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.
Mixing his spontaneous creativity and absurd view of the world, Rory Scovel is quickly making a name for himself across North America. Whether discussing drugs, politics, or life in general his infectious stage presence and engaging charisma will quickly shift the vibe of any room and place the audience in the scene of every punch line.
Rory Scovel has been featured at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot and Bonnaroo. His Comedy Central Half Hour premiered last May. Rory has also been seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and CONAN. He was featured in several episode of MTV’s “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous” last summer, was a featured voice in HBO’s animated series “The Life and Times of Tim” and can currently be seen on the TBS series GROUND FLOOR. His CD, DILATION, is available on iTunes and he recently released a vinyl album, RORY SCOVEL LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS.
“Picture a storyteller, philosopher, and absurdist, whom you can’t quite decide whether he’s a nice guy or a huge asshole. Either way, he’s pretty damn funny.” -Daniel Berkowitz, LaughSpin
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer based in Los Angeles, California. He currently plays the role of ‘Seth’ on ABC Family’s ‘State of Georgia’ and is a series regular on MTV’s improv comedy show ‘Disaster Date’. Hasan has appeared on E!‘s ‘Chelsea Lately’, Fox’s ‘The Wanda Sykes Show’, and Comedy Central’s ‘Legend of Neil’. His debut album ‘Hasan Minhaj: Leaning on Expensive Cars and Getting Paid to Do It’ is now available on Itunes/Amazon.
Originally from San Francisco’s booming comedy scene he quickly became a regular at the world famous Punchline Comedy Club working with some of the nations top headlining acts. As the winner of Sierra Mists ‘Best Comic Standing’ he performed at LiveNation’s Wild 94.9 Comedy Jam, the nations largest comedy concert. In 2009 he was a national finalist in NBC’s Standup for Diversity and signed on to join their prestigious National College Touring Company. The same year he performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and was featured in Punchline Magazine. In 2010 he participated in the CBS Diversity Showcase and the MTV Comedy Showcase.
Today, Hasan enjoys writing biographies about himself in the third person.
Mary Lynn Rajskub has established herself as a versatile and dynamic actress, writer and performer through impressive television and film roles, as well as stand-out live performances. Her fan-favorite role as computer genius Chloe O’Brian on FOX’s smash hit 24 helped earn the show a 2006 Emmy win for Best Drama, as well as 2006 and 2005 SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Rajskub went to art school for painting but discovered performing arts. After her first one-woman show, she received a review saying her performance was “one of the strangest and funniest performances I have ever seen.” From that moment, she began honing her skills as a comedian and dramatic actress.
After arriving in Los Angeles, Mary Lynn was cast on David Cross and Bob Odenkirk’s critically acclaimed HBO sketch comedy Series Mr. Show with Bob and David. Quickly thereafter she joined HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. In addition to 24, her recent episodic work includes It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Flight of the Conchords, Raising Hope and Modern Family.
Mary Lynn’s big screen credits include Julie and Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, Firewall, opposite Harrison Ford, Legally Blonde II: Red, White, and Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, Dude, Where’s My Car, and Roadtrip. She can also be seen in indie hits including Sunshine Cleaning, with Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, Academy Award winning Little Miss Sunshine, Punch Drunk Love starring Adam Sandler and in the upcoming film Safety Not Guaranteed which aired at Sundance.
Mary Lynn is currently making a return to stand up comedy where she has an established cult following, and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their son.
Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in North Bergen, NJ, Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz has quickly become one of the most sought after actors and comedians in the entertainment industry today. His love of storytelling is reflected in each role he takes: whether it is on film or on stage, his passion for entertaining and delighting audiences shines through every performance. This winter, Diaz can next be seen starring as ‘Mikey’ opposite Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, and Kim Basinger in the highlyanticipated feature film “Grudge Match” (Warner Bros.). Diaz’s start in comedy began while serving a short stint at a correctional facility in Denver, CO in 1988. “Each Wednesday we would watch movies on the projector, but sometimes it would break,” he shares, “so I would get up and do stand up to fill the time.” Learning he had the skills to make an audience laugh, he pursued comedy after his release and began performing at an assortment of comedy clubs in the area. While he was touring as a working comic, he began acting in a variety television and film roles. You may recognize him from his appearances in “The Mentalist”, “Children’s Hospital”, “My Name is Earl”, or “General Hospital” - to name a few. On the film front, Diaz has held roles in “The Longest Yard”, “Spider Man 2”, “Smiley Face”, and “Taxi”, among others.
In 2013, Diaz continues to perform stand up and act, while also staying on top of the new media move in podcasting. Currently, Diaz hosts his bi-weekly podcast “The Church of What’s Happening Now,” which ranks among some of the most highly downloaded podcasts online. He is also a regular guest on Joe Rogan’s popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
On the comedy front, Diaz continues to tour and perform at the biggest comedy clubs in the country. His comedy specials in “The Testicle Testaments” have sold thousands of downloads, and have even made it to the Billboard Top 100. Diaz’s raw style of comedy is highlighted on television with recurring sketch roles on “Stand Up Revolution” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Later this year, Diaz will release his new DVD/CD special - which will surely top the charts once more.
Always the verbal assassin, Tony Hinchcliffe is a rising standup comedian who is best known for his work at The Comedy Store, the DeathSquad Podcast Network, and Comedy Central's "The Burn". Tony has worked with Jeff Ross for years as a consultant to The Comedy Central Roasts and his one hour special Jeff Ross Roasts America. Tony has toured the country with other greats as well like Jeff Garlin, Steve Rannazzisi, Brody Stevens, and The DeathSquad.
Tony was a participant in the 2012 Just For Laugh's Comedy Festival in Chicago, by the end of the weekend he was booked on the show "Best of the Fest". Tony was also in the 2012 Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival in Miami. Follow him on twitter now to find out what's next @TonyHinchcliffe
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.
Comedy Living Room is a live stand-up comedy show held monthly in the living room of die-hard comedy fans and roommates, Matt Lottman and Frank Chad Muniz. What started out as an open mic amongst friends has quickly become one the most unique comedy experiences in LA, bringing in anywhere from 100-150 audience members each month. In its first year Comedy Living Room was named one of the 13 hottest places to see comedy in LA by The Hollywood Reporter. With their intimate atmosphere and A-list lineups, Comedy Living Room prides itself on giving people the most unique live comedy experiences around!
Comedy Living Room is taking it's laid back comfortable vibe and bringing it to The Hollywood Improv. Comedy Living Room's Kick Back will be a one of a kind experience that will make you feel right at home.