L.A.’s most "hilariously deranged" (Los Angeles Times) seasonal tradition is back for it’s 20th 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?
— Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times (2003)
— Patrick Hurley, Backstage West (2013)
— Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times (2000)
— Martín Hernández, LA Weekly (2004)
— Shari Barrett, Broadway World (2013)
— Amy Toffe, LA Stage Times (2012)
— Kayte Deioma, About.com/LA Travel (2012)
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 Matt Roth
Produced by Rob Elk and Joe Keyes
Starring David Bauman, Cody Chappel, Rob Elk,
Mark Fite, Maile Flanagan, Michael Halpin,
Andrea Hutchman, Sirena Irwin, Joe Keyes, Pat O'Brien, Mary Scheer 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).
BOB AND ELWIN
Photo: Ed Krieger
Photo: Michelle Pedersen
JOE AND BRANDY
Photo: Roger Nygard
Photo: Michelle Pedersen
JOE AND MARGIE
Photo: Ed Krieger
Photo: Ed Krieger
MARTY AND BOB
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).
as "Mayor Roy" (12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/8,1 2/10)
Originally from Wisconsin, known for alcoholism, serial killers and deep fried cheese curds; Bauman holds his MFA in Theater from U.C.L.A, and has worked with Uranium Madhouse Theater, the Will Geer Theater, The Evidence Room Theater, Buzzworks Theater, Sacred Fools, and The Blank Theater Company here in Los Angeles. Bauman is on the faculty at Idyllwild Arts Summer Theater program, where he writes and directs original musicals for talented young actors. 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!”
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 is thrilled to join this amazing cast at the Atwater Village Theatre for another season of Bob's! Her LA theatre credits include Justin Tanner’s "Day Drinkers", "Procreation", and "Wife Swappers" at the Odyssey Theatre, and Buzzworks Theatre’s "Bad Seed" (LA Weekly Award for Best Comedy Ensemble). Melissa’s TV credits include, "Seinfeld", "Two and a Half Men", "Anger Management"and "The Middle". You can catch Melissa and Joe Keyes on a hilarious web series set in Highland Park called "Ave. 43" (youtube). When not performing, Melissa leads the Unusual Suspects' non profit theatre company which aims to elevate diverse voices of LA's most vulnerable youth. Melissa is looking forward to working with Maile Flanafan and Joe Keyes in Justin Tanners newest play "El Nino" next year.
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 20 years with this hilarious cast. Rob has full coverage, 100 x 300 with a 500-dollar deductible.
as "Marty" (12/1, 12/4, 12/8, 12/12, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18)
Mark's has been a part of BHOP from the very beginning and is happy to be back again this year! He 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", "Mike and Molly", "Grey's Anatomy", "SpongeBob Squarepants" (25 eps), “Friends", "Seinfeld", "NewsRadio", and many commercials.
Maile Flanagan played Principal Perry on Disney XD's "Lab Rats” for 5 seasons 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". Animation work includes the Oscar winning film "Rango", the lead in the feature "Lola and Ava", "Ice Age 3", "Uncle Grandpa", “ Shimmer and Shine”, "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. 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. @maileflanagan is her Twitter handle — don’t abuse it!
as "Elwin Bewe" (12/8, 12/19, 12/10, 12/12, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18)
Michael Halpin as "Elwin Bewee" is thrilled to be back for wacky wonderment that is "Bob's Holiday Office Party"! Other Los Angeles credits; Justin Tanner's "Procreation" and "Wife Swappers" as well as Tanner's web series "Ave 43". With Buzzworks Theater Company he played Tony Martini in "Martini & Olive - Torn Between Two Love Handles", played Mother Nurdiger in "Artificial Jungle," and was Emory Wages in the award winning production of "Bad Seed". He starred in "The Maderati" at The Tiffany and played Leon Czolgosz in "Assassins" with The Los Angeles Repertory Company. Michael portrayed Bill Clinton in "Starr Struck – a Musical Investigation" and co-starred in "First Lady Suite" and "Hello Again" all with The Blank Theater Company. He's also done a number of films, a bunch of commercials and a whole slew of TV shows.
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". Buzzworks is currently seeking new plays. Do you have one? If so, please check out www.buzzworks.org.
Sirena revel in exploring her darkest fantasies and fears. That is why Bob's is a perfect fit. Happy Holidays! 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." 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 directed "The Exit Interview" for Buzzworks Theater Co. to rave reviews and sold out houses and she has written and directed multiple short films that have been broadcast and distributed internationally. Sirena is deeply grateful for the loves of her life AND to be alive. Being alive is AWESOME! Find out more at sirenairwin.com or @sirena_irwin.
as "Sheriff Joe"
Joe Keyes recently shot an episode of Brooklyn 99. He can be seen as Hoover's brother in the movie "J. Edgar". He was 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 ''Angie Tribeca'', "The Forgotten", "Roseanne", "Drew Carey", "Seinfeld", "Carnivale", "Sons of Anarchy", and many others. Another play he wrote, "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.
as "Elwin Bewee" (12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4)
Pat moved to Minneapolis a few years ago, but is back in L.A. for his 13th or 14th year (it's fuzzy) with "Bob's Holiday Office Party"! Things are slow in the Twin Cities, so any L.A. casting directors who might have a gig call him at (818) 468-3992. He's been in a shitload of stuff and is really good.
Mary 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 recently Guest-starred on Life in Pieces, 2Broke Girls, and Nick Swardson's Pretend Time. She was a regular on 4 Seasons of Nickelodeon's iCarly playing overzealous parent Mrs. Benson, and recently wrapped Season 2 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 Season's of "Hey, Arnold!" She's just completed a new play written with Justin Tanner, music by the diverse Kristian Hoffman, which will open in Spring 2017. Mary's very excited to rejoin Bob's after premiering (?? clunky in here) as Carol/Brandy in 2011, which she has just recently
as "Mayor Roy" (12/9, 12/12, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18)
Pat is an award winning director and actor and veteran of the Los Angeles Theatre scene for over 20 years. Recently he performed at the Pasadena Playhouse in "Kiss Me Kate" and "Stoneface", and directed "Exorcistic: The Rock Musical Parody Experiment" (Best Musical and Best of Fringe Awards - Hollywood Fringe Festival). He also directed, co-adapted, co-produced and performed in the world premiere production of Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage" (2 LAWeekly Awards). He directed and starred in Gorey Stories for Sacred Fools Theater Company (Franklin R. Levy Award: the Ovation Award for Best Musical in 2005). He has also performed and directed shows for Zoo District, Independent Shakespeare Co., The Open Fist, Sky Pilot, and The Second City Los Angeles, as well as directing and performing in "SKETCHES from The National Lampoon" at the Hayworth, directed Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope for Sci-Fest, starred in "Hoboken to Hollywood", (2011 LAWeekly Award for Musical of the Year), and was a part of the LAWeekly Award winning ensemble in Sacred Fools' production of "Stoneface: The Rise & Fall of Buster Keaton." He has also been a mainstay of the late-night comedy scene in L.A. performing in the long-running late-night hits "Serial Killers and "Crime Scene" at Sacred Fools. And was a member of the LAWeekly Award winning sketch comedy group Margot's Bush - The Single Greatest Sketch Comedy Group in the History of the Universe. Originally from Chicago, Pat was a founding member, Managing Director, and Training Center Coordinator of Chicago's famed Annoyance Theatre which just recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. He performed, directed and taught there, and played the Clown in their production of Coed Prison Sluts - the longest running musical in Chicago history. Pat also originated the role of Greg in the Annoyance’s production of "The Real Live Brady Bunch", and eventually went on to direct the show Off-Broadway. Television credits include: "Transparent", "I Love Dick", "Mad Men", "Boston Legal", "Desperate Housewives", "Las Vegas", "Gilmore Girls" among others. He has performed on stages across the United States and internationally, on film & television, and he has taught at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, Tulane University in New Orleans, and at The Second City Los Angeles.
*Alternating Cast Member