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.
Henry Phillips has been seen and heard performing his twisted songs and stories on 'Comedy Central Presents', ABC’s ’Jimmy Kimmel Live’, satellite and terrestrial radio nationwide. His critically acclaimed albums, fusing mellow folk-rock ballads with psychopathic lyrics have earned him mention in Billboard magazine’s ’Critic’s Choice’, as well as acclaim from such notable artists as Moby, who refers to Phillips' songs as "disconcertingly funny". His semi-biographical comedy film "Punching the Clown" received the Audience award at Slamdance film festival '09, and is currently available on Netflix and iTunes.
Henry is a favorite on the nationally syndicated "The Bob & Tom Show.
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.
One of the most innovative and surreal comedic artists to date: A staple of the NYC and LA Underground Comedy Scene. His life story is featured in "Getting It Right," a book by award-winning author Adrian LeBlanc, which will be published by Random House this fall.
Rick Shapiro is known for his hilarious appearances in the HBO sitcom, "Lucky Louie," as the brother-in-law Jerry; this role proudly featured full frontal nudity. Rick has also been a featured performer on Conan O'Brien, Tough Crowd and Howard Stern, XM Radio: Opie and Anthony, Raw Dog and National Lampoon Radio. Rick has also performed on "Law and Order," "Deadline" and "Saturday Night Live."
Rick was cast as a character on the spoof radio feature in the recently released Grand Theft Auto series. In a comedic look at public radio, Rick appears on a show debating health care as a down home medicine man named Mason Waylon.
Rick has performed at the 2007 Edinburgh Comedy Fringe Festival where he received numerous 4 and 5 star reviews from publications such as Chortle, Metro, The List and others. This publicity then prompted Rick's 45 day tour throughout the UK. Rick then performed for two weeks at the Soho Theatre in London, The Glasgow Comedy Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, the Galway Comedy Festival in Ireland and then toured other various locations within England.
Rick returned to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008 under promotional Management of Mick Perrin.
In 2010 you can expect to see Rick in San Francisco, all-around Texas (in one location tbd, Rick will be taping his first DVD), Chicago and back on TV in Louie CK's FX show, Louie - Rick was in the pilot.
In 2011, Rick will return to Toronto, Canada for his week-long performance at the famous Yuk Yuks Comedy Club; following that he will go on to tour Canada's great land.
Also, Rick has just signed a 4-picture deal with Warner Brothers, so expect to see him on the big screen, come November 2011.
Rick, although a long-time devout Lower East Side performer, now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Rick Shapiro's CD Unconditional Love' can be found at http://www.StandUpRecords.com, http://www.amazon.com, iTunes and most digital retailers. Rick's second CD is scheduled to release shortly.
Beth is best known for creating and hosting Un-Cabaret which the LA Weekly called "the mother show of alternative comedy". She was the host and Executive Producer on Comedy Central's Un-Cabaret, Comedy World Radio's Radio Un-Cabaret, and audible.com's Un-Cabaret podcast. Un-Cabaret ran for 13 years in Los Angeles, (Luna Park, Kntting Factory, HBO Workspace, The Skirball Cultural Center) as well as at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, The Getty Center, Lollapalooza, and colleges and theaters nationally. Beth is re-booting Un-Cabaret for it's run at First & Hope in the heart of Los Angeles.
She has been featured on Sex and the City, Will & Grace, My Guide To Becoming a Rock Star, Bromance and a number of Indie movies including I Am Comic.
Beth's award winning one person shows have toured throught the English speaking world and her current show "100% Happy 88% of the Time" with original music written and performed in collaboration with Un-Cabaret Musical Dirtector Mitch Kaplan, has been produced by theaters, cultural centers, retreat centers, yoga studios and night clubs across America.
Her MTV pilot, The Couch, featured in The Other Network Festival of Un-Aired Pilots toured nationally and played at The Montreal Comedy Festival.
She hosted The Beth Lapides Experience on Comedy World Radio, and as been a commentator for CNN, Politically Incorrect, NPR's All Things Considered.
Her book "Did I Wake You Haiku For Modern Living" was published by Soft Skull Press, and her writing has appeared in The LA Times, O Magazine, Elle Decor and her column "My Other Car is a Yoga Mat" was syndicated from LA Yoga Magazine.
She has been featured by The Today Show, This American Life, Dateline, E!, Morning Edition, Rolling Stone, NY Times and many others.
Daniel Sloss has been widely hailed as comedy’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning half-man-half-Xbox.
He started performing stand-up aged just 16 and has appeared on the UK’s premier TV shows including Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Rob Brydon Show, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks, Comic Relief’s Mock The Week, Paul O’Grady Show (Daniel’s TV debut aged 18), Comedy Store, BBC’s Stand Up For Sport Relief, Set List, Russell Howard’s Good News, as well as starring in his own BBC show, The Adventures Of Daniel (aged 19).
In August 2008, aged just 17, Daniel became one of the youngest-ever finalists in the UK’s premiere national comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny?
In 2009 his first-ever solo show, Teenage Kicks, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, selling out the run and transferring to London for his debut at the prestigious Soho Theatre whereupon he became the youngest-ever stand-up to perform solo both at the theatre and in the West End. That September he also made his national television debut as the first stand-up to perform on Ch4’s Paul O’Grady Show.
In 2010 Daniel’s new solo Fringe show My Generation also sold out its entire season.
His 2011 show The Joker was likewise a total smash-hit, selling an astonishing 10,000 tickets. This show subsequently played to great audiences and acclaim across the UK in a 50 date tour produced by Live Nation after they took him on as their youngest solo comedy client. He went on to win the prize for Best New Comedian at the Scottish Variety Awards.
Similarly his 2012 Edinburgh Fringe show The Show sold out it’s run at the festival, at the International Conference centre and again shifting more than 10,000 tickets, and later toured the UK with over 50 dates. That same year Daniel also performed a solo season at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival and was invited to give a prestigious Tedx talk - a serious yet comedic presentation. His debut stand-up DVD Daniel Sloss – Live! (recorded at Glasgow’s legendary Kings Theatre) was released on 2Entertain in the autumn of 2012.
And in 2013 he achieved an unprecedented Edinburgh triple - his show Stand-Up again sold out the entire run again over 10,000 tickets (back at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and restricted only by the venue’s capacity) and then toured the UK and all over Australia in spring of 2014.
His new show Daniel Sloss – Really…?! premieres at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and will then tour the UK as well as 20 dates across Europe.
Daniel has toured internationally throughout Australia, South East Asia and throughout Europe. He has starred at major UK outdoor Festivals including Rockness, Latitude and Altitude (Comedy & snowboarding in Austrian alps alongside alumni such as Eddie Izzard. Daniel featured in ITV2’s documentary about the event)
In 2013 he made his USA debut with seasons at Crackers in Indiannapolis andComedy Works in Denver as well as his first appearance on the Conan O’Brien show on 5th December, returning exactly 2 months later to perform another set on 5 February 2014.
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.