Kenny Stevenson can currently be seen at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater, performing with the Maude Team (sketch comedy), “Oh, Brother!”, and has recently appeared on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and FOX’s “In the Flow with Affion Crockett”. He is an Alumnus of the Groundlings Sunday Company, and can be seen in the Groundlings long form improv show, the “Crazy Uncle Joe Show”, from time to time. He has been in several national commericals, and one international commercial (Canada to be specific) and is also in the upcoming movie “Playback” with Christian Slater and Dorien Davies.
Dorien Davies grew up in Santa Barbara, California. It’s pretty there. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and studied Improv and sketch comedy at the Groundlings Theater (where she met most of these fools). She can currently be seen in the movie ‘Playback’ with Christian Slater and Kenny Stevenson. Dorien is a working puppeteer too (this is not a joke). She just shot a puppet-pilot directed by Peter Farrelly. Dorien is currently an improv puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company’s touring, Off-Broadway show “Stuffed and Unstrung.” This year, she’ll will be lending her voice to an animated feature about Paul Bunyan. She does commercials and offensive videos and pretty much whatever her friends ask her to do. Her blog has actual followers and she’d love for you to be one of them.
Shane Elliott has appeared in over two-dozen national commercials including Twix, Toyota, Bud Light, Electronic Arts, GM OnStar, McDonald’s and Taco Bell. His work in TV & Film include appearances on Monk, Quarterlife, On the Lot & even working with Marlon Brando for six inspiring weeks in his final film, Lying for a Living which was sadly not released. Besides just acting in stuff Shane has also created, directed, acted in and wrote alongside a team of brilliant improvisers in the sketch comedy show “Fries on the Side.” The show uniquely brought celebrity hosts and lives music together with a staple creative team in a live show format that yielded a fresh show each week.
Alex Enriquez is a southern California native who has been on television a handful of times. You, like a normal person, probably blink pretty regularly, and so you most likely missed him in those TV roles. Alex has been doing comedy in one form or another for 15 years. Currently, he is trying to do a lot of standup, but spent a year and a half in the Groundlings Sunday Company, as well as some time training in the Second City Conservatory. At this very moment he is taking time away from writing copy at a big deal advertising agency to write this bio. Shhh! Don’t rat him out to the boss!
Abe Smith is very happy to be a part of this film. He recently received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and even more recently moved to beautiful Los Angeles. He is slightly smarter than his character, and slightly less smart than his character’s dog. He is also a stand-up comedian whose jokes have been likened to an invigorating face-peel by nobody. In his free time, Abraham enjoys cooking and sporting events, and he brought enough gum for everyone.
Julie Mitchell acting career began at the age of three when she played a rock in the final performance of her sisters’ acting class. She went on to play bushes and trees before being trusted to play a rabbit. From there she evolved to human roles. This is all true. She has a BFA in Theater from Texas Tech University. Can be seen in commercials. Has produced two feature length films (deadmanspartythemovie.com & getdeadthemovie.com). Has a web series (bettyanddd.com). Enjoys improv and sketch comedy and teaches both. And is very proud of her collection of talented friends and proud to be part of their projects.
Sami Klein is from Chicago, and she is so happy to be joining her friends on this film. You may have seen her on stage or TV, most recently on the Emmy winning “Modern Family” and in several commercials looking very midwestern. But she’s not on facebook, so don’t look for her there. Her friends make fun of her for this, but she thinks secretly it’s because they hate really short Jewish girls.
Avi Rothman is a southern California native. He first met Kenny and Dorien at the Groundlings Theater (where they started performing improv and sketch together). He is honored to be a part of their “movie baby.” Avi currently works as a writer and actor in Los Angeles where he has appeared in almost a hundred national commercials. Avi has created and starred in a number of well known viral Internet videos like the ‘Ogden, The Inappropriate Yoga Guy’ series and the ‘Modern Day Jesus’ series to name a few. His videos have over ten million total views. Avi also wrote and starred in the short film “Boundaries” that went to the 2008 Santa Barbara Film Festival. He co-wrote, starred in and developed the comedy series “Partners” for the Starz Channel and last year he appeared in the feature film “The Hammer.” Avi has a dog named Rhonda whom he walks copiously through the streets of east Los Angeles. He loves to eat coconuts and avocados.
Stephanie Escajeda is a comedian, actress and writer who hails from Los Angeles, CA. Stephanie has been seen on HBO, E!, CBS, ABC, VH-1, and MTV playing various characters wearing funny glasses opposite the likes of Ted Danson, Craig T. Nelson and other of your favorite 80’s TV stars. She currently voices various characters for FOX animated series “The Cleveland Show.” When Stephanie is not selling her soul, she is selling her soul. She has appeared in over 30 national commercials for American Airlines, IBM, Coca Cola, Merck, Sonic, Southwest Airlines, MGD to name a few. You flew it, you drank it, you ate it, you name it, she has tried to sell it to you. Stephanie is an alumnus of Yale University where she learned how to drink. Stephanie is also an alumnus of the Groundlings Sunday Company in LA, which means as little her as it does to you.
Scott Beehner is a member of the Groundlings Main Company and has appeared in such films as GANGSTER SQUAD, TOMCATS, THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, SWEET AND LOWDOWN and THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO. His television appearances include THE OFFICE, MAD LOVE, PERFECT COUPLES, WORST WEEK, The Disney Channel’s ZEKE & LUTHER, CHARMED, JAKE IN PROGRESS, and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Scott is a graduate of Fordham University in New York City and the Actors Studio MFA Program.
Eileen O’Connell is from New York and currently lives in Los Angeles. TV Credits include Hot In Cleveland, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time and Token City(sketch comedy pilot for Comedy Central by the producers of MADtv). She is an alumni of the Groundlings Sunday Company and has performed at Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Olympic and The Improv. Film credits include Heterosexuals(With Natasha Lyonee) and the soon to be released Think Of Me(with Lauren Ambrose).
Jocelyn Christensen is a girl who likes acting and a lot of other stuff, too. Calculus, for example. Also yoga. Her favorite food is probably definitely raspberries. She currently lives in an apartment with high ceilings, and someday would love a house with some clean architectural lines and a grand piano. She has her MFA in acting from NYU Tisch, so that’s neat. She runs her own tutoring company, for which she’s taken the SAT about a billion times. She’s good at that.
Mitch Silpa is in BRIDESMAIDS with fellow Groundling Kristen Wiig and has a recurring role on USA Network’s IN PLAIN SIGHT. He was also a series regular on THE RERUN SHOW & had recurring parts on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES & GILMORE GIRLS. He also co-executive produced, wrote, & starred in (with Michael Naughton) the pilot JUST POSTED for FOX. TV credits: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, BROTHERS & SISTERS, JAY LENO SHOW, iCARLY, RENO 911, I’M IN THE BAND, MADTV, & MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. Film credits: ALONG CAME POLLY & MASTER OF DISGUISE. He also plays David Blaine in the DAVID BLAINE STREET MAGIC series (along with Groundlings Mikey Day and Michael Naughton). His short film EXETER won the 2009 Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival. He and fellow Groundling Edi Patterson perform their 2 person improv show MITCH AND EDI MAKING LOVE once a month at the Groundlings Theater.
Jordan Black has been a series regular on such shows as Punk’d, Halfway Home, MTV’s The Lyricist Lounge Show, the WB’s On the Spot and E!’s Star Dates. His voice has been heard on South Park and he’s been seen and heard on Community, True Jackson VP, Glory Daze, How I Met Your Mother, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and MadTV among others. He has appeared in several films including Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration . Jordan’s writing credits include Saturday Night Live and Fox’s Stacked among others. Jordan is an alum of the Groundlings Theatre Company.
Lowe Taylor is thrilled be to a part of such a fantastic project. Lowe is mainly a theatre actress. She recently starred in SOUTH STREET at the Pasadena Playhouse, completed a critically acclaimed run in The Blank’s THE CRADLE WILL ROCK and just returned from a wonderful year performing THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES all over California including Sacramento Music Circus. Fun fact: Lowe is the first actress ever to perform all four roles in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. Off-Broadway: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (Suzy). Regional: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (Suzy, Missy, Cindy Lou), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey), DIVORCE! THE MUSICAL (Penny), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Dot/Marie), INTO THE WOODS (Baker’s Wife), THE PAJAMA GAME (Babe Williams) and ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Princess Winnifred). Workshops/Readings: Ken Roht’s THE NUTCRACKER (Center Theater Group), THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (Rubicon), LITTLE ME (MTG) and HELLO AGAIN (MTG), THE SIAMESE SEX SHOW (The Blank). For her TV/Film credits, please find her on IMDB or visit www.lowetaylor.com.
Candace Brown A California native, Candace debuted in her Fourth grade production of “Pandora’s Box” where she was initially cast as a goblin but was recast as “Hera” when her classmate suspiciously fell ill on performance night. Candace has no comment. Candace recently recurred on the SciFi hit Torchwood: Miracle Day, airing on STARZ. Candace has appeared on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, NBC’s Community, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. She was also a series regular on the improvised comedy Head Case on STARZ. Candace is a Groundlings Sunday Company Alumni, and has performed improv and sketch at The Improv Olympic West, Bang Theatre, and on The Second City Los Angeles’ Main Stage. As a stand up comic, Candace has performed all over Los Angeles as well as at some of New York’s best clubs including Gotham and Caroline’s.
Ali Raymer is an actress who really knows how to put an outfit together.
Amir Talai has appeared in the films Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay and Pursuit of Happyness, and has worked on TV in Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Comeback, Campus Ladies, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, and the Seth MacFarlane cartoons. He can currently be heard as the voice of Crane in Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda – Legends of Awesomeness, and will be seen this spring in the feature What To Expect When You’re Expecting. From time to time, he performs improv at The Groundlings and does stand up comedy. He’s on Twitter, probably right now.
Anthony Tedesco has been performing on stage and on camera longer than you’ve been alive assuming you’re still in elementary school. He has studied and performed extensively at the Groundlings and Second City in Los Angeles, as well as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. You may have also seen him shooting himself in the eye with a laser pointer for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, directed by Tom Kuntz (of Old Spice fame). He’s proud of his work in Missed Connections, though disappointed he couldn’t find other ways to upstage the leads. Eh, next time.
Susan Demming is an alumna of the Groundlings Sunday Company and the Second City Conservatory. She continues to appear at the Groundling Theatre in the “Crazy Uncle Joe Show” and is a cast member of the three-time Del Close Award-winning sketch show, “Top Story Weekly!,” at iO West. She recently wrapped two comedy pilots for Showtime including “The Five” and “Not Penn Jillette,” in which she appeared as Not Hillary Clinton opposite magician Penn Jillette. Her numerous comedic turns as Hillary Clinton include the hit YouTube series, “Epic Rap Battles of History.” Additional television appearances include “Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show, Good Job!” on Cartoon Network and “Online Nation” on the WB.
Adam McCabe is a writer and performer who has been at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles for some time now. He has done improv and sketch for over fifteen years and still loves it. His UCB credits include the one man show, Conversations With Sad Idiots, Terror Times Infinity!, Maude Night (w/ The Space Program and Oh, Brother!), Harold Night, Comedy Death Ray Sketch, Sketch Cram, Not Too Shabby, Dirtiest Sketch in LA (we won without swears or nudity), the UCBTLA Podcast (which he also produces), ucbcomedy.com videos, and many other shows. His non-UCB credits include writing/directing/acting in a sketch show for television that ran a couple seasons and co-hosting a radio variety show for Clear Channel. Adam has studied Improv and Sketch under Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Billy Merritt, Chad Carter, Sean Conroy, Julie Brister, Nick Wiger, Eugene Cordero and other amazing people. Adam has performed in/had his work featured in The Del Close Marathon in NY, SketchfestNYC, the Chicago Sketchfest, and other fun places. Adam is a proud member of the UCB Harold Team, Bangarang!, and Maude Team, Oh, Brother!.
Kulap Viliasack is an actor and writer who has studied at Second City LA, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Art of Acting Studio. She has appeared on The Office, Reno 911, The Sarah Silverman Program, Childrens Hospital & I Love You, Man. You can see her on multiple Funny or Die videos and hear her as the co-host of the popular podcast, WHO CHARTED? She thinks Kenny & Dorien are just grand.
Andree Vermuelen Hello everyone. I am a girl. I am also an actress and a funny lady. Welcome to my bio. How did you get here? Don’t answer that. It’s impossible for me to know what you’d say. STOP ANSWERING. Jeez… Anyway, I’m currently based in LA, and perform regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on the house sketch team “Oh, Brother!” You can also catch me in shows such as my one-woman show French Toast , the actor/improvisor mash-up called Gravid Water, the comedians-only rap battle The Beat Down , or in a bunch of other little things here and there. I also love sneakers, Tracy Anderson, and combining my powers to form Captain Planet. I would love to meet Lil’ Wayne. I’m here and there in the world of commercials, and on the up and up in TV and film.
Nia Renee Hill started her acting career New York City where she performed in a number of Off Broadway productions including “For Colored Girls…”, “The Vagina Monologues” and “Trojan Women: 2.0″ as well as television appearances on “The Colbert Report” and “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn”. Since moving to
Los Angeles, she has starred in the television pilot, “Da Network”, co-starred in an episode of the Comedy Central series “Chocolate News”, and has a starring role in the short film “Carpool” which was featured at the San Diego Black Film Festival. She also was a host for MishMashMagazine.com, interviewing up and coming bands. Most recently, Nia has starred in the web series, “Video Pal” and “Lila, Long Distance”. Nia graduated from Emerson College where she studied acting and media arts.
Roy Jenkins is an alumnus of the Groundlings where he currently performs on Wednesday nights as part of the Crazy Uncle Joe long form improvised show. He was a staff writer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” where he was twice nominated for Emmys and won two Writers’ Guild Awards. Screen credits include “The Heartbreak Kid, ” “Thank You for Smoking,” “A Night at the Roxbury” and the soon to be released “Three Stooges.”