All-Star Comedy Roundtable, The Improv Takeover

Ben Schwartz ( Parks and Recreation ) and Thomas Middleditch ( Silicon Valley ) 

Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) and Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley

At this year's All-Star Comedy Roundtable we're shaking things up - come experience a new, hilarious format: The Improv Takeover! Actors and comedians Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) kick off their national tour with a special version of their hysterical improv show, featuring special participation from Ben Stiller.


Thomas Middleditch can currently be seen staring as the lead character in Mike Judge’s critically acclaimed HBO series, SILICON VALLEY. Thomas’ performance as the shy, entrepreneur “Richard Hendricks” garnered him a 2016 Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” along with three Critics' Choice nominations for “Best Actor in a Comedy Series.” The show has received four Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for “Outstanding Comedy Series.” On the big screen, Thomas will next be seen in and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS opposite Sally Hawkins and Kyle Chandler and REPLICAS opposite Keaunu Reeves. He was last seen in JOSHY, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the horror comedy, THE FINAL GIRLS. He also lent his voice to the DreamWorks animated feature, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, along with Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, and Kevin Hart. In 2013, Thomas appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar nominated film, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET oppositeLeonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. He also appeared in Jay Roach’s THE CAMPAIGN opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Thomas’ other credits include: NBC’s television series THE OFFICE as Dwight Schrute's (Rainn Wilson) brother as well as films such as THE BRONZE, THE KINGS OF SUMMER, THE BRASS TEAPOT, FUN SIZE, BEING FLYNN, and SPLINTERHEADS. Thomas performs regularly as half of the improv duo, MIDDLEDITCH & SCHWARTZ and is a member of the critically acclaimed, IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY.


Ben Schwartz is an Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor, and comedian. He's acted in the television shows HOUSE OF LIES and PARKS AND RECREATION as well as the films THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, OUTSIDE IN, NIGHT SCHOOL, and many others. He has lent his voice to many different animated projects, including Dewey in DUCKTALES and Leonardo in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. He has penned feature scripts for Universal, Paramount, and Good Universe and is the co-author of the national bestseller GRANDMA'S DEAD: BREAKING BAD NEWS WITH BABY ANIMALS, and its two sequels, as well as his latest book THINGS YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW ABOUT DATING, YOU F*CKING IDIOT, which was adapted into a TV show for CBS and Gary Sanchez Productions.

#NFF17 In Review

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Sasheer Zamata Added to All-Star Comedy Roundtable!

We're thrilled to announce another acclaimed female comedian joining the All-Star Comedy Roundtable on Saturday, June 24: Sasheer Zamata!

Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress, writer, presenter, and host. Most recently a cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," she has also appeared on TBS's "People of Earth," Amazon's "Transparent," Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," Netflix's "Bojack Horseman," SeeSo's "Night Train with Wyatt Cenac," as well as voiced the role of Maisie in Nickelodeon's "Albert" and Sally in "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare." She appears in the features "Yoga Hosers," "Sleight," and "Deidra & Laney Rob a Train" on Netflix. She also serves as ACLU's Celebrity Ambassador for Women's Rights. Her one-hour standup comedy special, "Pizza Mind," is available on Seeso.

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All-Star Comedy Roundtable Returns!

Audience favorite All-Star Comedy Roundtable returns to #NFF17 with an all-female panel! We're excited to announce Whitney Cummings and Kristen Schaal, joined by additional female comedians TBA, and hosted by Pete Holmes. Read more about our guests below, and join us on Saturday, June 24!

Whitney Cummings is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. Best known for creating and starring in the NBC series Whitney, Cummings has also co-created and co-wrote the Emmy nominated CBS comedy series 2 Broke Girls along with Michael Patrick King. She has also appeared in series such as UndateableWorkacholicsMaron and the Netflix series The Ridiculous Six, as well as E!’s Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central’s Roast series. In film, she can be seen in such hits as Maid of Honor, StrikeJust Like Us, 3,2,1…Frankie Go Boom, The Wedding Ringer, and Warner Bros. latest film Unforgettable. Her first one-hour stand up special, Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central in August 2010 and was nominated for an American Comedy Award. Her second one-hour stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: I Love You, debuted on Comedy Central in June 2014. Her most recent stand-up special, I’m Your Girlfriend aired on HBO earlier last year. 

Kristen Schaal can currently be seen starring in the Fox series, The Last Man On Earth, opposite Will Forte. Kristen will next be seen opposite JK Simmons and Emile Hirsch in All Nighter, as well as Lost In Austin opposite Linda Cardellini and Patrick Warburton.  She can recently be seen in The Boss opposite Melissa McCarthy, and the film A Walk In The Woods, directed by Ken Kwapis, opposite Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, which premiered at Sundance 2015. Additionally, she voices the character Louise in the Fox animated series Bob's Burgers, the lead voice in Zodiac for Dreamworks, and recently won an Annie award for her voice in Gravity Falls. She also lent her voice to The Simpsons. Other film and television credits include Toy Story 3Dinner For Schmucks, 30 Rock, the cult hit series, Flight Of The Conchords, Mad Men, Modern Family, and her Comedy Central half-hour special, Live At The Fillmore,  among others. Kristen appeared in The Coward at The Lincoln Center Theatre, and was awarded The Lucille Lortel Award for her performance.

Pete Holmes' latest project is his new television series, HBO’s Crashing, a single camera comedy he created and is executive producing with Judd Apatow. The series features cameos from comedy heavyweights such as Dave Attell, T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Artie Lange, Jim Norton and many more. It was recently announced the show has been renewed for a second season. In December 2016, Pete released Faces And Sounds, an hour-long special for HBO. He has performed stand-up on numerous late night variety shows such as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Conan. He has written and performed a multitude of stand-up specials and albums, including two hour-long specials on Comedy Central, Nice Try, The Devil and Impregnated With Wonder.