Description: Producer Chris Pina likes to describe Rick Overton & Friends as, 'Indie comedy, a much desired 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 and cool music. 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
Rick Overton: Rick Overton has been doing standup comedy since before there were lockable steering columns on cars. Seriously. Rick believes that Comedy shares it's roots with Country Western and The Blues because they're all just complaining to a rhythm.
When not doing standup comedy, Rick can be seen on local dog park paths getting to visit all the dogs he wants without having to actually own or pay for any of them. Win-win.
Rick can currently be seen in Stephen Soderberg's THE INFORMANT starring Matt Damon. He's also Pam's Dad on THE OFFICE in the Wedding Episodes. Yay for On Demand! Someone got something right somewhere. And he has a recuring role on TNT's LEVERAGE as an FBI agent, along with Gerry Downey.
Rick Shapiro: 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.
Kelly Carlin: As a young girl, Kelly Carlin showed her many gifts early on - from writing and performing (her Ethel Merman imitation was quite good for an eight year old) to fostering wisdom far beyond her years. Well, someone had to keep the “counter-culture” and all its party favors from killing her parents Brenda and George Carlin.
Kelly began her showbiz life working in TV production for her mother and father on various shows for HBO (read - production assistant who does all the Xeroxing). In 1993, at the not-so-ripe age of 30, she graduated from UCLA, Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communications Studies (no she was not stupid, it’s just that she had a few panic attacks, a crazy first husband, and what felt like the weight of the world on her shoulders for a few years). While at UCLA, Kelly discovered her voice as a writer, which lead her to a brief career in writing for film and TV with her writing partner and husband Robert McCall where they penned the Rose McGowan b-movie thriller “Devil in the Flesh,” and an episode of Fox’s The George Carlin Show.
In the late 1990s, after she was pretty sure that mainstream showbiz was not her cup of tea, she pursued her craft through various media such as writing/producing/hosting “Lost in LA LA Land” on the earliest online comedy channel Comedynet, and writing/performing her one-woman show “Driven To Distraction” about her tumultuous childhood and her mother's recent death.
In 2001 after two decades in “the biz”, Kelly stepped away to pursue her love of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and mythology and received her masters in Jungian Depth Psychology. She thought she might become a therapist, but then after a few years away from writing and performing, her desire to be on a stage and yell the word “fuck” kept gnawing at her, and so she decided to follow the call of the stage once again.
Kelly is currently busy with numerous projects. Monthly, she hosts a Sirius XM radio show The Kelly Carlin Show which spotlights her conversations with iconic comedians, and live weekly she hosts her podcast “Waking from the American Dream” at smodcast.com where she converses with comedians, authors, visionaries and artists about the comedy and tragedy of life. Currently she is selling out theaters with her one woman show A Carlin Home Companion.
In the recent past, she has interviewed a few legendary comedians for Laugh.com's On Comedy CD series, and had a blast talent producing for Showtime Network’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza.
Chris Bonno: Chris is a talented actor, artist, comedian and musician. Once voted the Funniest Person in Austin, he's been a regular performer at the Improv in LA, with the improv troupe "The Fugitives", and is an original cast member of Fake Radio - since 2001 - performing characters ranging from Bob Hope to Clarence the Angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life". He currently tours nationwide with comedian and actor Hal Sparks. He regularly performs with another group of comedians including Rick Overton, Rick Shapiro, Dylan Brody and comic storyteller Kelly Carlin. His TV credits include "Just Shoot Me!" , "Rock Me, Baby" , "The Drew Carey Show" , "Mad About You" and Oxygen's Movie of the Week, Nadine in Date Land , playing a detective opposite Janeane Garofalo. Bonno also filmed guest star roles on both Comedy Central series "Halfway Home" and played opposite Michael Rapaport on Fox's "The War at Home". You can find Chris on the web playing the character Ralph the Roadie, a roadie who wants to be a rock star, a web comedy series. He is currently working on the screenplay for the feature of it, with comedian and writer Matt Weinhold. He also, sings, plays the bass in a recently formed band, and is an excellent fine artist/painter with shows popping up sporadically throughout the year in and around Los Angeles. But really, truly, his first love is Fake Radio...!
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.
Carrie Snow: Carrie has a lot of balls in the air.
Whether performing her hilarious yet touching solo show, 7,000 Sailors Cant Be Wrong, doing stand-up comedy and voiceovers, or basking in the glow of being featured in The Aristocrats, shes a busy gal.
Carries stand-up career was foreshadowed by her graduation from UC Berkeley with a degree in Rhetoric. She was barely able to eke out a living posing provocative questions that required no response. Apparently, theres not a lot of call for that. While working as a receptionist a Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, Carrie began professional party guesting, which led to being handily escorted out of many fashionable homes in the Bay Area. A harrowing stint as the emcee of an all-male strip show made Carrie dream of spending quality time with a man who could read a book without illustrations.
The road memories: Carries the only comic who can say that she opened up for both Jack Jones AND the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the same decade. But lest we forget, there are also sojourns to thirty-six U.S. states, six provinces in Canada, cruise ships, English television, and even a week in Guam. Shes headlined at CAROLINES, THE PUNCH LINES, THE IMPROVISATIONS, THE COMEDY STORES, and CAESARS TAHOE, to name a few.
In addition to the road, Carrie was regularly on television doing every stand-up ensemble show from PBS COMEDY TONIGHT (which she later hosted for two award-winning seasons), AN EVENING AT THE IMPROV (later hosting a BEST-OF episode), to guesting on every talker from THE SALLY JESSE RAPHAEL SHOW, MARILU, VICKI1, THE LATE SHOW, A LIST, LEEZA, to CAROLINES, and COMEDY CENTRAL. Her original Comedy Tonight performance was nominated for a local Emmy award, but was beaten out by a dog show. Lots of prisoners wrote letters.
CRISTINA & FRIENDS was to be a precursor to The View, with Cristina Ferrare filling Barbara Walters pumps. Carrie was there too, enjoying the live talk format in addition to the clothes, hair, and makeup every day.
Then Carrie was hired by Roseanne to write stand-up and special projects like THE MTV MUSIC AWARDS, and the monologue and sketches when Roseanne hosted SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. This segued into three seasons as a Story Editor on ROSEANNE, where Carrie ran her own joke room. She guest-starred on the sitcom as well. When Roseanne conceived her daily talker, Carrie was an original hire. Youd have to buy her a big strappin cocktail to hear any more about that.
A book, My Moms Meaner Than Your Mom: True Stories of Mean Mothers, is in Development. It just never ends. Carrie practices anusara yoga and is trying to make the world a better place, one laugh at a time.