Ally Marks is very excited to be performing with the Liquid Radio Players! With her degree from Smith College and a suitcase full of dreams she decided it was high time to make it big and headed out to ‘ole Hollywood. She has since been having a ball playing around with funny people at The Groundlings, UCB LA, and most recently on stage doing stand-up. You may see her making a splash around town, sometimes meaning to be funny, sometimes not, but usually with an accordion in hand.
Brian was born and bred in New Orleans. He got into theatre while at the University of New Orleans where he earned a B.A. in Drama and Communications. Moving out to Los Angeles after graduation, Brian starting taking classes and performing with many improvisational comedy groups in town including L.A. TheatreSports. He was invited to become a member of the world famous Groundlings comedy theatre and has performed and taught sketch and improv comedy there for years. Brian has been on television shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Will & Grace,” “Crossing Jordan” and “Family Law.”
Dan O’Connor is a multi-faceted actor, improviser, writer and director. Dan is the founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Impro Theatre. His work with Impro Theatre includes Shakespeare UnScripted at the Old Globe in Hollywood, North Coast Rep, the Odyssey, the green show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Dickens UnScripted at the Anteaus Theatre, Tennessee Williams UnScripted at Out Of Bounds West and the Livery Theatre in Ventura, Sondheim UnScripted at Theatre/Theater and Jane Austen UnScripted at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Check out Dan’s website for more of his amazing resume!
After training with Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, Canada, Dean received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University. Later, he appeared on television in The Commish, Sliders, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and the animated Robocop. His role as one of the Lone Gunmen led to a part in the feature film of The X-Files and a lead role in the Fox spinoff series, The Lone Gunmen. Dean began in stand-up comedy, and still performs at comedy clubs across North America. He has written a variety of fringe festival and corporate stage shows. Dean also co-wrote Channel 92, a situation comedy pilot that aired on UTV in Canada.
Denny Siegel was a regular improvisor on ABC’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and a recurring correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” She is a current member of Hollywood’s Theatre 68, where she recently recently co-wrote, co-directed and appeared in “Lost in Radioland”, which also played at the Theatre Palisades. She also recently directed and appeared in the original comedy “Much A-Jew About Nothing.” Denny has performed at various comedy festivals including the Toyota Comedy Festival, the Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival, and the Montreal Comedy Festival, where she won Improv MVP.
Greg Proops is a stand up comic from San Francisco. He lives in Hollywood. Its not that bad. Really. Professor Proops has a hit Podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. In one year he has recorded it live in Australia, New Zealand, Montreal, Edinburgh, San Francisco, Austin, London, aboard a ship in the Caribbean and somehow, Cleveland. Find it at Proopcast.com.
Make-up-jokes Greg will be appearing on the new ABC comedy series Trust Us With Your Life. Anchor Greg hosts the weekly webcast Odd News on Yahoo. The Proopdog is best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? in both the US and the UK.
J. Keith van Straaten has been called “a local hero” by the LA Weekly. He hosted Comedy Central’s TV game show “Beat The Geeks” and the LA landmarks The J. Keith van Straaten Show , What’s My Line? – Live On Stage, and The Fix-Up Show . His TV appearances include slightly-memorable turns on “Gilmore Girls,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and ads for McDonald’s, Nike, Pizza Hut, Cheez-It, and many more. Continue reading
John DiMaggio is an accomplished comedic actor who has made the jump from acting to stand-up and back to acting. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared on Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Evening at the Improv, MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour, Uptown Comedy Hour, Apollo Comedy Club, Comikaze on MTV and Which Way to the Superbowl? He was seen in the feature films Eddie and Frogs for Snakes, and his television credits include a starring role in the MTV series The Red Johnny and the Round Guy Show, a recurring role on Chicago Hope, and guest starring roles in the series Law & Order, Cracker and FOX’s Getting Personal. He also made an appearance in the movie, The Pirates of Silicon Valley, with Noah Wyle, Anthony Michael Hall and Joey Slotnick. DiMaggio also has extensive stage credits and has performed internationally in the theater and as a stand-up comic.
Born and raised in Chicago, Jonathan Kite was immersed in the world of comedy theater at a young age. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while concurrently studying with the improv group, Second City. In 2003, Kite moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Kite’s television credits include “Raising Hope” and the upcoming series, “In the Flow with Affion Crockett.”
In 2010, Kite was a part of the Cage Match Competition with iO West Theater, performing head-to-head long-form improv. His team set the national cage match record, winning 52 weeks in a row.
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 also appeared in the Christopher Guest film For Your Consideration as well as the upcoming films Fred for Nickelodeon and Bridesmaids from Judd Apatow . Jordan’s writing credits include Saturday Night Live and Fox’s Stacked among others. Jordan is also an alum of the Groundlings.
Kate’s 200+ credits span the NYC, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles areas, including the Ovation and ACT winning productions “Blake…da Musical!” and “Agnes of God”. On screen, she has appeared on “Parks and Recreation”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”, and “The Great Books”. She won 1st Place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenwriting Competition in the Action/Adventure category. She trained in puppetry with Michael Earl (a.k.a. Mr. Snuffleupagus) and recently completed an NBC pilot playing a dinosaur. She produces the webseries “Sock Zombie” and “The Fall of Paul”. Her novel “The Woodcutter” won the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book and 1st Place Fantasy Book in the Reader Reviewers Choice Awards. She lost on Hollywood Squares.
Mike is probably best known for his appearances on BBC Channel 4’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his portrayal of Friar Tuck in Coppola’s Robin Hood, Prince Of Thieves. His theatre credits includ One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Marriage Of Figaro, Merry Wives Of Windsor, The Pocket Dream, and Exact Change. Mike’s stand-up work includes Faultline, his one man show Fatty Harbuckle and Mike Mcshane Live, and Mike Mcshane with Sweeney and Steene. Television credits include Valley Vision, Fortune Dane, Arena, Clive Anderson Talks Back, Ruby Wax Show, S&M, The Big One, Broadway Stories, Performance; Summer’s Day Lease, Crazy For A Kiss, Brotherly Love, Coronation Street – American Special. His film work includes Spirit of ’76, The Victim, Best Shot, Peggy Sue Got Married, Howard The Duck, Tucker and Richie Rich.
Thomas Calabro’s first television series was “Dreamstreet” on NBC. Some of his other television credits include starring roles in the movies “Stolen Innocence,” “Sleep, Baby, Sleep,” “LA Johns,” “Columbo,” with Peter Falk, the mini-series “Vendetta.” At the end of 1999 he completed three more movies for television: “Ice Angel” for Fox Family Channel, “Best Actress,” E! Channel’s first movie, and “They Nest!” for USA Network. Continue reading
Wil’s successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers. He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular ‘Wesley Crusher’ on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite Robin Williams in Flubber. But Wil is much more than just an actor; he’s an author, blogger, voice actor, widely-followed original Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture. Wil currently splits his time between acting and writing. Continue reading