New reel

I’ve got a new reel. Sweet.

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Where I’ve been

So things are starting to pick up here in sunny Los Angeles.

  • I’ll be appearing on the new Comedy Central series “Jon Benjamin Has a Van” this summer, playing an Alien Prosecutor on Episode 4.
  • The film “Trigger Finger”, in which I play one of the two leads, will finish post-production soon, hopefully appearing in a festival or two and on Netflix by the end of the year.
  • Also, check out “First Time Therapy”, a comedy short starring myself and fellow Groundlings classmate Katie Elsaesser.

Some highlights of my first year in LA:

  • I booked 36% of my auditions.
  • I shot six student projects (mostly USC).
  • I signed with a theatrical agent.
  • I advanced to “Writing Lab” at the Groundlings.
  • I joined SAG.

Not too shabby.

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It’s official

Sun, surf, parking tickets. I now live in Los Angeles. To find: swimsuit, agent, improv group to play with.

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Strindberg’s “The Creditors”, February 8-21

The Creditors
by August Strindberg
directed by Elyse Knight
with Michael Bell*, Laura Marks*, Ed Oliver, Lenore Wolf*
(*member of AEA)
February 8-21
The Red Room, 85 East 4th Street, New York City

Sunday 2/8 @ 7pm (invited dress) 
Monday 2/9 @ 7pm (Opening Night) 
Tuesday 2/10 @ 7pm 
Wednesday 2/11 @ 7pm 
Sunday 2/15 @ 7pm 
Monday 2/16 @ 7pm 
Wednesday 2/18 @ 7pm 
Thursday 2/19 @ 8pm 
Friday 2/20 @ 8pm 
Saturday 2/21 @ 8pm 


Equity-approved Showcase

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Team Performance Workshop

This month and next I’ll be performing long-form improv at the Magnet with my team Tater Tantrum.  Shows are Tuesday nights at 7pm:  Dec 2, 9, 16; Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3.  The Magnet Theater is at 254 W 29th Street (between 7th and 8th).  Tickets are $5; beers are $2. Calendar. Reservations.

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changes to the Showcase Code

You might know that Equity is re-evaluating the Showcase Code.  I’m on the subcommittee, so if you’re an actor (Equity or not) who works regularly under the Showcase Code and you’d like your voice heard, here’s one way:  Drop me an email at  What about the Code works for you?  What doesn’t?  How could it serve the needs of Off-Off-Broadway actors better?

(Of course, the best way to be heard is to participate in your union. Call Equity and say you want to be on the Off-Off-Broadway committee. Easy as that.)

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Commence Posting

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Coming up:

  • Improv at the Magnet in Dec ’08 and Jan ’09 (Team Performance Workshop)
  • Strindberg’s “The Creditors” @ the Red Room in Feb ’09 (AEA showcase)

Dates, times, details at

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