All posts in March 2014

Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin. Larry was a cast member in The Second City, as a stand-up he opened for Woody Allen, and he was nominated for an Academy Award,. Larry helped found San Francisco’s comedy troupe, “The Committee,” and in films was in “Home Alone,” Escape from Alcatraz,” and “Billy Madison.” On television he’s been in “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” and “Breaking Bad.”

Mike Bunin

Mike Bunin. Mike has appeared in numerous commercials, the movie “The Soloist,” and on television has appeared in “Mad Men,” and was a regular on “My Boys” on TBS. Mike’s also a stand-up and an improviser who appears on stage at The Groundlings and iO.

Jeff Michalski

Jeff Michalski. Jeff is stage and film director, and an alumni of The Second City, where he was fundamental in building their famous Second City etc theater. Jeff is also a teacher and writer, and, with his wife Jane Morris run Los Angeles’ “Fanatic Salon.”

Josh Funk

Josh Funk. Josh is the Artistic Director of Second City LA’s Training Center, a cast member of the all-Detroit improv cast “The 313,” the composer on “Key & Peele,” and a cast member traveling with Jim Belushi in “The Chicago Board of Comedy.”

Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor. Austin tours with the Reduced Shakespeare Company and for seven seasons he served as Associate Producing Director of the American Stage Festival in Milford, NH. He also produces and hosts the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast, “All Things Reduced.”

Tom Booker

Tom Booker. Tom is a founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre. Tom has appeared in nearly a hundred commercials and co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Kill the Man starring Luke Wilson. Recorded on location in Austin, TX.

Noah Gregoropoulos

Noah Gregoropoulos is a seasoned improviser, teacher and veteran of Chicago’s improv world. He teaches at DePaul, and has directed at Second City e.t.c. and The Second City National Touring Company. Noah’s written for “Dharma and Greg,” and performs weekly at iO Chicago. Recorded on location in Chicago.

Nyima Funk

Nyima Funk. Nyima has appeared on MTV’s “Wild’n Out”, “Key and Peele” and “Whose Line is it Anyway.”

Charna Halpern

Charna Halpern is the artistic director and guiding voice of iO Chicago and iO West. She, Del Close and Howard “Kim” Johnson wrote “Truth in Comedy,” and she and Del are credited with the success of The Harold, The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience, as well as being creative forces that helped the careers of Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Michael Myers, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Stephen Colbert and scores more. Charna is also the author of “Art By Committee.”