Cooper Barnes grew up in suburban Michigan, where there is apparently nothing to do but create a repertoire of silly voices and impersonations. He studied theatre, film and fine arts at Eastern Michigan University, and worked professionally at Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre -where he won an Oakland Press Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Wit, and Detroit's Gem Theatre under the direction of Jeff Daniels.
Since moving to LA, Cooper has used those silly voices and impersonations in the animated feature Escape From Planet Earth, the Klasky-Csupo animated series Splat, Comedy Central's The Ben Show, Disney's Electric Spoofaloo and as a cast member in the 2012 revival of In Living Color on Fox.
Cooper also has had lead roles in several indie films including The Guy Who's F*cking Your Girlfriend, The Perfect Host opposite David Hyde Pierce, and most recently with Dean Cain in the ION original movie Defending Santa.
As a founding member of the award-winning sketch group Frog Island, he has produced several winning shorts for NBC's It's Your Show competition and SyFy's Viral Video Showdown; sold the web-series Pacino & Pacino Talent Agency to Comedy Central's Atom.com, and his numerous funny videos have accumulated millions of hits on YouTube.
His other TV credits include Switched at Birth, Pair of Kings, Californication, Kickin It, Cold Case, Victorious, Good Luck Charlie, Frank TV, and of course, his favorite gig so far, The Men's Room.
Robert Belushi was born in Chicago, where he made his first stage appearance at The Second City, as the New Year's Baby of 1981. During his summer breaks from school, Rob attended academic programs at Cambridge University, Harvard and NYU. Upon graduation, he moved to Middletown, Connecticut to study film at Wesleyan University with Janine Basinger, where he received an Honors B.A for his 16mm thesis film, "Entry."
After graduation, Rob returned to The Second City, working as a host on the night staff. Besides telling drunken people to be quiet and explaining where the bathrooms were, Rob was able to watch the veterans on stage every night, as they wrote, improvised and re-shaped new shows. He soon left hosting when he got his first part in the feature film "Riff Raff"--earning a Best Supporting Actor Award at the Tenerife Film Festival (beating out William Hurt for the Award).
Rob continued to work in the theater in Chicago, receiving rave reviews for his work in the world premiere of Ellen Fairey's, "Girl 20," and as Warren in Kenneth Lonergan's, "This is Our Youth." After improvising and performing sketch at Chicago’s Second City, Rob was cast as an understudy for the National Touring Company, and then became a resident at Second City in Las Vegas. Eventually Rob returned to the Second City National Touring Company, performed as a guest in the Second City's 50th Anniversary Show, and cruised the Caribbean aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's, The Epic, as a part of the Second City at Sea.
Rob's favorite moments acting have always been alongside his father, Jim Belushi, and he’s been lucky enough to appear with him on According to Jim (ABC) and The Defenders (CBS). Rob has recently moved back to Los Angeles to continue to pursue acting and destroy his nine year old brother at laser tag
Scott Beehner grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and dreamed of becoming either a cartoonist or a musician, but wasn't very good at either. However, in junior high, a teacher invited Scott to perform with the school's speech team performing a scene from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. When Scott and his scene partner won first place for their performance, Scott realized he could harness the social awkwardness he often felt in real situations into an ability to entertain.
Scott left Nebraska for the bright lights of New York, where he received a scholarship to attend Fordham University. At Fordham, Scott majored in Theater Arts and performed in a variety of University productions.
Scott continued his theatrical training when The Actors Studio opened its doors as an MFA program through the New School where Scott auditioned, got accepted, and graduated as a member of the Inaugural class. While dabbling in stand-up comedy at this time, Scott was cast in his first film role in Whit Stillman's, The Last Days of Disco. He performed in the play The Shawl directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Dianne Wiest, and subsequently cast him as a jazz enthusiast in the Woody Allen film, Sweet and Lowdown. Soon after, Scott was cast in the feature film comedy Tomcats with Horatio Sanz and Jerry O'Connell.
Recently Scott has appeared on the Network sitcoms Up All Night, The Office, Mad Love, Perfect Couples, and Important Things with Demetri Martin. Scott has also had recurring roles on the show Worst Week with Kyle Bornheimer, and as Deputy Dingle on the Disney Channel XD's teen sitcom Zeke & Luther.
Scott is also currently a Main Company Member of the World Famous Groundlings performing at the Groundlings Theatre doing sketch and improv shows.
Jo Newman is a mostly sane redhead hailing from a little hippie town in Massachusetts. Her training began at NYU studying at The School of Film and Television, and continued at the Meisner Extension and Stonestreet. After completing her BFA in 2006, Jo began working steadily, appearing in such television shows as The Sopranos, Gossip Girl, and Law and Order:SVU.
After eight fun years loving la vida loca in New York City, she hopped in a Nissan Pathfinder and a month later ended up in LA. -Don't worry, she knew the guy driving. Instantly vibing with the ocean, the warm weather and the Mexican food, she decided to stay and found success quickly in such films as Love and Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, and Lay The Favorite with Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones due to premiere this summer.
Jo’s love for comedy started with her improv training in the principal's office in elementary school, and has continued formally at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade from New York to LA. She is part of the all-female improv comedy team, That’s What She Said, and performs regularly all over Los Angeles.
Jo loves characters, voices, and making her co-stars laugh. The Men's Room is an incredible opportunity to exhibit her love for the inappropriate, and outrageous wigs.
Four Handy Conversational Facts about Sitara Falcon:
- Sitara (Indian word for "star") is the name, given to him by his hippy mom Butterfly. -He was also given his own new last name of Falcon.
- Sitara courageously, foolishly, or just curiously once drove after a robber, only to mistakenly have an APB put out on his own truck as the "Getaway Car".
- As a kid, Sitara was runner up in the county fair Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest. However, he ended up Losing to his own mother.
- Sitara has performed spot-on impersonations of Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson and Nic Cage for the actors themselves.
But don’t let his name fool you, Sitara Falcon is
a guys’ guy from Blue Ridge, Texas. He studied Theatre and Communications at
Southwestern University in Georgetown, but after interning at Saturday
Night Live, Sitara decided to focus all his attention on comedy. He
attended The Second City Conservatory,
and went on to do a series of acclaimed sketch and improv shows on stage in
Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
Sitara both co-wrote and starred in the sitcom pilot Club Fiji, and was a touring cast member and writer with the National Lampoon’s Lemmings. The hilariously received tour eventually became a web series where Sitara was the resident impressionist. One of his more popular impressions also created the popular spin-off web series, The Chuck Norris Show. Many of Sitara’s original shorts can also be found on FunnyOrDie and YouTube.
Actor and stand-up comedian T’Shaun Barrett is the go-to-guy for bringing down the house in the LA comedy clubs. He is also an established actor with over twenty indie films to his credit and a co-starring role in the successful Barbershop 2.
His episodic television work includes recurring parts on Grey’s Anatomy, Numbers, Without A Trace, Medium, ER and So Notorious. He is also a familiar face to television audiences as “the dude with the jackhammer” in the current popular dollar value menu campaign commercial from McDonalds. T’Shaun is also a favorite guest on Sirius/XM Radio’s The Jamie Foxx Show where, when time allows, he has an open invitation to drop in.
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, T’Shaun was greatly influenced by his father, the long-standing pastor of the Life Center Church. His father packed the house weekly with his entertaining, comedic and energetic sermons. His patient mother presided as the First Lady of the Church and looked after her brood of seven children.
In school, T’Shaun was the self-admitted class clown and was often suspended for his antics. Finally his parents transferred him to Curie High School for the Performing Arts because “I was a nut and this school had a place for nuts.” T’Shaun appeared in a number of plays at school and several local community productions including Choices at the Regal Theater After graduation he attended Chicago’s Columbia College where he studied film and theater and began to land parts in many of the indie films shooting in Chicago. He also starred in the Victory Gardens Theater production of Steve Carter’s Root Causes.
Marta McGonagle’s first theatrical release was in March 2007, IFC’s Believe In Me (with Samantha Mathis, Jeffrey Donovan, Heather Matarazzo and Bruce Dern). Marta played one of the lead players as Sadie York in this inspirational tale of an Oklahoman all-female basketball team in the 1960′s. However her film career began earlier in Texas with award winning independent films, Land of Shadowed Sand and SideFX. She was directed by Ain’t It Cool News’ Aaron Morgan, playing an ancient vampire, Angela Rosefe, in Blind, and landed her breakout role in Red Ridge where she played Isabella, an immigrant forced into sex slavery and prostitution.
In 2005, Marta made the move to Los Angeles, where she was finally able to put her sketch comedy background to use in the comedies Fist in the Eye and Twins. She also landed her first television roles in Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, Comedy Central’s Reno 911, and as a recurring sketch player in Fox’s Talk Show with Spike Feresten.
Marta also returned to the stage performing at the World Famous Comedy Store with the sketch troupe Gumbo. She can also be seen on the web starring opposite Rachael Leigh Cook in, Half Court Push, which she and Rachel volunteered for, in support of the Stayfree’s Girls In The Director’s Chair series. –And coming to your cell phones this summer on Freemantle’s Atomic Wedgie Channel, she is Carmen, in the comedy series Secret Girlfriend.
Once a week Marta gives back to the community through acting by teaching Los Angeles elementary school children about literacy, and to never give up in the two-woman play, Sor Juana, through the non-profit organization Enrichment Works.
Mark Gagliardi was raised in Tennessee and attended the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. He is a veteran of The Second City and National Lampoon Lemmings, improvises regularly with the record-breaking group Freedom Snatch, and works at Disneyland and Universal Studios as an actor and improvisation coach.
Just a second, what do you mean? Are you telling me that you haven't heard of Mark Gagliardi? Hold on… Even after I told you to watch Drunk History on Funny or Die? Come on, over Five Million people have! Oh, and what? You don't like plays? -Because if you did, you may have seen Mark in one. He's been in, like, over two hundred of them.
Okay, maybe you listened to one of the many Thrilling Adventure Hour Podcasts like I told you to. What are you waiting for? Its chock full of movie stars and that’s right –Mark Gagliardi! Hell, you may have even seen it Live at Largo. They've only been doing the show every month for seven years. I know, I know, tickets are impossible to get.
Oh, and remember when I told you to go catch a comedy show at Second City or IOWest? You didn't, did you? Too bad, you would have seen Mark there too. Do you have kids? Ask them. Maybe they've seen him as the bad guy on Disney XD's I'm In The Band.
But wait! I know you've been to Disneyland, right? Though you probably didn't recognize Mark in the big Aladdin: Musical Spectacular, because he was Painted Blue and Playing the Genie.
Okay, here’s your last chance. Turn on your television and watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother or According To Jim. Yup, he was in both of those too. Huh, well if you still don't know who Mark Gagliardi is? Then I don't know how to help you.
Bruce Wexler is a man of many interests and passions. But his desire to tell stories as an actor has been evident since he was just a wee lad in suburban Philadelphia, often mugging for a non-existent camera, bumbling through a task in futile anticipation for canned laughter, and saying completely offensive things to his girlfriends only to find that, no, we weren't cutting to a commercial.
His talent and passion for acting eventually brought him to Syracuse University where he majored in musical theater. He enjoyed the stage, but his favorite role came in a mockumentary film called Bowling, where he played an exceedingly dumb snack bar employee (not much of a stretch). But oh, the lights! The camera! The character! The improv! After that film, Bruce knew he was L.A bound.
Upon his arrival to Hollywood, Bruce didn't pursue comedy immediately, though he was certainly driven in that direction. The independent feature, Alien Game was intended to be a suspense thriller, but Bruce's and the other actors' performances turned it into a comedy. -Don't tell the director.
Bruce wrote, produced, and starred in a string of his own works including the online webseries, The Clown Project and the film, Bulldog. At that point, it was comedy, full steam ahead! He honed his writing chops as a member of the sketch duo, The Wonderdudes, ultimately placing 2nd at the 2009 L.A. Improv Comedy Fest Sketch Tournament. He spent 2010 and 2011 as a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company, and he currently performs as a member of the Rock'n'roll comedy group, Positive Feeback.