San Jose Improv Festival

I’m honored to be asked to teach and perform at this amazing festival in San Jose. Hope to see you there.

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Mention on Colbert’s Late Show

Dana Carvey was on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show on CBS last night. They were discussing the documentary Too Funny To Fail, which is currently on Hulu. It’s about the Dana Carvey Show, a short-lived sketch show on ABC in ’96. I was a writer and performer on the show and I was honored to be mentioned as part of the “murderer’s row” of comedy talent on this cult favorite. Click HERE to see it!

I haven’t run into either of these guys in years, but they’re always incredibly kind when I do. They were so nice to include my name among all the other comedy talent that has come out of this show. Watch both The Dana Carvey Show and Too Funny to Fail on Hulu now!

Do you have any favorite sketches from that show? Would you like to see a reunion? Let’s hear about it!

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Dana Carvey: What does that look like to you? Bill Chott: Liquid Sunshine.

TMI Sketch Comedy

See me in this great sketch show, now in its 5th year! Sunday Nov. 5th, 8pm.  Topical sketches lampooning celebrities and celebrity news. 

Carvey Documentary Failure Success

The documentary Too Funny to Fail, Josh Greenbaum’s hilarious documentary is getting some exciting notices in the press. The doc focuses on The Dana Carvey Show, which was a failure by network standards, but a cult hit among comedy fans…some of whom include Bill Hader and Jerry Seinfeld!

You can read some great reviews in The New Yorker,  Time, The New York TimesEntertainment Weekly, and the very funny film was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air

The pic below is from the episode sponsored by Mountain Dew. Rave reviews followed from all those outlets after the release.

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Dana Carvey: What does that look like to you? Bill Chott: Liquid Sunshine.

We were not kind to our sponsors, and that’s one of the many reasons why the show pushed the boundaries for what was acceptable on network TV in 1996. It was so great to hear some stories of the battles going on between our producers and the network, which had recently been acquired by Disney. It explains a lot of the behind the scenes stuff that was off my radar.

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Steve Carell manning the radar, Bill Chott ranning the madar.

Thanks for your support. If you have a question about the Dana Carvey show that I can answer, I’ll give it my best shot. Might be wise to save us both some time and watch the documentary first.

Watch Too Funny To Fail

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Steve Carell, Heather Morgan, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert

I hope you’re as excited as I am! This Saturday, October 21st, the documentary about The Dana Carvey Show, Too Funny to Fail, premieres on Hulu. You’ll see our memories of a show that was a bit before it’s time. Edgy sketch on network television, hosted by one of my big comedy inspirations, Dana Carvey and featuring me and some of the funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. like Steve Carell, Heather Morgan, Stephen Colbert, Elon Gold, Peggy Shay most prominently. Including a writing staff that no one could ever afford again: Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Robert Carlock, Charlie Kaufman, Dino Stamatopoulos, Jon Glaser, and so many other writers and guest stars that it makes the head spin! 

You’ll see interviews, rare footage of our auditions and behind the scenes videos and photos. This is a real treasure for comedy fans. You can see the trailer HERE.

You can watch starting this Saturday! I suggest supplementing your intake with popcorn.

 

Now YOU Can Watch Me Improvise!

Every Friday in October, you can watch me in my new show LIVE ON FIRE! I’m directing and performing in this amazing show.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made our opening night a big success, and thanks to everyone who joined us online! You can watch online if you can’t make it out to the theater. Click HERE to subscribe to the livestream

You’ll also get a subscription to view other great live theater from The Whitefire, inlcuding Bobby Moresco’s Working 2017. There is something truly amazing and trailblazing going on at The Whitefire and you can be a part of it.

It’s a different show each week, with new guests joining in! This week, our guests are Dave Cox and Jay Sukow! Click HERE to get tickets to the live show!

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See me tonight on Trial and Error

I’m on Trial and Error tonight on NBC at 9:30pm/8:30pm CS in an episode titled Secrets and Lies. I play a lie detector technician! It’s a small part, but people have been asking when I’m back on TV again. By the way, subscribing to this blog and also checking out my IMDb page HERE is another great way to always know when I’ve got a new project coming up.

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As you can clearly see, I’m in a scene with John Lithgow. If you have any questions about the episode, I’ll have another blog post up Thursday with some behind the scenes pictures, and a few stories of my experience backstage. Subscribe now to make sure you get the update!

If you have any questions or comments, I’ll be sure to address them in my next post. In the meantime, tell a friend….and for GOD’S sake be sure to click on the IMDb link HERE.

This is Your Comedy Throwback

You can watch of one of my very first network TV appearances. I was a cast member and writer on the Dana Carvey Show. My first appearance on the show was as Senator Phil Graham losing his family election to his son Terry, and I may post that as a Thursday Comedy Throwback in the future. But for now, this popped up on YouTube, and while it’s still there…take a gander. Click HERE to see the comedy!

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Did I get hacked? Did you? No.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may be asking yourself: Did Bill get hacked? Nope, but it means something special about you.What did all his posts about investing hearts mean? I’ll tell you.

I’m playing this game online called famous.af. Young people laugh at me when I ask them what “af” means. So it must be a teen word like “awesome” and since the game is about fame, the f word is probably “famous.”

If you got a tweet mentioning that i “invested 1200 hearts” in you, it means that I spent the imaginary currency of hearts to “invest” in people. Most of them are people like you. Someone I’ve worked with or met who is either already a celebrity or is a rising talent in their field.

In fact, I got hooked on investing hearts in my friends and fellow artists. I didn’t realize that when I was inviting new people to play that it was tweeting out their twitter handle to al my followers. It’s not a top secret and for those using twitter for publicity it’s probably a good thing. To those of you not looking for that attention, my apologies.

I’ve readjusted my settings, and I think most of this was all my fault. I think it’s a really fun game and if you decide to invest in me on famous.af my handle is just like my Twitter handle: @billchott. You can buy and sell me….for FREE HEARTS.

…and don’t forget that you can follow me on Facebook as well. Click HERE to follow me or click HERE to watch what I do LIVE every Monday and Friday at 8am PST. Improv comedy, oatmeal and more!

Online Exclusive

Watch this by 7pm PST. It’s a mostly musical improv jam I hosted at World Comedy Studios last night. Paul Green was on the keyboard and the improvisers were at play! Such a joy. There is some language so, if you watch an improv jam at work, save this one for the drive home! 

It’s only on Periscope till tomorrow night. Share this with a friend! Click HERE to watch. 

  

More Alan Rickman Memories

Yesterday, I posted that I was honored to have been in Alan Rickman’s tribute reel on CNN. Shea Magazine suggested I tell the story in an article because they love to share experiences using mass media. Click HERE to read the article. Yes, a blog within a blog!

By Grabthar’s Hammer!

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It was an honor to work with Alan Rickman! However briefly, I met and worked with him on the film Galaxy Quest! He was a very kind man, and an amazing actor. I was amazed to find that I was in the tribute to him that is running on CNN today. He could do it all: comedy, drama, good guys and ESPECIALLY bad guys. His work will be remembered for a long time to come. Click HERE to see the video!

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