Brian has been performing improvisational comedy since 1985, as one of the founding members of ComedySportz in Madison Wisconsin, led by Dick Chudnow. He helped establish and manage other theatre and improv companies around the US, including CSz-WDC. Getting people to laugh out loud is his favorite hobby, after he failed to get people to cry on-cue, which is his second favorite past-time. He is a great lover of cheese and the Clash, although he can´t figure out a way to convice the Sandanistas to eat cheddar. He has an old Harley named Roberta, a wife named Patricia, 2 sons named Benjami
Andrew Reid comes from The Canada. By day he’s a mild-mannered environmental policy researcher, but by night he’s…a mild-mannered environmental policy researcher...who does ComedySportz. Andrew’s past experiences with humour include years spent performing with the Scottish improv troupe ‘Blind Mirth’, competing in (and subsequently judging) the Canadian Improv Games, and representing a very tiny island country as an honest-to-goodness diplomat at the United Nations. He is small and easily frightened.
Noah has been improvising since 6th grade, when he forgot all about his science fair project and made it up on the spot. He studied drama at Purchase College and has performed on stage and in front of the camera. He can be seen around Berlin performing regularly with ComedySportz and long-form with the Improv Amt. Noah is the artistic associate for ComedySportz Berlin. Email him at email@example.com. Like his facebook page www.facebook.com/Telsonia.
Summer Banks wraps her riddles in conundrums. Originally hailing from the vast wastelands of the California desert, she moved to Berlin to escape interning in New York, and study opera and street art, but then found herself working as a tour guide. She also does "performance art" and has been known to participate in events involving coordinated sneezing and killing grapefruits. She stumbled upon improv through one fateful night in a garden in Florence and now enjoys the excuse to sing out of key, loudly.
Reinaldo Pinto Almeida – Editor and Filmmaker – loves improv because it's like religion. You don't have to understand it to be a part of it. A confused soul, perhaps even a mystery to himself, Reinaldo hasn't really figured out why he is an Indian guy whose mother tongues are European (a species noted by the first Stoics as Andros Indoportudeunglishstani. duly described during expeditions under Alexander the Great, beyond the great plains of Asia ca. 290 BCE.) But he's pretty sure that he does live in Berlin and will continue making his films and also
George was born and raised in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona and studied at ASU. After 22 years of living in the heat, he moved to Heidelberg, where he studied Deutsch als Fremdsprache at the Universität Heidelberg. Today, still wanted by the government, he survives as a freelance artist. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire the A-Team.
Josh was born on January 26th, 1925. He served three years in the Navy during WWII. After moving to New York, he began a long and distinguished career in the theater and films as an actor. A passionate race car driver, Josh also started his own organic food company in 1982. Wait, no, I'm thinking of Paul Newman.
Mathieu Pelletier is the name Mathieu Pelletier was given when he was born in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. In 26 years of life, he managed to equip himself with 1,85 meters of height, 70kg of weight and even two eyes of the same color. Looking for a place to develop all this physical potential through drama, he tried living in Paris, Barcelona and then arrived in Berlin, where all lost artists mysteriously end up. There, he re-discovered improv and the tragedy of being a francophone in an English-speaking show and being funny only when he didn’t really want t
Despite being Italian, Edoardo speaks English understandably and is able to behave in public occasions. After leaving Milan he spent two years in Rotterdam and later found his way to Berlin, where everyday he wakes up convinced that sooner or later clean energy will take over the planet. Loud talker, aspiring pianist, keen traveller, avid smiler, Edoardo loves music and disapproves of bureaucracy. Some say he invented November.
The Caroline has a typical head-and-body length of 19 to 23 cm (7.5 to 9 in), a tail length of 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 in) and a mass of 250 to 340 g (8.8 to 12 oz). It is not sexually dimorphic, as males and females are the same size. It is thought that the long tail helps the Caroline to balance and steer when jumping from tree to tree and running along branches and may keep the Caroline warm during sleep.
Sean may or may not be German and his real name may or may not be Stefan. We're not sure yet. Sean was in Thailand. We're not jealous.
Pip Swallow, Duchess of Cambridge is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Prince William is second in line to the thrones of the sixteen Commonwealth realms and, if he becomes king, she will become queen consort. Pip grew up in Chapel Row at Bucklebury, a village near Newbury, Berkshire, England. She studied in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met William in 2001. They started a romantic relationship that continued until a break-up lasting for several months in 2007. However, they continued
Stephanie is a professional word-wrestler. She hails from the Land of Gateaux, which is a predicament even for the slimmest of natures, and has taken up sportz to combat the mental flab which invariably sets in when you word-wrestle on your own. She also trained in the Alexander Technique and therefore knows how to sit up straight. She lives out in the middle of nowhere, where she occasionally also wrestles with stubborn chickens, snow and admin. Send her an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul was born.
Chris Davis hails from the city of Glasgow located in the land of Scots. They, as a nation, are instinctively funny due to depressing weather and the delicious delicacy of deep-fried food. He lives as a writer and editor for SAND, Berlin’s literary journal and performs with the ComedySportz improv group. He tries his hand at Stand-up whenever he can and has performed at S.I.N sporadically. Mostly though, in a last minute attempt to rid his crippling self-doubt, he takes over open-mics with sketchy interpretations of his life experiences via guitar or his mouth. He won the first Comedy
Thomas is old school West Side Berlin. Back from those old days when there was less Comedy in town. But more Sportz was needed to get from one side of the city to the other due to a little fence in the middle. Basically he is ….lazy. So instead of travelling the world he let all the people come to Berlin and enjoys besides his work as a trained actor the superb English comedy chaos CSZ shows provide. Thomas is currently resting.
Johann is native to Bavaria, which is home to an ancient Germanic tribe called the “Bavarians”. They still live in remote dense forests or in dark mountain caves, speak incomprehensibly and cook intruders in boiling beer. Toughened by growing up in the wilderness and daily struggle for survival, even fighting the most terrible of beasts, the “Wolpertinger” (famous Bavarian legendary creature), he finally set out to see the world and became an actor. Acting his way through various German municipal theatres he has now arrived at ComedySportz. Why Improv? Paying tribute to
Jessica is a classical singer from a small town in upstate New York called Feura Bush (pronounced 'fear-a-bush'). In September of 2009 she sold her car, her mattress, and her high-fructose-corn-syrup-loving soul, to make the pilgrimage to Berlin, land of dreams and discos, derelicts and döners. Shortly after arriving, a divine angel of improv came to her one evening while she was reading and said "Rejoice, you highly favored one! The LORD is with you. Behold, you and your friends will conceive and bring forth a child, and will call it Comedy Sportz with a 'z'." J
Leo Auri (born 1983 in Australia) is a musician, composer, and sound/technologyexperimenter. He studied Jazz-Performance at the Elder Conservatory in Adelaide, Australia. He has lived in Berlin since 2006, where he is active as a Theatre Musician and composer as well as realising own art, film and performance art projects. Current examples of his work are "Body/Voice/Bicycle" - improvisatory performance in "basement" (Vienna) for the exhibition "(self)curated - Miami Crush"; composition of the music/ artistic co-direction of music/communication project "Das Haus als Maske" (The House as a Mask
Jeffrey Lee Mills is a baby boomer, born and raised on expired "Wonder Bread" and in" The American Way of Life" on Long Island, New York. Jeffrey's childhood started out mainstream, church going, sports athlete, boy scouts (achieving eagle scout) etc, however his life and boring piano lessons took a drastic upbeat turn as the music and grooving times of the Beatles, Stones, Zappa and various jazz pianist, (induced with a flirtation of reefer and psychedelic drugs) lured him away from law school into a passion in the Fine Arts. This resulted in degrees in Graphic Arts A.S. and Afro America
Nicole grew and grew until she was so tall she soon realized that dimensions and size of the island that she knew as home in Canada were too small. So, she swam, surfed, sailed and flew to a bigger land mass with more people. Fascinated by the world around her she studied people and there odd behavorial traits in Toronto and Paris by devising, acting, clowning, playing and recreating all this inspiration on stage. Nicole's love for Improv started back when a visitor came to her island, telling stories of how theatre could be a sport. In seek of this so calle
Mat Mailandt is an improviser and director from Calgary, Alberta. He is completely addicted to improv. He has been performing for the last seven years with The Improv Guild. He founded, directed and performed in the Improv Soap Opera Drunk on Monday from 2004-06 and did various guest spots for Dirty Laundry in its 2006-07 season. The highlight of his career so far was the 2010 Calgary International Improv Festival when he performed with Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it Anyway? He has worked with and learned from such amazing improv teachers as Rick Hilton, Keith
Ana comes from Wisconsin...the good ol' Midwest of the United States. Growing up among cheese, mosquitoes, and the Green Bay Packers, she found her calling as an actress. Luckily for her, she was able to spend time touring with a theatre company to spread the love, cheer and goodness of the craft after graduating from college. Truth be told, she still wonders how she got to Germany, but the gypsy in her is happy to have found Berlin and Comedy Sportz.
Pepe comes from the warm land of Spain, Madrid. He loves theater, magic and comedy. His first show was at the age of 10 when he performed magic for the Spanish TV. “He was very cute” said the specialized critics (aka his grandmother). Later he studied psychology, mathematics and the fine art of eating chocolate cakes very fast. He came to Berlin trying to discover a new type of mathematics but he discovered ComedySportz! Because of that he is extremely happy.
From Manteca, Ca, resembling Baby Huey, and standing in at almost 2 meters, Our Man Flint has had to live with sleeping diagonally and wearing clothes that don’t fit. Growing tired of cow tipping and drinking Zima, he left town and joined the Navy, working on an aircraft carrier as an Aviation Ordnance man, learning valuable skills in life, like repairing bomb racks and missile launchers. Matt went back to college, earning a degree in BS. Eventually, Matt and family found their way to Berlin, simply, because it was a great band. Matt got into improv as a way
Maarit discovered comedy as a way to survive as the middle child out of three sisters growing up in Finland. She and her sisters were eager to find out if the rumours about the rest of the world were true, so she left traveling. She wrote letters home telling her sisters about all the new discoveries, like friends. She wrote: “Friends are people who are not related but they still voluntarily hang out with each other.” Her sisters were amazed! In her next letter she will be writing about an improv-show, which is played as a form of sportz. The world never stops to impress them!
Amy Benson is an actress from New York. She studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She has been acting since the age of 3 when she would refuse to speak to children on the playground unless they called her "Cheer Bear" (yes, from the Care Bears) or Pascal (from The Red Balloon)- despite the fact that Pascal is a boy. Amy's first brush with improv was at the age of fourteen, when she won the award for being the "Happiest Bus Driver." Currently, she is performing and teaching a weekly acting class in Berlin. And she likes cake. A lot.
Bryan Benson was born and raised in and around the small village of New York City, New York. There, from a young age, he learned how to be funny. He grew up making people laugh and being silly, even when he didn't intend to be. After four hard long years of not going to class, he graduated from SUNY Purchase. He then entered the cannibalistic society known as the New York City stand up comedy scene. For three years Bryan experienced many great...and not so great performances, performing at The Comic Strip Live, Comedy Cellar, and Comedy Village(just to name a few). He also performed in mo