MST&DA Debuts Comic Improv

Written by Sara Metzidakis.

Tackling topics shouted out by the children, which included comic book characters, friends, cars, and songs, the comedians bantered with the audience.

The cast included Jack Keefe who studied comedy at Chicago’s Second City, earned his Bachelor of Arts in acting from Syracuse University, and has travelled the country both studying and teaching improv.

Tracy Mull has been performing comedy both in her native Idaho and in New York City for the past ten years. She played NYC’s National Comedy Theater for seven years and appears regularly at the People’s Improv Theater, known as “The PIT.”

Another regular performer at The PIT, Rachel Scherer, started improvising 15 years ago. She has toured the country with Chicago City Limits and performs in New York with The Made-Up Musical at the Magnet Theater.

Claire Yale is a writer and improviser who moved to New York four years ago and also performs at The PIT. She has a degree in Theatre Arts and English from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she started her improv career. In addition to her work in New York City, she has performed in two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Kevin Laibson, who has served as artistic director of The PIT, is a native New Yorker who developed the improv program for the New York Film Academy Musical Theater wing and was on the faculty there for eight years. His many accomplishments include three New York Innovative Theater nominations and one win.

The evening ended on a perfect note with cast and audience celebrating at Main Street Sweets for a Buy One, Get One Ice Cream for adults and children.

The same cast will perform Family Friendly Improv (age 5+) on June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9.

RIOCs also presents Stand-Up shows for an older audience. The first one was April 22 and if you missed it, there is another scheduled for May 27. Tickets are available at http://www..

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