The Bearded Company has been performing and teaching together nationally and internationally since 2006. They have groups in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Each group has a standing weekly show. The Beards focus on genre-based narrative improv using strong characters and storytelling. Basically, a story from beginning to end. Sharpen your swords, grab your rocket pack, and get ready for one hell of an adventure.
Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series”, and Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That '70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development,” and “Corner Gas.” McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Nickelodeon's “Invader Zim,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Catscratch,” and “Clerks: The Animated Series.” He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the episode ‘Sight for Sore Eyes’ on “Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends,” appeared in the music video for "Roses" by Outkast, and made an appearance in “Tim and Eric's Awesome Show.”
Seth Morris is an improviser, actor, writer and producer living in Los Angeles. Seth started studying and performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade in 1997 and has been performing and teaching long form improv ever since. In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles to become Artistic Director of the UCB Theatre L.A. From there Seth went on to write and produce for the website Funny Or Die. As a writer Seth has worked on such shows as Children’s Hospital, The Kroll Show, The Eric Andre Show, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Do You Want To See A Dead Body? as well as specials for HBO and Comedy Central. Acting credits include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Kroll Show, Parks And Recreation, Broad City, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Love, The Good Place and Veep. Seth still performs improv at the UCB theatre in LA every week in The Facebook Show.
For four beautiful years, Just Friends has been a Denver-based improv and sketch comedy group from Grafenberg Productions. Max Schwartz and Justin Franzen teach and perform with Grafenberg Productions at The Deer, Comedy Roomroom, and other Denver hotspots. Although there is a strong connection between them, they keep everything platonic on and off stage. Just Friends will take you through a journey of hope and heartbreak full of life lessons with their combination of sketch comedy and improv.
Glassworks Improv is Alex Raney, Elliot Heinz, and Mack Hastings. Focusing on relationships, honesty, and the present moment, Glassworks crafts truly unique comedy. With over six years of rehearsals, shows, and 12 hour van rides on any of their six national tours, the performers share an infectious synergy. It’s truth in comedy, but not like you’ve seen it before. The trio has been an official selection of nine national improv festivals, and played in 24 cities around the U.S and Canada.
Chris George has spent entirely too much time watching TV and movies. Now, he's putting it to good use. The audience selects a movie or episode of a TV show; it plays with the sound off. CG improvises all the music, sound effects, and dialogue. It's a 25-minute journey inside a pop culture brain.
Amey Goerlich is the only female in the 15 year-old UCB indie quartet known as KROMPF. Currently she is living in Los Angeles and teaching/performing at M.I. Westside Comedy Theatre. She was the Host and Coordinator of Indie Cage Match at UCBeast for five years 2011-2016. She was the Artistic Director of the virtual theatre E-MPROV. A long form improviser from 2001-2016 at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC and she has coached over 400+ long form improv teams (some online like from Bali). She also co-created an improv card game called ‘Humans Being an improv card game’ you can find it on Amazon. Later this month a booklet is being released on Amey’s personal method of teaching and doing improv in a series coming about on Improvisation influencers around the world.You can see her House Team Lucy (Faculty Team) at Westside Comedy Theatre. Check out her web series Best Cupcakes in the World on YouTube. You can also hear her talk improv on Jimmy Carane Improv Nerd Podcast taped at The Steelstacks Improv Fest 2014, Improv Resource Center podcast with Kevin Mullaney, Improvcast with Jay & Landon.
Stacey is a loud Long Islander who recently relocated to Boston by way of Chicago. She is currently the Comedy School Manager at ImprovBoston and can soon be seen performing regularly on the ImprovBoston Mainstage as well as on both the Music Improv Cast and the LateNight Improv Cast. When in Chicago, Stacey performs with The Deltones and The Musical Armando at iO as well as at CSz. She performed for many years in various projects with The Second City such as Life Hacks, The Really Awesome Improv Show, #DateMe and two contracts onboard the Norwegian Breakaway. Stacey also has various independent teams (Stacked: All-Female Musical Improv and Brouhaha: An Improvised Puppet Musical) that perform and instruct nationally at festivals. She is a former instructor in the A-E Program, Youth&Teen Program and The Wellness Program at The Second City and recently created her own program called S.H.E (Sisterhood. Humor. Empowerment) for female identifying students ages 8-18. In addition, she also has taught at iO and The Playground Theater and is the former head of the Training Center at CSz Theater Chicago. Stacey is the Creator/Executive Producer of the Chicago Musical Improv Festival.
3Peat is a critically acclaimed and award winning Improv/Sketch/Stand Up Group. The members met while performing and teaching at The Second City and iO Theater in Chicago. Tired of each being the only minority in their shows, the group came together to create their own brand of comedy that fits their high energy and experiences. The team boasts members that write and perform in Television, film, and on stage across the world. Don’t miss this show! Our cast has worked on or currently works on Saturday Night Live, The late show with Stephen Colbert, Popstar, Disjointed (Netflix), Wild N' Out, 50 Central (BET), Chicago Med, Don’t Worry, he worn’t get far on foot, Julius (NYTVF), Bouncers, Second City ETC, Second City Main Stage, Second City Touring Company, and Numerous Commercials.
Mary Holland is an actor and improviser in Los Angeles. She’s a regular performer at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre in LA, where she is a cast member on teams Soundtrack, JV, Wild Horses, and Asssscat. Film and TV credits include VEEP, Blunt Talk, Silicon Valley, The Good Place, Shrink, Mr. Neighbor’s House, The Mindy Project, Comedy Bang! Bang!, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Unicorn Store.
Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters are two of America's top independent touring improvisers. Since 2014, they have performed and taught over 250 shows and workshops in 24 different states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and international waters. Their signature form is the Walter, a minimalistic monoscene that emphasizes silence, eye contact, and total commitment to the moment. Off stage, they promote a DIY ethos that encourages improvisers to find their own voices and own their own work. They are based in New York City, where they are the founders of Countdown Theater, a roaming pop-up improv collaborative. Kelly and Justin are also the producers of Countdown Improv Festival, an annual traveling event that showcases trio, duo, and solo improvisers. They're very excited to be making their third appearance at the Omaha Improv Festival, and can't wait to be back in Omaha.