Brian Douglas Wilson was born on June 20th 1942 and has gone on to become one of, if not the greatest, musical geniuses in the world. It was while growing up, while being physically and psychologically abused by his father, that he discovered music as a way of shutting out all hurt and pain that he was feeling at home. As he listened to Four Freshmen records and records of that day, he noticed that he had a flair for writing and arranging music in his own particular style: using his two younger brothers, Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson along with first cousin Mike Love, Brian recreated songs for them to sing along to. Eventually after they had started singing for many years at family parties and in their room, Mike told Brian that they needed to form a group. Along with college friend Al Jardine, they formed The Beach Boys, releasing their first song "Surfin'" to popular reviews. When Brian's father Murry decided that he should be their manager, he set up The Beach Boys with a contract at Capitol Records and help them embark on a seven year contract with the company. Within the first two years, Brian made himself the leader of the group and was, uniquely, writer/producer/arranger/musician and lead vocalist of the band. It was clear from the very early years that Brian was the one destined to take The Beach Boys into the spotlight. Along the way, mainly with Mike Love, he wrote a handful of top forty singles, including "California Girls", "Surfin' USA", "Surfer Girl", "Little Deuce Coupe", "Don't Worry Baby", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "God Only Knows" and the three number one hits in America, "I Get Around", "Help Me, Rhonda" and "Good Vibrations", which was also a hit in Britain, and a second UK #1 single, "Do It Again".
In two years of recording at Capitol, Brian fell prone to a nervous breakdown which came from the stress of all his duties. He decided at the end of 1964 that he would exclude himself from touring and would stay at home and write, produce and arrange the songs so the group could go out on the road and return to some wonderful material. Brian was satisfied for the moment, but with the increase of his use of marijuana and LSD, became prone to spend his time with his drug-filled friends and his sanity was now becoming a problem as he was starting to hear voices. However, that did not stop him creating two of his greatest albums in 1965, "Beach Boys Today!" and "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). It was in 1966 that he finally showed the world that he was the leader of the pack. After being inspired by The Beatles' "Rubber Soul", Brian went on to create one of the greatest albums of all time, "Pet Sounds." This album became a milestone in music and went on to influence many of the greatest artists of the next four decades. Brian's next ambition was to top "Pet Sounds". The album was to be called "Dumb Angel", but he later changed it to "Smile", an album made with the same amount of genius and ambition as that of The Beach Boys' greatest single, "Good Vibrations". "Smile" was never completed and it has since been called the greatest album never released.
Wilson's work as a composer in creating albums -- Side B of the Beach Boys' "Today" album, the "Pet Sounds" and "SMiLE" albums being highlights -- was considered all but lost until his most recent work. In 2008 he released the spectacular song cycle/concept album "That Lucky Old Sun", a love letter to his native southern California; in 2010 he released the remarkable "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin", in which he puts the classic Brian Wilson touch to the only other American rival composer from the 20th century covering many classic George Gershwin pop hits; in 2012 he wrote, produced, and sang lead on much of the Beach Boys' reunion album "That's Why God Made The Radio", featuring another remarkable Side B of beautiful melodies and harmonies. These three recent albums have all been critically acclaimed and have sold well, confirming once and for all the mid-70s cliché that Brian Is Back.
Brian Wilson's pop songwriting has, quite arguably, been featured in more movies than any other 20th century songwriter, from the mid-60s beach movies (if he didn't write the music himself, at least he influenced his disciples Roger Christian & Gary Usher) to recent baby boomer flicks (i.e., Forrest Gump, Love Actually) and Gen Y comedies (i.e., 50 First Dates, Orange County, Happy Feet).
Wayne Federman is a Los-Angeles based comedian, actor, writer, and musician. He is best know for his stand-up comedy appearances, his recurring role on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and his many film roles.
Wayne grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and Plantation, Florida. He played the drums and at age 14 began performing in a band at local weddings. He taught himself ventriloquism and performed at various school (South Plantation High School) functions as well as local churches and service organizations. While in Florida Federman made his film debut as an extra in John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday, shot at the Miami Orange Bowl.
In the fall of 1977, Wayne was accepted to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. There he studied with legendary acting coaches Stella Adler and Harold Clurman. Wayne also began developing his stand-up at various New York comedy clubs. It was during these years that he first incorporated music into his act. He closed his sets by playing Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix on his electric ukulele.
Federman made his national television debut on the syndicated stand-up program Comedy Tonight in 1986. He also appeared in two home videos: New Wave Comedy and the Dodge Comedy Showcase.
In LA, Federman began booking television commercials and appeared in dozens of national spots for clients, including Eureka Vacuums, Holiday Inn, U.S. Navy, Wendy's, Taboo, Jeep-Eagle, McDonald's, Glad Bags, Sprite, Total Raisin Bran, Ford, U.S. Olympic Team, Suzuki Samurai, Sizzler, Del Monte, U.S. Cellular, Coors, and 7-11. Federman also began landing small television parts which led him to roles in high profile films such as Legally Blonde, Jack Frost, 50 First Dates, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Step Brothers, Funny People, and The House.
Wayne co-wrote and starred in Max and Josh, a short film that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Volkswagen Relentless Drive Award.
Wayne co-authored (with Marshall Terrill) an authorized biography of NBA basketball legend Pete Maravich. It became an Amazon Sports Bestseller.
Federman was a founding member of the musical group Truck Stop Harrys, along with Tudor Sherrard and Matthew Porretta. Federman co-wrote several songs for the film Dill Scallion and was the music director and keyboardist for Maria Bamford's critically acclaimed The Special Special Special.
For two years Wayne Federman relocated to New York to help launch NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He was the show's head monologue writer over its first season, and left in January 2010 and returned to Los Angeles..
He hosts the annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival, which features comedians screening the movies they love.
Federman also wrote on the Independent Spirit Awards. Federman received three Writers Guild of America Award nominations and one Emmy Award nomination for his work.
Glen Chin was born on January 27, 1948 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on 50 First Dates (2004), Natural Born Killers (1994) and The Art of War (2000). Glen was a wonderfully accomplished Bass Violin virtuoso while living in Stockton, California. He was gifted in that profession with the Stockton Symphony and very well respected in his craft. He attended Grover Cleveland Grammar School, Stockton Junior High School, and Amos Alonso Stagg High School predating his entry into the movie industry.
Scott served as acting coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a multi-year, exclusive contract, coaching actors for television projects. He served as acting coach on the feature film "Princess Ka'iulani" starring Barry Pepper, Will Patton, and Q'orianka Kilcher. Scott has coached principal actors, for more than 3000 hours on the sets of motion pictures and national television shows. He has produced, cast, and/or directed more than 100 professional productions and he's written, directed, and produced dozens of TV commercials. He was the full-time, on-set, Acting Coach for the Fox-TV series North Shore and was previously the full-time Acting Coach for the hit TV show Baywatch.
Scott is a 30+ year member of Actors Equity Association, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA), where he sits on the National Board of Directors and serves on several national committees and as Co-Chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Conservatory Committee. He's taught acting to hundreds of actors, in classes across the country, from Los Angeles to Florida, from Seattle to San Francisco, from Washington D.C. to Guam (yes, Guam!). He has auditioned more than 15,000 actors for various productions and his clients appear on television, Film, & on Broadway, daily.
Since the mid-1980s Scott's been hired by actors, studios, and production companies to Coach, Direct, and Produce shows for, hundreds of accomplished actors, including: Donna Mills (Knotts Landing), Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Pat Morita (Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Charles Grodin, Catherine Oxenberg, Susan Blakesley, Richard Kline, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Grodin, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, John Astin, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Ted Lange (Love Boat), Denver Pyle (Dukes of Hazard), Timothy Bottoms, Tony Bennett & many others.
In 1994, after living and working in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, Scott moved to Hawai'i with his wife, Jeanne, in order to raise their (soon to be) two children in a safe and sane environment. They opened their school in 2000, to train actors for film and television. Scott's clients include series-regulars on shows like LOST, North Shore, and Baywatch and actors appearing in: Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull, Hawaii Five-0, ER, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Rundown, Tears of the Sun, Blue Crush, Lilo & Stich, and many more. In 2013 Scott opened a second studio, this one in Portland, Oregon. Within a year or so almost all of his Portland students were regularly booking roles on TV shows like Grimm, Portlandia, and The Librarians.
Scott began his career in professional theatre as a young child, portraying a "Munchkin" in his father, Herb Rogers' Equity production of The Wizard Of Oz, in 1965. Being bitten by the theatre bug at such a young age led to the inevitable pursuit of a career in the theatre. After studying Directing in college and working as an actor, Scott began traveling the country working as a Production Stage Manager. After stage-managing seventy or so Equity shows, he began directing original plays in small theaters around Hollywood, including two for Jerome Lawrence (Author of "Mame" and "Inherit the Wind"). He quickly developed a reputation for drawing first class performances from his actors, and always opening his shows on time and under budget. Scott has never been out of work since. He has gone on to direct many Equity shows around the country including; the Los Angeles Premiere of A Prelude To A Kiss; Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Donna Mills; Nanette Fabray in the West Coast Premiere of The Cemetery Club, and Jayne Meadows in the highly acclaimed production of Neil Simons' Lost In Yonkers, about which The Los Angeles Times' wrote "Scott Rogers staging at La Mirada Theatre is a more moving experience than the National Touring Company...". More details of concerts, stage and road shows can be found in 'other work'.
O-Shen, is a white boy who grew up in the tribes of the island nation of Papua New Guinea. He rose to third world super stardom when he became the first person to rap and sing reggae in the native languages of the pacific islands . Leaving his Island home Morobe, Papua New Guinea to attend high school in America, he experienced major culture shock, which lead him to get involved in crime and gangs, and at 19 years old, was sentenced to years in the penitentiary for armed robbery.
In prison O-Shen nurtured his talent in freestyle rap, and playing the drums. After prison in America he returned to the islands to rise to iconic status among the island people as their musical ambassador.
O-Shen is a famous musical artist in Hawaii, where he now resides. Like Bob Marley was to Jamaica, O-Shen is to the people of the Pacific island countries. O-Shen is one of the most versatile artists and song writers of modern reggae and rap by mixing American rap, Jamaican, Raga, singing and native chanting.
O-Shen has had his songs used on television shows and films such as Adam Sandler's 50 First Dates. O-Shen has done collaborations with Jamaican artists like Elephant man, 3rd World, Black, Uhuru.
O-Shen is a breathtaking live performer keeping his audience entertained with his soulful lyrics crowned with his captivating good looks and sculpted body adorn with body art that reflects his native tribal tattoos.
Shannon received a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where she studied communications and marketing. In 2000, Shannon arrived in Los Angeles, where she landed a series regular role for a pilot entitled "Double Wide", executive produced by Fred Jung. She has appeared in The Sweetest Thing (2002), Salon Confidential (2000), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Auto Focus (2002) (aka "The Bob Crane Story"), Uh Oh! (2003), 50 First Dates (2004), as well as emceed at the Comedy Bedroom with seasoned comedians, Rick Overton (I) and Michael McShane (I).
Shannon performed sketch comedy at the well-known Second City Los Angeles. Additionally, she was a Field Correspondent for PAX Television's "The Vintage Vehicle Show" (1993). In 2008, Ms. Murphy became involved in 'Ron Paul (II) "Rally for the Republic", where she interviewed Presidential candidate Governor Bob Barr (II) , former Governor Jesse Ventura (I), political authors Doug Wead and 'Bill Kauffman (I), musician Aimee Adams, Olympian Eric Vendt and former Chief of Staff to 'Ron Paul (II), Lee Rockwell. Shannon has been a guest hosts on ShopNBC since 2007 and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ms. Murphy became involved with Jung Guns Entertainment and Phoenix Entertainment in as a producer creating semi-scripted reality series with Fred Jung and Mitch Ackerman. Currently, in pre-production for "RedNeck Rivals", "The Fact Finder's" and numerous other television series.