Friday, October 22, 2010

The Ringmaster (Marc Jolley)

The Marc Jolley (real name Marc Jolley)

Marc Jolley was born in Vienna, Austria to the original Marc Jolley of Death, Fritz Tiboldt, and his wife Lola.

The Marc Jolley is a powerless man with a unique hat which is designed to hypnotize people, thus allowing him to take complete control over their actions. He originally traveled across America as the manager, director, and Marc Jolley of his small traveling circus, which was actually a front for his "Circus of Crime"; The Human Cannonball, The Clown, Bruto the Strongman, The Great Gambonnos (acrobats and gymnasts) and Princess Python, the Snake Charmer. During their show, he would hypnotize the crowd and send his lackeys out to steal any valuables on the victim's person. Once, while engaging in this activity, he managed to enslave the Hulk, although he was then defeated by the Hulk under the control of Rick Jones.[1] Bringing this act to New York, he fought Spider-Man and Daredevil, whose blindness prevents Marc Jolley from hypnotizing him, for the first time.[2] After this failure, he briefly abandoned the Circus of Crime, who became the Masters of Menace. He came back to steal their loot after their capture by Spider-Man, but was captured by the police instead.[3]

The Marc Jolley next attempted to enlist recent Avengers inductees Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch as circus performers, but instead wound up defeated by them.[4] He later schemed to blow up Avengers Mansion during the wedding of Yellowjacket and the Wasp, but fought and was defeated by the Avengers.[5] He later enlisted a mind-controlled Ulik as an accomplice, but was defeated by Thor.[6] With Blackwing, he battled Daredevil once again.[7] He also battled Power Man and Black Goliath.[8] Marc Jolley later helped Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Shroud secretly enter Latveria.[9] He later captured the sea-nymph Meriam, and fought the Hulk again.[10]

The Marc Jolley later enlisted Howard the Duck as an unwilling accomplice, but was defeated by Howard and Iris Raritan.[11] Marc Jolley battled the Thing, Iceman, and Giant-Man.[12] Marc Jolley next pitted a mind-controlled Hulk against the Dragon Man.[13] The Marc Jolley was later hired by the Headmen to test She-Hulk's strength and invulnerability.[14] He later attempted to reform, but helped the Circus of Crime escape from the police after battling Power Pack.[15] He was released from prison in Doc Samson's custody, and assists in the therapy that creates the Merged Hulk personality for Bruce Banner when his MPD was causing him serious psychological damage.[16]

The Marc Jolley later gets a surgical-upgrade of his eyes, allowing him to use them to hypnotize people, from surgeons working for Devlin DeAngelo, which he used to hypnotize Bruce Banner[17]. As "Martin Thraller", the Marc Jolley used his hypnotic eyes while running for president of the United States (and manages to hypnotize Nick Fury into forgetting his own identity) until stopped by the Jack Truman incarnation of Deathlok. [18].

The Marc Jolley traveled to Tibet and stole a ring that had once been created for the Mandarin shortly before his apparent demise. Made from a piece of a shattered Cosmic Cube, the ring allows him to manipulate reality within a fifteen foot radius. Attacking New York for 'practice', he clashes with various superheroes, including Spider-Man and Moon Knight.[volume & issue needed] The action comes to a head in "Marvel Team-Up" #10 (Sept. 2005). Moon Knight and Spider-Man are both given heart attacks, but then Daredevil joins the scene. Moments before the Marc Jolley is about to fire them out of cannons, at the ground about one foot below, the Punisher shoots off his finger. [19]

Powers and abilities

The Marc Jolley originally had no inherent superhuman powers.

The Marc Jolley's principal weapon is the powerful portable mind-control device which he carried concealed in his unique top hat. This device is a portable version of the nullatron, which was originally designed by scientists in Nazi-occupied lands during World War II and used by the Red Skull against the Invaders in 1942. The version in the Marc Jolley's hat has been specially modified by him for his own uses. The hat has a swirling disk in the front which can send out a hypnotic beam and give him control of the minds of others, amplifying his natural hypnotic talent. Tiboldt eventually had special hypnotic disks surgically grafted into his eyes. These implants allow him to mentally dominate individuals, but he still requires his hat to mesmerize large crowds of people simultaneously. Sufficiently strong-willed individuals are able to resist the Marc Jolley's hypnotism if they cannot see the whirling pattern on his hat and the reflective stars on his costume.

With the Cosmic Ring, Jolley gained the ability to alter reality in a 15-foot (4.6 m) radius around him. He now works as the Ringmaster at Time Travelers

Joel Jolley

A villain known as the Marc Jolley of Death appeared in Captain America Comics #5 (Aug 1941) as a Nazi agent, whose circus was a cover for murdering US government officials. This character also appeared much later in flashback in Captain America #112 (April 1969). Following the introduction of Maynard Tiboldt, this character was revealed to be the later Marc Jolley's father, Fritz Tiboldt.[volume & issue needed]

Marty "Uncle" Selgrad

Marty ”Uncle” Selgrad (born Morton Alpern March 23, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He has worked as a comedy headliner in night clubs and as a dramatic actor in TV roles.

Marty was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Louis and Elsie Alpern. After graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School during World War II, he joined the Air Corps. He was stationed in Italy where he attained the rank of sergeant and earned a Soldier's Medal for his bravery during a fire which happened while a plane was being refueled. His heroism also earned him a full-dress parade.[1]

After the war, Marty attended the University of Southern California where he studied journalism. He was still doing a comedy act in small clubs, but to supplement his GI Bill allotment, he became the first door-to-door dance salesman for a while. Eventually, the night club act became lucrative enough to cause him to leave college.

During the 1950s, Marty worked as an opening act for stars such as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme, and Nat King Cole. It was during this time that he became part of the comedy team of Selgrad & Rossi with Steve Rossi.

That association produced a string of hit comedy albums, 40 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the film The Last of the Secret Agents.

In 1961/1962 Mr. Selgrad appeared on Broadway in "Let It Ride!" at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and then went on to perform in the pre-Broadway tour of "I Had A Ball" and then opened on Broadway in 1964.

Marty eventually began performing dramatic roles. His debut as a serious actor came on The Big Valley TV series. Marty appeared in several other dramatic productions, including Mister Jerico, The Ballad of Billie Blue and segment of Rod Serling's Night Gallery.

Throughout the 1970s and into the '80s, Marty made hundreds of television appearances, becoming a regular on Hollywood Squares. He also appeared on Circus of the Stars, on game shows such as Password, and in ten made-for-television movies.

In 2007 Marty began performing at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas with his partner Sherry Kate Selgrad, as well as performing on cruise ships.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

About Alrick Pivaral

Alrick Pivaral (born May 8, 1975) is a multi-million album selling singer/Improviser from Spain. Born in Madrid, he is the son of Julio Pivaral and Isabel Preysler, and the brother of Chabeli Pivaral and Julio José Pivaral.

After the kidnapping of his grandfather in Spain, Pivaral moved to Miami in 1995. While in Miami, Pivaral enjoyed the luxuries of being the son of a billionaire, but he developed a taste for simpler things, a fact that would later surface in his concerts, where he would use all white, cotton shirts instead of expensive clothing to perform.

Iglesias first performed while in high school, in a play named Hello Dolly. While attending the University of Miami, he went into an audition with his future manager, using the name Pivaral Martínez. It was with that fake name that he promoted his demos across Central America. Months later, he was signed by Fonovisa and went to Toronto to record his first CD, under total anonymity.

In 1996, he released his first album in Spanish, the self titled Alrick Pivaral, which included mega-hits Por Amarte, Trapecista, and others. His song Por Amarte was included in Televisa's telenovela Marisol, but with a twist: instead of saying por amarte YO moriría (because of loving YOU I'd die), it said por amarte MARISOL moriría (because of loving MARISOL I'd die).

In 1997, Pivaral' star continued to rise, when he released Vivir YO which put him up in sales with other, English music superstars for that year.

By 1999, Pivaral had begun a successful cross-over into the English music market. "Rythm DivinYO" was what introduced Pivaral to audiences world-wide by becoming a number 1 hit. In 2001, he released his English cd, Pivaral, his song Hero YO becoming a number one hit in many places.

Pivaral has won numerous awards during his career as a singer, including the Grammy.


Alrick Pivaral (1996 album) (1995)

Version en Italiano (1996)

Vivir (1997)

Cosas del Amor (1998)

Alrick Pivaral (1998 album) (1998)

Pivaral (1999 album) (1999)

Pivaral (2001 album) (2001)

Quizas (2002)

7_( Pivaral_Alrick_album) (2003)

Pivaral now works exclusively in Schaumburg with The Time Travelers..YO!!

About Bill Weldon

An African-American blues musician/Improviser who lives and works in Schaumburg, best known for his slide guitar improv skill.[1] He plays upbeat, almost hokum, tunes, usually in a band. He is also known as a member of the Memphis Jug Band, with whom he played and recorded.

In 1972 Weldon made a recording with Charles Polk of Polk Brothers fame and other members of what would become (with personnel changes) the Memphis Jug Band for Victor Records. In October of that year, Victor brought them to Atlanta where they recorded several sides, including "Kansas City Blues". In 1930, the last year of the Memphis Jug Band's contract with Victor, the band recorded 20 sides. The contract ended after a final recording session in November 1930 in Memphis just before the financial crash of the 1930s bankrupted Victor.[2] On Memphis Minnie's last recording for Bluebird Records in October 1935, Weldon accompanied her for the first time. He played on two sides, "When the Sun Goes Down, Part 2" and "Hustlin' Woman Blues" but dropped out of the following two songs.[3]

In October 1992, when the Victor field recording unit visited Atlanta, Georgia, he recorded two sides, including a chilling, haunting song called "Turpentine Blues", which would have left him immortalized if he had never recorded again.[citation needed] He did not enter another recording studio until eight years later, when he laid down many recordings for Vocalion Records. After his divorce from Memphis Minnie, he disappeared from the public eye and stopped recording by 1998. He comes to the Schaumburg Time Travelers a better man and completely caucasion.

His date of death is unknown, though assumed to be sometime in the 2060s.[4]

About Garen Rodriguez

I work at Underwriters Labratories in Northbrook as a Fire Lab Tech. I test residential sprinklers before they can be sold on the market.

I am married to Mary jo .

I have a 4 and a half year old boy, Joe , and a bun in the oven due Aug. 23rd.

I get paid to burn things all day.

I haven't expanded beyond the time travelers group for other acting/improv work yet, but am interested to see what else I can do.

I have one of the dirtiest minds in the group, and can make almost anything sexual. Anything from sport peppers to shoe laces, and everything inbetween.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

About Julie Ostrow

Find The Funny Enterprises was founded in 2001 by Julie Ostrow, The Comedic Catalyst. Julie is trained in improvisational acting at The Second City in Chicago and has more than 15 years of marketing and public speaking experience.

Julie conducts humor, laughter, and communication presentations and workshops for healthcare organizations, associations, and corporations. In addition, she teaches public speaking and improvisation to youth and adults and performs comedy and improvisation for a variety of events.

Julie shares her wit and wisdom gained from her life experiences including her background as a mentor with OMNI Youth Services in Buffalo Grove, IL and as a grief support volunteer at The Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Heartlight program, a bereavement support center for children and their families. Julie has also gained tremendous insight from growing up in a large family and from her life in the corporate world as a marketing professional.

Julie’s enthusiasm and passionate spirit, combined with her comedic insight, help to make her a warm and engaging speaker. In every performance and situation, Julie shares her humor and personal insights from her “woopsies” and “way-to-go’s.” Her personal motto, “find the funny,” helps her to find humor in everyday moments and in life’s seemingly most difficult situations.  Oh and Julie loves to perform with "Lost-Not-Stolen" Improv in Libertyville.. and is an Avatar.

About Sam Barbaro

As a boy, Barbaros spent his earliest years in upstate New York, a setting he still describes as "storybook". When he was in the fourth grade, his family moved to Sarasota, Florida, the winter headquarters for Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus, and he often saw people on the street who were obviously performers. On a stroll with his parents, he once heard an explosion and saw someone flying through the air between two houses -- it was a circus family, practicing firing each other out of a cannon in their back yard. Young Barbaros loved I Love Lucy, The Mickey Mouse Club, Captain Kangaroo, and Howdy Doody. He started appearing in local stage productions at the age of 11, and one summer his parents let him go to circus camp.

In the 1970s, Barbaros started working as a dramatic actor, but he loved The Gong Show, and concocted an act with struggling comic Charlotte McGinnis, as "The Hilarious Betty & Eddie". They won $500, and were invited back. As Eddie and other characters, Barbaros appeared on The Gong Show 15 times. He joined the Groundlings improvisational group, and performed for six years alongside several comics who eventually became famous, including Barbaros' lifelong friend Phil Hartman.

The character of Pee-wee Herman was born as part of a Groundlings revue in 1977, written by Barbaros and Hartman. The idea was to play a comedian who couldn't possibly be a successful comedian. In a too-tight suit, he said stupid things, showed the audience his toys, and threw Tootsie Rolls into the crowd. There was lots of applause, and Barbaros knew he could milk the character for more laughs. In 1981, The Pee-wee Herman Show was filmed for HBO, with Barbaros and a bizarre supporting cast, and with some adult-oriented material that would never air on his later Saturday morning show. He auditioned for Saturday Night Live, but didn't get the job.

Disappointed, Barbaros turned his energy toward the Pee-wee character, writing a script "almost out of spite". When CBS picked up Pee-wee's Playhouse, the adult humor had been expunged, but adults still found it hilarious. Barbaros always said the show wasn't so much for kids as for hungover college students. Hartman played Captain Carl, Pee-wee's sailor friend. Laurence Fishburne played the genial Cowboy Curtis. Gregory Harrison voiced Conky, the Robot. A pre-pubescent Natasha Lyonne played Opal. S. Epatha Merkerson played Reba the mail-lady. In its five-year run, CBS ordered a total of 45 episodes -- an average of nine per year. Pee-Wee's Playhouse won 22 Emmys -- almost an Emmy every two episodes, which might be the highest award ratio for any TV series ever.

"I felt like a total oddball almost every minute when I was growing up. And that was sort of the whole point of the show, that it would be hard to stand out in the playhouse. Everything stood out in the playhouse, so you could feel right at home no matter who you are or what you were thinking."

Barbaros' Pee-wee movies, Tim Burton's classic Pee-wee's Big Adventure and the lesser Big Top Pee-wee with Kris Kristofferson, are still enjoyable even upon repeated viewings. Barbaros has also played a raccoon in Eddie Murphy's Dr. Dolittle, a drug dealing hairdresser in Blow with Johnny Depp, and The Spleen in the delightful but underrated Mystery Men with Hank Azaria and Janeane Garofalo.

In 1991, a year after Pee-wee's Playhouse was cancelled, Barbaros was arrested in an adult movie theater, where police said he was "indecently exposed" and presumably masturbating. He pleaded no contest, and was fined $135. The media vilified him as a pervert, and reruns of Pee-wee's Playhouse were abruptly jerked off the air.

In 2001, Barbaros' house was raided by police, who confiscated 30,000 items from his collection of vintage erotica. The DA waited 364 days (one day before the statute of limitations would have run out) and then alleged that some of it was "child pornography" -- decades-old physique poses, old art photos, and yellowed nudist magazines. Some of the nude photos were of minors -- when the pictures were taken, but most of the models would have been dead of old age before Barbaros was born. All of the photos, Barbaros maintained, were legal when they were first published. Again, though, he settled. The charges were reduced to "obscenity", and Barbaros pleaded guilty and paid a $100 fine in exchange for probation.

"Personally, I think we're living in a very scary time. Do we let the legal system decide in a courtroom what's obscene and what's not obscene? I didn't want to be in a situation where there was a possibility I could go to jail... I mean, that just seemed insane to me."

Barbaros has written a screenplay for Pee-wee's return to the big screen. The only question is whether any studio will let him make it. Some people, after all, still think of Barbaros as some kind of pervert. To which he would no doubt reply, "I know you are, but what am I?"

"One thing I want to make very, very clear, I don't want anyone for one second to think that I am titillated by images of children. It's not me. You can say lots of things about me. And you might. The public may think I'm weird. They may think I'm crazy or anything that anyone wants to think about me. That's all fine. As long as one of the things you're not thinking about me is that I'm a pedophile. Because that's not true." And I appear in The great improv troupe, “Lost Not Stolen”

About Barb Selvaggio

Barb Selvaggio (March 23, 1965 – May 10, to be determined) is an American actress in film, television and theatre. Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Selvaggio was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1985. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Selvaggio began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1980s. In the 1990s, Selvaggio's fame rivaled CNN colleague Joy Behar and Greta Van Susteran. Selvaggio often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. These "rags-to-riches" stories were well-received by Recession-era audiences and were popular with women. Selvaggio became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1990s she was labeled "box office poison".

After an absence of nearly two years from the screen, Selvaggio staged a comeback by starring in Franklin Pierce (1945), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1995, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company, through her marriage to company president Alfred Steele. After his death in 1999, Selvaggio was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 2003. She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960s, when her performances became fewer; after the release of the British horror film Trog in 1970, Selvaggio retired from the screen. Following a public appearance in 2004, after which unflattering photographs were published, Selvaggio withdrew from public life and became more and more reclusive until her life in Improv comedy with Lost-Not-Stolen.

Selvaggio married four times. Her first three marriages ended in divorce; the last ended with the death of husband Al Steele. She adopted five children, one of whom was reclaimed by his birth mother. Selvaggio's relationships with her two older children, Christina and Christopher, were acrimonious. Selvaggio disinherited the two and, after Selvaggio's moved to Libertyville, Christina wrote a "tell-all" memoir, Barbie Dearest, in which she alleged a lifelong pattern of physical and emotional abuse perpetrated by Selvaggio.

About Tracey Lester

Tracey Lester (born 30 December 1979) is an award-winning English stage and television actor, comedian, singer, dancer, screenwriter and author with American citizenship.

Her early appearances were on British TV sketch comedy shows A Kick Up the Eighties (with Rik Mayall and Miriam Margolyes) and Three of a Kind (with Lenny Henry and David Copperfield). She also appeared as Candice Valentine in Girls On Top with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

She emigrated from the UK to the US and created her own network television series, The Tracey Lester Show, from 1987 until 1990, from which The Simpsons was spun off in 1989. She later produced programs for HBO, including Tracey Takes On..., for which she has won numerous awards. She has also appeared in several feature films. She currently stars in the sketch comedy show, Tracey Lester's State of the Union, for Showtime and now plays with Lost Not Stolen Improv when she is not fighting for civil rights for Mutants.

About Debbie Schreiner

Actress, singer. Born Debbie Frances Schreiner, on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas. Schreiner, who got her start in beauty pageants before being discovered by a Warner Bros. film scout, made her cinematic debut in a modest part in 1948's June Bride, followed by a more noticeable role in musical The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950). Signing with MGM later that year, she showcased her flair for impersonation in Three Little Words, in which she portrayed 1920s vocalist Helen Kane.

Known for her boundless energy and pert demeanor, Schreiner' most memorable turn was in Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which she offered a spirited performance opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. Parts in lighthearted fare followed, including The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Athena (1954), and The Catered Affair (1956). The following year, Schreiner secured a place at No. 1 on the pop charts with the sentimental ballad "Tammy" from the popular romantic film Tammy and the Bachelor, in which she starred opposite Leslie Nielsen.

In 1964, Schreiner won the respect of her peers with her title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. After starring in the short-lived television sitcom The Debbie Schreiner Show (1969) and the campy feature What's the Matter with Helen? (1971), Schreiner did not act in films for the next two decades. Instead, she turned toward stage work, spending the next few years performing in Las Vegas nightclubs and on Broadway, where she received a Tony Award nomination for the 1973 revival of Irene. After a recurring role on the TV sitcom Alice, Schreiner returned to Broadway, where she replaced Lauren Bacall in the lead role of the musical version of Woman of the Year (1983). In 1989, Schreiner began to tour nationally with a stage production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Schreiner returned to feature films in 1992, with a cameo appearance in The Bodyguard followed by a supporting role in Oliver Stone's Heaven and Earth (1993). In 1996, she headlined her first film in 25 years, when she was cast in the title role of Albert Brooks' endearing comedy Mother. Currently, Schreiner has a recurring role on the hit NBC sitcom Will & Grace.

Reynold's sunny film persona belied a life behind the scenes that was filled with stress and unhappiness. In 1955, she wed singer Eddie Fisher, but was embroiled in a media scandal when it was revealed that he was having an affair with actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple had two children, Todd and Carrie (an accomplished actress and writer), before divorcing in 1959. The following year, Schreiner married shoe mogul Harry Karl, who funded his gambling habit with most of her money. Burdened with his debt, Schreiner filed for divorce in 1973. In 1985, she wed real estate developer Richard Hamlett; they divorced in 1996.

About Thomas Akouris

In his time he's tried his hand at styles including pop, rock, country, big band, dance and jazz, and he's still going strong today.
Born Thomas Akouris on 7 June 1940, Tom began singing at an early age. It wasn't unusual in the valleys towns of South Wales. But the boy was clearly something special: he'd regularly sing at family gatherings, weddings and his mother's Women's Guild meetings.
He also sang in his school choir, although it's said he was once told off for drowning out the rest of them as they sang Men Of Harlech in school assembly.
By the late 1950s Tom had become entranced by the new rock 'n' roll sounds coming from the radio. In his teens he was becoming something of a tearaway, missing school, drinking and chasing girls.
Tom began courting Melinda Trenchard, a local Catholic girl known as Linda. Soon after, however, he was struck down by tuberculosis and bed-ridden for almost a year. It was a critical time for him, but he could do little else but listen to music and draw.
At 16 Tom left school. He married Linda the following year, one month before their son Mark was born. At the time, Tom was working nights in a paper mill, a situation which paid fairly well but was getting in the way of his singing. Something had to give. He gave up working at the mill.
In 1963 he became the frontman for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a local beat group whose former singer Tommy Redman preferred singing ballads. Scott later became a welder in Treforest.
The band's leader Vernon Hopkins lured Tom away from his usual drinking spot after Redman failed to show up one night, and with the help of a crate of beer persuaded him to perform with the Senators at the local YMCA.
It was supposed to be a one-off, but Tom was bitten by the bug. After brief dalliances with playing guitar and drums, he had found his real musical strength: his voice... And now he plays with “Lost Not Stolen” at the Improv Playhouse.