Bink Goncharoff is Dr. Wilbur Waskowicks

Not just yet another pretty face in Santa Barbara, Bink has managed to squeeze in about 25+ years of acting and comedy/improv experience on stages from Boston to Minneapolis to San Francisco.  

“Hold It Like a Baby” is his first feature film. He's eager for more!



Dana Halverson is Francesca

After spending a number of years as a university research scientist, Dana, who holds a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, decided to make the natural career transition … to acting.

Assorted film, television and theater credits have brought Dana to her full-length feature film debut in Hold it Like a Baby. 

She resides in Santa Barbara, California with her wonderful husband, Jay Winner, a physician and author of the book, Take the Stress Out of Your Life (Da Capo Lifelong) and her amazing seven year-old twins, Sam and Zach.


Sandy Hackett is Fernando

If laughter is the best medicine, then Sandy Hackett is a Surgeon. At the tender age of 11, Sandy made his debut on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In.” At 15, he performed before 3,000 people at New York’s Westbury Music Fair, and then made his debut on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Though known primarily as a comedian, Sandy has had several dramatic roles in the films “Jack of Hearts,” “Lovers & Liars” and “Ex-Cop.” In 1998, he played District Attorney Martin Siegel in the acclaimed PBS series, “On Common Ground.” He then starred as private detective Bud Chelzer in the drama “The S.I.N.”. 

As the millennium ended, the versatile entertainer appeared, singing and dancing, in a new musical holiday spectacular “TWAS.” Sandy also starred as the host of “Make Your Own Luck,” a nationally televised gaming infomercial. In 2005 Sandy added three more films to his resume with roles in “The Indie-Pendant, Down & Derby” with the late Pat Morita, and “Miss Congeniality II”. He is also the voice of “Can” in a new animated project for 2007 “Jim & Can.”


Nick Marcotti is Angelo

Nick has recently moved to L.A. after having lived and worked in New York City where he focused his attention on the theatre.  He performed in many Off-Broadway plays while in New York, when he wasn't busy starving to death. 

He holds a degree in Acting and Directing from Keene State College in New Hampshire and since moving to California has been busy with independent film work, commercials and television. 

Nick is a complicated man whose love of New York City conflicts with his loyalty to the Boston Red Sox, he's a health nut with a serious ice cream addiction, and he's a tough guy with a soft spot for furry things.  And his IQ hovers around 170.  Which, if Einstein ever took an IQ test, would probably rival the great scientist's. Actually, that last part isn't true.



Jackie Kamm
is Angie

Jackie is a recent transplant to CA, after having attended the conservatory at Rutgers University, and the London Academy of theatre, as well as having starred in many off-Broadway productions in NYC.

Since her arrival here, she has 2 feature films as well as 3 pilots under her belt, for the likes of HBO labs and Monarchy television.



Marlon Hoffman is Joe

Mr. Hoffman lives with his wife, Valerie, his daughter, Rose, two cats and a dog in Calabasas, Ca. He is an experienced actor who has performed in numerous films and plays as well as having trained actors for over twenty years.

He ran a successful acting school and has himself studied with Jeff Corey, Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler in New York and Los Angeles.

He has appeared in major motion pictures and on episodic television. His experience working with actors in improvisation on film and ensemble pieces is noteworthy.

Represented by Lisa Berman at Berman/Sacks Talent Agency.


Natasha Baker is Stacy

The acting bug bit Natasha when she joined a sketch comedy troupe as a university exchange student in Germany. After performing to hoots and whistles as the harassing housewife in "Hermann, what are you doing?" and "The Egg" by Loriot, she was sold!

Trained classically through ART HARVARD in Boston, and subsequently at DRAMA STUDIO LONDON in England, Natasha returned to her comedic roots in Los Angeles. There she landed headfirst into a tribute sketch show of women pretending to be men pretending to be women, "Monty Py-thong."

Recent film and television appearances include: a pilot for National Banana (dir. Jerry Zucker), short film Geraniums (PAH Fest Bay Area 2008) and sci-fi feature, Mere Mortals (Wrath of Con Festival 2008).

Natasha is represented by Stage 9 Talent in Hollywood




Todd McCleskey
is Harry

Todd is an actor living in Santa Barbara, California.



LizAnne Keigley is Jill

Born in San Diego, California, LizAnne started performing improv and sketch comedy in the early 80's and is one of the founding members of the O. C. Crazies, whom she performed with for 5 years. During her time with the Crazies she not only performed her one woman show "LizAnne ... Alone at Last" but created the off-shoot troupe "The Hot Seat Players" whose first show "By the Seat of Our Pants" won critical acclaim and was listed as one of the Top Ten Shows of the Year by the L.A. Times.

Now back after a self-imposed 14 year hiatus, LizAnne is stronger than ever. She was recently seen in the Glendale Centre Theatre’s "Pillow Talk" where she stole the show as the wise-cracking housekeeper Alma. She can also be seen in the upcoming feature films "The Prospector", and "Slammin’ Salmon". On the stage she can be seen this October in the Young Actors Theatre production of "Annie Warbucks" and The Next Stage production of "Phaedra" opening January 2009.






Nicole Hollenitsh
is Natasha

After a stint as Santa Clause in the fourth grade Christmas show, Nikole has never left the stage.  Playing Natasha has been a great addition to the comedic roles Nikole loves to showcase the most.

Right now she is acting and producing a web based show titled Rehab that is set to shoot episode 2 in October.


Jason Harrell is John Waskowicks

Jason Harrell began his career as a sports reporter for CNN becoming one of the youngest to do so for the network.  He continued his career as an award winning journalist for NBC before transitioning into his acting career. 

Upon moving to Los Angeles he performed improv comedy at the LA Connection which lead to his casting in a number of independent horror films.  His love for acting pushed him into the world of magic which allows him to perform daily.  Working as a professional magician he became a member of the Hollywood Magic Castle and was awarded Mentalist of the Year by the Society of American Magicians. 

Today he continues working on his craft as an actor/magician and prides himself on his dedication and work ethic.  His passion comes through in every performance.


Jeff Cohen
is the acting teacher.

JEFF COHEN has taught acting, voice and speech for twenty-five years – in his own workshops in Toronto, (Professional Actors' Workshop), in Montreal, Vancouver, and Santa Barbara, as well as at institutions and conservatories such as the National Theater School of Canada, York University, and the University of Toronto. He was also engaged to conduct a series of workshops in acting by the C.B.C. for television writers, directors and producers.

Jeff’s eclectic experience has seen him as a producer and screenwriter of award winning teleplays, (CLOWN WHITE, ROOKIES, MIRACLE AT MOREAUX, THE HUNGER); series producer and head writer, (WHERE THE SPIRIT LIVES, MOM P.I., KURT VONNEGUT'S MONKEY HOUSE); Producer, (MYTHQUEST, DEAD MAN'S GUN, DANGER BAY, LIGHTNING FORCE); commissioned playwright, theater director; award-winning television director, (EYE LEVEL); and actor on stage, in film, television and radio. Jeff Cohen is currently VOICE DIRECTOR for both STEPPENWOLF WEST and THE ERIC MORRIS studios.


Deborah Cristobal is the mediator.

Deborah recently appeared as Shu Ying in Storybook Theatre’s Production of "Paper Dragon" and also played Rotunda in "The Adventures of Young Robin Hood." She appeared in the indie films "Beg, Borrow or Steal" as newscaster Hillary Fong and "Looking Up Dresses" (which premiered at the 2008 Santa Barbara Film Festival). She also appeared in indie films "In Real Time" and "the Promise Ring" and played the evil stepmother in the 10/10/10 film "Joe White" at the 2007 SBIFF. She appeared as Barb Dwyer in Seaside Theatre’s production of "The Pony Expresso" in Carpinteria and also played Vicki Bennett in their production of "Hide and Seek".

Deborah was raised in Morro Bay, California. She studied classical piano for nine years and cultivated a love for art while working at Hearst Castle for two summers. She made her stage debut as a royal wife in Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera’s production of the King and I. She appears in a commercial for Cox Media and previously appeared in Public Service Announcements for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center and the Red Cross. Her likeness has been used in American Express Platinum brochures.

Deborah enjoys salsa, ballroom and swing dancing and studied Hawaiian and Tahitian dance. She has performed in the Solstice Parade and at the Lobero Theater with the dancers of Hula Anyone.



Scott Dewey
is the temp agency rep.

A veteran of numerous short films, Dewey often plays Midwestern dads, deadbeat coworkers, and square, quirky, or nerdy people in general.  He hopes this isn't typecasting. 

Usually tapped for comic roles on stage or on screen, Dewey also enjoys tackling more serious fare, as with the role of a brutal, racist Southern sheriff in a lynch-mob scene in the upcoming "Forgive Us Our Transgressions," directed by Walter Richardson. Dewey's unusual (or downright peculiar) voice increasingly has led him toward voiceover work. 

By day, he is a judicial attorney for the California Court of Appeal, as well as a former history professor and one of the nation's leading experts on the history of air pollution.  By night, along with acting, he is an accomplished classical pianist and a solid blues bassist. 

Born and raised in Southern California, Dewey often fantasizes about leaving forever, but never does.





Anisa Alamia is the lady cop.

Anisa Alamia has been working in Los Angeles as an actor and photographer, and most recently voice overs. She is currently seeking new representation in all fields. Her recent works include Senescence, a short film, and a recurring role in the new hilarious series, So Rude. Anisa was very lucky to have joined the HILAB team and had a great time filming. Thanks to all for being generous with their time and talents!


"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."


Les Mahoney is Walter.

Les is a dynamic character actor whose recent roles include ambulance-chasing lawyers, Sci-Fi geeks and Civil War era bankers--even an obsessive-compulsive homeless man!

Les was thrilled to work with Tina and Michael on "Hold it like a baby"--after all, how many times do you get to play Death, complete with a scythe?


Tom Petra is Chef Zani.

Born in New York, Tom attended Berklee College of music in Boston.
While I was Promoter and Manager of Doug Weston's Troubadour, he started a band Called RPM, which was very popular in late 70's and 80's.

Tom has worked on the soap Days of Our Lives, and appeared on TV in ER (2002) and on Becker (2000) as well as did voice over for the TV series The Nanny for 2 seasons.

A variety of film roles also make up his resume: he played a pit boss in Looney Tunes (dir.Joe Dante), a reporter in Blood Work (dir. Clint Eastwood), Sal in Double Bang (dir. Heywood Guld), a reporter in Sea Biscuit  (dir. Gary Ross),   a Mafia Boss (Lansky, dir.John McNaughton), and a bodyguard (Daredevil, dir. Mark Johnson....
Other film credits include parts in Man on the Moon, Galaxy Quest, and Wild, Wild West.



Rose Acosta is Laura, ex-wife #3.

Rose began her career in the entertainment biz in 2001, when she met the executive director of an acting/ modeling school in northern CA.  She was awarded a scholarship and trained in film, television and commercial acting. Her training in film production brought her to Santa Barbara. 

Rose has appeared on national television, her work been featured in the Santa Barbara Film Festival for four consecutive years.  She  played Suzie, a lead in Autumn Leaves (2006, 21st  Santa Barbara International Film Festival), her first collaboration with dir. Tina Love.  She was an executive producer and lead in Canned (2007, dir. Kenny Luper) and had a featured appearance in Matchmakers(2008, dir. Paul Mathieu).  

In addition to acting as casting director for Hold It Like a Baby; she is featured in the movie as Joes ex-wife #3, Laura.  Rose lives in Santa Barbara and is now writing a screenplay. 


Rebecca Silberman is Rachael, ex-wife #2.


Rebecca has been studying acting for a long time!

Currently you can see her as "Bella" in "Lost in Yonkers" in Pacific Palisades, and she just wrapped the "Boychick Affair", L.,A.'s longest running interactive comedy. She had a wonderful time making this film.


Thomas Kennedy
is Ed the patient.

Tom has had a life long interest in acting. His Mother peaked his interest when she taught Speech and Drauma at El Monte High School, including directing the school plays. Tom has acted in a few plays over the years.

For the last 10 years, he has created a "One Man Travelling Road Show" as a "Neuro-Rapper" (possibly the only Neuro-Rapper) and has performed in the USA, Mexico, and Costa Rica. He'll bust a rap written in medical terms and finds this a creative, fun way to teach.

He took a little 39 year break to go to medical school, do residencies in Internal Medicine and Neurology and maintain a busy medical practice for 28 years. He recently retired as an MD and is ready to do more acting. He lives in Santa Barbara."



Forrest Best
is Andrew.

Forrest Best lives in and attends high school in Santa Barbara, CA and has been acting since the age of 5 mainly in school productions. He has recently been in 2 mainstage productions of Beauty and the Beast, once playing the lead, the Beast. He has also been in numerous local student films and enjoys every minute of it!


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