May 14th Salon with Comedians, Cake and Commercials

A Comedy Panel with CHRISTINA MARIE LEONARD, JOHNNY BEEHNER, TODD MUNSON, BRENT POPE and RYAN TWEEDY…PLUS birthday cake and spec commercials, check it out!

At the Salon this month, get ready to LAUGH! We’ve got a bevy of talented comedians, all from Nebraska, coming to enlighten and entertain us. Have you ever wondered how stand-up comedians make it look so easy? What is it about Nebraska that has spawned so many great comedians? How does one get a break starting out in comedy?

On Monday at the May Salon, come get the answers of all these questions and more at a comedy panel hosted by NCC’s own Christina Marie Leonard. We’ll have five comedians from both the world of stand up and improv comedy, all of whom once hailed from Nebraska.

Christina Marie Leonard is from Omaha and got her BA in Theater at the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film at UNL. She has acted in over 40 feature films, and has performed and emceed stand up comedy at The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, The Ice House, and Flappers. She also hosts our Salon most months, and has put together this great panel.

Johnny Beehner appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN just months before Dave’s retirement. Growing up the middle child in a family of seven kids, as well as becoming a new father married to the girl of his dreams has given Johnny plenty to talk about. Often relatable, often absurd, Johnny’s material is always accompanied by his likable style onstage.

Todd Munson was born and raised in Grand Island. After graduating from UNL on the five year plan (but only two plasma donations) with a degree in broadcasting, he moved to LA. Thanks to the NCC, he quickly made friends here and set about to launch a career in comedy and writing. It was a long slog through Hollywood but Todd emerged out the other side as a working writer, stand up comic, and longtime red carpet correspondent.

Brent Pope is an actor, writer, and comedian. Notable credits include roles on ROSEANNE (ABC), SILICON VALLEY (HBO), SPEECHLESS (ABC), BETTER THINGS (FX), and CASUAL (Hulu). He wrote and starred in two comedic web-series, Common Beauties and Table for Two. Brent also co-hosts the Ray’s n’ Brent Podcast.

Ryan Tweedy is an actor, improviser, sketch comedian and filmmaker. You can catch him in the sketch group “The Babes” at iOWest the 2nd Monday of every month. He is also the founder of the Big Red Cobcast and directed the Husker Football documentary THROUGH THESE GATES.


Get ready to learn all about these comedians and their journeys from the Great Plains to the heart and stages of Hollywood. It is sure to be a fun night with some guaranteed laughs!

ALSO at the Salon on May 14th, it’s our Super Volunteer Greg Hadwick’s very own birthday. And he’s choosing to share it with all his NCC friends. Come help us celebrate Greg and his many contributions to the NCC over the last eleven+ years. Yes, there will be cake!

The Nebraska Coast is 25 years old this year. And to celebrate, we’re planning to make a series of three commercials for the NCC by the NCC. To showcase all the talent in our group, we are calling on you! We’ll shoot this summer in one day at a location to be determined. Once the commercials are completed, we’ll promote them on social media both back home and throughout Hollywood–and hopefully it’ll be a catalyst for more collaborations in the future. The project is being directed by Jeremy Lerman and produced by Todd Nelson & Ehren Parks.

Please submit resumes (and reels, if appropriate) for:  Director of Photography, Production Designer, Editor, Casting Director, UPM/Line Producer

Please submit to with your name and department in the subject line. If you’re not a department head yet, but would like to apprentice/shadow, please let us know in your subject line what position(s)/department(s) you would like to be considered for. We are not yet casting, but will let actors know when we are ready for headshots. Thank you!

It’s going to be an action-packed laughfest on May 14th. Hope to see you Monday at the Culver!

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