HOLLYWOOD, CA – 2014 started off nicely for Bill Chott, as he appeared as YET ANOTHER BAKER on the CBS hit The Millers. He appeared opposite Will Arnett and Emmy-winning Margot Martindale. You can view the episode HERE on Hulu. Also this year, Bill finished recording for the animated feature The Snow King. 2014 is off to a great start!

Bill Chott on Millers


   HOLLYWOOD, CA - This Holiday season, see Bill Chott as “Mr. Holman” the cookie baker in Santa Paws 2 – The Santa Pups. Bill appears with Cheryl Ladd, Richard Kind, Danny Woodburn and Jennifer Elise Cox in this new holiday film for the whole family.  On Disney DVD/Blu Ray November 20th.

This new sequel in the Disney Buddies franchise was shot on location in Fernie, BC.  The official trailer is online now. Click HERE for more info!

Bill also just finished recording the animated pilot Paranormal Roommates for Cartoon Network. He’ll be playing The Loch Ness Monster. Also voicing characters are Paul Brittain (SNL) and Paul Scheer (Human Giant).



NEW YORK, NYBill Chott was awarded “Best Improv Coach” at The INNY Awards. This national award is given annually to Improv Schools, Teachers, and venues. Chott was awarded for his work at The Improv Trick, his improv theater and school in both St. Louis and Los Angeles. This is the second award for him this year, as he was awarded “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for his work as Fred Mertz in I Love Lucy Live on Stage.

Chott returns to the screen this holiday season in Disney’s Santa Pups, and is currently collaborating on the book for Ed Wood: The Musical. Chott’s recent appearance with Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary has been popping up on cable and DVD this month. He will also be teaching and performing improv at the Lucy Fest in Jamestown NY, and The Chautauqua Institution this summer.


HOLLYWOOD, CA – Bill Chott was awarded The Broadway World Award for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for his work as Fred Mertz in I Love Lucy Live on Stage. And the awards may keep coming. He’s now nominated for an “INNY” award for best Improv Coach. We hope you’ll take a minute to vote (actually, it takes 2 minutes). Thanks for your constant support! Click HERE or the image below to vote for Bill for Best Improv Coach.


 HOLLYWOOD, CA - Bill Chott has been nominated for his work in I Love Lucy Live on Stage. Voting is underway, and you can help Bill make it to the winner’s circle! Click HERE to vote. Chott is nominated in the category Best Featured Actor in a Musical PLay (Local) for the 2011 Broadway World Awards.

The prestigious award is given to the top performers in live plays and musicals both local and touring in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, London.

Chott has appeared in Emmy winning Television Shows such as Wizards of Waverly Place, ER, CSI, 3rd Rock from the Sun and is in a film sure to be nominated for several Oscars: The Rum Diary. This is the first award he has been nominated for a live stage musical. If you’re subscribed to this blog, the results will be announced here.


 FERNIE, BC – This week, Bill Chott is shooting a new Disney feature, Santa Pups. It’s the latest in Disney’s Air Bud DVD franchise. Spooky Buddies is leaping off the shelves this year and Santa Pups seems to be sure to follow in it’s footsteps as Christmas movies are usually even more successful than Halloween films. Bill plays Mr. Holman, the town’s Christmas cookie philanthropist. Look for this soon-to-be-classic on the shelves next holiday season.

But Chott hasn’t had any lag time.  Before leaving for Fernie (a small Alpine village outside of Vancouver) he played Fred Mertz in the opening run of I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Greenway Court Theater in LA. After completing his shoot in Fernie, he’ll be returning from October 30 thru December 30th in the musical tribute to I Love Lucy.

But if you can’t wait to see him live as Fred, or you can’t wait ’till next Christmas, then look for him in a scene with Johnny Depp in the film The rum Diary, which opens October 25th.


   HOLLYWOOD, CA – Bill Chott is appearing in I Love Lucy Live on Stage.  Chott appears as Fred Mertz in a live stage musical version of “I Love Lucy.” The production, directed by Rick Sparks is a valentine to the early days of television.  The show opened October 2nd and tickets for many shows are already SOLD OUT! For ticket info, click HERE.

The show will run in Hollywood at the Greenway Court Theater from October through January. Two days of previews this weekend proved to be an energetic romp. The show was featured in TV Guide this week, as pictured below and appeared in the LA Times and Chott and the cast were featured on KTLA in Los Angeles. See video HERE.

Click HERE to see the latest reviews!

This has been a busy month for Chott, who was also interviewed in GQ Magazine about the anniversary of The Dana Carvey Show, on which he appeared with such comedy luminaries as Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel and Louis CK.

But he’s also on the big screen appearing opposite Johnny Depp as a bowling champ in The Rum Diary. The Rum Diary opens October 28th. Chott is also hosting an Improv Fair at The Underground Theater September 25th for his improv school The Improv Trick. A free improv class and a free student showcase is open to the public. For more information about his event, click HERE.

Chott travelled to Puerto Rico to shoot a film with Johnny Depp. Opens Oct 28


SANTA MONICA, CA - BJ “Honkey” Lange is hosting Selena Gomez‘s Monte Carlo mall tour of the country. In a tour that kicked off in Santa Monica, Selena will appear in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tempe and many other cities including the royally named King of Prussia Pennsylvania.

Lange has been hosting events for MTV and ABC family for years, and he got his start improvising at The Improv Trick in St. Louis, training with Bill Chott. Now he’s following in Chott‘s footsteps again by working with Gomez, just like his teacher. Chott played her teacher “Mr. Laritate” for four seasons on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

BJ isn’t the only handsome young man travelling with Selena…Justin Bieber is joining her this week in Atlanta. Click HERE for video of BJ with Selena.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - Bill Chott is performing Wednesday and Friday in New Orleans for the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival. He’s been a standard at the festival for over 4 years and is excited to return.

Chott was featured this month on the cover of SBM, the Small Business Monthly. When not in LA shooting Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, He returns to his home town of St. Louis.  He’ll be appearing this February at  Naughti Gras at the Koken Art Factory. Then he’ll return to teach a series of workshops in Los Angeles at The Improv Trick.


HOLLYWOOD, CABill Chott is meeting with the Farrelly Bros. and screenwriter Michael Cerrone about their film The Three Stooges. All of this is thanks to Bill’s loyal fans and their efforts to get Bill this meeting.  You can help by writing 20th Century Fox at the info below.  Nothing fancy, just a handwritten letter from the heart written to:

Hutch Parker President of 20th Century Fox
PO Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213 United States

You can also help by joining Bill Chott is Curly on Facebook, and commenting on YouTube.


HOLLYWOOD, CA – Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place will return for season 4 this fall.  Fans of Bill Chott saw his role grown on Wizards with several episodes where Mr. Laritate became the central figure. We saw Selena Gomez’s character Alex relying on Mr. Laritate for advice and teaching him how to text, Mr. Laritate was fired from his job as principal and the kids fought to return him to his rightful place as principal via a trip to the Wild West.

Disney played their cards close to the vest, and waited until the very last minute to announce that Wizards will indeed return for a fourth season.  Selena Gomez returns for Season 4 and another Wizards of Waverly Place movie.



HOLLYWOOD, CA – Bill Chott will appear in another episode centered around his character Mr. Laritate on the Emmy-Winning Wizards of Waverly Place.  Will Wizards be back for a 4th successful season?  Will Bill Chott be back for more episodes as Mr. Laritate? You can help make sure that Disney knows you’re a fan of Mr. Laritate, the worlds dorkiest teacher. Click HERE to find out how.



HOLLYWOOD, CA – This week, Bill found himself very busy at The Red Nation Film Festival, the Impact Awards and The Hollywood Music in Media Awards.  Celebs attending these events included the cast of New Moon, Jeff Garlin, and lots more!

Below is an interview Bill did with Shari Nadel of  REAL TV films.


Hollywood, CA – Wizards of Waverly Place Wins Emmy Bill Chott returns to LA for two more episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place this month.  The Disney Channel show is now the top rated show on cable.  Just this week, Chott attended a working table read for Bob Odenkirk’s sitcom pilot Incompetent Husbands which featured the talents of David Cross, Jeff Garlin, Andy Richter, Beth Littleford and Lee Majors. The table read was attended by NBC’s top execs and Conan O’Brien himself, expected to produce the pilot.

Wizards of Waverly Place takes the Emmy for Outstanding Children's Programing

Wizards of Waverly Place takes the Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Programing

Hollywood, CA - Mr. Laritate is back to shoot  another episode of Wizards of Waverly Place this week, and just in time for the premeire of the Wizards of Waverly Place movie, starring Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Maria Canals-Barrera, Jennifer Stone and David DeLuise.

Bill Chott shot a scene in the film as Mr. Laritate which will most likely make it to the DVD extras.  To see backstage pics and find out about behind the scenes action on the set in San Juan Puerto Rico, and help Bill with a letter-writing campaign, please see his blog by clicking HERE.

Bill Chott and Selena Gomez

Bill Chott and Selena Gomez

St. Louis, MO - Bill Chott’s Improv Trick premiered a new show this Saturday with Bill Chott’s Comedy Cabaret at the Gaslight Theater.  This is a historic tie-in because modern improv in it’s early decades was performed at Gaslight Square in the early days of the Compass Theater which later evolved into The Second City.  Their regular Tuesday show The Harold Night and Longform Jam was reviewed this week in St. Louis by KDHX 88.1 FM.

KDHX critic Sheila Schultz said:

“…hilarious sketches…”

“…The results were a scream, especially the musical.”

“One improv included audience volunteers. The audience response was especially favorable.  I admit it was a blast to see my guest strut her stuff. …leaving us wanting more.”

“I found the Improv Trick filled with talent…”

Bill Chott at The Feel Good Film Festival

Hollywood, CA – Bill Chott is judging short films in the Feel Good Film Festival.  This summer he has been heavily hitting the festival circuit, including a five week run as the Spotlight Series of the LA Comedy Festival with Supergroup.

The Feel Good Film Festival is in it’s second year, and is wildly successful with a SOLD OUT opening night gala.  Bill was selected for his “feel good” career working with Disney, Special Olympics and strong volunteerism and service at The Improv Trick in St. Louis.  He joined celebrities Andy Dick, Kate Flannery, Eric Roberts and many more.  For images from this event, click HERE.

Chott will also attend the award ceremonies on Sunday August 9th.

– Posted by Marc Pruter

Los Angeles, CA – Bill Chott will Join SuperGroup in the LA Comedy Festival in an ALL-STAR Lineup.

Supergroup is: Steve Agee, Frank Caeti, Bill Chott, Tom Clark, Drew Droege, Matt Kaye, Annie Sertich, Mark Teich

Guitar: Michael Berson

Performers and Guests from: SNL, MAD TV, The Sarah Silverman Program, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Office, The Late Late Show on CBS, Comedy Central – Premium Blend, Reno 911, Jimmy Kimmel-Live, Frank TV, The Groundlings Main Co., The F*#king Bastards, The Second City, IO, Upright Citizens Brigade, etc.


Tickets: $10

Reservations, click HERE.

– Posted by Marc Pruter

St. Louis, MO – Hear Bill Chott and The Improv Trick on John Carney’s show tonight on KMOX AM 1120, Tuesday June 23rd sometime after 10:30!  John Carney has been incredibly supportive of The Improv Trick and now we’re going to make a mess of his studio.  We’ll be discussing The Stage Match, Harold Night and Bill’s 40th Birthday Comedy Roast.  For more details, visit and see our “EVENTS” page.  Tickets available online.

Doug Golden, Bill Chott and George Malich prepare for Comedy Battle
Doug Golden, Bill Chott and George Malich prepare for Comedy Battle

St. Louis, MO – Two hilarious Bill Chott DVD’s hit the market this week, nationwide. Meanwhile,  Bill Chott prepares The Improv Trick for an opening of The Stagematch at The Stable (1821 Cherokee) on June 3rd at 10:00pm.

Bill’s first commercial movie appearance, Galaxy Quest, gets the “Deluxe Edition” treatment and is released on DVD on May 12th.  “By Grabthar’s Hammer,” don’t miss it!

And, after years of rabid fans pleading, ABC has released The Dana Carvey Show on DVD this week!  This was Bill’s first television series and while it only lasted one season, it introduced an incredible cast of then unknowns like Bill, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, and writers Charlie Kaufman, Louis C.K., and Dave Chappelle.  It includes the unaired 8th episode and some commentary by Dana and co-creator Robert Smigel.

Check out the review from Entertainment Weekly at,,20276914,00.html.

Dana Carvey

– Reported by Mary Roth

San Juan, PR – Bill Chott is in San Juan Puerto Rico shooting The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp.  The Wizards of Waverly Place Movie is also shooting in San Juan, and he was asked to shoot a cameo in that film as well.

The Rum Diary is scheduled for release in 2010, and Wizards is slated for release next year as well.

Wizards Exec. Producer Peter Murrieta (left) and Bill read The Watchmen and the MAD Magazine parody of the graphic novel.  Note: Bill is reading The Watchmen

Wizards Exec. Producer Peter Murrieta (left) and Bill read The Watchmen and the MAD Magazine parody of the graphic novel.  Who’s Reading The Watchmen?

About Bill Chott


Bill Chott is currently shooting The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp and appears regularly in the Disney hit show Wizards of Waverly Place.  Orginally from St. Louis Missouri, He has a successful career in Hollywood and owns an improv school in his home town as well.

He attended Central Methodist University and trained in Improvisation at The Second City.  There he worked with such comedy powerhouses as Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert among many others.

Bill starred on The Dana Carvey Show, does cartoon voices on PBS, Saturday Night Live and in film, he appeared in Galaxy Quest, Dude Where’s My Car, and he was a lead role as Thomas, the Special Olympian who brings home the bronze in the Farrelly Bros. film The Ringer.

His family-friendly humor is infused with a twisted dark side that shows you can play clean and still be very, very disturbed.

48 responses to “NEWS

  1. christine chau

    Hey. It is Christine from… I just wanted to stop by and check out the website

  2. billchott

    Thanks Christine,
    I hope you’ll stop by the website again and say “hi” from time to time.


  3. Don C. McDaniel

    Hey Bill,

    I just wanted to tell you I really enjoyed the Auditions, Tips and Tricks class. It was very informative and fun. It was infotainment. Continued success in all your endeavors! You ROCK!


  4. billchott

    Thanks Don, you guys had a great class. Good luck with all things in the Acting world and beyond.

  5. doncarrmcdaniel

    Hey Bill,

    I have followed one of your suggestions. Here’s my word press blog. Let me know what you think. We hope your voice has recovered completely.

  6. Renee

    Thanks for the autograph from Tony in St. Louis. I think you are very funny. I can’t wait for the Wizards of Waverly Place movie.

  7. Kenny

    Hey Bill just wanted to check out the website and say hi

  8. Dear Bill,

    My son seems to think I’m “nosey” and “not very cool” because I don’t want him to be on the computer when I’m not around. What are your thoughts?

    Worried in Washington.

  9. billchott

    Dear Worried,

    You are nosey and not very cool. I’d suggest to make it up to your son that you give him a credit card with an unlimited line of credit and tell him to go “hog wild”.

    Yer Ole Great Unca’ Bill

  10. Peter James R. Taupo

    Willkommen! (You’re Welcome!) Its my pleasure to meet you…Mr.Bill Chott… Always maintain your good health and strong faith in God…. Im presently pursuing College degree course right here in the Philippines although I’m encountered some problems and financial support in my studying but i have a strong determination to reach my goal and aspirations in life….

    Thank you and More Power!!

  11. Peter James R. Taupo

    …by the way Mr.Chott….when i first saw your face in the picture…. I thought you are nice and intelligent person…you’re face seems to be happy smile….Avoid being too much vices and always cultivate a good virtue….Apply bible principles as Jesus said…. God bless!

  12. Jazmine

    Hey Bill just checked out your site.

    p.s. Hi!!!

  13. Hey great site I will be asolutely visitig it again!

  14. hey bill your so cool i love wizards of waverly place its so great got to leave peace out xoxoxoxo

  15. Thank you very much for your help, this has been a great abatement from the books,

  16. Hi, I cant understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please

  17. I favor articles like this becaus they perpetually appear to offer to you a completely different perspective on things. I am no expert during this area however prefer to expand my data by reading things of this nature.

  18. Shahjehan K

    I love the show
    And you always make me laugh when I watch ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ on the Disney Channel.
    I always wanted to do improve as a second incomes
    Any advice?

  19. alex

    I just read your site, awesome Bill!
    You did great on all your work!
    Wizards of Waverly Place was such a joy
    to watch, great acting!
    See I LOVE acting, I have went to
    auditions and they enjoyed me but it turned out
    to be a scam.
    Im not sure where to go exactly go and not be ripped off. I do school acting now
    and im doing Theatre Acting Sep!
    Bill I dream of being on shows like Wizard Of Waverly
    Place, its great for young/older viewers and seems wonderful
    to work with the kind of people you work with!
    Im like a firework and I want to pop onto big acting!
    I know I have what it takes, I just need some advice on how
    to get where I want to go !
    Please reply when you have time.
    - Alexandria (:

  20. stephanie

    hello my name is stephanie can u help me be an actress it is evreything i’ve always wanted. thankyou!

  21. hey! amazing website its nice to know you take the time to write back to fans and work on this website…..also how do you audition ; and where?

  22. Prateek

    Hi Bill,
    Hopes you are fine as last seen on TV :-D. And the website is juss awesome.I was willing to join your classes ,Please tell me are they only for comedy only or general acting too ?

  23. billchott

    The classes are an approach that works well for dramatic acting as well as comedic acting. It’s all about finding yourself in the moment and focusing on your scene partner. For more info, please email

  24. riddah is here!!!

    heyy i luv ur show and can’t wait for the next episode of wizards of waverly place!!!! lol ya so thats all i wana sayy!!!! byee (plz reply)

  25. just added you on myspace and found this page. awesomeeeee! now i can get information about my favorite tv shows…=)

  26. hi bill i love wards of waverly place and i know all the cast members love working with u and i wish i could work with u o the show and its great haveing u as a friend love u bill chott can can u tell axles justin and max and everyone else i said hi

  27. Jason Smith

    Hi Bill. I don’t know if you remember me but I used to come up from central IL and visit my friend Jay and you when you guys were in Comedy Sportz. Glad to see things are going well for you and I’ll never forget the time you showed me the human brain. Best wishes.


  29. billchott


    Yes I do remember. I’m still in touch with Jay online. I miss working (and living) with Jay. He always cracks me up.

  30. Ashley

    Hi Bill. I’m a 6th grader in St. Louis, MO, and my drama teacher says that you are his cousin. Is this true? Please reply.

    P.S.- My drama teacher’s name is Michael Tyler.

  31. billchott

    Yep, we most certainly are cousins. You’re lucky to have a drama teacher who cares so much about his students. Tell him I say “hi”.

  32. Ashley

    AWESOME! I didn’t know if he was joking or not. Thanks!

  33. i like this blog of your it cool and i bet u are having just like your pics that u have on big blog nice one nice though!!!!!

  34. Harvey McNaughotn

    Hello Bill – Thank you for the free class last week. It really helped.
    I enjoyed the class and meeting all the people who help and support you.
    My friend Curt came to the Christmas show and sent this to me to forward to you:
    Improvisational Theatre returns as the Creative Comebacks Go Green!
    this is right up Bill Chott’s alley. It could be a business opportunity or at least a good PR to promote his improv endeavors if he would play a part in what they are doing. The last event ended up as a big article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
    please forward this to Bill.
    Here is Curt’s contact info:
    Curt Rehkemper
    (h) (314) 822-5368
    (c) (314) 605-7586

    Harvey Mc


  35. Emma

    Hi. I need to ask a qeustion. I have been writing scripts for a long time now and some of them I think are pretty good, but i want a proffesional opion to make sure I’m not mad or anything. I ony have one finished one and its a play but I have a lot of un finished ones that are almost finished and some that are no where near finished, how do you think I would go about getting someone like yourself to take a look at my work ones its finished that is?

  36. Bakary sanyang

    Thanks for connecting with me……

  37. Michael Stephens

    Hi Bill,
    Just wanted to tell you that you are a true inspiration to me. From one Ritenour alum (1996) to another, I have a new found belief that anything can happen. I’m a 34 y/o freshman Theater performance/creative writing major at SIUE and I was questioning that path until I came across information about you and your improv school. I plan on attending when I can get the extra money to take your intro class. I am not awestruck by many people, but your path in life along with your blessings really inspire me to continue shooting for the stars. I cannot wait to study with you.

    Michael Stephens

  38. Michael,

    You’re making me blush. Email if you’d like to do an internship. You’ll get classes in exchange for work you do to help Improv Trick.

  39. Joseph

    Dear Bill,
    As an aspiring comedian/writer at the young age of 20, I would like to say you are a huge inspiration to me. Living in Alabama there isn’t much here to do with comedy in my area. So I am trying to make the best of it as I can. Any pointers would be appreciative. It would make it all the better getting advice from such an amazing comedian like you.I know where there is a will there is a way. Just need to find that way!

    Thank You,
    Joe King (that is really my name I’m not joking)

  40. Dear Joe,

    You’ve got a great start with a name like that! :)
    I wish you all the best of luck and I’m sorry it’s taken soooo long to respond. I hope you’re making your own comedy opportunites, like starting an open mic night or your own improv team. If you need any suggestions about how to do that, let me know.


  41. gruen

    hello tomorrow is my B day is it a possible I can get an autograph? if its possible re-tweet me please.

  42. Kasey

    Dear Bill,
    I know this is a really weird question…but what is your sisters name? My dad knew your sister in distant past, but he never tells me her name. I am just curious…
    Thank you so much for your time.

  43. Dear Kasey,

    Her name is Mary. What’s your dad’s name?

  44. Kasey

    His name is Bill.

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  46. Felipe Pantoja

    What’s a way to get an auto grapher Mr. Chott? I admire your work and Liked you in Rum Diary and The Ringer. All the best

  47. The best way to get an autograph is to send a self-addressed-stamped envelope and address it to Ellis Talent Group Attn: Bill Chott 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607. I’ll send a picture, signed by me. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so that we can stay in touch!

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