Joel first performed on-stage as the
Little Drummer Boy in Morningside Kindergarten's Christmas pageant production.
His best friend at the time switched hats with him at the last
minute forcing Joel to take the stage in a blue hat, not his rehearsed-in purple
hat It didn't faze him one bit and, with full professional zeal, he took to the
stage and knocked one out of the park
earning raves from his Mother.
first got on-stage to do stand-up at Laff's Comedy Club in Albuquerque, NM. He
was 16 at the time. He wasn't able to get in to the club alone, so he had to drag his
Mom to the show. He spent
the rest of high school hitting Laff's once every month to fine-tune his new-found
Comedy / MC
out of college (Pepperdine), it took him a few years to remember how much he loved
doing stand-up. Re-finding his voice
and navigating the waters of the crowded LA stand-up scene, he has emerged as
a go-to performer for his energy, his off-the-cuff sets and his amazing MC skills. Joel is invited to take the local stage whenever he happens to be filming out of town. When in L.A., he spends the rest of his time haunting the Southern
Among the clubs he's made people laugh in as either an MC, Headliner
Flappers Comedy Club (both in Burbank and Claremont, CA)
The Improv (Hollywood, CA) -- The Comedy Store (both in Hollywood and San Diego)
The Icehouse (Pasadena, CA) -- Laff's (Albuquerque, NM)
The Back Door (Dallas,
TX) -- Crackers (Scranton, PA)
Mixed Nuts (Los Angeles, CA) -- Loft 7 (Downtown
Los Angeles, CA)
Martini Blues (Huntington Beach, CA) -- The Flight (Huntington
Lestat's (San Diego, CA) -- The Ha-Ha Cafe (North Hollywood,
Hennessey's (Dana Point, CA) -- The Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
Westside Eclectic (Santa Monica, CA) -- Cafe Muse (Hollywood, CA)
(Hollywood, CA) -- M-Bar (Hollywood, CA)
Howl At The Moon (Universal City,
he has been lucky to grace the stage with some of the best: Tommy Davidson, Bobcat Goldthwait, Eddie Griffin, Dane
Cook, Jimmy Dore, Don Freisen, Adam Ace, John Caparulo, Paul Rodriguez, Dante, Iliza Schlesinger, Ron White, Kira
Soltanovich, The Sklar Brothers, Chris Hardwick, Josh Blue, Anthony Jeselnik,
Sarah Tiana, Barry Sobel, Lou Santini, Darren Carter, Eric Schwartz, Lizzy Cooperman,
Lamont Ferguson, Jackie Kashian, Wendy Liebman, Harland Williams, Sean Tweedley, and Aisha Tyler among many
Stage Plays / Theatre
"The Boomerang Effect"
"The final couple has co-workers (from different departments) Janetta (Liza de Weerd) and Marcus (a hysterical Joel Bryant) waking up together in a hotel bed after a wild night of drunken
misbehaving. It seems Janetta believed Marcus’ love declarations during their acrobatic sex and
now cannot accept that Marcus has a wife. Marcus remains terribly sympathetic in his excuses and
ruses to retrieve all his belongings and get home to his wife." —Gil Kaan, Culture Spot LA
"The entire ensemble deliver superb performances: along side McClure, Hamilton, Lonsdale, Slavin, Howerton, Bailess, and de Weerd are Will Christoferson (Adam Kitchen played Andrew the night I attended), Emerson Collins and Joel Bryant, each actor delivering full-out committed work . After Chapter 5, with riveting de Weerd and Bryant surprisingly getting only one scene, the one-act goes backwards to conclude with Chapter 1. A wheel of life moving in two directions with a couple of pauses for thought and plenty of laughs." -Grigware Review
"Moonlight & Magnolias"
The epic production of "Gone With the Wind" is about ready to go up in flames like Atlanta in Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel when the film's producer, David O. Selznick, stops production and turns to screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming to revamp the script.
In Ron Hutchinson's comedic play "Moonlight and Magnolias," Selznick sequesters Fleming, whom he pulled off the set of "Wizard of Oz," and Hecht, known around town as the "Shakespeare of Hollywood," and locks the trio together for five days - eating nothing but peanuts and bananas - to pound out the screenplay that would eventually turn into an enduring classic.
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities' production of "Moonlight and Magnolias" opens with previews Tuesday, Oct. 26, and will run through Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse.
David O. Selznick - Patrick Vest
Ben Hecht - Joel Bryant
Victor Fleming - Cylan Brown
Joel trained at the Albuquerque
Little Theatre and Nickerson Acting Academy beginning when he was 11 years old.
He toured NM with The Strolling Players, had leads at the KiMo Theatre in Albuquerque
and earned an Outstanding Actor nod at the New Mexico Theatre Festival. His crowning
NM theatre experience came in sharing the stage with Neil Patrick Harris, Tony
Vincent and Abby Wolf in the world premiere of "Terminal Cafe."
From there he attended Pepperdine University on a theatre scholarship
and graduated magna cum laude in 3 years. After
college he quickly became an Apprentice member of Theatre West and has been a
company member with The Knightsbridge Theatre and Ark Theatre companies in Los
Since then, he has performed theatre
literally around the world.
"A Streetcar Named Desire" (Stanley Kowalski)
Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre [Palms Springs, CA]
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Peter Quince/Egeus), "Moonlight & Magnolias" (Ben Hecht)
Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities [Hermosa Beach, CA]
"Hamlet" (Hamlet), "As You Like It" (Orlando), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Lysander, Francis Flute)
Texas Shakespeare Festival [Kilgore, TX]