As Hollywood screenwriter Bernie Lutz in 'A Jewish Joke'.
Phil Johnson performed on Broadway in Les Miserables, in the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard, and toured with Les Miz and the 1st National Company of Miss Saigon. He is an actor, writer and singer, now in San Diego and L.A.
Phil’s acting work includes: Man Who Came to Dinner (SD Critics Circle Craig Noel Award) at Coronado Playhouse; Mistakes Were Made (West Coast Premiere), & Little Shop of Horrors at Cygnet Theatre; Hound of the Baskervilles (Original solo show, funded by the SD Foundation), Putnam County Spelling Bee, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Pageant, & Leading Ladies at North Coast Repertory Theatre; The Mousetrap at Moonlight Avo Playhouse; How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre; Pete n’ Keely and American Rhythm at Lamb’s Players; The New Century at Diversionary Theatre; A Christmas Carol at San Diego Rep, Forever Plaid at the Theatre in Old Town; True West at Sledgehammer Theatre; Wind in the Willows at South Coast Rep; and Importance of Being Earnest with Vantage Theatre.... in Los Angeles: Possible Worlds at the Strasberg Institute. On television he appeared on ‘Notes for the Underbelly’, a sitcom on ABC.
Phil writes, produces and performs an original sketch comedy show ‘Casa del Haha with Senor Phil’ at Diversionary Theatre (www.casadelhaha.com). He appeared with his original solo play Say Cheese (Backstage West Critic’s Pick, LA) in L.A., Chicago, and in San Diego. Both of his pieces at the Actors Fest 2006- ‘NEMESIS’ & ‘TRAVIS & PHIL: In Shorts’- were named ‘Best of The Fest’. Phil was a member in the Bravo sketch comedy company at the Acme Comedy Theatre, LA. For theatres he has written: ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ (solo comedy show, winner of the SD Foundation Creative Catalyst Grant), ‘Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem’ (cowriter) for North Coast Rep, ‘My Nights with George, Kurt and Cole’ (cowriter) in the San Diego Actor’s Festival (Best New Play Award), and also ‘Under The Chuppah’ for the San Diego Jewish community.
He was a Fellow at The 1998 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Cabaret Symposium, and developed and ran a popular Chicago cabaret called Boombala.
A JEWISH JOKE
A funny curmudgeon of a Jewish Screenwriter from the 1940's at MGM studio meets up with the un-comic force of McCarthy's blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Commitee.
SHE-RANTULAS FROM OUTER SPACE
An alien force from beyond drops down upon the unsuspecting world of suburban 1950's America- can anyone be saved? A Sci-fi Horror gem for Halloween along the lines of 'The Bad Seed' meets 'Creature From the Black Lagoon'.
HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
A one-man journey into madness: One actor plays all the characters in this comedy retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary masterpiece. A San Diego Foundation Grantee.
WITHERING HEIGHTS (Spring 2017)
A Comic Retelling of a Classic Romance
Based on Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Written and performed by Omri Schein and Phil Johnson
Original Music by James Olmstead
Heathcliff and Catherine on the Moors as you've never seen them before. Schein and Johnson take on all fourteen roles in this action packed tour de force comedy play.
IT'S A GOOD DAY (:50)
THE COFFEE SONG (1:10)
I GOTTA BE ME (:39)
I'LL CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (:55)
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