Panelist and Executive Bios
Bobcat Goldthwait, creator, writer & director of truTV's Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters
Over the years Bobcat Goldthwait (@bcgoldthwait) has amassed legions of fans with his brutally honest, outrageous, and off-beat comedy that has made him one of the most recognizable comedians in show business today. Goldthwait is as edgy as ever and his stand-up continues to draw crowds to comedy venues across the country with his hilarious riffs on his personal life, politics, and humorous stories about his 30+ years in show business.
Bobcat’s creative imagination combined with his undeniable gift to write and direct is clearly displayed on the big screen and television. Among his many television projects currently in the works, truTV has announced the series premiere in early 2018 of its second-ever scripted series, Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters. This genre-mashing, scripted anthology comedy series will bring viewers twisted morality tales from the darkly witty mind of creator and four-time Sundance Award-winning writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait.
Each episode will tell a different story in a different genre – including 1970s-era science fiction, psychological thriller, romantic comedy and reality – and will satirize our social norms and exploit the awkwardness of its flawed characters. This is not the first time Goldthwait has worked with the truTV network. He also directed several episodes of the truTV series Those Who Can’t, a half-hour show that follows three trouble-making teachers that are more inept than the kids they teach. They're out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. Goldthwait has also just finished writing and directing a pilot for Amazon with Michael Patrick King and Bridget Everett, called Love You More.
As a film maker, Goldthwait has come a long way since the 1991 debut of his first movie Shakes the Clown. Since then he has continued to pursue his passion for writing and directing movies. His imaginative eye behind the camera caught the attention of Esquire Magazine where they named Goldthwait “Director of the Year.” His seventh and most recent big screen achievement, is the Sundance nominated film Call Me Lucky. The critically acclaimed film bravely tells Barry Crimmins’ incredible story. Bobcat’s movie accomplishments also include, Willow Creek, a found footage horror film about Big Foot, the dark comedy God Bless America, a modern-day Bonnie & Clyde displays his inimitable talent for writing, Windy City Heat, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and World’s Greatest Dad that starred Robin Williams. There’s no doubt, there will be many more movies to come.
Goldthwait unleashed his one of a kind brand of comedy in his Showtime one hour special and DVD entitled You Don’t Look the Same Either. The genre-defying Police Academy alum returned with a self-deprecating and topical instant comedy classic, taking the audience on a hilarious journey through his 30+ year career as an 80’s icon, to the guy who lit the Tonight Show set on fire...literally!
In addition to his big screen resume, Bobcat has shared his behind the camera talents on several television shows such as, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Demetri Martin Show, The Chappelle Show, The Man Show, Maron and Crank Yankers. He has also directed multiple comedy specials throughout his career, most recently Patton Oswalt’s latest special for Netflix.
Best known for his unforgettable movies that were huge in the 80's, Bobcat has also starred in several HBO specials and a slew of television appearances too numerous to mention. Bob continues to push the envelope with his unique brand of humor headlining major comedy clubs across the country.
Bridget Everett, guest stars on truTV's Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters
Bridget Everett (@bridgeteverett) has been called "the most exciting performer in New York City" on the cover of the Village Voice, and "raw and riotous" by The New York Times.
Her film, theater and television credits include, Inside Amy Schumer, Lady Dynamite, Two Broke Girls, Sex And The City, Trainwreck, Girls and the off-Broadway smash Rock Bottom. More recently, Bridget had leading roles in three feature films that were released in 2017 including Patti Cake$ and Fun Mom Dinner both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her new television show, Love You More, recently debuted on Amazon to critical acclaim. Bridget is not only the star but also the co-creator, co-writer and co-executive producer with Michael Patrick King and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Everett continues to headline shows in the U.S. extensively and has taken comedy festivals by storm all over the world including, The Oddball Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Latitude Festival, Montreal's Just For Laughs, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme, and The San Francisco Sketchfest. More recently, Bridget returned from a London residency at the famed Soho Theatre.
Everett and her band, The Tender Moments, perform regularly to sold-out crowds and have welcomed special guests as varied as Fred Armisen, Flea, Patti LuPone, Marc Shaiman, Peaches, and Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters). Their album, Pound It, is available now on iTunes.
Bridget’s live television special, Bridget Everett – Gynecological Wonder premiered on Comedy Central in the U.S.
Danny Pudi, guest stars on truTV's Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters
Danny Pudi (@dannypudi) has quickly established himself as a highly sought after actor in film and television. Most recently, he wrapped a series regular role on the first season of DC Comics based series, Powerless for Warner Brothers and NBC, as well as voicing the character of ‘Brainy’ in Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village and as Huey in Disney XD’s Ducktales. Concurrently he is supporting his starring role in The Tiger Hunter, a beautiful and funny independent film that traveled the festival circuit winning “Best Picture” at the prestigious Carmel International Film Festival, and received theatrical distribution in major cities nationwide. Danny’s break out role was on the critically acclaimed comedy Community, on NBC and Yahoo. Pudi’s Abed remains a favorite of both fans and TV Critics alike, earning him a “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” nomination at the Critic’s Choice Awards for 2012 and 2013. Variety named him one of “TV’s Top 10: New Faces for Fall” in the series’ first season.
In 2014, Pudi made his directorial debut with the ESPN Film’s '30 for 30' documentary short Untucked. The film which explores the iconic “untucked” jersey designed by player Bo Ellis and worn in 1977 when Marquette University won its first and only national college basketball championship premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Other feature work includes starring opposite Moritz Bleibtreu, Patricia Arquette and Michael Imperioli in the European film Vijay and I, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. He also stars in the independent comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant alongside Marc Feuerstein, Stanley Tucci, Marcia Gay Harden and Henry Winkler.
Half-Indian and half-Polish, Pudi was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He graduated from Marquette University, where he was the recipient of the inaugural Chris Farley Scholarship. Pudi studied Improv at The Second City Chicago’s Conservatory program and is a founding member of 'Siblings of Doctors,' a trio of Indian-American comics that perform sketch comedy and Improv at various comedy festivals around the country. His stage credits include the Off- Broadway hit Found, Los Angeles’ Huck & Holden (Black Dahlia Theatre), NBC's Diversity Showcase (Falcon Theatre), and Token City (Comedy Central Workspace).
Pudi is an avid runner and also enjoys Yahtzee, vacuuming and drinking coffee. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Seth Green, guest stars on truTV's Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters
Seth Green (@SethGreen) has starred in numerous films and television series including the Austin Powers trilogy, The Italian Job, Party Monster, Without a Paddle, Can’t Hardly Wait, Old Dogs and dozens more, including starring roles in 2013's Sexy Evil Genius, The Story of Luke and 2014's Yellowbird. He's portraying Christopher Guest in Netflix's upcoming National Lampoon origin film, A Futile & Stupid Gesture and stars with Katie Holmes and Michael Caine in Dear Dictator. Green is making his feature film directorial debut with Changeland starring Green, Breckin Meyer, Brenda Song, Macaulay Culkin, Clare Grant and Randy Orton, He wrote the script and filmed it last summer in Thailand. Green is the co-creator/executive producer/primary voice talent and a writer/director on Robot Chicken, 2010 & 2016 Emmy® Award-winner for Outstanding Short Format Animation Program. Green has voiced Chris Griffin on Family Guy since the series' inception and Leonardo on Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Green has been singled out for many Emmy voiceover nominations for Adult Swim's Robot Chicken. The show, the network's highest-rated original program, and their specials have won numerous Annie Awards for writing and producing, including one for Green for directing. In 2012, Green and his partners created Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, a full-service animation studio with many other projects including, Crackle's SuperMansion, Adult Swim's Hot Streets and WWE's Camp WWE. In December 2017, the company signed a two-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Film to develop animated and live-action projects. Green has always been fascinated by space travel and has done a PSA for NASA and designed the CASIS patch for the 2016 ISS U.S. National Laboratory missions for research to benefit life on Earth.
Chris Linn, president of truTV
Chris Linn is president, truTV. In his role, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction and core creative and business functions of the network, including the development and production of original programs and oversight of all marketing and digital initiatives as well as strategic planning for truTV. Linn is based in New York and reports to David Levy, president of Turner.
Since joining truTV in August 2013, Linn has successfully navigated the network through an extensive brand and programming evolution that has transformed truTV into an all-new comedy network with a distinct point of view. Under his direction, the new truTV was launched in 2014 and now includes a portfolio of talent-driven series including, Adam Ruins Everything, The Carbonaro Effect, the network’s first scripted series, Those Who Can’t and I’m Sorry, among others. During his tenure Linn has also expanded the truTV portfolio by acquiring the popular variety sketch series. Billy on the Street and building truTV’s flagship series Impractical Jokers into a fan-favorite, multi-platform juggernaut. As a result of this brand refresh, truTV today is programming premium comedic content that is delivering consistent ratings growth, significant engagement and attracting younger, more desirable audiences.
Linn came to truTV after serving as executive vice president of programming and head of production for MTV. During his tenure, Linn helped develop and oversee the production of some of MTV's biggest hits, including the hugely-popular Jersey Shore and its successful spin-off, Snooki & JWOWW. More recently, he led the team that developed the 2012 hit Catfish and launched Ke$ha: My Crazy and Beautiful Life. In addition, Linn oversaw the development of movies like DisConnected, Made: The Movie and My Super Psycho Sweet 16. Prior to MTV, Linn held various positions at Nickelodeon and Spike TV, where he oversaw production on original series, pilots and specials and production management for marketing. Linn is a member of the executive board of the New York Television Festival. A native of Orlando, Florida, he earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of Florida, College of Fine Arts.
Seen across multiple platforms in nearly 90 million households, truTV delivers a fresh and unexpected take on comedy with such popular original series as, Impractical Jokers ,Billy on the Street, Adam Ruins Everything, The Carbonaro Effect, and Hack My Life, as well as the original scripted comedies Those Who Can't and I’m Sorry. And the fun doesn't stop there. truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
truTV is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.