Alyssa Davis just moved to New York from Chicago! She has over ten years of experience as an improviser with the iO teams the DelTones (improvised musical), Daffodil (her Harold team), and Heraldo (a Spanish-speaking team), Chaos Theory, Nightingale, and Emergency Sleepover. In New York, she improvises with the Musical Improv groups Elevator Talk, Havisham and Bad Magicians. She performs with Baby Wants Candy and was recently selected to go to Adelaide, Australia with the original musical: “Thrones”. She is a co-creator of the viral video group “Cedarville Comedy” and performs in XVP Comedy Shorts. She has taught and performed at The Second City and iO in Chicago!
Desi Domo is a Brooklyn-based comedian, actor, and writer. She currently writes and performs original characters at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Characters Welcome, after performing sketch comedy for years on Maude Night. She’s appeared in TV and film in Alternatino, The Jerry O’ Show, The Break with Michelle Wolf, The Conjuring, and much more. She received extensive training in Commedia Dell’Arte—considered by many to be the fountainhead of improv & sketch comedy—from the Accadamia Dell’Arte in Tuscany. She also has a BA in Drama from Davidson College, where reading Death of a Salesman too many times is largely to thank for her tendency to play ineffective businessmen as often as possible in her comedy. For celebrity impressions, original characters, and weird comedy she makes with her brother, follow her on Instagram @desidomo
Matt Giroveanu (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, musical improviser & voiceover artist from Astoria, NY. Matt majored in TV Production and double minored in Theatre Studies & Performance at Seton Hall University. He can be seen nationwide in the touring company of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical & weekly in New York City on the musical improv house team VERN at the Peoples Improv Theater, who in conjunction with Audible.com, produced “A Very Improvised Holiday Musical” with Tony-winner Laura Benanti. Television credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Deuce, Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, ID’s A Crime To Remember, SyFy’s Happy!, Comedy Central’s Alternatino with Arturo Castro and Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel www.MattGiro.com
Ali Gordon is an actor, writer, and improviser from New York City. Ali has performed in musicals Off-Broadway and around the country, but more often than not you can catch her at UCB doing improv, sketch, and even MORE musical improv with team “Rumpleteaser.” Ali also performs on the popular podcast “Second Best: a D&D Adventure” where she plays a big dummy named Bug. Find more at www.ali-gordon.com.
Eric Lockley – OBIE award-winning actor, writer, producer. Stage: Choir Boy, Black Odyssey, How We Got On. Screen: First Reformed, Knockout Game, Luke Cage. Eric’s comedic web series Blacker is featured on “Best Web Series” lists. Lockley was recently featured in the one-of-kind Off Broadway show #DateMe where he flexed his comedy and musical improv skills. Eric produces with his Harlem-based orgs, The Movement Theatre Company & Harlem9, and he creates #blackboyjoy content on various social media platforms. @iamericlockley
Philip Markle has performed and produced in hundreds of shows and taught students of acting and improv internationally, from Berlin to Bali. Philip graduated from Northwestern University and trained in improvisation in Chicago at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. He moved to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he acted as its Executive Director until Fall 2016. He is now the Founder and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Comedy Collective, where he currently teaches and performs. Highlights include musically improvising with Baby Wants Candy in Chicago and BLANK: The Musical Off-Broadway in NY and his national-touring musical improv show Happy Karaoke Fun Time. As a storyteller, he has performed at The Moth and The Paper Machete and is a writer on Medium.com with 100k+ reads and has been published in Insider magazine. He is a proud member of the children’s education theatre companies The Story Pirates and Barrel of Monkeys. He executive produced, wrote, and acted in the digital shorts series “The Annoyance Presents” on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Philip has written a one-man show, Sparkle Hour, which was featured to rave reviews in the 2013 NY International Fringe Festival. He regularly produces his monthly show Sparkle Hour, which first played at the historic Joe’s Pub in June, 2018, and just released his first album of comedy songs “AT THE GAY BATHHOUSE” on streaming and digital platforms everywhere.
Kiki Mikkelsen is an improvisor, actress and musician living in Queens. She has been studying and performing improv in New York City since 2012. Kiki holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. She performs with Baby Wants Candy (Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Adelaide Fringe Fest, UCB), Blank! The Musical (Green Room 42), Vern (The PIT), and Premiere (Magnet). She also performs with Happy Karaoke Fun Time! and her indie team Tall Boys. Find out more at kikimikkelsen.com.
Ali Reed is an actor, improviser, and singer based out of Brooklyn. She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, and at the acclaimed Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Currently Ali can be seen performing with Baby Wants Candy, Blank! The Musical, and Premiere: The Improvised Musical. She is also in development of a new choose your own adventure, interactive, dating musical called “Just Between The All of Us” which is being produced by NewYorkRep. Ali can be heard as a cohost of “Meat Cute” a podcast about love and relationships mixed with delicious meats and cheeses and of course with improvised songs twisted in. And debuting this fall, Ali can be seen in her one woman show “Rose Colored Asses” to be performed at SoloCom. When she is not performing, Ali teaches musical improv out of her own studio and loves to spread her light and love. @alisreed
Chris Simpson is an actor, improvisor, and educator. He recently was a swing for the Off-Broadway show, Puffs! His favorite roles include Flash Thompson in Peter, Who? at the 15th Annual New York Musical Festival and The Wizard in the Off-Broadway musical Wicked Frozen. Additionally, you can find him at the Magnet Theater performing with his house improv team Nightshade every Tuesday night. He is also a proud member of the internationally recognized children’s educational theater company Story Pirates, where he is an actor, director, and teacher.