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!
David Koechner: 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.
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