Bios

:: WRITERS

Arj BarkerDoug Benson and Tony Camin are national touring stand-up comics as well as accomplished actors.

Shortly after  began touring, he was a runner-up in the prestigious Seattle Comedy Competition. In 1997, he took his show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it played to sold-out crowds, and he won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award. Since then, Arj has been seen on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

If you find that you’re saying to yourself “Boy, Doug Benson seems familiar, but I can’t quite place him,” please allow us to help: One way you might know Doug Benson is if you’ve ever thought about, read about, heard about or otherwise experienced… marijuana. He’s a creator-writer-star of “The Marijuana-Logues,” a show that’s been a hit (small pun intended) in theaters from Los Angeles to New York; more on that – and the book of the same name – in a moment. Oh, the other way you might’ve had an opportunity to become aware of Doug Benson is if you’ve ever watched television. Yeah, you heard right. We are indeed suggesting that Doug’s ubiquitous enough on TV – and has been for many years – that if you’ve flipped on the boob tube at any given moment, there’s a good chance you’d see him. We recognize we can’t just let a statement like that dangle there, unsupported. So here’s your support, you pushy bastard. We don’t have enough room here to cite all of his TV credits, but here’s a small sampling that suggests the sprawling array of work he’s done on the small screen. For your basic cable, let’s go with his series regular status on VH-1’s “Best Week Ever” (it may go without saying that in this category, he’s also starred in his own half-hour special for Comedy Central). For your premium cable, let’s see, let’s zero in on HBO and mention a coupla Doug’s credits here: “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Mr. Show” – merely two of the best, most revered series in the advent of televised comedy shows (okay, he was pretty much just an extra on MR. SHOW, but still!). As for his work on network TV, how does a little show called “Friends” grab you? Not to mention recurring appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” We could go on, but we already have. Still, we should briefly get back to this “Marijuana-Logues” business. When it was hatched by Doug and co-creators Tony Camin and Arj Barker, what in lesser hands might have just been a one-note, one-joke spoof of the then-redhot production “The Vagina Monologues” has since evolved into a redhot (smokin’?) production of its own, including a yearlong stint Off-Broadway at The Actor’s Playhouse that drew a bong full of rave reviews, and now there’s a CD (“The Marijuana-Logues”) and a book (“The Marijuana-Logues: Everything About Pot That We Could Remember”).

Tony Camin, a San Francisco native, has performed for audiences all over the world. Tony has appeared at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Premium Blend,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and “Tough Crowd.” He has also written for several shows on Comedy Central and NBC.

:: PERFORMERS

Past and present loggers include Arj Barker (writer), oug Benson (writer), Tony Camin (writer), Dan Gabriel, Seth MorrisBrett Gelman, Jimmy DorePaul ScheerJoe Wagner and Owen Burke.

TONY CAMIN:
Tony has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, and lots of others that have been cancelled. He’s has performed at The Just For Laughs festival in Montreal as well as The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival  in Aspen, as well as the Melbourne Comedy festival in Australia. Tony has written for programs on NBC, VH1, and Comedy Central. In addition to being co-creator/ performer of “The Marijuana-Logues”, he can also be seen as a correspondent for “The Media Project”, on IFC.

ROB CANTRELL:
Rob Cantrell has appeared on CBS, NBC, VH1 and Comedy Central. His 2005 documentary/performance
“Metaphysical Graffiti – A Road Movie” was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. His cannabis cult-like following has lead him blog for “High Times Magazine”.  Rob was also a top 10 finalist on the the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. When not on the road, Rob can be found in New York City performing at clubs, theaters, and improv venues.

DAN GABRIEL:
Dan involuntarily started his stand-up career after being forced by friends while a student at  UC Davis. Soon Dan was opening for comedy legends like Dave Chappelle, Mitch Hedberg and George Lopez.  Dan has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, the Late Late Show and Star Search just to name a few. After winning The LA Take Out Comedy Competition Dan hosted his own show “Asia Street Comedy” on AZN tv. 

:: DIRECTOR
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Director Jim Millan hails from Canada. He founded Crow’s Theatre in 1983, which has since produced over 50 new works and numerous tours in Canada and abroad. He is best known for his creation and work on the “Kids in the Hall” show, Same Guys, New Dresses which played 5 sold-out months across the U.S. and Canada.

In 2002, he created and directed the latest “Kids in the Hall” production Tour of Duty, which toured North America and was filmed for pay per view/DVD release. With the “Kids” he develops and stages new material and also revisits favorite sketches for adaptation to stage. He is the team’s director as they consider future projects.
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:: PRODUCERS
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Founded by Jeffrey Chrzczon and A.C. LichtensteinIdeal Entertainment Group is a versatile entertainment company specializing in the management and production of live entertainment. Other current credits include the rock musical Ministry of Progress at the Jane Street Theatre and the international tour of Spider-Man Live!.

As president of the theatrical division, Jeffrey Chrzczon has been instrumental in 22 Broadway, Off-Broadway, concert and touring theatrical productions over the past 13 years including Saturday Night FeverJekyll & Hyde and Jesus Christ Superstar, among many others.

As president of the music division, A.C. Lichtenstein acts as manager and agent to high-profile artists including The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Motown legend Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. He began his career as an agent for Global Artists, where he booked artists for live musical concerts throughout the world. Past clients include Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge, Little Anthony, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles and Brook Benton. Lichtenstein is instrumental in producing Belgium’s most prestigious yearly festival, The Diamond Awards.
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Lee D. Marshall and longtime partner Joe Marsh have rejoined to form Magic Arts & Entertainment. The powerhouse team has produced and promoted some of the most successful concerts, theatrical and family shows worldwide for the last 20 years.

Theatrical producing credits include the National Tours of Jesus Christ SuperstarThe Magic of David CopperfieldMichael Flatley’s Lord of the DanceHello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing, EvitaA Chorus LineWest Side Story, The Pointer Sisters Ain’t Misbehavin! and The Gin Game starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning.

Concert touring credits: Janet Jackson Velvet Rope Tour,*N SYNC, Backstreet Boys, Fleetwood Mac The Dance TourSTYX-Return to the Paradise Theatre TourLynyrd Skynyrd-Twenty Tour and 98 Degrees.