Keith Gerchak

Keith GerchakThe great-grandson of Russian vaudevillians, Keith grew up in Cleveland, OH, where as the only Jewish kid at Our Lady of Angels School, he would pass out matzoh in the cafeteria under the crucifix. Bespectacled and the smallest in his class, he would read the encyclopedia during recess while his classmates played kickball, until one day his insightful second grade teacher Mrs. Gibbons stood him on a milk crate and had him sing two songs his mother had taught him – “High Hopes” and “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight.” At that moment, he was hooked.

Keith went on to study acting while earning a Masters Degree in Architecture through Tulane University and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, traveling extensively throughout Europe. Returning to Cleveland, he co-founded a small resident professional theatre company while working as a registered architect, eventually becoming a respected designer of performing arts centers and a contributing writer to two books and over a dozen magazine articles on the art of theatre design from the performer’s perspective.

Moving to NYC in late 2003, Keith expanded his theatre background to include over 50 stage credits, from Motel the tailor in Fiddler on the Roof – opposite Paul Sorvino – to Marlin the father in Disney’s Finding Nemo the Musical, which found him singing high B-flats while doing aerial somersaults with a puppet in his hands. Most recently, he starred off-Broadway in the musical comedy The Road to Qatar. Trained in improv at The Pit in NYC and The Groundlings in LA, Keith has worked in TV, film and commercials, from ABC’s The Middle to the Zac Efron feature The Derby Stallion. His appearance on The Onion News Network has the rare distinction of being included in the PBS series Make ‘Em Laugh, a documentary on the history of comedy that found Keith sandwiched between Mae West and Family Guy.

He now lives in LA, where he works in TV, film, and commercials.

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