Kevin McKernan

Kevin McKernan, a St. Louis native, has been improvising non-stop for the past 16 years. After his graduation from Indiana University, where he a four-year member of The Original Full Frontal Comedy, he moved to Chicago and studied at iO and interned for the producers at The Second City. Currently and most excitingly, he works with Liz Allen as he tries to push his teaching and coaching to the next level.

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Andy Sloey

Andy Sloey, a St. Louis native, has been studying and performing improv since 1996. He holds a BFA in performance from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and is a graduate of both the iO Training Center and Second City Conservatory in Chicago. While in Chicago, he performed at iO with the Harold teams ‘Quincy’ and ‘The Strangers,’ produced and performed shows with his independent team ‘Let Them Ho’s Fight’ and made frequent appearances at The Playground Theater and The Second City’s Donny’s Skybox with various other teams and shows. He has also performed at the Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis and Los Angeles Improv Festivals, as well as the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. Before moving to Chicago, he was an ensemble member and Artistic Director of long form at CITY Improv in St. Louis’ Union Station. Andy is currently an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He coaches The Improv Shop Harold team Burnside.

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John Langen

John Langen has been improvising and writing comedy for 17 years. He trained and performed at i.O. Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, ComedySportz Chicago, and ImprovAcadia. John has written numerous sketch reviews and has produced several improv shows in St. Louis. He currently performs with the shows Field Day, This Day in History, and Bottom of the World.

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Katie Nunn

Katie Nunn, a St. Louis Native, has been studying and performing improv since 2002. She got her career started right here as an ensemble member of CITYimprov. She is a graduate of the training center at iO Chicago where she studied with the best in the business including Liz Allen, Joe Bill, Jason Chin, and Peter Grosz. At iO Katie performed with three Harold teams as well as Drug Test and T.V. Show, two late night shows that blended sketch with improv. She has appeared regularly with independent teams at The Playground Theater, with The Chicago Improv Rebellion at Comedy Sportz, and is a veteran of the Chicago Barprov scene.  Katie is thrilled to be back in St. Louis and working with The Improv Shop where she currently teaches Level Two.

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Melanie Penn

Melanie first fell in love with improv in 2001 on her Parkway South high school team Five Finger Discount. In 2009 she was lucky enough to enroll in what became the Improv Shop’s first graduating class and has immersed herself ever since. Melanie started teaching in 2012, when she developed the Level Zero curriculum, and since then has been teaching various levels through the Improv Shop training center, as well as dozens of on- and off-site workshops. Melanie performed on former Improv Shop house teams Magic Ratio and Galaxander, and was a cast member of Storyteller, Let’s Make a Scene, and Improv Shop Against Humanity. Currently she performs on the house Harold team Burnside, the independent team Daddy Long Legs, and the premier Saturday show Eggheads.

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Katy Paul

Katy Paul is proud to have graduated with the first class of The Improv Shop’s training program in October of 2010. She received both her BA and BS from the University of Missouri–Columbia where she studies Education, History and Theater. Aside from the fabulous instructors and coaches at IS, she had the opportunity to learn from Susan Messing, Jill Bernard, Jimmy Carrane, Bill Arnett, Bill Chott and Laura and Rick Hall as well as many other visiting instructors. As an improv teacher, Katy has worked with CORE Improv and Compass Improv, where she is the past-president and a current board member, and as a coach for local independent teams. Katy has performed with several local troupes including Magic Ratio, Strange Bedfellows, Timequake and Let’s Make a Scene: The Improvised Game Show. She currently takes to the IS stage on house Harold team Burnside. Katy is an enthusiastic member of the St. Louis improv community and cherishes the joy and love it has brought to her life.

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Ben Noble

Ben Noble graduated from the Improv Shop Training Center in 2013, after which, he went on to perform on two Improv Shop Harold teams: Bluebeard and Bad Magic. He has coached several independent teams as well as the Improv Shop’s Black Diamond and taught an improv summer camp at SLUH. He’s also the author of Improv ABC: An A-Z Guide to Becoming an Unstoppable Improviser.

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Melissa Darch

Melissa Darch has been in the Improv Shop community since 2013. She was a writer and actress on STL UpLate for three years, a show that ran new sketches once a week. Last year, she produced Weird Stuff, an improv/sketch show that ran for 18 weeks. This year she’s helping to produce Green Room Sauce, a polished sketch show with a 4 week main stage run. Melissa likes to focus on getting to the meat of the sketch, fleshing out all the characters and other carnivorous sketch phrases.

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Rafe Williams

Rafe is a comedic virtuoso and immerses himself in his craft. He performs Stand- up, Improv, and Sketch Comedy all over the country. He was a writer/cast member on STL Up Late, a late-night sketch comedy talk show on KMOV CBS television for three years. He also writes, produces and performs in two other live sketch shows currently in production. Bottom of the World, a three person sketch group featured in the Flyover Comedy Festival and Green Room Sauce, a highly polished sketch show in a prime time main stage run. In addition, Rafe is an accomplished improviser and is a performer, coach, and adjunct faculty at The Improv Shop theater where he is a member of the house team “Burnside” performing regularly at The Improv Shop, Detroit Improv Festival in 2016, Chicago Improv Festival, and a member of “Dadvan” performing at the Del Close Marathon 19 in NYC with Matt Besser and Tim Meadows on the Improv4Humans podcast. He has performed on Field Day, Eggheads, Joe Friday, Storyteller, and multiple other weekend prime time theater shows at The Improv Shop. Rafe is a regular guest and contributor on the Rizzuto Show on 105.7 the Point, We Are Live drive-time show on CBS Sports Radio, and also hosts “The Other Side of the Tracks” podcast. He has received the honor of being named The Funniest in STL by Riverfront Times Magazine in 2017, one of “2016’s Rising Stars in Arts and Entertainment” by GO! Magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the distinction of winning Helium Comedy Club’s first annual “Funniest Person in St. Louis” competition in 2016.

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Julia Martin

Julia Martin is a St. Louis native. She got her improv start with Five Finger Discount, the  team at Parkway South. At WashU she found her improv home with Mama’s Pot Roast. Since graduating from the training center at the Improv Shop in 2015, she’s had the privilege of being a member of the house Harold team Scottie. She also performs withthe independent team Homeburger and the 2017 Cagematch winning team, Benedict. Julia also has the pleasure of coaching the Harold team Tucker’s Bucket. When she’s not improvising, she’s likely doing dumb bits and hanging out at home with her amazing finance Brandon and their dog Jean-Ralphio.

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Tim Walsh

Tim first started studying improv at The Improv Shop in 2013 and has been actively engaged in the community since. He performs regularly on the Harold team Burnside and has played on  various other shows that included Storyteller, Eggheads, The Longform Showcase and Frontrunner. Tim has been a cast member of ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor, Maine, since 2016. He’s also served several years as a board member for Compass Improv and helped host its annual festival. Tim is a believer in the holistic powers of improv. It may start in a class or on a stage, but improv can positively touch every part of your life.

 

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Darrell Barber

Darrell Barber, originally from all over (military brat), began improvising in Austin, TX. He moved to Chicago in the 90s and started classes at iO. He was then lucky enough to get cast with Second City’s Touring Company. He’s performed all around the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Annoyance Theatre. In St Louis, he plays piano on Harold Night and leads the improvised musical jam at The Improv Shop.

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Kevin McKernan

Kevin McKernan, a St. Louis native, has been improvising non-stop for the past 16 years. After his graduation from Indiana University, where he a four-year member of The Original Full Frontal Comedy, he moved to Chicago and studied at iO and interned for the producers at The Second City. Currently and most excitingly, he works with Liz Allen as he tries to push his teaching and coaching to the next level.

Andy Sloey

Andy Sloey, a St. Louis native, has been studying and performing improv since 1996. He holds a BFA in performance from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and is a graduate of both the iO Training Center and Second City Conservatory in Chicago. While in Chicago, he performed at iO with the Harold teams ‘Quincy’ and ‘The Strangers,’ produced and performed shows with his independent team ‘Let Them Ho’s Fight’ and made frequent appearances at The Playground Theater and The Second City’s Donny’s Skybox with various other teams and shows. He has also performed at the Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis and Los Angeles Improv Festivals, as well as the Del Close Marathon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. Before moving to Chicago, he was an ensemble member and Artistic Director of long form at CITY Improv in St. Louis’ Union Station. Andy is currently an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He coaches The Improv Shop Harold team Burnside.

John Langen

John Langen has been improvising and writing comedy for 17 years. He trained and performed at i.O. Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, ComedySportz Chicago, and ImprovAcadia. John has written numerous sketch reviews and has produced several improv shows in St. Louis. He currently performs with the shows Field Day, This Day in History, and Bottom of the World.

Katie Nunn

Katie Nunn, a St. Louis Native, has been studying and performing improv since 2002. She got her career started right here as an ensemble member of CITYimprov. She is a graduate of the training center at iO Chicago where she studied with the best in the business including Liz Allen, Joe Bill, Jason Chin, and Peter Grosz. At iO Katie performed with three Harold teams as well as Drug Test and T.V. Show, two late night shows that blended sketch with improv. She has appeared regularly with independent teams at The Playground Theater, with The Chicago Improv Rebellion at Comedy Sportz, and is a veteran of the Chicago Barprov scene.  Katie is thrilled to be back in St. Louis and working with The Improv Shop where she currently teaches Level Two.

Melanie Penn

Melanie first fell in love with improv in 2001 on her Parkway South high school team Five Finger Discount. In 2009 she was lucky enough to enroll in what became the Improv Shop’s first graduating class and has immersed herself ever since. Melanie started teaching in 2012, when she developed the Level Zero curriculum, and since then has been teaching various levels through the Improv Shop training center, as well as dozens of on- and off-site workshops. Melanie performed on former Improv Shop house teams Magic Ratio and Galaxander, and was a cast member of Storyteller, Let’s Make a Scene, and Improv Shop Against Humanity. Currently she performs on the house Harold team Burnside, the independent team Daddy Long Legs, and the premier Saturday show Eggheads.

Katy Paul

Katy Paul is proud to have graduated with the first class of The Improv Shop’s training program in October of 2010. She received both her BA and BS from the University of Missouri–Columbia where she studies Education, History and Theater. Aside from the fabulous instructors and coaches at IS, she had the opportunity to learn from Susan Messing, Jill Bernard, Jimmy Carrane, Bill Arnett, Bill Chott and Laura and Rick Hall as well as many other visiting instructors. As an improv teacher, Katy has worked with CORE Improv and Compass Improv, where she is the past-president and a current board member, and as a coach for local independent teams. Katy has performed with several local troupes including Magic Ratio, Strange Bedfellows, Timequake and Let’s Make a Scene: The Improvised Game Show. She currently takes to the IS stage on house Harold team Burnside. Katy is an enthusiastic member of the St. Louis improv community and cherishes the joy and love it has brought to her life.

Ben Noble

Ben Noble graduated from the Improv Shop Training Center in 2013, after which, he went on to perform on two Improv Shop Harold teams: Bluebeard and Bad Magic. He has coached several independent teams as well as the Improv Shop’s Black Diamond and taught an improv summer camp at SLUH. He’s also the author of Improv ABC: An A-Z Guide to Becoming an Unstoppable Improviser.

Melissa Darch

Melissa Darch has been in the Improv Shop community since 2013. She was a writer and actress on STL UpLate for three years, a show that ran new sketches once a week. Last year, she produced Weird Stuff, an improv/sketch show that ran for 18 weeks. This year she’s helping to produce Green Room Sauce, a polished sketch show with a 4 week main stage run. Melissa likes to focus on getting to the meat of the sketch, fleshing out all the characters and other carnivorous sketch phrases.

Rafe Williams

Rafe is a comedic virtuoso and immerses himself in his craft. He performs Stand- up, Improv, and Sketch Comedy all over the country. He was a writer/cast member on STL Up Late, a late-night sketch comedy talk show on KMOV CBS television for three years. He also writes, produces and performs in two other live sketch shows currently in production. Bottom of the World, a three person sketch group featured in the Flyover Comedy Festival and Green Room Sauce, a highly polished sketch show in a prime time main stage run. In addition, Rafe is an accomplished improviser and is a performer, coach, and adjunct faculty at The Improv Shop theater where he is a member of the house team “Burnside” performing regularly at The Improv Shop, Detroit Improv Festival in 2016, Chicago Improv Festival, and a member of “Dadvan” performing at the Del Close Marathon 19 in NYC with Matt Besser and Tim Meadows on the Improv4Humans podcast. He has performed on Field Day, Eggheads, Joe Friday, Storyteller, and multiple other weekend prime time theater shows at The Improv Shop. Rafe is a regular guest and contributor on the Rizzuto Show on 105.7 the Point, We Are Live drive-time show on CBS Sports Radio, and also hosts “The Other Side of the Tracks” podcast. He has received the honor of being named The Funniest in STL by Riverfront Times Magazine in 2017, one of “2016’s Rising Stars in Arts and Entertainment” by GO! Magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the distinction of winning Helium Comedy Club’s first annual “Funniest Person in St. Louis” competition in 2016.

Julia Martin

Julia Martin is a St. Louis native. She got her improv start with Five Finger Discount, the  team at Parkway South. At WashU she found her improv home with Mama’s Pot Roast. Since graduating from the training center at the Improv Shop in 2015, she’s had the privilege of being a member of the house Harold team Scottie. She also performs withthe independent team Homeburger and the 2017 Cagematch winning team, Benedict. Julia also has the pleasure of coaching the Harold team Tucker’s Bucket. When she’s not improvising, she’s likely doing dumb bits and hanging out at home with her amazing finance Brandon and their dog Jean-Ralphio.

Tim Walsh

Tim first started studying improv at The Improv Shop in 2013 and has been actively engaged in the community since. He performs regularly on the Harold team Burnside and has played on  various other shows that included Storyteller, Eggheads, The Longform Showcase and Frontrunner. Tim has been a cast member of ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor, Maine, since 2016. He’s also served several years as a board member for Compass Improv and helped host its annual festival. Tim is a believer in the holistic powers of improv. It may start in a class or on a stage, but improv can positively touch every part of your life.

 

Darrell Barber

Darrell Barber, originally from all over (military brat), began improvising in Austin, TX. He moved to Chicago in the 90s and started classes at iO. He was then lucky enough to get cast with Second City’s Touring Company. He’s performed all around the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Annoyance Theatre. In St Louis, he plays piano on Harold Night and leads the improvised musical jam at The Improv Shop.

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