Category Archives: Wizards of Waverly Place

Comedy Death Star Podcast

My favorite interview yet! I had so much fun with Denzil Meyers on his podcast that features comedy folks, improvisers and other interesting types. He asks so many interesting questions that I had never been asked before!

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We met exchanging comments on Facebook about improv. He then invited me to join him on his podcast as we have several mutual friends. He gets to the questions using some really fun games, and does some deep research about his guests. One of the most amazing things he asked are “What is your superpower?” and “Which anagram of your name or projects you’ve been on describe you best?” So interesting.

He also told me about his pie-in-the-face therapy. It’s called Pie Yourself Free, and you can join the group on facebook to learn more. Fans of The Three Stooges, classic comedy and solid therapy will enjoy learning more. He gave me a Pie Yourself Free card, and I’m allowed to pie him in the face. I’m also encouraged to let others pie me in the face, too!

Give the podcast a listen HERE.

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Wizards Reunion – more pics

What an amazing time! Jennifer Stone, who played Harper Finkel on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place invited me to a mini-reunion of cast and crew from the show a few weeks ago. I cleared my schedule, including taking a night off from Comedy Sportz to stop by for a snack and beverage or two.

I was overjoyed to reconnect with so many people from the show. Including Jennifer, Gregg Sulkin, Bailey Madison and so many of the amazing crew of the show that I hadn’t seen in so long. We had some great conversations, and my wife Sam and my daughter Isabella got a chance to meet so many of the people who were there.

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Me, Jennifer Stone, Samantha Chott and Isabella Chott

Everyone on that show is like family, and like family we took some pictures to remember the night by. After some of us shared the pics on  social media, we were surprised to see word of this mini-reunion online in Seventeen Magazine and Teen Vogue. Click those links to read the articles and for more details and pictures!

We all took turns playing a game that’s in The Jack Pack, which are spinoffs of You Don’t Know Jack. We played Quip Lash, which is a game in which you come up with funny sayings and fellow players vote on the funniest, most outrageous things you can think of. You, know….glamorous Hollywood parties! Really fun night with down to earth people. I was amazed that it actually made a few headlines. We all hope for more chances to get together again soon.

 

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Magic Castle in December – Just Announced

I’m going to be appearing again with Dave Cox in “The Charlatans” at the Peller Theater in The Magic Castle. Very excited to be ending the year with a bang. I’ve been incredibly blessed this year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store.

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Newsflash: Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

Hello. Sorry it’s been a while since my last blog. But they’ll be coming more frequently soon. I’m adding a new feature to my blog. In addtion to my occasional rants and raves, I’ll be posting news updates like the one enclosed in this email. They’ve been posted on the NEWS page of the blog, but I realize that often you get my blog posts in your email and so you might not be checking back with the website that often. So now you’ll be even more up to date with my comings, goings and upcoming projects.

SEE BILL IN SANTA PAWS 2 – THE SANTA PUPS

HOLLYWOOD, CA – This Holiday season, see Bill Chott as “Mr. Holman” the cookie baker in Santa Paws 2 – The Santa Pups. Bill appears with Cheryl Ladd, Richard Kind, Danny Woodburn and Jennifer Elise Cox in this new holiday film for the whole family. On Disney DVD/Blu Ray November 20th.

This new sequel in the Disney Buddies franchise was shot on location in Fernie, BC. The official trailer is online now. Click HERE for more info!

Bill also just finished recording the animated pilot Paranormal Roommates for Cartoon Network. He’ll be playing The Loch Ness Monster. Also voicing characters are Paul Brittain (SNL) and Paul Scheer (Human Giant).

In related news, a new special episode of Wizards of Waverly Place is in production. Stay tuned for details.

 

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Spring has Sprung

Yep, Spring’s over and Summer is full-on upon us. I hope this will be a cool and refreshing way for you to spend the heat of summer where you are. I’ve been so busy that my blog posts have fallen behind. But the comedy train has been chugging and I can’t wait to catch you up on what I’ve been doing, and give you some fun behind the scenes info about Selena Gomez‘s Monte Carlo Tour…but all in good time.

I want to give you an idea of some of the fun I have in mind for the summer:

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The hottest new things I see this summer will be right here once a month.  The first week of the month will be a post about the Hottest News and the Wettest and Dumbest ideas ever. It’ll be your monthly scoop of stone cold satire.

Now Hear This..!

I’ll be podcasting audio monthly the second week of the month. I’m planning a two minute audio podcast via Tumblr. I’ll post it here on the blog for the curious.

On The Set

The third week of each month, I’ll post behind the scenes photos from whatever project I’m working on and hot-off-the-set photos that friends share with me. That includes upcoming premiere photos  for the release of  the Johnny Depp film The Rum Diary. I hear I made the final cut, so you’ll be seeing me with Depp soon.

And…here’s the news you’ve been waiting for about Selena Gomez. Check out this clip of her being introduced by BJ “Honkey” Lange. BJ is one of my first students to move from The Improv Trick – St. Louis to The Improv Trick – LA. It’s one of the reasons I started Improv Trick. I wanted to open up opportunities for improvisers to learn and then take that knowledge with them to LA, Chicago, New York or whatever they were preparing for while training at The Improv Trick.

BJ "Honkey" Lange, now on tour with Selena Gomez

…And just when you thought I was done with the Improv Trick self promotion, check out this video of BJ introducing Selena at the first stop of her tour. She had been sick and BJ and the crowd welcome her back and let her know how glad they are that she’s feeling better.

Click HERE to see the video of them onstage together. Leave a comment here for BJ if you have a message to send to Selena!

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My Promise to You!

Finally, at long last I have the rough behind the scenes footage from my recent tour in Mid-Missouri with Special Olympics. I hear that it might be flagged for offensive content???? According to You Tube. So, I’d really appreciate you rating it and commenting on it.  It’s not offensive at all, it’s about overcoming prejudice against people with disabilities.

And I hope if you enjoyed it you’ll forward to a friend.

Speaking of Good Friends, I’d like to pass on word about a really cool episode of Wizards of Waverly Place premiering this Friday.  Fans from way back remember the early days at Improv Olympic or iO west when I’d perform as Artie Smitten, the borscht belt comic/greedy manager of The Lampshades and The Great Mountebank the “Mentalist” The Lampshades was some of the most fun I had when first starting out in LA.

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Well, Set your Tivo’s kids and parents! The Lampshades play Harper’s parents on Wizards of Waverly Place on July 30th on the Disney Channel.

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Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson play Marty and Elaine Finkle, Alex (Selena Gomez)’s best friend, Harper Finkle (Jennifer Stone)’s folks –a twisted, upbeat, Disney-fied version of the Lampshades. It’s exciting and surreal. Hey please watch and tell them what you think at www.theLampshades.com.

For more on the episode, click HERE to read more.

So, I mentioned that for my birthday  I spent the weekend with my lovely gal-pal, girlfriend, and soul mate Samantha.  If you’re subscribed to the blog, then you’ll read all about how I spent an amazing 41st birthday. Hope you’ll read all about it next week.

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Hot Enough for Ya?

It’s already a great summer.  My 41st birthday is coming up July 23rd and in lieu of my usual birthday bash, I’ll be spending the week with my lovely girlfriend Samantha. Improv Trick Classes start in LA August 7 and I’ll be doing a show at BANG Studio called Zodiac Thrillers.

But first, the moment you’ve been waiting for…  Here we are in July and I promised the next post would include footage from one of the assemblies that me and Kristina O’Neil performed at all over Mid-Missouri.  Well, due to technical difficulties, I’ll have to post a bonus blog in a few days.

In other Improv Trick news, our good Friend James Adomian made it into the semi-finals of Last Comic Standing.  James has joined me onstage at the New Orleans Improv Festival and the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival as well as a special fundraiser in St. Louis where he portrayed George W. Bush at the Shlafly Tap Room. James wasn’t the only good friend of Improv Trick to appear in a comedy competition this year. Clownvis appeared on America’s Got Talent, ripping the B-List judges a new ego after their all-too quick judgement of how funny an Elvis Clown can be.

Speaking of laughs, my top pick of online funny is almost always found at The Onion.  This month’s favorite is a story entitled: Girl Raised From Birth by Wolf Blitzer. The young girl in this video is priceless.  You’ll laugh…why would I lie?

Those of you linked to me on facebook already heard the news, but Wizards of Waverly Place will be back for season 4 soon.  I’ll start shooting new episodes in mid-August. It’s probably unlikely that we’ll have a season 5 since Selena Gomez will be moving on to other projects after completing this season and another Wizards movie!  Maybe I’ll make it past the cutting room floor in the next one.

OK, I hate to brag…(pause for eye roll) but I’m very proud to announce that my high school Alma Mater, Ritenour Senior High will be inducting me into the Ritenour Hall of Fame this October. Ah, to be among the Pride of the Huskies.

Finally, the movie I did with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade is now available on iTunes.  See me singing with Amy Poehler and some of the top names in comedy today making cameos in this long-awaited indie Release Wild Girls Gone.

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