Wednesday, November 15
Joey Bland is a Los Angeles based writer/performer who hails from Virginia, where he attended the College of William and Mary. He spent many years in Chicago where he 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. Television credits include Teachers (TV Land) and Forever (Amazon Prime). Joey is also a two-time Jeopardy champion.
Ross Bryant is a writer/performer from North Carolina. Ross performed for many years in Chicago, where he was a member of the resident cast of The Second City Mainstage. Now in LA, Ross can be seen regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. Ross also tours the country and performs monthly at The Largo in LA with The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Ross is currently a writer for Mystery Science Theater 3000, and recently co-wrote an original pilot for Warner Bros and the Showtime network. TV credits include The Good Place (NBC), Crashing (HBO), and I Think You Should Leave (Netflix). Ross is also a cartoonist. Many of his original animations have been featured on Comedy Central Digital. Check them out on his instagram @rossbb
Brendan Dowling is an actor and writer whose recent credits include writing for and appearing in Showtime's Work in Progress. Stage credits include Baby Wants Candy, The Second City National Touring Company, and The Second City Denver's How I Lost My Denverginity. Film credits include It's All Good and the award-winning short, Curtains. Follow along at @berndandooling.
Greg Hess is a Los Angeles based actor and writer. Stage credits include Cook County Social Club (UCB), the Second City national touring company, the School at Steppenwolf. Film/TV credits include: Yesterday (Dir. Danny Boyle), Playing House (USA), Adam Ruins Everything (Tru), Key & Peele (Comedy Central), Tacoma FD (Tru), LA to Vegas (Fox), and Food the Source of Life (Adult Swim) which he created. He has developed original pilots with Showtime, Comedy Central, Pop and Warner Bros. Greg's writing has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine Shouts & Murmurs, Points in Case, and The American Bystander. He is the co-host of the hit podcast MEGA, an improvised satire set inside a mega church. @heygreghess
Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company®. He performed for many years at iO Chicago where his credits include the two-person group Blessing with Susan Messing, The Armando Diaz Experience, The Deltones, and his award-winning one-person improvised musical BASH! Additional Chicago stage credits include The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Players Theatre, The Backroom Shakespeare Project, and The Second City. Television credits include Crisis (NBC), The Odd Couple (CBS), and Star vs The Forces of Evil (Disney). He has developed original pilots with NBC, Universal Cable Productions, and Pop TV. You can hear him as Arnor the Warrior on the podcast Hello, from the Magic Tavern. In 2010 the Chicago Reader named him the "Best Improviser in Chicago." Blaine also has a PhD in philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago.