How long have you been doing improv comedy?
22 years. Wow, that's sounds like alot. And it would be if I hadn't started at the of 5. There that fixed me feeling old.
What brought you to ComedySportz?
A girl I was dating and her friends saw the show in the basement at Jim McMahon's restaurant. They said that I would be great at this. They were right. Who knew it would last longer then my relationship with that girl, 21 years longer. Also a side note the first time I ever saw the show I was on sound. Long story but true.
What is your favorite thing about doing shows at ComedySportz?
The fact that this show teaches you how to be funny in front of a real audience. It's something you genuinely work on evertime you go out on stage. That's not something you can get in other venues. It also teaches you to work fast. I love the speed that it forces you to perform at.
Are you involved in any other shows? If so, what kind?
The Hot Karl, I love doing that show. It's a show that you can do anything in and be supported with your scene initiations. Also the cast is so sharp, funny and dirty, a triple threat.
Have you done improv comedy anywhere outside of Chicago?
Yes, I've performed with Minneapolis and Indianapolis (founding member) CSZ., Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and for numerous corporations all over the country.
What is something about you that has nothing to do with performing?
I am the proud father of a 16 year old amazing girl. I always have to sit in the "gun slinger" seat. It drives me crazy if I'm not sitting with my back to the wall. I practice the guitar pratically every day. And in college I robbed future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin of a homerun.
If you had to pick someone to model yourself, who would it be?
I think I'm too old for an improv role model. But when I started I would marvel at the choices David Miller, Brian Bragg and David Paul Knudten made. It taught me to work smart, fast and funny. They were/are some of the best. Today I love watching people who play opposite of me. People who make choices I would never consider. I love to be sitting there in awe when those people deliver an incredible character or idea. Anymore I love to be surprised by people's stage choices. That's awesome