I was born on Long Island during the best-year-ever: 1990, and I grew up in two towns— Malverne and Plainview— of course, not simultaneously. Malverne first, then Plainview after. I first got involved in Improv when I went to acting classes at the Cultural Arts Playhouse on Long Island, where we did lots of fun improv games like freeze and whatnot, and my teacher spat water at us!
My biggest acting influences are those people whom I watch the most, probably Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey, particularly, but I try to branch out to the Muppets and Johnny Depp as much as possible. I love performing because it gives me a rush of adrenaline that I can only otherwise get from balancing precariously on the edge of a cliff, and that is neither easy or safe to do on a regular basis.
1990: Born, and started singing.
1993: Trained performance muscles in first family Lip-Synch Competition
2002: Improv and Acting Classes at CAP center
2004- 2008: Trained in Improv through various shows on Long Island and with friends who created Laugh Laugh Revolution at our high school
2010: Trained at DSI Comedy in NC
2012-2014: Music-Directing for Theater and writing lots of theater songs at the BMI Workshop, a form of personal musical improve!
2014: Started Performing Improv Piano at SNI, and taking classes at UCB
I love SNI because the people always switch in and out, and you always have a fresh batch of people. Also, it’s exciting because it’s improv, and you never know what’s going to happen next!
Most rewarding improv work was probably the hard rock song “Stamps” we created during SNI in September.
I write musicals all the time, and had a reading of one last Spring at the Underground Cabaret in NYC on the Upper West Side; that was a lot of fun!
I hope to take this on with me for many years to come, play for more groups, and get more experience as an improve pianist, and as an improviser myself, because it’s a great release for me, and it’s always a lot of fun.
SEE BEN BOECKER AT SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV ON MAY 22 & MAY 29!