Who We Are

SOV Group Shot

Sad On Vacation is Jon Barinholtz, Mort Burke, Wes Haney, George McAuliffe, Conner O’Malley, Andrew Peyton, Mark Vannier, Sam Weiner, and Chris Witaske. The boys performed together in different capacities for several years in Chicago before forming the group in 2009 and (mostly) moving to LA. Some of their credits include critically acclaimed shows at the iO Theater, The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, UCB Theatre, TBS Just For Laughs Festival, New York Television Festival and many, many others.

Jon Barinholtz recently moved to Los Angeles from his hometown of Chicago and, although he misses his daily breakfasts with the rest of the Sad On Vacation members, he couldn’t be more excited to never have to deal with a Chicago winter again. Since graduating from Colgate University with a degree in English Creative Writing Jon returned to Chicago to complete the training programs at The Annoyance Theatre, IO (formerly Improv Olympic), The Second City Conservatory, and The School at Steppenwolf 2007 and performed weekly at these theatres in a variety of shows (Barinholtz and Belushi, Buffet Shark, Diplomat Motel, Tommy’s Place). In Los Angeles Jon does a lot of famous things like walking on Hollywood Blvd, looking at the Hollywood sign in the hills, and hanging out with his good friend Keanu Reeves. L’Chaim!

Mort Burke was born in St. Louis and started doing comedy at City Improv. Then he moved to Chicago and did more comedy. He was a resident at io where he was on teams such as Quincy and Let Them Ho’s Fight. He’s been to tons of improv festivals (Seattle Improv Fest, Del Close, etc.) and toured the nation’s colleges with Mission Improvable. He performed a ton of shows at the Annoyance Theater such as Sodomites and Love Is Dead, which went to the New York Fringe Festival. He also performed in Bob and David and Friends at the Just For Laughs festival in 2009, toured with David Cross and will be appearing in Cross’ new special Bigger and Blackerer. He couldn’t be more excited to be working with his hot friendz in Sad On Vacation.
.

Originally from Indiana, Wes Haney (@westonhaney) spent a number of years in Chicago, where he wrote and performed in lots of shows at places like The Annoyance and iO Chicago, including the long-running live sitcom, Guy Friends. A part of the Chicago Just For Laughs Festival in 2010 and 2011, Wes performed as both a solo act, and along with the rest of Sad On Vacation in Bob Odenkirk’s The Not Inappropriate Show. Now in Los Angeles, he hosts the very fun live show Singles Motel in Echo Park, performs with BOY at iO West, and appears forever and always in all the fun SOV videos on this very site.

.
.

George McAuliffe lives in Los Angeles and isthe strongest member of the group. Spiritually. George has performed with Bob Odenkirk in Gentlemen’s Club at UCB Los Angeles and with the Not Inappropriate Show at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival. George performed for six years with Revolver at iO Chicago where he was named one of the theaters top 10 improvisers. He directed, wrote and performed in over a dozen shows at the Annoyance Theatre including Daredevilry and his solo show A Child’s Mind. . He also has been in films at the Sundance and SXSW festivals.

.

.
.

Conner O’Malley has been performing comedy in Chicago since 2005. He has written and performed in many original productions at The Annoyance Theater including Dr. Amazing, Your Country Needs You, An Aerosmith Christmas, and Swear Jar. He also improvises at iO with his team Mrs. Dad. Conner has appeared in videos for the Second City and also worked for 1-800-Got-Junk hauling away people’s unwanted trash.

.

.

.

.

Andrew Peyton moved to Chicago from Pennsylvania in 2005 to pursue a career in comedy. He has since been employed at restaurants, video stores and currently the Illinois Department of Employment Security. He has been fortunate enough to find a home at the Annoyance Theatre where he is a writer and performer of comedy. Some of the work that he is most proud of at the Annoyance includes Dr. Amazing, Your Country Needs You, Arm Soup: The Story of How Five People Went West and Ate Each Other, Daredevilry, Hardstone 2010: Year of the Bloodlaw, Swear Jar and the always messy, anything goes sketch show Grabass. He has also performed in various improv shows at the iO Theater and acted in videos for the Second City. He recently went through a quarter life crisis.

Mark Vannier has written, performed in, or directed more than two dozen comedy and comedy-like shows since 2005. Shows like Arm Soup, Bodyslam, Daredevilry, and his two-man sketch tirade Fancy Lads (with George McAuliffe), all at the Annoyance Theatre. You can also see him “performing” regularly at the iO Theater. He teaches comedy writing at The Annoyance and at the Second City Training Center. He has a MFA in fiction writing from Southern Illinois University that help him write smart and nice.

.

.

.

Sam Weiner is a Staff Writer for the Onion News Network and the co-author of the book How To Win At Everything. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Splitsider, Gizmodo, on NPR’s Marketplace, and on stage at the Annoyance Theatre. He has also written and performed the one-man shows Freddie Mercury: I’m Gay, I Have AIDS, and I’m Dead and Pepsi Presents Sam Weiner, which the Chicago Reader called “dizzyingly hilarious.”

.

.

.

.

Chris Witaske is very excited to have his bio on our sexy, sexy web site. Chris’ credits include writing and performing in over 12 original productions at the Annoyance Theater. Some of the show titles were Swear Jar, Sodomites The Musical, Scientology The Unauthorized Musical, Bodyslam, ThunderPussy, Stop That Show and Splatter Theater. Chris has also performed short and long form improvisation in many shows at the iO Theater including Unwanted, Bernard Feinstein, Alpine Rescue and was the long time host of The Jam. Other credits include a tour for the Second City Theater aboard the Norwegian Dawn, Chicago Sketchfest, TBS Just for Laughs Festival and College tours. Recently he assistant directed the Second City Mainstage 50th anniversary revue Taming of the Flu under Director Mick Napier. Chris is most proud of his two-man sketch comedy group Buffet Shark and Sad On Vacation both of which just performed shows at the Comedy Central Stage in L.A. He’s also a shitty Magician.