About: Players

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Joey Bland

Joey Bland moved to Chicago from Virginia, where he attended the College of William and Mary. Outside The Improvised Shakespeare Company, he has performed with ComedySportz, the iO Theater, and The Second City. For two years, Joey traveled the world with The Second City Touring Company, and in 2009, he played the title role in The Second City's hit, original musical, Rod Blagojevich, Superstar. Joey is a two-time Jeopardy champion.

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Ross Bryant

Ross Bryant has been performing with The Improvised Shakespeare Company since their first show at the iO Theater in Chicago. Ross is an alumnus of the Mainstage of The Second City Chicago, where he co-wrote and performed the critically acclaimed review “Let Them Eat Chaos.” Now in LA, Ross can be seen weekly at the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Television credits include The Good Place (NBC), Wild 'N Out (MTV),  Corporate (Comedy Central), Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters (TruTV), and the upcoming American Princess (Lifetime). As a cartoonist, Ross’ original animations have been featured on Comedy Central Digital, check them out on his Instagram @rossbb

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Brendan Dowling

Brendan Dowling is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of the College of William and Mary.  In Chicago, he has toured with The Second City's National Touring Company and has been a member of ComedySportz.  He also performed in The Second City Denver's inaugural production of Red Scare, as well as writing and performing The Second City Denver's How I Lost My Denverginity.  Brendan can also be seen creating improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy. He would like to thank his family for being so great.

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Randall Harr

Randall is an Actor based in Los Angeles California. Previously he has performed and improvised at the IO, Annoyance, and Second City theatres in Chicago. Randall also spent two years in Amsterdam performing at BOOM CHICAGO! Some of Randall’s Second City credits include, ‘Who's yer Baghdadi’,No Shirt, No Shoes, No WMDs), American Mixed Tape’ (Garner Galleria Theatre Denver),‘Sex and the Second City, ‘Rod Blagojevich Super Star’ (Chicago Shakespeare Theater),  ‘Peach, Drop, Stop and Roll’ (Atlanta's Alliance Theatre),‘#DateMe’ (UP Comedy Club) and ‘Louder! Longer! Wagner!’(Chicago Lyric Opera). Randall’s television credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire and TV Land’s TEACHERS.

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Greg Hess

Greg Hess is a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble Cook County Social Club and an alumni of the Second City national touring company. Film and TV credits include: Key & Peele (Comedy Central), Playing House (USA), LA to Vegas (Fox), Food: the Source of Life (Adult Swim) and the upcoming untitled feature from Academy Award winner Danny Boyle. As a writer, Greg has created original material for Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Universal Cable Productions and Adult Swim. Twitter: @heygreghess

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Josh Logan

Josh Logan was born and bred in Cleveland, OH where he began studying with The Second City before ending up in Los Angeles. As a writer, Josh has been published in The New Yorker, and currently creates/develops content for truTV, IFC, Skybound and Comedy Central. Josh also writes screenplays and for his representatives at 3Arts and is currently working on a book of short stories. Film & Television credits include American Housewife (ABC), Superbowl Commercials, Rob Huebel’s Want to See a Dead Body, and the upcoming movie Tarot. 

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Thomas Middleditch

Thomas Middleditch has been an ISC company member since its first show in 2005. He can currently be seen as Richard Hendrix, the central character in Mike Judge’s (recently Emmy nominated) series on HBO, SILICON VALLEY. Thomas was most recently in the feature films, THE FINAL GIRLS, and THE BRONZE opposite Melissa Rauch from "The Big Bang Theory". Thomas has also been featured on THE OFFICE, playing the role of Dwight Schrute's brother, and he was “Fuzzy” in the Paramount Pictures feature, FUN SIZE.  Other film work includes: WOLF OF WALL STREET, BRASS TEAPOT, THE KINGS OF SUMMER, THE OTHER GUYS, BEING FLYNN, and SPLINTERHEADS.  In addition to being a member of THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Thomas is a regular performer at UCB.  www.thomasmiddleditch.com.

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Asher Perlman

Asher Perlman hails from Wisconsin, where he cut his teeth as a child actor in the Young Shakespeare Players. Credits include The Second City e.t.c. stage, The Second City National Touring Company, Comedysportz, iO, and the TBS Just For Laughs Festival - Chicago. He can regularly be seen performing at The Second City with Improv All Stars, The Annoyance with Cartoon Sex Book, and iO with Naps. He cowrote and performed in the web series, Settled, for The Second City Network. Much thanks to his family (they really are everything to him). Follow along: @asherperlman

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John Sabine

John Sabine grew up in Dallas, TX, and after graduating from Santa Clara University with a BA in Theatre & Dance, he moved to Chicago to attend Second City's Comedy Studies Program. He has studied at the Second City Training Center and iO Chicago. He can be seen around Chicago performing with The Late 90’s and is an alumni of the Second City Touring Company. Follow him on Twitter @jsabine214. Much love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Kathleen, Aunt Pat and Grandma.

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Kevin Sciretta

Kevin Sciretta has been improvising, writing and performing in Chicago for over 10 years where he has performed with pH Productions and DSI’s The Beatbox. At iO Chicago he has performed with The Deltones, BulletLounge, and Challenger. He is an alumni of The Second City National Touring Company.  Currently he can be seen at The Second City in Fast, Loud and Funny and at the Annoyance Theater in Cartoon Sex Book. As a writer he's worked for The Onion News Network and the webseries Doomsdate, in which he also appeared, currently playing at doomsdateseries.com. @kevinsciretta

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Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company® and currently lives in Los Angeles. His iO Chicago credits include the two-person group Blessing with Susan Messing,  the one-man improvised musical, BASH!, The Armando Diaz Experience, and The Deltones. He has also performed in Chicago with The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Players Theatre,  The Backroom Shakespeare Project, and The Second City. His television credits include Crisis (NBC), The Odd Couple (CBS), and Star vs The Forces of Evil (Disney). The Chicago Reader has named him the "Best Improviser in Chicago." Blaine has a PhD in philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago. Find him on Twitter @BlaineSwen.

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John Thibodeaux

John currently works a staff writer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  He is an alum of the Second City Touring Company and member of the critically-acclaimed improv team 3Peat.  John also co-created the online pilot The StartUp which won the CWseed development deal at the New York Television Festival in 2013. Follow him on Twitter: @john_thibodeaux

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Ric Walker

Ric Walker is an actor, director, writer and teacher who has toured extensively for Wavelength, an education based comedy troupe and for The Second City in BizCo and BoatCo, where he toured the Mediterranean and European ports. He has appeared in numerous plays in and out of Chicago including No Place to be Somebody, Red Badge of Courage and The Balcony. He has starred in independent films such as The Promise Keeper, Propellerheads, and Deadbeat at Dawn. He has worked as a corporate spokesman for such companies as Eli Lilly, Computer Associates and Oracle. He has taught Improvisation, Acting and Writing for organizations including Pegasus Players, After School Matters and The Second City. In addtition to The ISC, Ric has been a member of Comedy Sportz Chicago and MCTD (Midwest Comedy Tool & Die). He is a member Emeritus of Second Story (Serendipity Theater Collective). Ric holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is a lecturer at Columbia College.

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Steve Waltien

Steve Waltien is an alum of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago where he also wrote and performed many shows at the iO theater including the Del Close award-winning solo show ‘Scenes With Ghosts'. TV and film credits include Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice', 'The Opposition with Jordan Klepper',  'The Second City Project' and 'Chicago PD'.  He has written for Jon Stewart's HBO Project and appears regularly on Slate's Trumpcast.

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Matt Young

Matt Young is an actor, improviser, producer, director, and writer based in Chicago. He’s most well known as Usidore the Wizard from the podcast, Hello from the Magic Tavern. He also leads the inept crew of the U.S.S. Sisyphus as Captain Baxter in the Improvised Star Trek podcast. He is a founding member of Whirled News Tonight, the long-running improvised satire at iO Chicago. In addition, he has appeared in other improvised shows such as The Welcome to Your 30s Boys and Concept Album, and as a company member of the Public House Theatre, he helped create the comedic plays How to Lose Your Job and Alienate Friends, Christmix, and Bunker Buddies. Follow him on twitter: @morepeoplehappy

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