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!
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!
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 Sportzto 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.
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!
Me and Gregg Sulkin
Gregg Sulkin, Jennifer Stone, Bailee Madison and me
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.
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.
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.
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 Roommatesfor Cartoon Network. He’ll be playing The Loch Ness Monster. Also voicing characters are Paul Brittain(SNL) and Paul Scheer (Human Giant).
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:
Sizzle and Splash
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.
…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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I thought you might enjoy seeing these clips of the Fake Yo-Yo Trickster. This is a hilarious prankster making his way around the country masquerading as a Yo-Yo expert on local news programs. If I wasn’t trying to actually promote things on local TV, I’d be doing appearances like this one.
I’m really proud of the Improv Trick, my improv company in St. Louis. We mounted the first weekend of a two-weekend benefit called The Wizards of Improv here in St. Louis. You can see more about it on one of my recent TV interviews.
Sure, I’d embed it if I could, alas…you’ll just have to click the links to take a look. In the clip, I talk about working with Selena Gomez, my work in St. Louis with Improv Trick and some other silliness.
I’ll have a bonus blog post this week when I finish editing my footage of the tour I did with Special Olympics earlier this month. Consider this a teaser. I’ve had so much fun getting out and visiting area schools and events the past couple of weeks. Last week, I spent the evening with the Warrenton Warriors Seniors of 2010 in their Project Graduation and tonight I presented three awards at the 2010 Cappies. The Cappies are annual awards presented at a gala event for area high school productions that have gained critical success locally. A lot of the kids who took their pics with me have already started adding them to their facebook pages.
It really feels good to get out and meet the fans of Wizards of Waverly Place, they’re some of the best fans in the world. From 8 year old little girls to grown up single male hairdressers, they love the crazy spirit of this show.
If you know anyone in St. Louis, I hope you’ll consider passing on the word of our upcoming Improv Classes for kids and of course the last weekend of the Wizards of Improv Benefit show…info is below:
Click HERE for info about the upcoming Kids Classes with The Improv Trick in St. Louis.
Star of Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, Bill Chott (Mr. Laritate), hosts 2 weekends of laughs for the whole family to benefit The Improv Trick’s Improv Summer Camp for Kids! Join him and The Improv Trick at Soundstage Productions, 214 Crestwood Court for 2 weekends of improv comedy, 5/21 & 5/22 and 5/28/5/29 7:30 & 10pm. Improv is unscripted using audience suggestions to create on-the-spot comedy! Proceeds benefit The Improv Trick’s Improv Summer Camp for Kids, a camp for local kids who wish to learn improv.
Friday, May 28th show is SOLD OUT. Buy your tickets now. Click HERE to purchase tickets online.
Friday, May 28th 7:30pm (Early SHOW SOLD OUT)
Friday, May 28 9PM (TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE)
at Soundstage Productions @ Crestwood Plaza Artspace St. Louis, MO
Bill Chott will not be appearing in the first show Saturday evening, but he will be present after the show for pictures and autographs. All in attendance at the first Saturday show will be welcome to stay for free for the second performance featuring Bill Chott.
214 Crestwood Court
In the AMC Movie Wing (the east wing of the mall), near the children’s indoor playground.
Free parking near the old Dillard’s/Chevy’s entrance or the AMC Movie entrance.
Well, pardners, I’ve been mighty busy on the old ranch on Cherokee in St. Louis, but I’ll be back on TV in a brand new episode of Wizards. As you know, I wrapped up my tour to Spread the Word to End the R word, and by next week I’ll have video of the tour posted here on the ole blogaroo. I’ll be starring in a very special episode of Wizards of Waverly Place FRIDAY, MAY 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on The Disney Channel. Mr. Laritate’s job as principal is in jeopardy, and the gang tries to lure him back by showing him how to “cowboy up” and take his job back.
The future of the show is up in the air, as Wizards has not yet been picked up for a 4th season. Our producer, Peter Murrieta is rumored to be leaving the show to create more fantastic top shelf shows on Disney and elsewhere. Peter has been a good friend of mine since our days in Chicago, and if the rumors in the press are true I’ll miss working with him on this show. But I’m sure we’ll be working together again soon. Does this mean I’ll be in more episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place?
Perhaps…if we return for a 4th season. Most importantly, if you can help me out, please write an email by clicking HERE. Just one click will send your messge to all the bigwigs at Disney.
Call toll free: (818) 560-1000 and/or (818) 569-7500 never hurts to call: (if under 18, please ask your folks first). and let them know that you want to keep watching Wizards and you’d like to see more of Mr. Laritate.
Write The President and Director of The Disney Channel
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521
Write The President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Robert A. Iger
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521
Write The President of Cable and Network Group for ABC Broadcasting, (Non-ESPN)
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521
Let them know if you’d like to see more of Mr. Laritate, and more of Wizards. If you really enjoyed helping me out, then maybe you’d like to join another fan campaign and join the “Bill Chott is Curly” group. You never know what can happen when fans make their voice heard.
Big news first. I may have my foot in the door again on the Farrelly Bros.Three Stooges film.
“How?” you ask.
“Oh, and Indian!” I respond…Here’s the scoop. Jim Carrey was cast as Curly in the film but he bowed out. Maybe being bald and fat isn’t his thing. But I’ve been settling into this role for a long time.
For more back story on the continuing Stooges drama, click HERE.
After shooting the Ringer with The Farrelly Bros. I told them that I was VERY interested in playing the role of Curly. Pete Farrelly sent me a bunch of Curly tapes and DVD’s to study. I put together an audition which you can see by clicking HERE.
Funny, huh? My friend Paul Wojciak shot it and was a HUGE help in putting it all together. Now you can be a HUGE help as well and help with a word-of-mouth campaign.
Pete and Bobby Farrelly already think the world of me and Pete even called to let me know that I was at the top of their list and they hadn’t read anyone else besides Jim Carrey for the role. That’s a huge compliment because nobody calls you in Hollywood when you don’t get the role….Especially the Exec. Producer. I’m a big fan of Jim Carrey and I didn’t feel I was losing out when they cast America’s Top Comedy Star as the funniest Stooge, Curly.
But so many people have urged me to convince the studio that I’m the right choice as well.
My sister Mary is helping me put together a word of mouth and letter-writing campaign that will teach Hollywood a thing or two about how much St. Louis loves the Stooges and how good St. Louis is at writing letters and spreading word of mouth…and of course the rest of the country. There are some loud mouths and prolific writers elsewhere (New Jersey, New York, I’m lookin’ at you…) but we’re going to have to start by asking every St. Louisan to help make this a dream come true.
Here’s where you come in…please take about five minutes and write a letter and send it to these three addresses:
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067-6200.
C3 Entertainment, Inc
1415 Gardena Ave.
Glendale CA 91204
Bobby and Peter Farrelly
325 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Then, please take one more minute to tell three friends about this website and ask them to help. If you have more than three friends…why are you reading this blog?
Thanks in advance. For the fans of Wizards of Waverly Place, I have a fun pic taken on the set of The Wizards of Waverly Place movie in San Juan Puerto Rico. Me and Selena Gomez, kicking it beachside/poolside at the Caribe Hilton.
The Wizards of Waverly Place Movie premeires Friday August 28th on The Disney Channel. Click HERE for more info.
I’ve been pretty busy in LA lately. I’m shooting another two episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place. I can’t wait to read the script and find out what the episodes are all about. In the mean time, I’ll have to have fun times like I did last weekend at the Feel Good Film Festival. I saw a LOT of great movies and heard some great music, Indian food by Chakra and I met a lot of great people there. It truly was a Feel Good Time.
I was really happy to be able to see all those Feel Good Films and was very proud to pick as one of my top five a film shot with a lot of St. Louis actors: Donna Weinsting and Whit Reichert just to name a few. My good friend Rick Hall who is also a Second City alum and great character actor was the lead character, Carter. Rick is also a cousin of Ray Brewer, St. Louis gadfly. It was called “A Slice of Pie” and it was directed by Timothy C. Reischauer who is from St. Louis, just in case you couldn’t figure it out by the name.
They had just gotten back from the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and were very well received there. They didn’t win best film, but it’s very cool to be nominated for an award like that. Ed Asner got the award for Lifetime Achievement and Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick and Eric Roberts were in attendance, too.
I was not prejudiced at all by the fact that I knew so many people in that film and that I enjoyed it so much. I knew a LOT of the actors, directors and writers who were in this festival, and this one was simply my favorite. It’s about a guy named Carter who lives in a small town and has small town values. He has to make a series of tough decisions on a first date with the girl of his dreams. Despite the risk of “doing the right thing” and flying in the face of the theory that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Amazingly, every time he makes a hard decision and does the right thing he winds up on top, with the girl of his dreams. Sorry if I ruined the ending for you, but it IS the Feel Good Film Festival.
That’s me with two of the other filmmakers I knew at the festival. See, I told you! Jason Benesh produces with Jerry Zucker and we all worked on a pilot for Jerry Zucker that combined game shows, improv and Kafka. I had a great time catching up with Jason and his associate Michael Hatch. They had another great film in the festival called The Mugging about muggers who are paparazzi.
So, it’s getting late and I need to rest for tonight. Please remember to write a few letters and emails on my behalf. You don’t know how much midwestern modesty I have to choke down to self-promote. Have a great weekend, and imagine me choking…on hubris.
Well, Motherfakers. I’m on the road again. This time to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’ll be shooting Rum Diary with Johnny Depp. I’ve got a lot of news to share. Fun with the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place, more on Obama including my thoughts on Special Olympics bowling and lastly a note on the passing of a good friend and St. Louis comedy writer.
I headed to the airport early Sunday morning. It was much more stress free than my average trip to the airport because the studio provided a driver. My driver was a nice guy, but it looked like he was trying to bait me into a political argument.
He was telling me that Aaron Eckhart was in the limo before me, and so I asked who were some of the nicest people he had driven in the past. He said he really liked George Clooney, and talked about how nice and friendly he was. I added that I figured he would be and that I like that he has strong political convictions and that he uses his celebrity to promote causes he believes in.
That’s when he started talking about how Clooney isn’t as far to the left as Susan Sarandon, but getting there. He went on to talk about how he thinks Obama is ruining our country. I held my tongue. Really? in 60 days he’s already ruined our country? I firmly gripped my taste-bud holder when he went on to point out that there has never been a Socialist government that’s lasted.
If he’d drank that much Kool Aid, there was no way I was going to try to convince him that Obama didn’t run on the Socialist ticket. He’s an Amercian and a Democrat. I don’t agree with everything he’s said and done, but I’ll give him 4 years to see if his ideas will work for us.
I don’t argue politics anymore. I’ve wasted a lot of time in the past trying to point out the holes in what I perceive in the “logic” of people who disagree with me. And the older I get, the less sure I am that I know everything there is to know. Besides I’ve got too many friends on both sides of the aisle to start an argument about something as futile as my opinions about some policy.
Speaking of everything Obama has said and done, I couldn’t believe my ears when he was on The Tonight Show and said his bad bowling was “like something out of the Special Olympics.”
Whoah! Apparently he hasn’t spent any time bowling with a Special Olympian. Everbody in Special Olympics has whipped my butt in bowling. My friends John Taylor and Eddie Barbanell have made me hang my head in shame at my own bowling score. I’ve been amazed at the bravery of Special Olympians who compete in events like downhill skiing and much more. I have to bowl in my shoot with Johnny Depp tomorrow and I know I wish I’d spent more time with John Taylor who’s the best bowler I know.
So, I arrived in San Juan late Sunday and checked into the Caribe Hilton. It’s one of the nicest hotels and resorts I’ve ever stayed at.
It’s right on the beach and the beach is gorgeous.Expansive blue skies and waves crashing on the rocks.I keep my window open most of the time since the sounds are just as beautiful.
I headed to the set of Rum Diary the next morning and on my way out I ran into David DeLuise and Jake T. Austin from Wizards of Waverly Place in the lobby.I knew from emailing Peter Murrieta the day before that the Wizard movie was shooting at the Caribe Hilton.I had planned on stopping by to see them after I was done, since I knew I’d get off early that day.
I didn’t know I’d be running into them that early. I also ran into Peter who told me that David pitched an idea to him about me making a cameo since I’m down here and Disney didn’t have to pay to fly me down or put me up.So we planned on seeing if we can fit me in. Hopefully it doesn’t distract from the scene that was written.
I arrived at the base camp for The Rum Diary and met the director Bruce Robinson and talked breifly with Aaron Eckhart. He really was a nice guy and we talked about St. Louis a bit since he had filmed Meet Bill there a few years back. It sounded like he had a chance to really get out and see St. Louis when he was there. We talked about The Improv Trick and some of my other favorite things about St. Louis.
I got back to the Hilton and shot the scene for Wizards. It’s a walk on. I literally just walk on. But it was a suprise cameo and only took about a half hour to shoot.
By the way, I’m working on a slide show with Flat Stanley for my nephew Brandon. So, technically I’m working on THREE projects in San Juan.
It was Peter Murrieta’s birthday so we all went out to a great restaurant called Marmelade! Whooiieee! It was delicious. We had some amazing appetizers which included:
Baked Pear with feta cheese
Homemade Gnocci with spicy pork
Grilled Baby Octopus
White Bean Soup
And there was more. It just kept coming! The grilled baby octopus was great, but we all agreed that there’s no tasteful way of announcing any appetizer that begins with the words “grilled baby.”This jewel of a restaurant in Old San Juan was amazing. I had a great entree too: Red Snaper with sausage and clams. Then the desserts started coming, in taster’s platters just like the tapas appetizers. We all agreed that the entrees were not even neccessary. The waiter assured us that many of their guests go into a food-gasm at the end of the evening.
The White Bean Soup was an amazingly rich cream based soup with crispy bacon dust, served in a small cup, almost like an espresso cup. You’re supposed to sip it instead of eating it with a spoon. The big spoon they give you wouldn’t have fit into the cup anyway.
Lastly, I’d like to send my regrets to everyone in St. Louis who was close to Jamie Foehner, a very funny improviser and sketch comic. Jamie worked in the sketch troupe Brand X, and he studied at The Second City at around the same time I did and also had Stephen Colbert as one of his teachers.
Jamie died far too young, but thankfully painlessly and quick. It’s believed he had a heart attack sitting on a stool at his computer. At least he went out writing. St. Louis is a few laughs light today.
Well, it’s 1:02am and I have to leave for the set tomorrow at 6:30am. I’d better get some sleep. I’ll have more on the trip later. For now, feast your eyes on this shot from my hammock this afternoon.