Cast:Joel Murray, Peter Hulne, Pat Finn, Michael Coleman, Paul Vaillancourt
Beer Shark Mice FEAT Joel Murray
Beer Shark Mice is a legendary long form improvisational show originating from Los Angeles. The suggestion of a location is taken from the audience after which a forty to forty-five minute long show unfolds. The initial location acts as the starting point for an array of scenes where the players tag in spinning scenes in new directions or wildly out of control to sometimes end up full circle where it all began. The quintet is a well respected group of Chicago men that learned the art of Improvising from Improv Olympic, The Second City and Annoyance Theater.
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JOEL MURRAY - Joel starred in the 1990 series Grand, the 1991 comedy series Pacific Station, the 1992 comedy series Love & War as Ray Litvak, and the ABC series Dharma & Greg as Peter James "Pete" Cavanaugh. Joel provided his voice for the short-lived 1994 series Beethoven and the TV series 3-South. He played the supporting character "Fitz" on CBS's sitcom Still Standing. He appeared as Eddie Jackson on Showtime's series Shameless in 2011. Joel's first film role was in the 1986 comedy film One Crazy Summer, as George Calamari. His other roles include the 1988 comedy film Scrooged, with his brothers Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray and John Murray. He also starred in the 1992 movie Shakes the Clown with One Crazy Summer co-stars Bob Goldthwait and Tom Villard. In the first, second, and fourth seasons of the Emmy-winning AMC TV series Mad Men, Joel has appeared in 12 episodes as copywriter Freddy Rumsen. He has made guest appearances on television shows such as The Nanny, Joan of Arcadia, Two and a Half Men, Malcolm in the Middle, Criminal Minds, and Blossom. His most recent appearance was in the film God Bless America where he portrays Frank, a man sick of America's adapted way of life and reliance on pop culture and online references which sends him over the edge and into a killing spree.
PETER HULNE - Peter Hulne can say he was cloned before cloning was even controversial. An identical twin born on Chicago's north side, he would imitate his mother's Irish brogue and do impressions to make people laugh. At first his parents thought it was a phase but eventually realized his talents were undeniable and knew he would someday entertain. As a teen, a nearby all-girl high school needed some young men for their theater productions. Girls and attention? He was in. Peter fell in love with the Art form of Improvisation and honed his craft being physical on stage. Starting out he studied at the Improv Olympic and was on many house teams including "The Family." He wrote and performed many shows at The Annoyance Theater, and later toured with the Second City. Peter is currently performing his two person play he helped write called, "It's Our Anniversary'Just F@#k Me!" at UCB LA and iO West. He also performs with the comedy troupe he founded called BeerSharkMice. Peter and his identical twin brother Patrick appeared in ELF where they learned to make Etch-a-sketch's in mass quantities. He later was cast as Sam in the Comedy Central hit "American Body Shop". Peter was also the host for Gander Mountain's "We Live Outdoors" on OLN the hunting and fishing channel. He guest starred in Zeke & Luther, Players, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Bernie Mac Show, Naked Trucker and Scrubs. Peter has been in countless commercials and has used his voice to sell anything from beer to pancakes. His raspy, blue-collared voice is unique and his accents are unforgettable. Sometimes, Peter wishes he was a clone to keep up with his hectic life. He lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles.
MICHAEL COLEMAN - Michael Coleman is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a veteran in the world of improvisation. As a member of the Annoyance Theater and the IO West, he has appeared in numerous plays and improvised shows. Presently, he can be seen in the IO West shows, Joel Murray and Friends, Celebrity and occasionally the ArmandoDiaz. Michael has been featured in the films The High Road, How High? , American Wedding, and Wake up Ron Burgundy. He has also co-stared in the television shows; Factory, My Boys, Bernie Mac, Arrested Development, Curb your Enthusiasm, The Naked Trucker& T-Bones Show, and Monk. Michael is also very excited to once again perform with Beer Shark Mice.
PAT FINN - Pat Finn grew up in Wilmette, Illinois and is one of six children. He attended high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1987. After graduation, he moved to Chicago where he worked as a beer salesman until joining the Second City National Touring Company. During this time, he was also performing improvisation with the ImprovOlympic in Chicago. After writing and performing in two Second City resident shows, Pat landed the part of George Wendt's younger brother in "The George Wendt Show". Pat has also had re-occurring roles on "Murphy Brown", "Third Rock From The Sun", "Ed" and "My Boys". Some of his other television credits include "Friends", "Seinfeld", "The Drew Cary Show", "That 70's Show", "Las Vegas", "Wizards of Waverly Place" "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and most recently, "House". Pat's feature film credits include "Dude, Where's My Car", "I Love You, Beth Cooper", "Space Buddies" and "It's Complicated". Pat has also had commercial success with campaigns for "Got Milk?", DiGiorno Pizza", "Healthy Choice", "Bell South", "Toyota" and dozens of others. Pat continues to perform improv every week at ImprovOlympic West in L.A. with his Chicago buddies in the critically acclaimed ensemble show, "BeerSharkMice". He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
PAUL VAILLAINCOURT - Paul Vaillancourt is a writer, actor, director, producer and most of all improvisor who has been making stuff up for nearly 20 years. He is a graduate of the Comedy Sportz Training Program in Virginia, the Second City Training Center in Chicago as well as the legendary Improv Olympic in Chicago where he had the rare opportunity to study under the legendary Del Close. After his group, Bitter Noah, was selected to perform their signature piece, the Improvised Movie, at the US Comedy Arts festival Paul moved to Los Angeles and founded the iO West where he has been teaching, directing and performing (both written and improvised shows) ever since. During his time in Hollywood Paul has become a sought after improv coach, producer and consultant.