Written by JOE KEYES & ROB ELK Directed by MATT ROTH
Pico Playhouse Theater December 3-20, 2015 • Tickets plays411.com/bobs

L.A.’s most “hilariously deranged” (Los Angeles Times) seasonal tradition is back for it’s 19th year! Every year, insurance agent Bob Finhead’s whacked out friends and clients stop by his small-town Iowa office for their annual holiday bash. The town mayor, the sheriff, the twin farmers, the stoner, the town floozy and the pastor’s wife have already RSVP'd for this year’s event. But Bob has dreams of a bigger life and wants to escape their narrow-minded thinking. Will he be able to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional inventor and move to the big city, or will he come to realize how much he is the heart and soul of the town? Will any of this matter once the party stars, the bickering and fighting begins, and the drinks hit the floor?


For nearly two decades, Bob's Office Party has earned a solid cult following with audiences and critics alike!


Written by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk
Directed by Craig Anton
Produced by Rob Elk and Joe Keyes
Starring  Nelson Ascencio, David Bauman,  Dawn Brodey, Cody Chappel, Rob Elk, Mark Fite, Maile Flanagan, Andrea Hutchman,  Sirena Irwin, Joe Keyes, Johanna McKay, Pat O'Brien, Ann Randolph and Pat Towne

The set is a small-town American insurance office that is overly decked out in cheap Christmas decorations and strings of holiday lights. Set designer Gary Guidinger goes all out to allow for the flightiness of the characters to be reflected in the tackiness of the décor. It’s as loud as most of their personalities, and just as fun (Patrick Hurley, Backstage West).



Photo:  Michelle Pedersen

Photo:  Ed Krieger



Photo:  Michelle Pedersen

Photo:  Roger Nygard




Photo:  Ed Krieger

Photo:  Ed Krieger



Photo:  Roger Nygard

Photo:  Roger Nygard

Insurance agent Bob Finhead (Rob Elk) plays the straight man against small-town cop Sheriff Joe, who gives enough small-town smarm to his alcoholic sheriff just to make him relatable, so we can laugh with him, and sometimes at him. As La Voris and La Donna, Linda Miller and Johanna McKay play off of each other in beautiful harmony.  Together the two women create a loud, drunken, and intolerant ballet of distaste—and it is awfully hysterical (Patrick Hurley, Backstage West).


David Baumanas "Mayor Roy"David (SAG-AFTRA-AEA) is originally from Wisconsin, known for its cheese, alcoholism and serial killers. He returns for his 7th(?) year of "Bob's" here in Los Angeles. He  holds his MFA in Theater from U.C.L.A.  Most recently seen in Uranium Madhouse Theater's adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi, he has also worked with the Will Geer Theater, The Evidence Room Theater, Buzzworks Theater, Sacred Fools, and The Blank Theater Company.  Bauman is on the faculty at Idyllwild Arts Summer Theater program, where he recently wrote and directed "Starbucks The Musical".   "The only way to chase away the dark Christmas thoughts, is to be onstage with "Bob's Holiday Office Party", or better yet, in the audience witnessing the insanity!"

Dawn Brodey*as "Margie"Dawn is thrilled to be attending "Bob's Holiday Office Party" A recent transplant from Minnesota, Dawn spent the past ten years working on the stages, screens, and airwaves of Minneapolis-all in the effort to master the accent necessary to join the cast of this phenomenal show.  Dawn's film credits include "The Midnight Chronicles",  "Into Temptation", and "Ghost Light".  In addition to enjoying her first winter outside of the midwest she has also started improv training at UCB and Second City.  In the meantime Dawn lives in a 28' silver Avion Camper with a dog, two cats, and a Beta Fish.  Pretty Bitchin.

Cody Chappel*as "Marty"Happy 20 years to Rob and Joe! 7 years in Marty's pants! Besides his epic journey in the Office Party, Cody has enjoyed roles in many productions like Bart de Lorenzo's The False Servant with the Evidence Room this Summer at the Odyssey Theater, and many Justin Tanner jewels like "Pot Mom", "Day Drinkers", "Teen Girl", "Wifeswappers", "Oklahomo", "Space Therapy", "Procreation" and "Ave 43. Film and TV credits include: "Simontology", "Naughty & Nice", "Jobs", "Rizzoli & Isles", "Anger Management", "90210", "Suburgatory", "2 Broke Girls", "Private Practice", and "Happy Endings". Cody sings in L.A.'s favorite party band The L.A. Hootenanny, playing weekly around the planet. Infinite gratitude to "The Team"- Eileen O'Farrell & Hayley Littman. Veronica and Knox, Poppa's coming home with cookies and cheese balls...lots of cheese balls!

Melissa Dentonas "LaVoris"Melissa is thrilled to be doing Bob’s for its 20th season! LA theatre credits include Justin Tanner’s "Day Drinkers", "Procreation", and "Wife Swappers" at the Odyssey Theatre. Buzzworks Theatre’s "Bad Seed" (LA Weekly Award for Best Comedy Ensemble). She appears in a couple webseries, including "Ave. 43" (youtube), and "Cowgirl Up" on Tello Films. Melissa’s TV credits include, "Seinfeld", "Two and a Half Men", "Anger Management" and "The Middle". After 20 years performing Bob’s, she’s grateful Cheese Balls continue to maintain their comedy allure.

Rob Elkas "Bob"Rob has played Bob in every production of "Bob's Holiday Office Party" in LA. He has been writing comedy and funny songs for over 30 years.  He is a registered BMI songwriter and his songs have been played on college radio, MTV, Dr. Demento, NPR, ("Garrison Keilor's American Radio Company of the Air") and "America's Funniest People", Rob was 1/2 of the funny song duo, "Mr. Elk and Mr. Seal", with Dean J. Seal  and 1/3 of "Bongo's Bass and Bob", with Mr. Seal and Penn Jillette.   His one man show EGGFACE premiered at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Theatre Festival.  As an actor he has done theater in Minneapolis, and NYC,  and has toured the country in the long running show "Triple Espresso",   TV?  "About A Boy", "My Name is Earl", "Malcolm in the Middle", "Cold Case", "Ghost Whisperer", and "Roseanne". Film includes "Contact", "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star", the independent films "Take", "The Lost", and "Let Go". He is grateful to have done this show for nineteen years with this hilarious cast. Rob has full coverage, 100 x 300 with a 500-dollar deductible.


Mark Fiteas "Marty"This is Mark's 20th year as 'Marty'. That's a lot of cheeseballs. Mark is a founding member of the absurd and obscure comedy troupe, 2 Headed Dog and has performed at multiple comedy festivals and venues around the country. He also appears at local favorites such as Lucha VaVoom and Brookledge Follies. He's created original characters in many other plays and hit comedy shows around L.A. including "Girly Magazine Party", "Wife Swappers", "Clowntown City Limits", "The Rudy Casoni Show", "Klub" (Actors' Gang), and "Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas" (Geffen Playhouse). Film and Television credits include "Independence Day", "Godzilla", "Rules of Engagement", "Parenthood", "Grey's Anatomy", "SpongeBob Squarepants" (25 eps), "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show", "Friends", "Seinfeld", "NewsRadio", and many commercials.Maile Flanaganas "LaDonna"Maile Flanagan plays Principal Perry on Disney XD's “Lab Rats” “Lab Rats:Bionic Island” and voices the lead in the hit cartoon “Naruto” for over 600 episodes, 40 video games and 6 movies. In 2006 she won an Emmy (also nominated 2007) for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for "Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks". She recurred on “Shameless”, “Bad Teacher”, “The Class” and “Grey’s Anatomy”. Currently she recurs on Nick’s “Pig Goat Banana Cricket” and has done many animated pilots this year, including a Butch Hartman pilot for Nick. Animation work includes the Oscar winning film “Rango", the lead in the feature “Lola and Ava", “Ice Age 3", “Uncle Grandpa", “Back at the Barnyard", etc. Other film/tv includes “Modern Family", “Mike and Molly", “500 Days of Summer”, “Transformers 3”, "Reno 911!”, “Weeds", “Evan Almighty”, “Yes Man”, “Phone Booth", “Last Man Standing", “The Office", “ER”, “Desperate Housewives”, "The Station Agent”, etc. Upcoming projects include the film “The Elvis Room” and the tv pilot “Go Four Broke”. She won the LA WEEKLY AWARD for "Female Comedy Performance" for her role in Justin Tanner's play DAY DRINKERS. She’s been in Bob’s for a long time and therefore remains a customer of USAA insurance.

Michael Halpin*as "Elwin Bewe"Michael has appeared in Justin Tanner's "Procreation" and can currently be seen on Tanner's YouTube web series "Ave 43". He's also done films,  commercials and a whole slew of TV shows.

Toby Huss*as "Elwin Bewe"Toby Huss will play “Elwin” on 12/4,12/5,12/6. Toby has appeared in numerous films including the upcoming "Valley of Violence," "Ghostbusters" and "Buster's Mal Heart," as well as AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire." He's seen BHOP for 15 years but this is his first time performing in the show. Toby will be stealing many of his "bits" and "funny moments" from cast member
Mark Fite.

Andrea Hutchman*as "Margie"Andrea is pleased to reprise the role of Marjorie.  She founded Buzzworks Theatre Company and was last seen in their productions of  "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting", as well as "Munched", (L.A. Weekly and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards), as well as "Bad Seed", (L.A. Weekly Best Comedy Ensemble).  She was the fake old lady co-host of Game Show Networks "Cram", and played a housewife with a wicked Milwaukee accent in a pilot for NBC called "Backyards and Bullets".  She's appeared on "Close to Home", TNT's "ER", "The Young and the Restless", and "Parks and Recreation".

O-Lan Jonesas "Carol/Brandy"O-Lan is a full-service artist being an award-winning actor, sound designer, writer and composer. She is the Artistic Director of Overtone Industries, a company that creates new mythological operas and theatricales. The first phase of “ICELAND” which she is writing in collaboration with Irish singer/songwriter Emmett Tinley, was featured in the “RedCat NOW Festival” in 2014. “The ICELAND Concert” will be part of the grand reopening of The Ford Amphitheater in 2016. Miz Jones has a long stage career - originating roles in plays by Julie Hebert, Beth Henley, Sam Shepard, and John Steppling among others. Last year she played the role of Claire in “A Delicate Balance” at The Odyssey. This year she worked on Tim Burton’s new movie “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, set for release in March 2016. She was also in “Edward Scissorhands” and “Mars Attacks.” Other favorite screen roles were in "NBK", "The X-Files", "Seinfeld", "Shelf Life" and "Lonesome Dove".

Joe Keyesas "Sheriff Joe"Joe Keyes can be seen as Hoover's brother in the movie "J. Edgar". He was recently nominated for an LA Ovation award for play writing for his play, "Big Baby". His other acting credits included the films "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", "McHales Navy" and "Robbing Peter" (nominated for 4 Independent Spirit awards). His TV credits include "The Forgotten", "Roseanne", "Drew Carey", "Seinfeld", "Carnivale", "Sons of Anarchy", and many others. Another play, "Pete's Garage", enjoyed a successful run and was optioned for a feature film. As a standup comedian, Keyes performed on evening at the Improv and Caroline's Comedy Hour.


Mary Scheer*as "Margie"Mary Scheer as “Margie”, appearing 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/13, started at the Groundlings theater where she was a member of the Main Company for five years. From there she became an original cast member of MadTV where she performed in 68 episodes. She worked as both series regular and writer on The Martin Short Show and Prime Time Glick and has Guest-starred on 2Broke Girls, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time and Halfway Home (with Oscar-winning Octavia Spencer.) She was a regular on 4 Seasons of Nickelodeon's iCarly playing Mrs. Benson, and recently wrapped the first season of Disney's Bunk'd portraying a canteen-swigging camp counselor. Her many voiceover jobs include Family Guy, 24 episodes as Alice the zookeeper on Penguins of Madagascar, and 4 Seasons of "Hey, Arnold!" Commercial work includes a Capitol One spot with Alec Baldwin and Century 21 with Cal Ripkin. She is in rehearsal for a new play written by Justin Tanner (L.A.'s Poet Laureate according, to THE TIMES) with music by the diverse Kristian Hoffman, and is very excited to rejoin Bob's after playing Carol/Brandy in 2011, which she has just recently recovered from.Sirena Irwin*as "Carol/Brandy"Sirena Irwin is thrilled to be doing “Bob’s” for the second year. That’s officially 1/10th of “Bob’s” legendary 20 year holiday run! Holy S#@t! In addition to loving fractions, Sirena originated the role of Lucy in "I Love Lucy® Live On Stage" for which she received numerous awards and recognitions. She was with the show for four years which included sold-out runs in Los Angeles and Chicago and then the 2013-2014 National Tour. Other stage work includes "Love’s Labour’s Lost" at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, John Patrick Shanley’s "Where’s My Money" (West Coast Premiere) and Peter Hedges’ “ Imagining Brad” - headed to NYC spring of 2016. You may have heard her on various animated shows including "Spongebob Squarepants" (in over 100 episodes since 1999), "Batman: The Brave and the Bold", Stan Lee’s “Stripperella,” “Pig, Goat, Banana Cricket” and more. Or you may have seen her on "The Drew Carey Show," "Significant Others," "Entourage," or as the host of the History Chanel’s "Toolbox.” She recently directed “The Exit Interview" for Buzzworks Theater Co. and she has written and directed multiple short films that have been broadcast and distributed internationally. Sirena is deeply grateful to be alive. Aren’t you? Find out more at sirenairwin.com or @sirena_irwin.


Jeanette Schwaba Vigne*as "Carol/Brandy"Jeanette plays Carol/Brandy on 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, and is glad to be back partying with the folks from Bob's Office Party She’s played on many stages in Chicago such as the Goodman Theater, Northlight, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Remains, Victory Gardens, and the legendary Organic Theater. She was a company member of Friends of the Zoo, also the late great Paul Sills Story Theater, and the Second City main stage/touring companies. In LA, she's played at the Odyssey Theater, The Century City Playhouse, and at Theatre Theater. Most recent film credits include a film short called TBD…, and Last Exit. Most memorable TV credit is one of the secretaries on Murphy Brown. Most recent is a tree hugging lumberjack murderer on Eagle Heart. She’s written about romantic relationships with suspected Manic Depressives & BiPolars, breaking things, living with a torture survivor, and is currently finishing stories on her adventures in Ireland during “the Troubles”. May all your days be holy days.*Alternating Cast Member


From the San Fernando Valley:

Take the 405 South, to the Pico/Olympic Blvd. exit

Make a left at the end of the off ramp onto Sawtelle.

Turn left onto Pico Blvd, at next light.

Stay on Pico, past Overland and the Westfield Mall, to the corner of Pico and Patricia.


From Long Beach:

Take the 405 North to the 10 East. Exit at National/Overland.

Make a right off the ramp and go to Overland.

Turn right on Overland and go north to Pico.

Turn right onto Pico going east for three lights to the corner of
Pico and Patricia.


From Downtown:

Take the 10 West. Exit at National/Overland.

Make a right off the ramp and go to Overland.

Turn right on Overland and go north to Pico.

Turn right onto Pico going east for three lights to the corner of
Pico and Patricia.


10508 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 204 4440



Bob will set up his Twitter feed after he recovers from the holidays.

about 1 week ago