Bill Applebaum (born February 4, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is an American actor and writer. He started working on stage in Chicago at The Second City Theater, where he helped start the Second City ETC Theater in 1984. He has worked in hundreds of commercials, tv shows, films and on stage. In addition to writing TV pilots for Second City, he wrote on "The Carol Burnett Show" and for the television version of the film Nothing in Common. Applebaum also had a small role in the movie Pretty Woman and has guest starred on many television shows, including The Pez Dispenser, and The Pick of the television series "Seinfeld". He founded and runs ActorsImprovStudio (actorsimprovstudio.com) helping people to better harness and use their creativity learning (improv) techniques whether one is a writer, actor, voice-actor, or non-actor. He also works as a consultant for touring authors and works with corporations helping executives prepare to give speeches and to be interviewed by the media.