|RICK OVERTON, one of the brightest
and most perceptive comedians of his generation, has
appeared on all the top TV comedy shows, including
"The Tonight Show," "Late Night with David
Letterman," "The Arsenio Hall Show,"
"An Evening at the Improv," "Comic
Relief," and HBO's "One Night Stand."
Best known for his high-energy stand-up comedy, he's also an accomplished actor. Devoted fans of NBC's "Seinfeld" will recognize him as "The Drake". His screen credits include "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Ground Hog Day," "Willow," "Beverly Hills Cop," and "Airplane II."
Overton's pre-Apocalyptic comic vision targets stupidity and hypocrisy in high places, the out-of-control juggernaut of modern technology, the latest headlines and media madness. He's described his comedy style as "Grabbing you by the tie and dragging you down the throat of the thing you fear most, using humor."
Rick was born in Manhattan into a musical family. His dad, Hall Overton, was a jazz musician, one of the founding fathers of the be-bop movement. His mother was a member of the Chordettes, a popular singing group. Growing up, Rick watched legendary comedians like Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl work out before his father's quartet went on.
Overton got his own start in comedy at the original Improv in New York in 1973. At the time, there weren't many other comedy clubs in the country, so Rick often went out on the road, performing as the opening act for rock bands. In 1981, he caught the attention of HBO who asked him to appear on their "6th Annual Young Comedians Special," a show that also featured Howie Mandel, Harry Anderson, Richard Lewis and Jerry Seinfeld.
Since then, he's worked steadily in TV and film, all the while generating new material for his ever-evolving stand-up routine. Writing and performing comedy gives him an opportunity to express his own strong feelings about what's happening in our society and the world. He also appears frequently with "Un-Cabaret, " an off-beat L.A.-based troupe of alternative stand-up comedians. When not learning lines for an acting job or writing new material for his act, Rick Overton likes to unwind by reading Jung or taking a ride on his Harley Chopper.