The Second City

Performed by:

EJ Cameron, Ashley Leisten,
Ben Rameaka, Yazmin Ramos,
Drew Reilly, & Jackie Uweh

Director:  Jen Ellison
Associate Director: Alan Kliffer

Musical Director, Original Music
& Sound Design: Jeff Bouthiette

Stage Manager: Kayla Freeman
Technical Director: Kurt Cruz

Artistic Director, Second City Brooklyn: 
Alan Kliffer
Artistic Director, Second City Chicago:
Jen Ellison
Producer, Second City Brooklyn: Matt Prigge

All actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. All musicians are members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.

The Ensemble

EJ Cameron

EJ CAMERON / Ensemble is excited to return to the first place he called home (BROOKLYYYN!). He’s been performing with Second City since 2016 and since then has done a cruise ship, TourCo(RedCO!), two e.t.c. revues (Grinning From Fear to Fear and Best Decision You’ve Ever Made), and the Mainstage revue Do The Right Thing, No Worries If Not. He’s a huge fan of pro wrestling and a budding foodie, if you want to support his habits Venmo him @EJ-Cameron and give a follow on IG(eeeezeejeeezus19) 

Ashley Leisten

ASHLEY LEISTEN / Ensemble (she/her/hers) is beyond thrilled to join the first ever Second City Mainstage cast in New York! Hell yeah!! Ashley is a trained ballerina and singer from Texas. She’s a Severn Darden Graduate Program alum and a long-time student and performer with The Second City Chicago and the Annoyance Theatre. She is a former producer of Holy F*ck Comedy Hour and the writer and director of Boyband the Musical. She would like to thank her family, friends, cats and Cole for their love and support. Follow Ashley on all socials to see her tiny music videos @ashleisten 

Ben Rameaka

BEN RAMEAKA / Ensemble is an actor and improviser that has been performing in and around NYC since the early aughts. He performed regularly at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater from 2008- 2020. Some TV and Film credits include Broad City, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Blue Bloods and Martin Scorsese’s Wolf Of Wall Street. He lives in Brooklyn with his dog Kurt Russell.

Yazmin Ramos

YAZMIN RAMOS / Ensemble (She/Her) is a Chicago native who most recently wrote and performed with The Second City National Touring Company (Mighty Mighty BlueCo!). Second City Theatricals include: The Revolution Will Be Improvised at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. and The Second City’s She The People Tour in Boston at the Huntington Theatre Company and San Diego Rep. Other Chicago credits include: The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour (AnnoyanceTheatre), Burlesque is More (Annoyance Theatre), Hitch*Cocktails (High Stakes Productions). She has also worked as a staff writer/on screen talent for MeTV’s Toon In With Me and is a 2018 NBC Bob Curry Fellowship Recipient. Represented by Grossman & Jack Talent, Management: Aligned Entertainment. 

Drew Reilly

DREW REILLY / Ensemble trained at the Second City Conservatory in Chicago where he also performed on several iO Harold teams. As part of the two-person sketch group Jim and Melissa he has written and performed original sketch revues that went on to Austin SketchFest, Portland Fringe, NYC SketchFest, Miami Improv Festival and others. He is a teaching artist at the Institute of Collaborative Education in the East Village. OFF-BROADWAY: Capt. Lombard in And Then There Were None, Callum in Ectoplasm. OFF-OFF BROADWAY: John Wilkes Booth, The Brutes; Antipholus of Ephesus, Comedy of Errors; Male Actor #3 And Away We Go. You can find him on social media @puffeebaen. 

Jackie Uweh

Jackie Uweh / Ensemble (she/her) is an actor, writer, and director. Born and raised in Stockton, CA, Jacklyn started performing in local community theater productions. While at UC Irvine, she double-majored in Film & Media and Drama. Simultaneously she found her comedic voice as a founding member of UCI’s sketch ensemble, The Soulstice League. A performer at heart, Jacklyn’s stage credits include Hairspray (Chance), Striking 12 (Chance), SC Tour Co., and the 2020 CBS Showcase. She’s been spotted in national commercials for McDonald’s, Plenity, and Cricket Wireless and lent her voice to Paladins and Wondery Media. While based in LA, she successfully mounted her one-woman show, Dreamed a Dream. Catch her online across SMOSH YouTube channels IG/TW/YT/TT: @jacklyn_uweh

Production Team

JEN ELLISON / Director / Artistic Director Second City Chicago is a Chicago writer, director, and performer. As a resident director for The Second City Jen has overseen all three National Touring Companies, directed Apes of Wrath for e.t.c., and the Jeff Award Nominated Mainstage Do the Right Thing, No Worries, If Not. Other directing credits include Collaboraction, Trap Door Theatre, and The Neo-Futurists, where she is an artistic associate. Jen teaches screenwriting at DePaul University and is a member of the Comedy Writing and Performance Faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Dave’s #1 fan-crush. Follow @jenjen1138 pretty much everywhere.

KAYLA FREEMAN / Stage Manager (she/her) is thrilled to be fulfilling a lifelong dream of joining Second City! She has been lucky to spend the last decade working at the intersections of tech theatre, comedy, and creative arts therapy. Kayla is an advocate for accessibility in the arts and is excited by exploring how comedy impacts politics and social progress. Alumni of the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, Concordia University, and NYU. Love to the best of wives for her endless enthusiasm, coffee, and support, and to Don and Jane for the spark!

ALAN KLIFFER  / Associate Director / Artistic Director Second City Brooklyn is originally from Canada, and has been producing, writing, directing and teaching comedy for over twenty years. He recently served as Artistic Director of Asylum NYC, where he helped to launch the award winning Off-Broadway sensation Titaniqué. In addition, Kliffer has produced industry audition showcases for Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, and Just For Laughs, as well as award winning plays and musicals. Aside from his work in New York, Alan has produced and directed shows in Toronto, Los Angeles, London and Edinburgh. Kliffer’s most recent project has been developing a free National high school improv program with the New York City Department of Education. 

Jeff Bouthiette / Music Director  (They/Them/Theirs) is incredibly excited to be a part of Second City’s first New York revue! Most recently, Jeff served as musical director for two Chicago mainstage revues: Do the Right Thing, No Worries if Not and Together at Last. Jeff has worked with the Second City since 2004, including serving as musical director for the Touring Company, at sea aboard the Norwegian Spirit and the Norwegian Gem, and with the Training Center, where they were also the Head of the Music Program for a decade. Jeff is a composer and lyricist, and their recent musical Mary Rose was produced by Black Button Eyes Productions in Chicago and nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for Best New Work. Jeff would like to thank their husband Allen for all his love and support.

MATT PRIGGE / Producer, Second City Brooklyn is thrilled to be producing The Second City Brooklyn’s inaugural sketch revue. Before starting with The Second City, Matt served as Producing Artistic Director at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT NYC), after producing dozens of sketch shows at the theater. Matt’s eclectic producing background includes commercials, narrative short films, audiobooks, web series, and campaign ads. He’s also an experienced arts educator, who has taught hundreds of NYC public school students through organizations such as The Story Pirates. Matt is a proud alumnus of Ithaca College’s Theater  Department, and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre through The National Theater Institute.    

Kurt Cruz / Technical Director is a musician, comedian, and Technical Director. Previously, he was the Technical Director at the Upright Citizens Brigade – Hell’s Kitchen and Caveat NYC. He is also a freelance audio mixer, podcast editor, and live-stream technician. When he’s not behind the tech booth, you can find him performing improv and music at various venues throughout NYC. Check out his solo indie music project, Kuko, on all streaming platforms.


To be announced.

The Cast and Crew would like to thank…