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       SCOTCH WICHMANN is a writer, performance artist, comedian, filmmaker, and actor whose madcap riffs about his trailerpark childhood, neurotic delusions, and Hollywood obsessions spurred the San Francisco Chronicle to describe him as "like eating and snorting [drugs]...then freebasing...then reaching for the turkey baster."

       An alum of Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS) and The Standup Project comedy road troupe—and a two-time finalist in Northern California's largest comedy competition—Scotch was the hyperactive host of the wildly popular Hump Day Show for years, a weekly comedy marathon that featured 30 comics in under 2 hours at the Comedy Clubhouse in San Francisco. He continues to be a regular feature and host at comedy clubs across the country, keeping audiences rolling before national headliners like Bill Burr, Barry Sobel, Laurie Kilmartin, Eddie Brill, and many more. He's appeared on the BBC's Show Me the Funny reality TV show, and has been seen performing with The Idiot Workshop, an irreverant band of comedy misfits led by longtime Cirque du Soliel clown John Gilkey, that was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Stunt at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

       Scotch began as a performance artist. A protégé of seminal L.A. performance artist John M. White, Scotch's live experimental works continue to be featured at galleries and venues like Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), HIGHWAYS, the Claremont Graduate School, the University of California, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where his pieces have become known for their magical realism, schizophrenic texts, ragged staging, physical endurance, and Dadaist pranks.

       In a strange turn, actor-director Shia LaBeouf was caught plagiarizing Scotch's performance art manifesto in January, 2014. Scotch responded with a 6-hour protest performance entitled #LABEEF for a crowd of hundreds outside of a Los Angeles gallery where LaBeouf showed up to perform a public apology called #IAMSORRY. After duct taping beef patties to his shoes, Scotch performed to the delight of the crowd and news reporters for hours, though LaBeouf refused to come out of the gallery to apologize in person for his plagiarism.

       In 2007, Scotch launched Meth Coffee, an underground coffee company in San Francisco as both a branding experiment and an ongoing performance.  Donning a crazy wig and calling himself "The Drinker", he acted as the company's cracked-out spokesman, attracting a swarm of press from CNN, NBC, FOX, NPR, Maxim, The Washington Post, and The New York Times while selling super-caffeinated coffee beans in white druggy bags.  The product was eventually banned in several regions, including the state of Illinois by its Attorney General, who found the whole concept objectionable.

       Scotch works increasingly in TV and film. He folded himself into a killer's suitcase for the late-night TV short Hacksaw (2005), played an overgrown baby in Outer Sunset (2007), and made his directorial debut with Secret to A Better Life (2011), a short that was featured at the 2011 Nihilist Film Festival and the 2012 Freethought Film Festival.

       His debut novel, Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss And Do Things With Him—a screwball comedy about two performance artists struggling to make it—was published in 2014. The book won a Silver Medal for Best New Voice at the 2015 Independent Book Publisher's Association Awards, a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and it was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest First Round Finalist that critics called "possibly the funniest caper ever written...what you'd get if Fear and Loathing, Office Space, and Jackass made a baby."