Description: Flyover comedy brings you the very best comedic talent from in and around the Midwest. Each month, we feature and highlight a specific state from the heartland of America, giving out special deals and/or prizes from restaurants that brings that great Midwestern mentality to Los Angeles! Kansas City BBQ, Chicago Deep Dish, and Minnesota Nice all rolled into one amazing night of Comedy!
Tom Arnold: As a writer, producer, and actor, Tom Arnold has established himself to both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award for writing, and a Golden Globe Award for writing and producing. Additionally, he helped put Fox Sports Network on the map with his hosting duties on “BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD.”
Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief in films like “NINE MONTHS” with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams, James Cameron’s “TRUE LIES” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “HERO” with Dustin Hoffman, and “AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY” with Mike Myers.
Arnold has successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype and is ironically becoming a fixture at film festivals by landing more mature and dramatic roles. He received critical praise for his role in “GARDENS OF THE NIGHT,” opposite John Malkovich, which premiered at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, and won the International Critics Award at the 2008 Deauville Film Festival. He also appeared in three films at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival: “THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD” starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, “GOOD DICK” opposite Jason Ritter, and “THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US” opposite Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu. In 2005, he received critical notice for his role in Don Roos’ “HAPPY ENDINGS” for Lions Gate Films (which premiered at Sundance), starring opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Lisa Kudrow. He was also seen in “PRIDE” opposite Terrance Howard, and “ANIMAL FACTORY,” directed by Steve Buscemi, another role for which Tom received great reviews.
Arnold began his career in comedy at the University of Iowa before moving to Minneapolis, where he won the Minneapolis Comedy Competition in 1988. He then moved to Los Angeles to write on the highly successful television series, “ROSEANNE,” before eventually serving as executive producer for the sitcom. He went on to star in three installments of his own HBO special entitled “TOM ARNOLD: THE NAKED TRUTH,” and then wrote, produced and starred in three of his own television series “THE JACKIE THOMAS SHOW,” “TOM” and “THE TOM SHOW.”
Other film credits include “SOUL PLANE,” “CRADLE TO THE GRAVE,” and “EXIT WOUNDS.” Arnold also starred in “THE KID & I,” an action comedy he wrote for a 16-year-old family friend with cerebral palsy. The film was directed by Penelope Spheeris, with cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Linda Hamilton.
Born in Iowa, Tom has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Tom is heavily involved in many charities. The Race to Erase MS is one of Tom’s favorite charities. From his position on the entertainment committee, Tom not only helps plan but also emcees and contributes to the auction. For the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Tom mans a booth at the yearly carnival (a major fundraiser), engaging attendees while raising funds. Other charities that are close to his heart and to which he has made significant contributions are Best Buddies, a charity started by Anthony Shriver that pairs mentally challenged people with college kids and jobs, Camp del Corazon, a camp for children with heart disease, The Kayne Eras Center, Promises Foundation, Carousel of Hope, Arnold's Inner City Games, The Hollenbeck Christmas Giveaway, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Arnold currently resides in Los Angeles.
Brody Stevens: Dear fans and prospective clients,
Brody Stevens is a comedian who possesses that always elusive natural character – many on the inside call him “The Entertainers’ Entertainer”. He is a hot comedy ticket all across the United States with many of Brody Stevens live shows happening in Los Angeles.
Brody found his calling in Seattle where he began doing stand-up in the mid-90’s – working out of The Comedy Underground and other notable Emerald City establishments.
In addition to his stage work, The Brody Stevens Cable Access TV Show was a cult favorite throughout the Pacific Northwest – The show was zany, in your face and live for two years, adding much needed spunk to Seattle’s dreary climate…
Brody Stevens moved to New York City. – Three years in the Big Apple doing everything from the ultra-hip Luna Lounge to Lower East Side street theatre – On top of that, giving tours at Radio City Music Hall…
Brody Stevens is Currently active in the Los Angeles live comedy scene.
Brody's many credits include..
*Comedy Central’s Premium Blend
*Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic
*CBS’s Late Late Show w/Craig Kilborn (three times, five counting re-runs)
*Road to Park City (Slamdance Film Festival)
*NBC’s Late Friday
*PAX-TV’s Next Big Star w/Ed McMahon
Another fact, Brody has paneled on National Lampoon’s Funny Money – sketched at Jimmy Kimmel Live – passed FX’s The Test w/Jillian Barberie and is a daily contributor for the Best Damn Sports Show Period on FOX.
The Best Damn Sports Show, The Man Show, The NFL Show, various pilots and Late World with Zach Galifianakis are just a few of the many events that have requested his service.
Brody Stevens has also appeared in several independent films – hosted Levi Strauss: Semester Online – toured America with the You Laugh, You Lose College Game Show and tamed audiences at the upstart Chicago and Vancouver Comedy Festivals.
Brody just wrapped a pilot for Comedy Central (Defending Your Date) and will be laying down video commentary on The Sports List (check your local FOX affiliate).
Also, Mr. Stevens is a frequent visitor to the radio airwaves that blanket the Lower Forty-Eight – most notably, The Tony Bruno Extravaganza on Sporting News Radio and the nationally syndicated All Comedy Radio.
On each coast, Brody Stevens is fast becoming a crowd favorite – And to those in the know, he’s a hot commodity with child-like exuberance, taking on the business of laughter with a smile.
Jeffrey Baldinger: Born and raised on the mean streets of St. Paul, Minnesota, Jeffrey Baldinger discovered his love for comedy at a young age, admiring the likes of Rodney Dangerfield and Andy Kaufman. But after moving from Minnesota to Israel, to Kansas, to Australia, to Kansas again, and then to Minnesota again, he ultimately found his calling at an open mic on the east side of Los Angeles.
Since beginning his stand up career, Jeffrey has used his quick wit and goofy attitude about life to become a favorite amongst crowds and fellow comedians alike. He has appeared on The Outsourced (2010), The Playboy Comedy Tour (2011-12), and has been featured on Louie Anderson's LOL show in Las Vegas. He is also the creator and producer of the Hollywood Improv's most successful monthly show, Flyover Comedy.
Jeffrey has been featured on the websites Youtube, Break.com and FunnyorDie.com, and has made appearances on Showtime's Dexter, ABC's Happy Endings, and NBC's Community. Most recently, Jeffrey appeared as a panelist on HDnet's "AXS Live Super Bowl Show."
Jeffrey is a regular on one of the biggest college comedy shows in the USA, Comedy Juice, and he can be seen most nights performing at the World Famous Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and the Hollywood Improv. Jeffrey does not like writing in the third person, but has decided it to be the best way to write his bio...for the time being
Jon DeWalt: Physical, young, confident and awkward. Jon is a great comedian and doing very well for himself. Comics around LA call him "Stand-Ups Rookie of The Year 2011", and they also call him "Quadruple Threat", because he can do 1. Standard Stand-Up Material, 2. Physical Act-Outs, 3. Crowd Work & 4. Alternative Comedy. You never know which style he feels like that night!
You can see Jon in commercials, the film "Wanted" in a heart-wrenching scene with Angelina Jolie, and at www.ThatGuyAndHisFriend.com, his sketch comedy group's channel.
Mary Lynn Rajskub: 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.