The members of Family Sandwich first met on a magical Tuesday evening on the first day of Improv 101 at Upright Citizen’s Brigade. After bonding over their impressive comedic sensibilities and their undeniable sex appeal, they decided to form a sketch group.
Since 2010, they’ve produced a dozen videos and have performed at venues around Los Angeles, including UCB, El Cid and an exclusive showcase at Comedy Central‘s Hudson Theater. Their videos receive consistent front page promotion by Funny or Die and have garnered acclaim from MTV, Current TV, Huffington Post, the Advocate and LA Weekly. Their beauty has received praise worldwide, specifically in Russia. No really, they’re a pretty big deal in Russia.
Individually, we are…
Brad Gage is a writer/performer and cheese-fed Wisconsin boy who should be kept out of the sun at all costs. He’s done sketch comedy since college at the University of Miami and learned improv in the hallowed halls of UCB LA and Groundlings. The closest he’ll ever get to being a spy is trying to silently open a beer can in a movie theater.
Heidi Gardner is an LA-based comedian, but she first got funny in Missouri where she grew up (tall). She has studied improv and sketch at the UCB Theatre and Groundlings Theater, where she just completed and passed the Writers Lab.
Melissa Hunter is a writer-actor-producer-hyphen-enthusiast. She is graduate of the Northwestern University theatre program (it’s so esteemed, they spell theater the fancy way). She currently studies improv and sketch writing at Upright Citizen’s Brigade. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin and recently finished writing her first feature — a feel-good zom com (zombie comedy).
Kirstin Keagy started her theater training in high school in Santa Rosa, where she learned how to make a beer bong out of a soda bottle. After completing the theater program at Santa Barbara City College, she moved to LA on a whim. After a few very strange acting classes, she ended up at UCB to try improv and it was love at first fart joke. She has since gone on to train at the Groundlings School.
Eric Lombart grew up as a happy child in Virginia Beach, VA. He then realized he was living in Virginia Beach, VA. So he packed his bags and landed at the University of Miami, studying film. After graduating with a B.S. degree (literally…a bachelor of science in communication) he followed the sunset west to Los Angeles to pursue his dream as a cinematographer. By some stroke of good fortune, he met his long, lost family (sandwich) and their love and affection has helped him blossom into the actor/director/cinematographer/editor he is today.
(Oh actually, he just clarified that it’s only if you want to cry crying.)