acting in live theatre. She recently appeared in a successful Off-Broadway run of, “The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy.” In 2004 –'05, she appeared in the 25th Anniversary Production of "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," which was nominated for a GLAAD Award. She developed her own show, " Scaredypants," with HBO, and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival, and she's currently working on a new solo show, entitled, "Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?"
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, "Happy Feet" with Robin Williams and the Reno 911 movie. 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!
All-Star liine up coming soon! 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.