Damon Wayans, Jr.
Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Damon Wayans Jr.’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects.
On television, Wayans starred on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy “Happy Endings” and the Fox comedy “New Girl.”
Segueing effortlessly onto the big screen, Wayans starred in the romantic comedy “How to be Single” opposite Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann. His other film credits include “Let’s Be Cops,” “The Other Guys” starring opposite Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, “Someone Marry Barry” and “Dance Flick.” Additionally, Wayans voiced the character Wasabi in the Academy Award-winning animated film “Big Hero 6” and the character Thunder in “Marmaduke.”
At the age of 20, Wayans started as a comedy writer on his father’s show “My Wife and Kids” and appeared in various episodes. In 2005 Wayans followed in his father’s comedic footsteps and braved the world of stand-up under the pseudonym Kyle Green. He appeared alongside his father in the SHOWTIME television series “The Underground,” and served as a writer on the sketch comedy series. Also, he wrote, directed and starred in a series of innovative internet-based comedy sketches for “Way-Out TV,” a website launched in 2007 by his father. In January 2008, Wayans was featured on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.”
Wayans made his film debut at age 11 in “Blank Man.” Later, he pursued his early passion for fine arts and animation in high school, and was admitted to the Otis School for Art and Design.
An accomplished mixed martial artist, snowboarder, former gymnast and high school track star, Wayans loves to figure sketch, enjoys Japanese animation and continues to do stand-up at clubs around the country. His birthday is Nov. 18. Follow him on Twitter @wayansjr and Instagram @mrdamon2.
Amber Stevens West
Amber Stevens West has been a television and film fixture for over a decade. West appeared in the comedy “Ghosted,” alongside Craig Robinson and Adam Scott. Previously, West starred opposite Jerrod Carmichael in “The Carmichael Show.” She has recurred on “New Girl” and CRIMINAL MINDS, on the Network. For four years, West starred on the hit series “Greek.”
West’s film credits includes starring in “22 Jump Street” opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, “Public Disturbance,” “Jessabelle,” “The Kitchen” and “Love Jacked.”
Currently, West resides in Los Angeles. Her birthday is Oct. 7. Follow her on Twitter @AmberoniStevens and on Instagram @amberonistevenswest.
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Felix Mallard began his acting career in his native country of Australia. At the age of 15, he was cast as Ben Kirk in Australia’s longest-running drama series, “Neighbours.” Initially conceived as a recurring guest star, Mallard’s character soon became a series regular, and he continued on the show for another four years.
Mallard grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He is an avid musician who plays an array of instruments and writes his own music. His birthday is April 20. Follow him on Twitter @itsfelixwot and on Instagram @itsfelixwhat.
Stephnie Weir is known for her wide range of colorful characters on the hit series “MADTV,” for which she both wrote and performed. Recently, Weir performed opposite Billy Crystal and Josh Gad on the FX series “The Comedians.” Some of her other television credits include her work on the series “Big Day,” as well as “Weeds,” “Modern Family,” LIFE IN PIECES, on the Network, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND and the animated series “King of the Hill.”
In 2002 Weir was named one of Variety’s “Top Ten Comedians to Watch.” She has performed at many comedy festivals, including the Las Vegas Comedy Arts Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As a writer, Weir has developed several half-hour scripts for television, including projects for CBS and ABC.
Weir and her husband, Robert Dassie, continue to perform “WeirDass,” the two-person comedy show they created. They have performed internationally, including Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., New York, Chicago and Edinburgh.
Born and raised in Odessa, Texas, Weir launched her career after moving to Chicago and performing onstage in the city with theater companies such as The Second City Main Stage, the Goodman Theatre and ImprovOlympic. Currently, she resides Los Angeles. Her birthday is Nov. 28.
Victor Williams is widely known for his role as Deacon Palmer on the CBS comedy series “The King of Queens.” He has recurred on several shows, including BULL on the Network, “Sneaky Pete” and “The Affair.” Also, Williams appeared on "Madam Secretary," "Blue Bloods," and “The Good Wife,” all on the Network.
Williams has been honored to work at many renowned theaters, including Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Shakespeare Festival and The Huntington Theatre Company. In 2017 he starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Cost of Living” at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Williams has an MFA in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, he resides in Brooklyn. His birthday is Sept. 19. Follow him on Twitter @BigVicWilliams.
Chris Parnell is well-known for his work as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1998-2006, where he was a part of many memorable sketches and video shorts. Currently, Parnell can be seen on the Freeform series “Grown-ish.” He played the recurring roles of Dr. Leo Spaceman on “30 Rock” and Fred Shay on “Suburgatory.” Additionally, he has appeared on “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Another Period” and “The Spoils Before Dying.”
Parnell voices many animated characters, including Cyril Figgis on “Archer,” Jerry on “Rick and Morty,” Mr. Peabody on “The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show” for Netflix, Snoot on “Dawn of the Croods” for Netflix, Migs on Disney’s “Elena of Avalor,” and various characters on the PBS animated series “Nature Cat” and “Wordgirl.”
His film work includes “Battle of the Sexes,” “Sisters,” “Anchorman 2,” “The Five Year Engagement,” “21 Jump Street,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Hot Rod,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and “Jingle All the Way.” Most recently, he appeared in the Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone feature “Life of the Party.”
Parnell was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn. He studied acting at the North Carolina School of the Arts. His birthday is Feb. 5.