One of the funniest comedians in Hollywood, Artie Lange has had success in television (MAD TV), books (TOO FAT TO FISH), movies (BEER LEAGUE) and, of course, radio (THE HOWARD STERN SHOW). Keven and Maria were huge Artie fans thus Keven wrote a part for him in ADVENTURE OF SERIAL BUDDIES. Maria sent Artie a script and met with him and sister Stacy in New York City. Artie said he loved the screenplay and hopped on board. The crew were all Artie fans. His improv on set had them and fellow cast in stitches.
Starring in the huge breakout sitcom TWO BROKE GIRLS, Beth Behrs is one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood. Like Maria, Keven discovered Beth when she was in college. The two met while she was working as an usher at the Geffen theater. Knowing Beth had that certain IT factor, without even seeing her act, Keven, subsequently, wrote a part for her in ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES. Beth loved the script, was amazing on set both with improv and with helping production, and has been close friends with Keven and Maria ever since.
Christopher Lloyd has starred in one of the greatest sitcoms of all time (TAXI) and one of the greatest trilogies (BACK TO THE FUTURE). He's also starred in other franchise films (STAR TREK, ADDAMS FAMILY, PIRANHA) making his immense and diverse talents adored literally by generations of fans. Like most filmmakers, it was Keven's dream to work with him and Christopher did not let him down.
To comedy fans, Chris McDonald is Adam Sandler's nemesis, Shooter McGavin from HAPPY GILMORE. To film connoisseurs, he's known for his starring work with acclaimed directors Darren Aronofsky (REQUEIM FOR A DREAM) and Robert Redford (QUIZ SHOW). TV fans can also see him on HARRY'S LAW and BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Maria has been friends with Chris since they co-starred in KICKIN IT OLD SKOOL and was dying to work with him again. On ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES his comedic timing and dry wit shine wildly.
Danielle Weeks has performed for Improv Olympic, the Groundlings and Upright Citizen's Brigade. She has appeared on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, SCRUBS and THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN and starred in Cheryl Hine's and Oxygen's critically acclaimed sitcom, CAMPUS LADIES. Keven and Maria got to know Danielle when they cast her to star in their first film. The film played Tribeca and most, including Keven and Maria, believed Danielle was the reason why. There was no way they were making ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES without Danielle Weeks, one of the funniest young female performers in Hollywood.
David Proval is another legend whose work appeals to many generations beginning with MEAN STREETS to SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION to his role as the infamous Richie Aprile in the SOPRANOS. Casting the villain antagonist in ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES was a no brainer once David's name was tossed into the mix.
When it comes to making movies, Gheorghe Muresan is a giant in the field. He's 7 feet 7 inches tall and starred in MY GIANT alongside Billy Crystal. He also played in the NBA for ten years. When Keven needed a giant he knew who to call. Gheorghe's positive spirit on set through rain and long shoot days motivated fellow cast and crew.
The night Keven and John found Todd Wilson at Improv Olympic, they stumbled upon Gian Molina. The youngest of the serial buddies, Gian's comedic timing and infectious personality exploded on stage. Gian was the most positive of forces, present on set every shooting day. A first generation Puetro Rican, Gian has been featured on numerous TV shows including and is an up and coming comedian and improv performer.
Trying to cast the role of Gary in ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES was the toughest. Gary possesses a serious speech impediment and, according to the script, “super retard strength”. Between Hal Rudnick's comedic range, his muscles and outstanding audition - the most over the top Keven, Maria and John had ever seen – casting him was a no brainer. Hal has performed with all the major comedy troops, teaches at Upright Citizen's Brigade, has been featured in numerous sitcoms (COMMUNITY, RENO 911) and also created and hosts the show “TOURNAMENT OF NERDS” on the Nerdist Network.
Henry Winkler is another star whose wide array of talents are adored by many generations over. His diverse and comedic presence has transcended five decades on television (HAPPY DAYS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, ROYAL PAINS) as well as in the movies (NIGHTSHIFT, SCREAM, WATERBOY, HERE COMES THE BOOM). Henry was also one of the first stars Keven met in Hollywood. He told Keven to always stick with his heart when making decisions and his heart said to get Henry in ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES.
A man of many MANY hats, John Comerford has been acting, producing, writing and editing with Keven since their days of writing for the Disney Channel. Trained in gymnastics, sword play, stage fighting and classical theater, John's unique abilities in physical comedy harken to Chaplin and Keaton. Along with all the hats he wears, John can wear just as many faces: in ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES he portrayed three different roles, with a concussion and broken ribs to boot. He has served as acting coach to the likes of Maria and Beth Behrs and is regarded as one of the best script doctors in Hollywood.
Kathie Lee Gifford
TV personality and current TODAY show star, Kathie Lee Gifford, has never been a stranger to comedy or comedic acting. This was not lost on Keven who had recalled her work in the TV movie, SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL. Kathie's daughter Cassidy had already been cast in ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES. When Kathie appeared on set with her, Keven asked her to be in the movie. When she agreed, he immediately wrote an additional part. Her ability to improv and quick response to the role was an inspiration to cast and crew.
At 18, Keven told Maria that she needed to be on camera and was destined for stardom. Today, she's the Host of EXTRA and recently competed on DANCING WITH THE STARS. Acting in comedies is a passion as well as seen in her work on multiple TV series (SCRUBS, ENTOURAGE, LOUIE) as well as movies (KICKIN IT OLD SKOOL, TROPIC THUNDER). A huge SOUTHPARK and FAMILY GUY fan, she's always loved Keven's brand of comedy. He kind of digs her, too.
Paul Ashton is an Australian born actor who has trained at the prestigious VCA Drama School. Currently seen in many national commercials, Paul is another of the Undergaro yet to be discovered gems. When Paul wasn't deep in his eccentrically oddball character of Gregory, he was assisting Keven, John and the rest of production team with the shoot. Paul was also present in the edit bay throughout the entire post production process. Keven literally never wants to make another film without him.
As huge Howard Stern fans, Keven and Maria had been longtime fans of Richard Christy's. His work with writing partner Sal Governale, making phoney phone calls for Howard, are legendary. Besides being a great comedic performer and writer, Richard is an accomplished heavy metal drummer and an avid horror movie buff.
Sir Richard Wentworth
Sir Richard is the definition of multi-hyphenate. He's an actor, comic, composer, singer, musician, songwriter, announcer and graphic artist. Currently, Sir Richard is the announcer and voice of the AFTERBUZZ TV NETWORK where he is heard by nearly 20 million people weekly from over 75 countries. He has been collaborating with Keven and Maria since scoring Keven's first first film. He also starred alongside Wilmer Valderama in Maria's directorial debut short, LONGTIME LISTENER, which played film festivals the likes of South by Southwest and Tribeca. With a range of characters, accents and looks too long to list, Sir Richard may be the funniest, undiscovered comedic actor out there.
The breakdown for the role of Graham in ADVENTURES OF SERIAL BUDDIES called for “a 20 year old version of John Candy”. Clearly, it was yet another difficult casting. However, as soon as Keven and producer John Comerford saw Todd Wilson perform at an Improv Olympic show, they had their man. His chemistry with Artie Lange was flawless and he was one of the most patient and easiest actors to direct. Besides being a lovable and hilarious actor, Todd is also a man of many characters and voices with a sharp wit. His work is heard daily on LA's number one morning radio show, THE BILL HANDLE SHOW.