Brendon Small (born Feb. 15, 1975 in Springfield, Illinois) is a stand-up comedian and co-creator, writer, star, and music writer for UPN's and later Cartoon Network's Home Movies which has now completed production. Small graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he began his love affair with speed guitar.
In Home Movies, he portrayed the lead character, an 8-year-old aspiring filmmaker, also named Brendon Small, and a number of other, more minor characters. Early episodes of the show featured squigglevision, a style made famous by the cartoon Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, produced by Soup2Nuts, the same company that produced Home Movies.
In April 2005 the Sci Fi Channel announced Small's latest show, Barbarian Chronicles, a half-hour animated ensemble comedy. It will be produced by Small and Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Small is also working on the Adult Swim series Metalocalypse, which premiered August 6, 2006. He is also doing several voices in Season 2 of The Venture Bros.
Small posed for a pictorial that appeared in the (cover-dated) April 2006 issue of Playgirl magazine, as part of a humor-themed issue. AdultSwim.com (the official website of Cartoon Network programming block Adult Swim, on which Home Movies airs) reported on March 7, 2006, that Small posed wearing "nothing but a Viking helmet"; the Playgirl website further described a "strategically placed Viking helmet", indicating that Small's genitals were not exposed in the pictorial.
Brendon Small currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his dog, Ernie.
Actor, writer and producer David Koechner grew up in Tipton, Mo. working for his father in the family’s turkey coop manufacturing business. He studied political science at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan, and then transferred to the University of Missouri. After college, Koechner moved to Chicago, where he studied improvisation at the IO (formerly the ImprovOlympic) with Del Close and Charna Halpern. He went on to become an ensemble member of Second City Theater Northwest.
From there, Koechner spent one season in the cast of “Saturday Night Live” before moving to Los Angeles and landing guest appearances on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Reno 911” and a recurring role on “Still Standing.” He co-starred in indie films such as “Dill Scallion,” “Wakin’ Up in Reno,” “Dropping Out” and “Run Ronnie Run” while also turning solid performances in studio comedies such as “Out Cold,” “My Boss' Daughter” and “A Guy Thing.” Koechner, along with Dave “Gruber” Allen, developed and performed The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show on stage at Club Largo in Los Angeles. The show later became a Comedy Central series.
Koechner’s first major film break came when he was cast as Champ Kind in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Since then, Koechner has been seen in a variety of studio and independent films such as “Daltry Calhoun” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” with Johnny Knoxville, “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Waiting,” “Yours, Mine and Ours,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Snakes on a Plane,” “Let’s Go To Prison,” “Semi-Pro,” “Get Smart,” “My One and Only,” “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” “Extract,” “Final Destination 5,” “Small Apartments,” “Piranha 3DD,” “Paul,” the animated feature “Barnyard,” and the critically acclaimed “Thank You for Smoking” opposite Aaron Eckhart and Maria Bello. He also starred in the Fox Atomic comedy “The Comebacks.”
Koechner played the character Todd Packer on NBC’s hit comedy “The Office.” He currently voices a reoccurring character on FOX’s animated comedy “American Dad.” His most recent films include “Hit and Run” with Dax Shepard and “A Haunted House” with Marlon Wayans. Koechner recently reprised his popular role as Champ Kind for the upcoming “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” sequel with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, which is set to hit theaters in December. He is receiving rave reviews for his role in the dark, twisted and film festival award-winning thriller “Cheap Thrills;” it will be in theaters early 2014. Koechner also recently produced and starred in a pilot for A+E Networks called “Whitey.”
When not filming, Koechner performs live stand-up comedy across the country and creates original content videos for his YouTube channel, “Full On Koechner.” He currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. with his wife and five children.
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.
Howard Kremer has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central's Premium Blend as well as at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the Montreal Comedy Festival, as part of the Comedians of Comedy and at top comedy clubs around the world. He just performed at the Coachella Festival in April, 2007, and his half-hour comedy special aired on Comedy Central on April 6th. As Dragon Boy Suede, he performs and records filthy, funny, infectious rap. They say the average man thinks about sex once every six seconds...these rhymes will hold them over for the other five.
I was born in Virginia, started comedy in DC, aged four years, and now live in Los Angeles. I won the DC Improv Comedy Competition in 2008 and other lesser important comedy contests in VA. I soon made a name for myself as the premiere contest winner and cheater of DC. I am very proud of the peer group I started out with in DC and think they will all be comedy heros! You must feel foolish for not having seen them. I've been invited to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival twice now and picked out of 600 hundred comics to compete in the Laughing Skull Festival where I made it to the semi-finals. The webcomic that I make with my brother Clay Yount www.robandelliot.com has an awesome fanbase and has been a critics' favorite on occasion. We've been doing it for 6 years. If it were a child it would finally be of the age to realize the world is fucked up.
Los Angeles based comic/singer/songwriter MARK EDDIE is a five-time “Campus Entertainer of the Year” nominee heard on SIRIUS-XM® SATELLITE RADIO, RAW DAWG COMEDY®, THE BOB & TOM SHOW® and THE FIVE O’CLOCK FUNNIES®. Formerly the host of NBC'S® regional syndicated show DATE NIGHT TV® he's seen by millions on The Showtime Comedy Club Network®, YouTube® and is also consistently one of Campus Magazine's® top picks for "CAMPUS HOT COMEDY".
With his signature voice, spirited guitar rifts and unbridled sense of humor, MARK EDDIE blends rock-n-roll music & stand-up comedy. He's become one of today's most sought after entertainers performing 300+ shows a year at clubs, colleges and major corporate events in the U.S. (and abroad) for company's such as Verizon®, Service Master®, Genband®, Bayer®, Coldwell Banker®, Culver's®, Ashland Oil®, Valvoline®, Vans® and Best Buy® among others. In addition to performing on stage, MARK EDDIE is also a busy writer/producer/voice-actor for television and film projects often lending his voice and musicianship to countless network promos, jingles & commercials each year for ABC®, Nickelodeon®, HBO®, Showtime®, PBS®, TNT® and more.
A touring musician with rock bands in the 90's MARK EDDIE was singled out in BILLBOARD MAGAZINE® on two occasions for his raw vocal style and became the "opening act" for Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge and Toad the Wet Sprocket. The ever witty and engaging MARK EDDIE embarked on a solo coffeehouse tour in 2001 and soon brought his hysterically-upbeat, musician's point-of-view to comedy stages. Since then, he's released 3 comedy cd's and headlines legendary comedy venues such as THE IMPROV, THE LAUGH FACTORY and THE COMEDY & MAGIC CLUB where he is known for rapid-fire rock references and show-stopping tributes to Dave Matthews, Al Green, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Pearl Jam, John Mayer and Hip Hop Star "Shaggy".
MARK EDDIE also performs dozens of charity events and fundraisers each year for The American Diabetes Association, (ADA), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and The American Cancer Society (ACS). Long range plans for this jovial artist include writing, voice acting, theater, animated film projects, film shorts and ultimately developing his very own television series for VH-1 called, "The Bright Side of Mark"®.
On June 8, the Hollywood Improv unveils its first annual Summer Concert Series, staging some of the biggest names and most sensational acts in musical comedy. From long-running comedy bands to A-list comedians belting out duets, if there were a comedy Coachella, this would be its nirvana.
Anchorman's David Koechner and his band The Dick Around Gang will perform live, along with serenades by Margaret Cho, John Roberts, Brendon Small, and a set from the comedy band The Weekend Pilots, plus so much more your head will hurt in the most beautiful of ways.
The blowout event will be preceded by a pre-show outdoor concert at the club, headlined by The David Paul Band, with games, Coachella glasses giveaways, and surprises.