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.
Category Archives: Wizards of Waverly Place
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You Motherfaking June-Bugs,
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.
Soundstage Productions Presents : Wizard of Improv Benefit Show!
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
Phone: (314) 922-1998
Age Suitability: All Ages
Click HERE to purchase tickets now.
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
Write The Disney Channel
3800 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
I know you, you think an email is easier. OK, be lazy…visit http://sdsmail.org/
and post on a few forums:
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.
For more info on the Curly campaign, click HERE.