Meet our improv artists!

​​(Co-Creator) currently appears as a member of the musical improv team VERN (People's Improv Theatre). Stand-up and storytelling credits include Gotham Comedy Club (*Story Talks Winner), Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Metropolitan Room, and the Moth. Film and TV credits include the film Crazy Enough with Chris Kattan (LA Comedy Festival Opening Night Selection) and an appearance as a former frumpy person on the FYI makeover show B.O.R.N. to Style. Rachel has studied improv, sketch-writing, stand-up, and storytelling at The Second City (Chicago), Upright Citizen’s Brigade (NYC), Manhattan Comedy School (NYC), Magnet Theatre (NYC), and The People’s Improv Theatre (NYC).  RachelBouton.com

 

 

 

 

is an NYC-based Singer/Actor/Dancer. Hailing from Berkeley, California, Mikey holds a BMus in Music Theatre from NYU Steinhardt, and has been improvising at the Peoples Improv Theater, Magnet & UCB since 2010. At the PIT, Mikey performs weekly with musical house team VERN.

He also performs original music as Kaykes (http://www.twitter.com/kaykesmusic).

MIKEY CAKES

 

 

is an actor, voiceover artist & musical improviser from Astoria, NY. He can be seen performing weekly on the musical improv house team VERN, Wednesdays at 8pm at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York City, and nationally with Broadway's Next Hit Musical. A graduate of Seton Hall University, Matt has a degree in TV Production with a double minor in Theatre Studies and Theatre Performance. Television credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire & The Deuce, Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, SyFy’s Happy!, Comedy Central's Alternatino & NBC's Law & Order: SVU MattGiro.com.

(Creative Director) is a Michigan native, who graduated from college in Ohio, and then moved to Chicago to study and perform improvisation at The Second City, The Playground Theatre and iO (formerly Improv Olympic).  She moved to Florida to improvise full time for the Mouse at Disney World and spent several years performing and singing all over Disney property as well as at SAK Comedy Lab in downtown Orlando.  In NYC she spends her time performing and teaching at The People's Improv Theatre with musical teams, VERN and What Town? The Musical.  She is a company member of The Story Pirates and tours the country with Broadway's Next Hit Musical.  Away from the stage she is an HR consultant, dog mom and taker of naps.  www.katiehammond.com 

 

is an improvisor, actress, musician, and all-around goofball living in Queens. She has been studying and performing improv in New York City since 2012. Kiki holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. She performs with Baby Wants Candy (Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Adelaide Fringe Fest), Blank! The Musical (Green Room 42), VERN (The PIT), and Premiere (Magnet). She also performs regularly with Happy Karaoke Fun Time! and her indie team Tall Boys. Find out more at kikimikkelsen.com.

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RAQUEL PALMAS

is an actor, writer, and comedian based in New York. His digital series, “Night Crew”, landed a development deal with Comedy Central after being chosen as an official selection for the New York Television Festival. His work has been featured by Mashable, Funny Or Die, SF Sketchfest, Quickiefest, Red Hot Video Fun Time, Chicago Sketchfest, Austin Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest, and Solocom. Adrien started TOS Comedy, a video sketch comedy collective with a monthly half-hour sketch show on Public Access TV. He’s written and performed in 3 musical sketch shows (ADRIEN: #biggerthanbieber, Meet The CEOs, WTF is Love?). You can see him perform regularly at The PIT with sketch teams “Kids These Days” and “BoogieManja”, as well as musical improv team “Elevator Talk”. Additionally, Adrien plays piano for many improvised musicals including “Baby Wants Candy” (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Kennedy Center), “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical”, and “Blank! The Musical”. More at adrienpellerin.com.

is a New York based actress, musical comedian and improvisor. You can catch her performing musical improv with Baby Wants Candy (UCB) , Elevator Talk (PIT),  North Coast (various) and Off Top. She is proudly focusing her theatrical / comedic energies on f$&3ing up the status quo. She is a member of many indie improv teams such as Off Top, the all black King Zebra and even has the audacity to perform with her father on a two prov team called Daddies Issues. She is overjoyed to be able make theater that consists of two things that always make white men question their privilege: blackness and laughter. She currently performs every Wednesday night at the PIT on musical house team, Elevator Talk.

is a singer, actor, writer and improviser originally from Columbus, Ohio. She performs with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT) on Harold night with Too Damn Much, and at the Magnet Theater with Premiere: the Improvised Musical. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor’s of Music, vocal performance). Beth has appeared on Netflix, College Humor, BRIC, UCB Comedy, and in 2018 co-wrote and co-starred in her first cabaret at the Duplex. When not performing, Beth is a proud member of AMC’s A-List, has subscriptions to Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime, and is a proud mother to Maci, a cat. 

ELIZABETH SLACK

is an actor, musical comedian, and improviser living in New York City!  Besides performing with TIYL, Daniel does musical improv across the country with the touring show Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, is the co-creator/co-star of the two person musical improv show What Town? The Musical, and has been performing with the group VERN at the Peoples Improv Theater for five years.  Favorite acting credits include shows at the Atlantic Theater Company, NYC Fringe Festival Encores Series, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. More here: www.heydanieltepper.com  

ALI REED

 is an actor, improviser, and singer based out of Brooklyn.  She has performed Off-Broadway, regionally, and at the acclaimed Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.  Currently Ali can be seen performing with Baby Wants Candy, Blank! The Musical, and Premiere: The Improvised Musical. She is also in development of a new choose your own adventure, interactive, dating musical called "Just Between The All of Us" which is being produced by NewYorkRep.  Ali can be heard as a cohost of "Meat Cute" a podcast about love and relationships mixed with delicious meats and cheeses and of course with improvised songs twisted in.  And debuting this fall, Ali can be seen in her one woman show "Rose Colored Asses" at SoloCom.  When she is not performing, Ali teaches musical improv out of her own studio and loves to spread her light and love. @alisreed 

Meet our music directors!

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RODNEY MARFIL

has a Bachelor’s of Music in Classical Piano Performance. He studied jazz piano with Blue Note recording artist Harold Mabern and classical piano with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Eubie Blake scholarship for ragtime piano.  From 2008 to 2011, Rodney was musical director for the famed Second City improv theatricals boat co. out of Chicago and now regularly performs improvised musicals at The People’s Improv Theatre, The Magnet Theatre, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York. 

JODY SHELTON

contributed orchestrations and musical direction to the new musical The Village of Vale at Lincoln Center in 2017. Earlier that year, he co-wrote the musical parody Star Wars: The Farce Awakens, and directed its world premiere. The Story of a Story (The Untold Story) (Jeff Award nomination for Best New Work), co-written with Emmy and Peabody winner Peter Gwinn, premiered at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago in 2015. Jody co-wrote the parody 50 Shades! The Musical, which had an extended run off-Broadway (2014-15), and has been performed in twelve countries around the world. Jody performed with renowned musical improv ensemble Baby Wants Candy for fifteen years and got his start in comedy as musical director for the Second City National touring company. He has released three critically acclaimed albums as solo artist, and two more with his band, Daughter & Son. Most recently, Jody contributed to The President Show on Comedy Central and to The Break with Michelle Wolf on Netflix.

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STEFAN WENGER

(Co-Creator) studied at the Magnet Theater, the Annoyance Theater and with Broadway's Next Hit Musical.  He currently lives and performs in Los Angeles.

You tell us about your life.  We improvise a musical about it.