All-Star Comedy Roundtable, The Improv Takeover
Ben Stiller will return to present NFF’s long-running audience favorite event with a new spin: an evening of spontaneous storytelling and improvisational comedy. Actors and comedians Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) kick off their national tour of with a special version of their hysterical improv show, with special participation from Ben Stiller.
Ben Schwartz is an Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor, and comedian. He's acted in the television shows House of Lies and Parks and Recreation as well as the films This Is Where I Leave You, Happy Anniversary, Outside In, Night School, and many others. He has lent his voice to many different animated projects, including Dewey in DuckTales and Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has penned feature scripts for Universal, Paramount, and Good Universe and is the co-author of the national bestseller Grandma's Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals, and its two sequels, as well as his latest book Things You Should Already Know about Dating, You F*cking Idiot which was adapted into a TV show for CBS and Gary Sanchez Productions.
Thomas Middleditch is an Emmy®-nominated actor, who can currently be seen staring as the lead character in the critically-acclaimed and award-winning HBO series, Silicon Valley. On the big screen, Middleditch will next be seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Replicas. His most recent work includes Joshy, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the horror comedy, The Final Girls.-He also lent his voice to the DreamWorks animated feature, Captain Underpants. Middleditch’s other credits include: NBC’s The Office, as well as the films The Wolf of Wall Street, The Campaign, The Bronze, The Kings of Summer, The Brass Teapot, Fun Size, Being Flynn, and Splinterheads. Middleditch is a member of the critically-acclaimed, Improvised Shakespeare Company.