COMEDY NIGHT XV : OUR 15th NIGHT OF COMEDY AT THE RUMOR MILL!
at The Rumor Mill's OPEN MIC/Performance Night
Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 7:30-10:00 pm
Well, there are silly cats and ‘philly cats’ and then there is the Philly Cat, a.k.a CHARLES KELLAM, a funny cat who wears a hat and whose catnip is a woman without make-up. He thinks the “ladies in philly look way better than in Hollywood. Swear to Bob. I like natural beauty” and who can blame him? Sade, he says he’d like to meet Sade (and, again, who can blame him–every boy has to have a dream) “just so he can find out her last name”. Swear to Bob. Anyway, this cat feels he has found his calling in laughter, he loves to make people laugh and to “stand up against the stereotypes.” He’s currently “recycling his water bottles to finance his first movie, “Sleeping on Root Beer,” a comedy about a young bachelor in the Big City just following his dreams“…
Having grown up in Stockton, CA, GABRIELLA FRANCIS considers herself a survivor. She remembers those hard days of youth when she used to run all the way home from the bus stop, an entire block from her house. She was bullied a lot as a kid but she’s not scared anymore, now that she’s got her secret weapon, a Glock 9 water pistol. With her faux-naivete and apparent wide-eyed innocence, she’s been stealing hearts all over the country and for this fraud the grand jury of the County of Los Angeles has indicted her for being criminally funny. She is also accused of taking audience members hostage at such otherwise respectable local venues as The Laugh Factory, the Improv, and the Comedy Store. In response to these charges, she has invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. She has hosted the Rock and Roll Cabaret, been seen on ‘Totally Amp'd,’ and in various independent films and television commercials. She was the winner of ‘The Stand-Up SMACKDOWN.’ She should be considered armed (she has two of them!) and dangerously out of control.
AWET TEAME was born in Eritrea, East Africa and raised in Boston, MA. She has performed on all the main comedy stages in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, as well as those in Seattle, Boston, Washington, DC and at various universities around the country. Awet, recently added acting credits to her resume, appearing in a feature film entitled The Post Woman. Previously she worked behind the scenes as an Associate Producer on the feature RevoLoution, and was a casting assistant on both Flavor of Love and Animal Kidding. Currently she enjoys writing, and continues to perform on stages all across the US.
Oh-oh, ladies look out: Hamouli Man is in the house! From Bangkok to Beirut, from Kosovo to the Caspian Sea, from Cairo to Casablanca to California (well, you get the idea), this reincarnated Casanova has been seducing the virginal, the vulnerable and the willing, staying one step ahead of the law and a multitude of angry husbands. He dispenses his failsafe advice on seduction to horny men everywhere, spreading the gospel on how first to conquer (and then escape by dawn’s early light) the Hot Momma Chickie Baby of your dreams. He is known to adopt a variety of disguises, sometimes appearing as comic parodist MEL KOHL, sometimes as a weatherman, and then again as a salesman. In this latter guise (and for a considerable fee) he offers insecure and worried husbands a modern chastity belt of his own design to protect the honor of their wives and daughters. But, he always keeps a spare key close at hand and their account information in his cell phone.
ROZ BROWNE is a graduate of USC and a former CPA who managed the books for celebrities like Peter Guber, Jon Peters, Lou Rawls, and Natalie Cole, as well as working for the now-defunct Arthur Andersen & Company. She was misdirected down this career path by a “high school teacher who told me that I could make a lot of money as a CPA.” Meeting this teacher again at a high school reunion, she was chagrined when the woman explained that she thought Roz could read better between the lines and that what she had actually meant was that “One could _only_ make a lot of money as a CPA by stealing from your clients. You didn‘t understand that?” she said, looking at Roz quizzically over her glasses. Despite all those years spent learning the rules of fatal subtraction in the trenches of Hollywood, Roz managed to dig out of this morass of miscalculation and follow her dream. Since 1992 she has kept audiences laughing as a stand-up comedian, appearing widely in comedy clubs, numerous television commercials (including one for Diet Pepsi that aired during the Oscars), and in films which include Danny De Vito’s How High, Sunset Park, Deirdra’s Party and a new short film, “The Garage Sale.” In 2007 Roz launched “The Merry Wives Of Comedy,” a stand-up comedy show featuring some of the nation’s most talented female comedians.
TODD MUNSON admits to having a history of waking up in strange places. He finds this disconcerting since he was raised Catholic; he hates it because he can’t remember why he should feel guilty. He’s from Nebraska, where his first job was borderline slave labor working in a cornfield. Desperate to escape this indentured servitude and make it to the City of Dreams, Todd literally fled the cornfield by riding a bicycle through rain, sleet, and snow nonstop to L.A. (see picture at left). Since coming to L.A. he’s known for giving directions using restaurants as landmarks. (The Rumor Mill, e.g., he describes as being four blocks south of the Carl’s, Jr. on Sepulveda and then seven blocks west on Washington Blvd. across from Café Brazil). He was busted at The Grove movie theaters while seeking admission on a children’s ticket. He took a fishing class while in college (things are a little different up there in Nebraska) and, despite sinking a boat during the final, still managed to pass the course. This trumped his earlier educational claim to fame: vomiting onstage in the middle of “Jingle Bells” during his school’s holiday pageant. Despite self-confessedly being one of the worst dancers you’ve ever seen, he claims to have invented the “Wash, Rinse, and Repeat.” His first career choice was truck driver but somehow he became a comedian. Today he sometimes is known to ride the bus just for fun. He also has a seventh degree yellow belt in Taekwando, but recently broke a finger while popping a piece of bubble wrap.
SARDIA MARLEY, she of the megawatt smile and impish sense of humor, is back, only one month removed from surgery on her back. This is a funny woman whose work is never done, as Sardia missed only one show and is now back at her mission, after only a month, to conquer the worlds of acting, comedy, and entertainment. Sardia is a single mother of two difficult grown boys who give her no end of grief and delight (and plenty of material for the one-woman show she is getting ready to debut). She is also developing an online comedy show, and looking for her next movie role. Producers looking for a hot chick to burn up the camera lens, to radiate sex appeal, and have moviegoers laughing in the aisles need look no further. She can be found here every other Thursday night. Get her signed up quick, though, as she is wanted by the police. That's her mug shot to the right.
THE RUMOR MILL, a coffeehouse/gallery/performance space.
11739 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-397-5400 website: therumormill.us