Bill Larkin is an actor, comedian, songwriter and pianist. He just released his 2nd album of comedy songs, “Knowing Your Audience”, which was recorded live at the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago, IL.
Born and raised in Bedford, MA, he moved to Orlando, FL in 1991, where he worked as an actor for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. He also performed improv regularly at SAK Theatre.
He relocated to Los Angeles in 1996 to perform with many of his SAK colleagues as “Houseful of Honkeys”. During this time, he began to write and perform original comedy songs, and his first album, “Bill’s Family Funtime”, was recorded in 2001. He performed a song from that album, “The Twin Song”, on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”. He also performed his “Funtime” songs at the Laugh Factory, Improv, Comedy Store and the Cinegrill in Hollywood, CA, Rose’s Turn in New York, NY, and The Riviera Casino and Nightclub in Las Vegas, NV.
He then moved to his current home, Chicago, in 2002. where he performed with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for many years. He co-wrote a musical version of “The Ten Commandments” with the then-artistic director of the Chorus, Patrick Sinozich.
He has spent the last 17 consecutive years working at the Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar; 3 years at the Hollywood location and 14 years in Chicago.
He is also an award-winning actor: in 2013, he received the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for excellence in Chicago theatre for Best Actor in a Musical for Porchlight Music Theatre’s “A Class Act”. Other theatre credits in Chicago include Mercury Theatre’s “The Producers”, Porchlight’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s “Aladdin” and Broadway in Chicago’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”