Sam Pancake is an actor, writer, improvisor and comedian who grew up in Romney, WV.  For nearly thirty years, he has been one of the very few openly gay continuously working character actors of his generation.  He is known for numerous recurring and guest-starring television roles on many popular television series. Recently, Sam appeared on “The Mick,” “Transparent,” “Major Crimes,” “Documentary Now,” MTV’’s “Acting Out,”  “Bajillion Dollar Properties’ and “Gilmore Girls; A Year in the Life” on Netflix. He’s also guest-starred or recurred on ”Truth Be Told,” “Cougartown,” “Parenthood,” “S#!% My Dad Says,” “Jessie” ”Hit The Floor”, “Pushing Daisies,’ “Curb Your Enthusiasm” “Arrested Development,” “Friends”  “‘Will & Grace,” “Charmed,” “West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” “King of Queens,” “Wings” and many more. Sam was a regular on two back-to-back critically acclaimed series, FOX’s “Kitchen Confidential,” with Bradley Cooper, created by Darren Star, and Lifetime’s improv-based sitcom, “Lovespring International” with Jane Lynch and Wendi McLendon-Covey, which he also helped develop .  He has also appeared in dozens of commercials, a score of unaired tv pilots and many popular web-series, for which he has won online-awards: best actor for “PRETTY: The Series”, and best supporting actor for “Where The Bears Are” and “Paragon School For Girls” . HIs extensive film work includes “You’re Killing Me'” “Space Station 76” starring Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler (which he also co-wrote), ”The Hungover Games,””Out West.” “”Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3,” “Over Her Dead Body,”  “Straight Jacket,” “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!,” “Legally Blonde 2,” “Gia” and the cult drag hit “Girls Will Be Girls.” Sam has performed for years on LA stages in sketch, improv, storytelling and a wee bit of stand-up. He has written and regularly performs four different one-man shows: “The Head Is Not Reliable” about this unusual Appalachian childhood as a Pancake; “Wasted On A Boy” which covers his last thirty years as an out working actor in Hollywood (which is playing at the Laurie Beachman Theatre May 10 & 11) ; “Hot Sticky and Sweet,”  a broad three- character comedy show: and “Fritzie Zimmer in ‘What’s Left of Me!’” in which he plays the world’s oldest openly gay stand-up comedian and cabaret singer, Fritzie Zimmer. He recently wrapped production on the film “Dumplin,’” co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Kathy Najimy, Ginger Minj and Harold Perrineau, which will be released in 2018., and is slated to appear in the Sundance Now series “Call Your Father” which starts filming Summer 2018. Yes, Pancake is his real last name.