“…a consummate storyteller, easy-going and ludicrously funny”
– LA Weekly review of “Saints-A-Go-Go”
I have been writing & performing solo shows that I like to call “Spoken Word Comedy” for quite a while. Two shows in particular: “A Punk’s Tale” and “Saints-A-Go-Go” are constantly being lengthened and revised for future performances. Lately I have also been branching out and doing shorter pieces at various ‘storytelling’ nights around LA including “Story Salon,” “The MOTH” and “Sit-n-Spin” at the Comedy Central Stage.
If you’ve got a few minutes, I have included some (short) clips of recent shows & readings on my Funny or Die Page… please vote ‘Funny’ of course.
I also have an extensive background in Improv training & performance:
- I started my improv training at Improv Boston.
- After moving to LA, I took several rounds of classes at the Groundlings theater.
- I am a proud graduate, teacher and former board member of the legendary bang. Improv theater
- I am also a founding graduate of the Hothouse Spontaneous Theater company.
- I have continued my improv studies at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (LA) theater/school.
In addition to solo shows and (brief) stints of stand-up, in the past decade+ I have performed in countless improv shows here in Los Angeles and around the US. The latest group I’ve been involved in (though we’re now on “extended hiatus”) is called “UNDERBELLY.” We’ve been invited performers at the following festivals:Los Angeles Improv Festival Chicago Improv Festival Denver Improv Festival Phoenix Improv Festival
I have also performed at the following improv festivals with the following groups:The Del Close Improv Festival NYC (with “The Beast”) Chicago Improv Festival (in 3 different shows: “The Beast”, “MayFly” and “Tastes Like Home”)
If musical comedy is your thing, I also wrote and recorded the shamelessly cheesy theme song to Jewell Rae Jeffers’ hilarious TV show: Tastes Like Home.
I am constantly taking more classes, re-reading the improv training classics and lurking in the audience at improv & comedy shows wherever I might be. The concepts of cooperation and “yes, and…” aren’t just bits of stage training, they are the way I look at the world and approach all aspects of my life. We create a new reality every time we agree with a new concept. We create new connections every time we cooperate with each other.
Did I mention that I TEACH Improv too ??
I have taught all levels from beginner to master classes for groups and one-on-one, for both actors and non-actors. I have also developed an occasional, one-time, one-day workshop I call “Improv for Writers” which I hope will demystify the Improv process for people who usually do their creating on the page only. I have found that my improv training often helps me overcome many of the road blocks (and writer’s blocks) that can occur when you’re working on a tough script.