The All Girl Revue

The All Girl Revue
Jill Talley, Maureen Kelly,Ruth Rudnick, Jane Morris, Mary Wachtel, Edie McClurg, Kathleen Campbell and Dee Ryan

Friday, August 31, 2012

The All Girl Revue in Review!

Meet the players of the All Girl Revue!
Jane Morris, a founder of the Second City ETC in Chicago, Jane has been a writer, performer and director for the Second City and in her own venues for the past 20 years. Dubbed "The Harriet Tubman of Comedy" by friends, Jane and her husband, Jeff Michalski have owned and operated UpFront Comedy and the Comedy Underground in Santa Monica and is currently the managing director of the fanaticSalon in Culver City. Jane had numerous television credits, most recently "Behind the Candlabra" with Matt Damon for HBO.  For a full list of Jane's television and movie credits visit her IMDB page.
Edie McClurg was operations manager of NPR affiliate in Kansas City MO and taught Radio/ TV production and performance at U of MO/KC.  She produced and voiced many segments for the award-winning NPR program “All Things Considered”. Then she became an improvisa­tional comedian in Los Angeles .  What?  Many years with the Groundlings, now with The Spolin Players and the ALL GIRL REVUE playing at the Fanatic Salon in Venice CA . Edie has an extensive list of film credits including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Little Mermaid, A River Runs Through It and Natural Born Killers.  On television Edie has appeaed on Depearate Housewives, Rules of Engagement, CSI, Malcolm in the Middle and the Hogan Family.
Edie is now the voice of Minnie Van in "Pixar's CARS 1 & 2" movies, Bea's Mom in "FISH HOOKS", and Polite Voice Woman in HBO's "CRASHBOX".
For a complete list of Edie's credits visit her IMDB page.

Ruth Rudnick, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and an
alumni of The Second City Theater in Chicago, is an actress, 
writer and improviser. Her career began in Boston at WZOU 
FM where she laughed for a living on the air as “the girl” on 
the Boston Morning Zoo, doing impressions, and making up the
traffic reports. Next came Chicago where she co-wrote and
performed in over fifteen reviews with other alumni that included 
Jane Morris, Steven Colbert and Steve Carell. Ruth can be seen as 
Nurse Wanda in the Disney film While You Were Sleeping and since 
moving to Los Angeles has been the lead of a network pilot (you’ve 
never seen it) and has guest starred on numerous television shows including
Curb Your Enthusiasm and NCIS. She is a founding member of 
the All Girl Review and is currently near completion of her first book- a 
childhood memoir. Ruth is the founder of Lead With Your Art an organization
dedicated to fostering and making available, her love of improvisation and the 
arts to teenagers and young adults.

Mary Wachtel honed her acting/comedy chops in Chicago before moving to Los Ange­les.  While in Chicago she studied improvisation at the Second City and was an active mem­ber of the Annoyance Theater.  She created and performed in a plethora of original plays & musicals using her improv skills.  In L.A. she has performed at improv/sketch theaters all over the city and has appeared in many national commercials, as well as Curb Your Enthusiasm, independent film Fully Loaded, and The Party (which recently screened at "The Sexy Interna­tional Film Festival" in Melbourne, Australia). 

Kathleen Campbell is an actress, improviser and poet.  She grew up in Wayland, MA. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Acting.  She has toured with THE SECOND CITY in Chicago.  She's a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA.  Some TV credits are; THE DREW CAREY SHOW, STILL STANDING and ZOEY 101.  She recently played Mrs. Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN with The Stepping Stone Players. She lives in Glendale, CA with her family that she loves.  It’s her great pleasure to improvise and tour with the ladies of THE ALL GIRL REVUE, which she has done for the last five years.

Dee Ryan had appeared onThe Office, United States of Tara, 10 Items or Less and as a lead in the short-lived micro-series Carpool Confidential. She plays a bartender in the UCB Movie Wild Girls Gone. Presently, she is working on a graphic novel adaptation of her one-woman show DeeConstruction. Dee is also working on a screen adaptation of the Newberry Award winning children’s book the higher power of lucky for Tamterra productions.
Dee hails from Tewksbury and began her improvisational career at IIMPROBOSTON.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Frequent Flyers

Each month we round up a few great writer/performers to drink with us kick off our show with a bang. Here are just a few of the talented broads who have just about killed us with their humor and made us jealous with everything else about them.

Brett Paesel is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, "Mommies Who Drink; Sex, Drugs, and Other Distant Memories of an Ordinary Mom". She has been published in numerous national publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Brett has been a contributing editor to Wondertime and Parents Magazine. She has also developed shows for HBO, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at Nite. In her spare time, she teaches English and Creative Writing to 6th Graders. You can read her blog at

Johanna Stein is a writer/director/comedian/forward/slash/abuser whose work has been seen in The NY Times, Parents Magazine, CBS, Comedy Central, Disney, PBS, Nickelodeon, The Oxygen Network, The Movie Network, VH-1, CBC and all over the Worldwide Internets. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter, and a dog who once ate a couch. 

Marcia Wilkie has written for television talk shows, reality shows, game shows and nationally syndicated radio shows, and authored two New York Times best-selling books “Behind the Smile,” and “Might As Well Laugh About it Now” for Marie Osmond. Her own solo shows (“Are You Happy?,” “This Girl I Knew,” and “Duck, Duck, Goose”) toured the U.S. and played to critical acclaim in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Her two-act play, a dark comedy titled “Living Room” was a semi-finalist in the Eileen Heckart Drama Awards. Her articles have been published in Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal and Prevention magazine. 

Clara York is playwright-performer and has appeared in numerous episodic television, film and web series including the 2011 Cannes web series Bollywood To Hollywood. She has also appeared in theater in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago and was a member of Jeff Doucette’s Over The Edge Players Improv Group. As a member of Paula Killen’s Write Club she has written and performed over 30 comedic pieces at IO West, Comedy Central, Bang, Fanatic Salon and The Celebration Theater.
Apocalypse, Not Now, a hilarious solo play written by Clara and directed by Jane Morris has garnered critical acclaim at the Hollywood Fringe Festival as well as the fanatic Salon. The next show is at the world famous Ice House on October 18. Tickets are limited. 

Kathryn Gallagher is from Chicago, but has been in Los Angeles since 2000. This year, on St. Patrick’s Day, she celebrated her 10th anniversary performing as Sister in Late Nite Catechism. While in Chicago, she had an 18 year career as both an actress and a singer. Notable highlights there include the world premiers of Lynda Barry’s  The Good Times are Killing Me and Oliver Sack’s Awakenings. In Los Angeles, you can see her in five different versions of Late Nite Catechism. She has performed some form of this play at numerous locations, including (NYC) Off-Broadway at Sofia’s and (CA) at the Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, North Coast Repertory, Coronet Theatre, Welk Theatre in Escondido, Hermosa Beach Playhouse and Second City (LA). Kathryn is also a member of Vanguard Rep/La CaƱada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival, and most recently co-authored music for their most recent production of “Twelfth Night”.
Becky Thyre is a character actress who's been on Mr. Show, Weeds, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, True Blood, Six Feet Under, and other shows.  She tells stories about her checkered past sometimes at the Fanatic Salon with the funny ladies.

Erika Schickel is an essayist, humorist, book critic, playwright, solo performer, teacher, columnist and the author of, “You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom”. Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly and LA City Beat and Bust Magazine has been collected into several literary anthologies. Her 1997 radio drama “Wild Amerika” was produced by LA Theatre Works for “The Play’s the Thing” and Erika continues to perform one-woman shows and readings around Los Angeles. She currently writes the “I On LA” column for LA