WHO WERE YOUR ACTING/IMPROV INFLUENCES, ROLE MODELS?
As a kid I loved all of the comedians and comics on TV. I loved Lucy, and Carol Burnett, The three Stooges, Abbott and Costello, Sid Caesar, and Ernie Kovacs.
I saw improvisation for the first time when I moved to Chicago and saw Second City. In that cast were Shelly Long and Jim Belushi. I loved it and began taking classes at Second City with Del Close.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN IMPROV?
I was born in Kenosha Wisconsin.
While taking classes at Second City, I joined Chicago City Limits, which was just forming under the leadership of George Todisco. George was a phenomenal improviser and visionary. He was also a good friend and I miss him.
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF PERFORMING?
Doing improvisation is like creating magic. (At least when it is done well.) It demands that one is present and when one is, the words flow and the magic appears. At Chicago City Limits we were able to achieve what I call “group mind”. We were able at times to work as one. It was amazing and it was for those moments that I loved to perform. Working at the height of one’s intelligence and creativity is what any art form is all about and that is the gift I received from performing.
DETAIL, CHRONOLOGICALLY, YOUR IMPROV RESUME/CAREER?
Let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. J
WHO WERE YOUR TEACHERS?
And all of the terrific improvisers that I have had the pleasure to work with.
WHAT DO YOU GET FROM DOING SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV? IS IT FUN?
It is fun. That is what I get out of it. And the delight of working with wonderfully talented people like Tom and Tom.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST CHALLENGING IMPROV MOMENT?
Every moment doing improv is in a way challenging because it demands focus, listening and an openness that allows for the creativity to flow.
YOUR MOST REWARDING IMPROV WORK?
Working with CCL at the height of our run. It was hard work and very rewarding and I will never forget it.
DONE ANY WORK IN TV? FILMS? SCRIPTED THEATER?
Yes a bit. I did some commercials and TV work and a television series called, Encyclopedia.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO GO WITH THIS?
I use improvisation in my work as a speech coach and creative director.
WORST IMPROV EXPERIENCE?
Having to answer these questions.
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