Cole Stratton

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Cole Stratton is currently "paying his dues" in Los Angeles, where he enjoys losing parts to minorly more successful actors such as Barry Levinson's nephew. A noted improviser, he's done crazy make-em ups with Greg Proops, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Rick Overton, Matt Walsh and Jeff Garlin, to name a few.

Due to planet alignment, he has appeared on TV's Nash Bridges, re-enacted on America's Most Wanted, played with puppies and Betty White on the Animal Planet original The Retrievers, thrown-down like the sarcastic white boy he is on Wilmer Valderrama's Yo Momma, and was a cast member on NBC's competitive comedy show Comedy Colosseum. He's a lead in the indie comedy Callback opposite Kevin Farley, and has also appeared in the films Around the Fire and Dead Man on Campus, and will be seen as office gossip Ed in the horror-comedy The Selling. He's also hawked wares in national commercials for Verizon, Pizza Hut, Popeye's Chicken and a Wilco-scored VW spot. If you are in the Seattle area, look for him in a commercial campaign as a deadpan TV writer for Group Health this summer.

Along with Janet Varney, he is co-founder and co-creative director of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival (www.sfsketchfest.com). He also co-founded the Bay Area sketch collective Totally False People (who performed at the 2004 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado), and LA's improvising Pretty, Pretty Pony and Mosey.

He performs weekly in Santa Monica with MI’s Westside Comedy Theater’s house improv team, Bruce, as well as periodically at venues like I.O West and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Be sure to check out his humorous ramblings on Riverbottom Nightmare Blog (www.riverbottomnightmareblog.blogspot.com), where he dishes on weird album cover art, fake celebrity gossip, cinematic gems and whatever else crosses his mind.

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