Deep Roy

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Deep Roy

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Roy made his professional screen acting debut in a 1976 episode of The New Avengers entitled “Target!” as character named Klokoe. He would later make his film debut that same year, in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, as the Italian Assassin. Another early role was as Mr. Sin, the “pig-brained Peking Homonculus”, a villain with a distinct appetite for homicide, in the Doctor Who serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang. In 1979, Roy also played a genetically engineered life form ‘Decima’ in the 1st season Blake’s 7 episode “The Web” as well as the diminutive chess genius, ‘The Klute’, in the 2nd season Blake’s 7 episode “Gambit”.  In 1980, Deep was busy standing in for Yoda in the Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

He has played apes in two movies: Greystoke – The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and again in the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes (2001) in two roles: one as a young gorilla boy and as Thade’s niece. He has worked for Burton in three other films, Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (also 2005) where he supplied General Bonesapart’s voice. He played all the Oompa-Loompas (165 of them) in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Deep had extensive training for the role in dance, yoga, and even some minor instrument playing.

He has done many other roles in movies and on television, including The X-Files, Flash Gordon, Return to Oz (as the Tin Woodsman), Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal as a puppeteer extra, The Never Ending Story as Teeny Weeny, the rider of the “racing snail”, Alien from L.A., Howling VI: The Freaks as Mr Toones and Return of the Jedi as Droopy McCool and as a hitchhiking ghost in The Haunted Mansion.

He appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) as an Egyptian guard and in the film Star Trek (also 2009) as Keenser, Montgomery Scott’s assistant on the ice planet Delta Vega and again in Star Trek Into Darkness. Roy played a green man while doing a commercial shoot for Ozocleanse. In one of his more prominent speaking roles, Roy played Aaron, a violent Mumbai-born Mexican criminal, in second season of the HBO comedy, Eastbound & Down. Deep starred as Sandeep Majumdar in the 2012 short film The Ballad of Sandeep.

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Naomi Grossman

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Naomi Grossman

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Naomi Grossman is best known for her portrayal of the fan-favorite, “Pepper” on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum.

Previously, Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in her second hit solo show, Carnival Knowledge:  Love, Lust, and other Human Oddities, which enjoyed a twice-extended, sold-out run and rave reviews (“Recommended” by LA Weekly).  It was then reprised at the world-famous fringe theatre festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, where it received more critical praise (4 stars: The Scotsman, Broadway Baby, Fringe Review) and a transfer to London’s West End (Leicester Square Theatre).  It later went on to have a successful run Off-Off Broadway.

Naomi’s first solo show, Girl in Argentine Landscape, also received critical acclaim (LA Weekly, “Pick of the Week”) and earned her an LA Weekly Theatre Award nomination for best solo performance.  Naomi toured with Girl to Chicago’s Single File Festival, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, and screened a subtitled video-version on the big screen in Argentina.

A former member of the esteemed Groundlings Sunday Company, as well as alumna of Improv Olympic, Naomi has written, produced, and starred in numerous comedic shorts under her “Red Meat Entertainment” banner, which have screened at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, the TriMedia Film Festival, the Connecticut Film Festival, the Dam Short Film Festival, the Faux Film Festival, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, the Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival, the Action On Film International Festival, and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.  Naomi also made a cameo in the feature film, Table for Three.

A graduate of theatre from Northwestern University, Naomi has acted in several of Chicago’s illustrious, long-running, cult comedies: Cannibal Cheerleaders on Crack and Shannen Doherty Shoots a Porno at the Torso Theatre, as well as Attack of the Killer B’s and White Trash Wedding and a Funeral at the Factory Theatre.

Website: http://www.naomigrossman.net

Honky Tonk Man

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The Honky Tonk Man is known around the world as “The Greatest WWE Intercontinental Champion Of All Time.“ The Honky Tonk Man is a professional wrestling icon and is world famous for his WWE career where he held the Intercontinental Championship for a record 64 weeks. A record that still stands to this day. HTM has starred in numerous wrestling and music videos. His song “Honky Tonk Man” is featured on the gold Wrestling Album II. As active as ever, HTM is regularly featured at world famous comic book conventions. In 2012 HTM also made his movie debut in two upcoming independent movie projects and is prominently featured on “The Legends of Rock and Wrestling Musical Tour.” Check out HTM’s website: http://www.honkytonkman.net/

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Brett Weldele

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Brett Weldele

Brett Weldele is an Eisner-nominated comic book painter and New York Times Bestselling Author. He has been published by nearly every major comic book publisher in the US, and is available in several languages around the world. Probably best known for co-creating the hit comic book THE SURROGATES, which was adapted into the 2009 film starring Bruce Willis. Brett enjoys working on his own projects like SPONTANEOUS and THE LIGHT as well as commercial gigs like HALLOWEEN, SE7EN, 28 DAYS LATER and SOUTHLAND TALES.

His recent projects include working with Shrek producer Aron Warner on PARIAH for Dark Horse Comics and a yet unannounced sci-fi series due out in 2015.

Weldele also has a craft product line through Stampers Anonymous which includes rubber stamps and stencils.

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Kayla LaFrance

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Kayla LaFrance

Hello Everyone! My name is Kayla LaFrance and I am the King of the Nerds. Well I was, until I went space mad on Mars and died. Or in other words, I was the winner of TBS’s reality competition show, King of the Nerds last season.

I am 30 and a native of Spokane, Washington. I have earned a BS in Engineering Physics, a MS in Space Studies, and minors in Public Relations and Mathematics. My ultimate dream and goal in life is to work with human Mars Exploration and work within space mission operations and mission control. Currently I like to spend my free time with an amateur high altitude balloon group out of Spokane, sending balloons to the edge of space, as well as continuing research in my thesis topic.

I am extremely passionate for the subjects that I find interesting – Space exploration, Astronomy, Star Trek, Batman, Hockey, cars and all things sci-fi… I tend to take them to the Max and obsess over them.

I love space and astronomy so much that I have spent most of my life learning the art of telescopes and studying all things NASA. I have won numerous awards including the NASA’s Greatest Fan contest and the Jack Horkheimer Award presented by the National Astronomy League. All of my college education has been to focus my career path in human space exploration.

Star Trek and Batman are the bases of my collections and hours of entertainment, cosplay and conventions. It would be my strong points in nerd cred and pop culture. I also geek out hard core over cars and trucks. My grandfather taught me almost everything that I know. I love to use my hands and work with tools. And just look, nerds have some pretty cool cars – the Batmobiles, the DeLorean, Speedracer, Transformers…ect…

And hockey, I just cannot get enough, any league, any level, I am there. I play, I watch, I ref, you name it and I do it. I have NASA logos on my gear, Klingon written on my sticks, and custom NASA and Batman jerseys to represent my nerd while out on the ice.

Check out her website here: http://www.theknightsofnerdvana.com/