Thursday Sketch & Comedy Band at Sonoma Laughfest, October 20, 2016
Episode Two – airs December 10, 2016 at midnight – one hour
Hosted by Erik Escobar
Last Comic Standing (NBC), Walk of Shame Shuttle (VH1)
Described as hilariously witty by most and “demented” by his 4th grade teacher, Erik Escobar is a comic that performs all throughout the US at clubs, colleges, and festivals both independently, as a part of the Almost Asian Comedy Tour, and opening for acts such as WWE’s Rob Van Dam and Seinfeld’s Jerry Seinfeld. Credits include NBC’s Last Comic Standing, VH1’s Walk of Shame Shuttle, Buzzfeed, and the upcoming documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou Dimaggio? You can also check out his Spokane, Washington based upcoming series, Content, at Instagram.com/enjoyCONTENT. His quick delivery and awkward edginess has made him a rising act you will not want to miss. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his dog, Rancor, and can be seen (most)every Friday at LA’s The Improv Space Theatre with his improv team, Bankroll, or throughout the country at comedy clubs and in the audience at independent wrestling promotions.
Erin & Melissa – comedy band from Los Angeles
Laughfest 2016 favorite comedy band Erin & Melissa met in a magical place not found on traditional maps. One day they were knitting parachutes when they realized their penchant for comedy and nonsense. Today they are living it up in the Dirty South making movies, taking pictures and involving themselves in general ruckus.
Erin McGown is a comedian first and a friend second. She is one half of the comedy music duo Erin & MeLissa and she holds a trombone for every one of their sets. You can find Erin on every single form of social media except don’t get her started about SnapChat.
MeLissa Luna is a comedian and musician living in Los Angeles by way of Nashville and the Sunshine State. She is 50% of Erin and MeLissa, a musical comedy duo that writes songs about love and dragons. You can find her most places under @OhDarlingGirl or @ErinAndMeLissa. She loves bluegrass music and the X-Files.
100% STUFF – sketch from Los Angeles
Constantly pushing the envelope of sketch comedy, 100% Stuff has been performing their fast paced, witty comedy for sold out crowds in Los Angeles and beyond for over two years. They headlined the SF Sketchfest, Sonoma Laughfest, Austin Sketch Fest, and the LA Scripted Comedy Festival. With a cast of LA’s finest sketch performers and writers, 100% Stuff 100% guarantees you will 100% LOVE this show!* *So it’s really a 300% show.
An actress/soprano/improviser/writer/ect., Elizabeth Hayhurst is a SoCal native and graduate of both UCBs: UC Berkeley and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, which is only occasionally confusing. Performance highlights include originating a title role in Patty: The Revival (LA Weekly nominated for best musical, original music and musical ensemble), soprano section leader for the bay area premiere of Steve Reich’s Desert Music, actress/co-writer in Kate Bergstrom’s WHOLED as part of REDCAT’s (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) Studio series, and numerous comedy venues including the Austin Sketch Fest with sketch group 100% STUFF. As a vocalist, Elizabeth has sung on the soundtracks for recent films The Nightmare and Lucha Mexico, as well as provided backing vocals for the rap/noise group Clipping’s debut album with Sub Pop Records. She is also a producer and performer of the popular B-movie/improv show, CRYCLIPS, at The Clubhouse in Los Angeles.
DK Reinemer is an actor, writer, and comedian with a heart of gold. Born in the Pacific Northwest, DK was raised by hippies and graduated from Fairhaven College with a degree in acting, filmmaking and knitting. Mr. Reinemer helped start the wildly successful improv and sketch comedy club, The Upfront Theatre in 2004 where he performed regularly in the MainStage Ensemble and co-founded his international touring sketch duo, The DK and Morgan Show. In 2013, DK moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of waiting tables at a French restaurant which you can catch him Wednesday through Sunday, usually in the afternoons. Or you could see him perform comedy at one of the many great theatres in LA: UCB, iO West, Second City, The Club House. It’s your call. DK is currently on the MSW House Sketch Team, 100% Stuff, The DK and Morgan Show, .38 Special, Jetzo, and does Stand Up in the shower.
Danny is a born and bred Long Island boy who moved out west so he could entertain the masses. Coming from a large Portuguese family, his comedy training started at the kitchen table, where every night he and his family would make each other laugh with jokes and stories. He’s earned a BFA in Film & Video Directing from The School of Visual Arts in New York. He has trained at The Pack Theater, iO West, and ImprovLA. He’s a writer and performer for two Pack sketch teams; 100% Stuff and Femmebot PhD. He’s performed at San Francisco Sketchfest, Austin Sketchfest, L.A. Scripted Comedy Festival and the L.A. Improv Comedy Festival, which included performing in the 7 Day Improv Show (which set the World Record for Longest Improv Show). He also does stand-up and improv at various theaters and venues in the Los Angeles area. Danny delivers a blend of familial storytelling and unique observation, whether on stage or writing on the page. You can follow him on twitter and instagram @DannyAmaralShow.
Niv Brook is a writer, actor, and filmmaker. He is a graduate of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. He’s been writing and performing sketch comedy since 2013. He was a member of the house team Raffle at iOWest, and now performs monthly at The Pack Theater as part of 100% Stuff, a team he has helped bring to festivals such as Austin Sketch Fest, SF Sketchfest, Sonoma Laughfest, and the LA Scripted Comedy Festival. Also featured at the Pack, Niv is a producer on the biographical sketch show Bio-Dome, and is a producer, co-host, and co-creator of the movie screening series Almost Midnight Movies and the collaborative theater experiment Collaborabortion. You can follow him on Twitter @nivbrook if he ever bothers to start using it.
Mary Osborn is an actor/writer/musician and stand-up comedian living in Los Angeles. Born and raised in West Palm Beach, she swears it’s “not the weird part of Florida, and lots of people just wear flip flops and surf.” She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Religion and is finding it very useful in comedy. Her family is not thrilled about it. She has trained and performed at The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Pack Theater, and is a part of Pretty, Funny Women. She can be seen around Los Angeles making jokes whilst standing up, making musical funnies on her guitar, or performing with her ridiculous sketch team 100% Stuff in their monthly show at The Pack Theater in Hollywood and various festivals around the country. Although she does all of that, and has even been on TV, she is most known for her amazing portrayal in the role of HEY, WHAT’S YOUR ETHNICITY? in the hit show of life. Please don’t be shy about approaching her; she loves people. She promises.
Space Brother- sketch from Los Angeles & Sonoma County
A supergroup from UCB, Space Brother has appeared in comedy festivals all over the country, on TV shows in your homes, and movies on the big screen (and in your homes). So, what we’re really saying is, we’re in your home. Have fun, call us if you’re going to be late, we’ll have a lasagna ready when you get home, and we’ll stay off of the nice furniture. Maybe (no).
Kristen got her BFA in musical theater (no, it’s ok. That’s a really cool, tough thing.) in Minnesota, then did a bunch of theater in NYC and LA as well as Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Ugly Betty, College Humor, Funny or Die, and The Birthday Boys on IFC. She writes too! Kristen is thrilled to be performing monthly with the veteran sketch team Oh, Brother! Shows at Upright Citizens Brigade include her solo show Kristen Rozanski has Womanly Attributes, Those Magnificent Moms, Quick and Funny Musicals, Sketch Cram, and more things she can’t remember right now under all this pressure. She also performs improv with the aptly named Minnesota Nice. Kristen has been a UCB performer for 6 years both in NYC and Los Angeles.
Brooke starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and was in the original cast of Hairspray, eventually playing sidekick Penny Pingleton. Films: Music and Lyrics (Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore), My Sassy Girl (Elisha Cuthbert & Jesse Bradford), Who’s the Top? (Steve Buscemi), and Take Care. Television: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) and Video Game Reunion (Comedy Central). Los Angeles stage: the smash hit immersive concert/club experience For the Record, Rocky Horror: the Concert (Janet) at Rockwell Table & Stage, Anne Frank in the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (Cast Recording on iTunes) and The Light in the Piazza as Clara Johnson (Best Performance by a Leading Actress – Stage Scene LA). She’s performed on the Tony Awards, the Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and was featured alongside Micky Dolenz in the starry From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook on television, DVD, and CD. In the comedy world, Brooke spent three years on the roster of Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade and has appeared in sketch comedy festivals all over the country. In Sonoma County, she has spent the past four years as a performer with Transcendence Theatre Company’s (Winner – Theatre of the Year 2013 & 2014, Broadway World San Francisco) Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park. Her next film is in post production and has Brooke starring opposite Steve Rannazzisi from FX’s The League.
Marcy Minton is an actor and writer in LA with a theatre degree from UNC Chapel Hill. She studied improv and sketch writing at The UCB Theatre LA and performs regularly with several improv teams there. She was a writer for the UCB sketch team, The Space Program; a cast member of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam; and performed with The Second City aboard the Gem in fall 2013. She also played the formidable, kickboxing Nurse Barbara on Scrubs.
Adam is a writer/performer/teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Los Angeles. His UCB credits include vet house team, Bangarang!, two one-man shows, Conversations With Sad Idiots and Pitiful Creatures, Maude Night (w/ The Space Program and Oh, Brother!), Harold Night, UCBcomedy original videos and an infinite amount of bit shows. His non-UCB credits include the Funny or Die webseries, Cleve Dixon: Terrible Detective, writing jokes for some of his favorite stand-up comedians, punch up work for TV and film, writing for Adult Swim, starring in the award-winning comedy feature, Detective Detective Detective and lots of weird commercials. Adam has performed in The Del Close Marathon in NY, SketchfestNYC, Chicago Sketchfest, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, SF Sketchfest and many other fun places. You can catch Adam at UCB Franklin every week with Bangarang!
Marshall Givens is a writer/performer/host/voiceover artist and native of the south side of Chicago, IL. He has lived and slaved in Los Angeles since the Bears went to the Super Bowl last, just so you know where his allegiance lies. His comedy education started at Northwestern University, then to The Second City Chicago, i.O. West, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade L.A. A member of several improv/sketch teams, he is the co-founding member of the all-Black comedy team, The TuskegeeXperiment. Marshall is currently writing on several film and web projects. You can find him in many featured sketches on UCBComedy.com, Funny or Die, and College Humor. Marshall is the co-producer of UCBlack: Black History Month show and a proud member of the house sketch team, Oh Brother!
The adorable Scott Davis was born and raised in Fresno, CA. After majoring in Theatre Arts at Fresno State, Scott toured for 4 years with the Missoula Children’s Theatre traveling all over the US, Canada and Asia. Scott is a writer on the long running sketch team Oh Brother!, is the DJ for The Soundtrack and has been seen performing in many many show at UCB including Harold Night, Sketch Cram, The LOST Island Survival Talent Show, and Dharma Station: UCB – A ‘Lost’ Comedy Event, Blockbuster Spoilers Revealed, Cagematch, Scott Davis’s Theme Park, Super Fun Time Learning Zone, and Robbers & Kopps, which he also wrote/cowrote. You may have seen him on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, G4TV’s Web Soup, BBC America’s The Nerdist, HBO’s Funny or Die Presents, or listened to him on the One Photo Reviews Movie Podcast or Another Round with Curtis and Scott. Scott was once recognized for being an extra on Boston Legal.