Marie DelPrete is an accomplished actress, writer and
standup comedienne. Marie won FameCast’s top $10,000
prize as season four’s Comedy Fenom. She’s the first-
ever female standup to win the prestigious award. Marie’s
offbeat, highly-original act has become a fixture at comedy
clubs in the Los Angeles area, including the Improv, the
Comedy Store, the Ice House and many others. She’s
been described as “the love-child of Andy Kaufman and
Gilda Radner” by actress Nichole Hiltz (
Smallville, The
Riches
) and hailed by industry pros as a bright star to
watch: “That’s some funny-ass shit!” says Bill Bellamy,
host of
Last Comic Standing, “Look out for [Marie
DelPrete], ‘cause she is one funny girl!”

Marie began her comedy career in improvisation,
graduating from the Second City Conservatory Program.
She performed in sketch comedy reviews at various
venues around L.A., including stints at Second City L.A.,
and
Comedy Cocktail at the famous Hollywood & Highland
complex. Armed with concepts and characters she
developed in her improv work, Marie soon decided to go
solo and set out to carve out a niche for herself in the
world of standup comedy, where her quirky, imaginative
style quickly began turning heads.

In addition to her busy club schedule, Marie continues to
expand her versatility as a comic actress. Her satirical take
on celebrity commercialism can be seen in her latest
short, "Tori Spelling's Pile of Shit Jewelry Collection" on
her
Youtube channel, and she recently starred in the
improvised television pilot “
So Sue Me,” created by
veteran standup Monty Hoffman. Marie can also be seen
in
The Perverts, a half-hour comedy she self-produced
with actor Clancy Brown, and which was written specifically
for her by writer/director John Gegenhuber, based loosely
on her standup material. Marie’s performance in
The
Perverts
earned her a “Best Actress” nomination at
lMethod Fest, an international film festival dedicated to the
art of acting.

Other television appearances include a guest-starring role
in CBS’s hit comedy,
The King of Queens, as well as
regional and national commercial campaigns, such as the
popular spots for KFC with Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander.
Marie recently wrapped photography on an independent
feature film,
Commander and Chief.
John Gegenhuber is an award-winning writer-director
and a veteran actor of stage, screen and television. His
television credits include a series lead on Stephen
Spielberg’s
Earth 2; plus numerous guest and recurring
appearances, including
Mad About You, Seinfeld, Law
and Order, The Pretender, Star Trek: Voyager
and many
others. A former company member of Washington’s
Arena Stage, as well as L.A.’s Actor’s Gang and Open
Fist theaters, John spent the early years of his career
learning his craft on the Chicago stage at such landmark
venues as the Steppenwolf and Goodman Theaters, and
originated the role of Dr. Galen in the American premiere
of Karel Câpek’s rediscovered classic
The White Plague
at the Northlight.

A graduate of Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama, he
was a protégé of renowned Spolin instructor Patrick
Murphy. John has been teaching Spolin Improvisation,
acting technique and scene study for twenty years in
venues literally coast-to-coast, such as the Open Fist
Theater, Theater Unlimited, Exposure Studio and other
Los Angeles workshop spaces; Colorado College, The
Live Bait Theater and Truman College in Chicago, as
well as the Arena Stage and The Maine International Film
Workshop in Portland, Maine. A trained graphic artist,
John was also a vital force in the genesis of Chicago’s
lively puppetry scene. His work with Hystopolis Puppet
Theater was awarded two UNIMA International Awards for
Excellence in Puppetry Arts, including one for the 1989
all-puppet version of Elmer Rice’s expressionist play,
The
Adding Machine,
which played New York’s International
Puppetry Festival at the Public Theater. John has been
privileged to work alongside such giants of the theater as
Zelda Fitchhandler, Garland Wright, Russia’s Yuri
Lyubimov, Romania’s Lucien Pintillie and John Guare, in
whose play
Women and Water, he originated the role of
Amos Mason.

John was recently named Best Director at the L.A.
Independent Television Festival for his television series
episode,
The Perverts.