wilt chamberlain's kids

The Club

March 27 & 28, 2009
Friday & Saturday at 10:00pm

Tickets $15

Starring Craig Blair, Maggie Champagne, Leslie Meisel and Freddy Sheffield

Wilt Chamberlain’s Kids is: Margaret (Maggie) Champagne, Craig Blair, Leslie Meisel, and Freddy Sheffield and featuring the music stylings of DJ Rimarkable.

This comedic group is represented by Scott Kaufman at Legacy Management 516 884 0206 legacymgmt@yahoo.com

Craig Blair, a native New Yorker has been performing sketch comedy professionally all over New York City for the past 8 years.  As an actor and producer, Craig worked with Jim Mendrinos in creating the sketch comedy group Infinite Monkey, which produced variety shows at the Laugh Lounge as well as producing the Infinite Monkey Comedy Pilot.  Craig has worked professionally as a cast member and writer with Comedy Net as well as New Media Comedy for AOL network live.  Craig wrote, produced and played the lead role in the comedic short Puppy Love.  He also directed the comedy short Karaoke Hero written by Brett Anderson in which directed actors such as Baron Vaughn, Eric Andre, Carolyn McDermott, and Maggie Champagne.  The short earned him opportunities to pitch pilots to Comedy Central and solidified his desire to continue to work alongside Maggie Champagne.  He joined Ms. Champagne’s already existing sketch group, The Brothel, and shortly after that, the two went on to form Wilt Chamberlain’s Kids and have been working together doing live sketch comedy as well as sketch comedy videos ever since.  They both worked for Comedy Net where they met and worked with the talented Leslie Meisel and brought her on to join Wilt’s Kids. Recently both Maggie and Craig played lead roles in the New York Underground comedy Festival’s Theater Dreams, written by Jim Mendrinos and produced by New Media Comedy, in which they spotted the missing piece to their comedic puzzle, the talented Mr. Freddy Sheffield and immediately signed him up to join the team.  Wilt’s Kids has performed at Comedy Net, Ha Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Comedy Cellar, The P.I.T., Laugh Lounge, and Ouchi’s Lounge. 

Other Theatrical credits include: the animated series Pokemon in which Craig’s voice is featured as many characters over the past three seasons as well as the animated feature film Pokemon Ranger And The Temple of The Sea and several video games such as Nintendo Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl (as Ivysoar), Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, GTA IV, and Bullet Witch.  He has been featured as Eydus in the short film Kingdom Come, and as Jonathan Caine in the feature film The Crimson Mask, as well as Agent 23 in the web series Secret 17.  He also works as a stage fighter for the Metropolitan Opera in shows such as: Macbeth, Aida, Carmen and currently in IL Trovatore.  Craig played the role of Tony in a production of Savage in Limbo with the Shepherds Theater Company, Sam in The Music In Me at the York Theater, Neil/John in The One Night Stand Chronicles at Manhattan Repertory Theater, Joe in Family Gathering at Creative Acting Company.  He can most recently be seen on the daytime drama All My Children and a national WebMD commercial.

Leslie Meisel A native of Florida has been working in comedy professionally for over 8 years in NYC.  She can be seen this March on the hit Comedy Series 30 Rock as Wendy.  Leslie is also currently a cast member on the UCBT Maude Team - The Skuntz.
She started studying improv with Martin de Maat at the Second City NYTC. In 2001, she became a cast member of The Second City Business Theatre: NY Company. Her training continued at the UCBT where she performed on two Harold teams – Dr. Awesome & The RRRRRRockets; And was Joe Cojullio in "Cojullio's Pizza".Her first solo show You Never Know ran at The PIT and was listed as "One of the best shows of 2005" along side Jersey Boys and Pillowman.

Other Theatre Credits include: Savage in Limbo as Linda Rotunda (SHEPHERDS.), We Built This City on Rent Control (Second City NY), The Director (The Flea Theatre) and Blindspot. Leslie proudly played "The Banana" in the Emmy Nominated promo "Banana Basketball" for Nickelodeon. Other TV/Film Credits: 4th Floor: Pilot (cast member/writer), Funny Valentine, The Marconi Bro's starring Dan Fogler, and A Gift Of Fire: Suzanne Shepherd featuring Alan Alda, Joan Allen and Danny Glover. Ms. Meisel (another way to refer to herself in this bio) graduated from the University of Florida where she received a degree in Theatre with honors.
Leslie is loving the sounds of Kenny Loggins and is working on her second solo show, presently titled Up Next.....

Margaret Champagne, whose roots take her back to North Carolina, has been working in NYC for many years. Margaret has always had a funny bone and a love for comedy. After receiving a B.A. in acting from Pace University and studying with numerous schools of thought, Margaret has appeared in over 75 New York plays and movies. Some of her favorite film roles include the lead role of Baby in the feature Make Pretend , the lead role of Olivia in Cuando La Luna esta llena which has been an official selection of Cinequest San Jose, Palm Springs International, Rhode Island , IFP in New York where it was selected best short, and Cityvision where it has picked up three awards. Margaret also played Donna in the feature film Rounds, Rose in the short film Push On (written and directed by Ms. Champagne), and Maggie Axelrodman, WSUX Reporter in York Entertainment’s Land Of the College Prophets ,  which made the best seller list for York Entertainment and won 11 bare
 bones award. She also appeared in Charlie which won rave reviews from the New York Times this year. She can be seen as a supporting lead in “London Betty” set to premiere in The Spring. Maggie’s theatrical favorites include Jessie in 'Night Mother, Valerie in Caught in the Wake, Rosie in Better Places to Go, Bunny in Laundry and Bourbon, and Ruby in Thymus Vulgarus. Her comedy experiences include commercials on the Oxygen Network and Spike TV. She performed with the duo "Spill the Champagne," a long-running show in the village. She has performed at Galapagos, Stand Up New York, Comix, Eastville Comedy Club,New York Comedy Club, Upright Citizens Brigade, Pit Theater, Cinema Classics, Carolines on Broadway and was the weekly comedic host of Mantasia, an all-male burlesque show in the heart of Times Square. Her trio The Brothel was Chicago Snubfest in 2006 and she ran a weekly show “Slumber Party” at Comix Comedy Club.  She performs regulary with
 her group Wilt Chamberlins Kids all over town… She was a writer producer and actor for ComedyNet from 2007 to 2008. Her material is  available on the internet, Comcast, Cox cable, Verizon Fios and At&t. Her one woman show, “Learning How to walk” Premiered in March of last year and will be showing again in March, to bee seen in  New York and LA.  She starred in  the Comedies Bikini Bloodbath  I, II and III which will be coming out in a trilogy pack in October . Also has the role Of Jess in Tom Seymors London Betty which comes out in the Spring. She is currently part of The Collective, and incredible theater collaboration in New York City. Maggie is also a repertory member of Love Creek a theater company that has been around for 25 years. She has an incredible lust for life.. just like Iggy Pop!

Freddy Sheffield ……They say there’s 2 sides to every coin, well this man’s got a pocket full of change!! Born to an African American father and a Japanese mother in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, he is the original “Tiger Hood” but there’s more to him than that, he’s gone from Hood to Good and it’s this change and his culturally diverse background from where he draws for a funny, unique perspective and fresh and sometimes controversial insights on everything from race to politics. He’s been honing his skills for 8 years in and around the NYC area as well as performances outside of the NY area. He’s also gotten his feet wet in the theatre as the host of The New York Underground Comedy Festival’s productions of Theater Dreams & Out of Character produced by New Media Comedy in which he also played the role of The Rapper & Othello.  Freddy is currently performing sketch comedy with Wilt’s Kids in which he has also taken on writing, directing and producing along with his fellow cast members. Keep your Eyes, Ears and Minds open for this fresh new talent!

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