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RICH ALFONSO is stoked to be a part of the Touring Company along with these amazing people! He was a recipient of the 2016 NBC/Universal Bob Curry Fellowship and has trained in improvisation all over Chicago. Rich has worked with the Second City as a cast member of Urban Twist, The Second City’s Black History Month Show, touring aboard Norwegian Cruise Line and as an understudy for the ETC Resident Stage. Other credits include being a featured performer in the the 2019 NBC Break Out Comedy Festival, his two man team Spic & Tan and his solo show I.C.E. Box which was featured on WBEZ Radio and NPR. He is represented by Big Mouth Talent. Follow Rich on Twitter/Instagram/TikTok @rich_alfonso
MAUREEN BOUGHEY is thrilled to be a member of the Second City Touring Company. With The Second City, Maureen has also performed at The Kennedy Center in Generation Gap, aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Gem, and as an understudy in the Mainstage productions Algorithm Nation or the Static Quo and Happy to Be Here. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University Drama Department and is the co-host of comedy/horror podcast, Creep Street Podcast. Love to her family, Dylan, and Banshee. @maureen_boughey @creepstreetpodcast
JENELLE CHEYNE originally hails from Vancouver, Canada and is delighted to be a part of The Second City Touring Company. She is an actor, writer, comedian and frequent water aerobics participant. You can also see her perform at The Annoyance. Check her out online too! @jamealchameal
JILLIAN EBANKS (pronouns: She/Her/Hers) is thrilled to be a member of The Second City National Touring Company. An artist originally from New Jersey, she was awarded the 2018 NBC Bob Curry Fellowship. Past shows include America; It’s Complicated! at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Black History Month Show. She is the co-creator and co-producer of B.A.P.S Comedy. With a degree in sociology she refuses to use, Ebanks hopes all her hard work pays off one day when Ben & Jerry’s asks her to create her very own ice cream flavor. Also, like, an invitation to the Met Gala would be cool. Follow her at @Curlyhairnocare for pictures with hella filters. She is currently represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.
George Elrod A native Arkansan, GEORGE ELROD wrote and performed in Second City’s first original LGBTQ sketch revue, Salute to Pride: Not Safe for Werk. TV credit includes HBO’s Somebody Somewhere. Other Chicago sketch/improv comedy credits include Trigger Happy (Annoyance Theatre), Deck the Hallmark (Second City), and Let’s Make it Perfectly Queer (Second City). George is an alumni of DePaul University, and represented by Grossman & Jack Talent. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Justin, & Comet for their love and support! Follow him on Twitter & Instagram: @XoGossipGeorge
DYLAN HACKWORTH is so happy to be playing with the Second City Touring Company! He has performed as a Second City cast member aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ship, the Gem, and with the improvised action movie, Lethal Action Force. Big thank you to Maureen and the Hackworth and Boughey families!
HANNAH INGLE, originally from Missouri, Hannah has been living and performing in Chicago since 2014. In that time she has studied at The Second City and iO Theater, graced stages all around the city with her musical comedy duo Ruth and Elaine (@ruthandelaine), and performed and made a home for herself at The Annoyance Theatre. Hannah is beyond grateful for the ongoing love and support from her family, her amazing friends who keep life exciting, and David for always reminding her to dream big. Hannah hopes she can bring a smile, giggle, or some well deserved joy into your day. Because, in her opinion, that’s what it’s all about! You can follow Hannah on instagram @itshannahingle to keep up with her latest adventures, projects, and most importantly her gorgeous cat Izzy.
JAVID IQBAL is so excited to be part of the Second City family! He has been featured in the Second City NBC Breakout Comedy Festival, the 2018 Bob Curry Fellowship, and most recently Urban Twist with Second City’s Diversity & Inclusion. Follow Javid on Instagram @Javidiqbal82 for pictures and videos of his baby-toddler Jamil paired with sometimes witty-ish captions!
A southside Chicago native, BILL LETZ loves being a part of this city’s wonderful comedy community. He is a proud graduate of Second City’s Conservatory and Musical program as well as iO’s Training program. He has been a part of many great shows and teams but some of his favorites include Daffodil, Ghost Car, Tubbs Ave, pH, Improvised Gilmore Girls, and The Treehouse Pipers. He is so happy to be a part of Second City’s BlueCo along with his amazing and mega talented castmates. Thanks to Bill and Meth, Cath and Scoops, and his family and friends for all their support. Pics of his dog Two Scoops of Cookies and Cream @letzey on the gram.
CHAS LILLY is a Chicago-based writer, performer, and improviser from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He regularly improvises with various teams all over the city, mostly commonly at Logan Square Improv. He is also a producer and audio engineer for Ersatz Records. For business inquiries, contact email@example.com
PHYLICIA McLEOD is an improviser, writer, voice over actress, and teacher based in Chicago, IL. She began her comedy career at Second City Chicago and completed the conservatory & Bob Curry Fellowship programs. You can hear her as she co-host the podcast Unlearning or in her head learning how to read Tarot Cards.
TIM METZLER comes from Wisconsin and has spent the past decade as a comedian in Chicago. He’s represented by the amazing Paonessa Talent Agency. Most recently he shot an Amazon commercial and will appear in the next Kindle campaign. He’s understudied multiple Mainstage shows at Second City and is part of the National Touring Company. His voice work is on Spotify with the AM 1066 Radio Parody Podcast (@am1066) and The Garden Boys (@gardenboyshaha). He’s a member of Baby Wants Candy: The Improvised Musical, he’s a humorist for Greener Pastures Magazine (@greenerpastsat) and he’s a Featured Fantasy Sports Writer for FantasyPros. His free time is spent cooking and laughing with his wife Beth. For Tim’s work on TikTok, Twitter and Instagram, please see @timmy_the_metz
YAZMIN RAMOS is thrilled to be performing with The Second City’s She The People alongside this talented cast! Yazmin is an actor, comedian, and writer who performs all around Chicago. Highlights include: The Second City’s She The People Tour (Boston – Huntington Theatre Company), The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour (Annoyance Theatre), Burlesque is More (Annoyance Theatre), and Matt Damon Improv. She is currently staffed as a TV Writer on a morning cartoon sketch show and has had a couple of teeny tiny roles on TV as well. Represented by Grossman & Jack Talent
Cat Savage is delighted to perform with The Second City! A Massachusetts native, she moved to Chicago after graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in History and Gender Studies. She is a proud graduate of The Second City Training Center’s Conservatory and Severn Darden Graduate Program, as well as iO’s training program. She has performed with her team Artemis and in the Armando Diaz Experience at iO. Thank you to her dog nephew Chance for always believing in her. She is represented by BMG Talent. Follow her on twitter: @CatharineSavage
JORDAN STAFFORD comes to you from the dope city of Detroit, Michigan. He attended Saginaw Valley State University where he studied theatre, and while there he was also introduced to improv. After graduating in 2015, he moved to Chicago and loves it. He is on the iO Harold team Lil’ Tooties and also does solo work all around Chicago. Stafford is represented by Paonessa Talent. You can follow him on instagram @dudewiththeabolistionistpart.
ANNIE SULLIVAN is a writer, performer, and all-around sweetheart originally from Kansas City and an alum of Columbia College Chicago. She is currently an understudy for The Second City National Touring Company. Additionally, she is a performer on the improv team Devil’s Daughter and a cast member of The Annoyance’s weekly sketch show, HOLY F*CK. Follow her on Twitter @whitemystery95 or follow her on the streets of Logan Square.
MAX THOMAS was raised on Jimi Hendrix, Rick James, & Soy Milk. He was destined to become a comedian. His Chicago credits include NBC Break Out Comedy Festival & 2018 Bob Curry Fellow (The Second City); Dutchmasters (Jackalope Theater); In The Blood (Red Tape Theater); Jitney (Congo Square Theater); Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); LAWD the CVS Is Burning (MPAACT Theatre). Max studied at The School at Steppenwolf, Second City & B.A.D.A. When he is not acting he is performing stand-up & spoken word improv with his team PREACH. He thanks family, friends, & James Baldwin for reminding him he is not alone.
ADISA WILLIAMS (she/her) is elated to be an understudy for the cast of Second City Mainstage. She is originally from both Boston and Kingston, Jamaica. (This cannot be further explained). She is currently a writer for YouTube News show: Gay News and actor/writer for web series Bennie and Barbara. She is currently in the 2020 Second City NBCUniversal Bob Curry Fellowship. When not on stage or behind a camera, you can catch her in the middle of a ring of Krispy Kreme doughnuts because she likes being surrounded by greatness. Previous credits include: iO’s House Sketch Team, iO’s diOversity Scholars, ComedySportz Seattle Ensemble. Huge thank you to her Chicago family and friends. Follow @runoftheschmill on Instagram and @schmilliams on Twitter/TikTok
CARISA BARRECA (Director) an alum of The Second City’s resident stage, where she wrote and performed in three critically acclaimed revues. She has had the honor of performing at Lyric Opera of Chicago with Sir Patrick Stewart and Reneé Fleming in The Second City’s Guide to the Opera at Goodman Theatre; The Kennedy Center with Twist Your Dickens; and wrote and performed in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Second City’s collaboration The Art of Falling. Special thanks to Carly Heffernan for being a creative powerhouse and phenomenal friend! All my love to this brilliant cast, my darling Kevin, and Bandito (the dog). Follow her @Cinderisa.
ROB WILSON (Director) hailing from Virginia has made the most of his time in Chicago, most recently playing Joel on the first season of FOX’s “The Big Leap”. He has also appeared alongside Terrence Howard on FOX’s “Empire”, SHOWTIME’s “Shameless”. Rob has performed on every stage at The Second City as well as touring the nation with both The Second City’s Touring Company and The Westside Theater’s Mission Improvable. He made his Second City Directorial debut last year with SuperAfroWavyDrippy-ExtraBrillantDope Show. He has since directed the critically acclaimed Shamilton and The Dopeness. He does other stuff too but right now he’s kinda enjoying this directing thing. He hopes ya have fun. Rob is repped by Stewart Talent and on IG he is @Rob_Willsun
JOHN LOVE (Musical Director) is a musician/actor based out of Chicago, IL. He currently tours with The Second City and plays piano for a collective in Chicago called The North and Wells Band. He gives all of his love and appreciation to his family and friends; especially his Mom, his sister, E & A, and his dear friend KB.
RYAN MIERA (Musical Director) has been music directing for almost a decade. He’s played at and for iO, The Annoyance, MCL, Baby Wants Candy, and is the head music director at ComedySportz. His band, Yellow Pills, plays frequently around Chicago & can be heard on Spotify, iTunes & Apple Music. They’re currently signed with Mint 400 Records.
Michael R. Oldham (Musical Director) is a composer and pianist who weaves artwork, story, and imagination into his work. Whether experimenting with looping videos on Instagram as the “parts” of a piece that anyone can play (Music In Segments – 2018), utilizing repeating gif images of old silent films as inspiration for a twelve-movement work (Music In Gifs – 2019), translating great works of art into music (Suggestion Box: Art – 2020, The Egon Schiele Pieces – 2021), writing art songs, musical theater, pop songs, or commercial ad work, Michael’s thirst for unusual storytelling through music is never quenched.
KATHRIN SPARGER (she/her) is a classic millennial multi-hyphenate as a Production Coordinator-Touring Company Stage Manager-Virtual Stage Manager-Studio Stage Manager at The Second City. She started as a Touring Company Intern in 2019 after moving to Chicago just a few months before from Oklahoma, where she’s from and also attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with dual degrees in Marketing and Management. She can be found running between stages assisting in any capacity and very much enjoys being the “utility player” of the comedic theatre world.
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TINA ARFAEE (Understudy) has been writing and performing in Chicago since 2012, most notably at The Annoyance Theater with Matt Damon Improv. With MDI, she wrote and starred in the web series In-Diana. She has also appeared on an episode of Chicago Fire, Centered the web series, and short film The Sweatshirt. Tina is a graduate of The Second City/NBC Universal Bob Curry Fellowship. Please reach out directly if you are interested in starting a Dolly Parton cover band. She is repped by Big Mouth Talent. @tinatwocats
Karl Bradley (Understudy) is a writer and performer living in Chicago. A Georgia native, he performs regularly at the Annoyance Theatre in the sketch group “Cigarette Sandwich.” Alright, enjoy the show that is about to start. Wait, why are you still reading this? The show is on the stage. You won’t miss anything if you stop reading now. The secrets of the universe are not hidden here, and if they were, would you believe them? Karl is from Georgia. See, I told you.
Claire Favret (Understudy) writes and performs all around Chicago, but most often at Second City, iO theater, CIC theater, and The Annoyance. She has contributed headlines for Clickhole and co-wrote an episodic comedy podcast/radio play called A Winkle In Time. It’s about the Winklevoss brothers traveling through time to patent inventions and fight their nemesis, Mark Zuckerberg. It’s on iTunes and all the other podcast places!
Richie Gomez (Understudy) is a local comedian and actor who is very much just happy to be here. Once a college drop out, Richard took a chance on the stage and the rest is the stuff of legends (legends, ok?). Since then he’s been lucky enough to go back to school for a Bachelors in Comedy Writing and Performing Arts, he’s been able to play with some of the most talented people in the city in theatres, clubs, basements and unsanctioned living room shows, and even still continues to learn and study the craft of comedy from the community that surrounds him.
MASOOD HAQUE (Understudy) is a comedian, actor, and director based in Chicago. He has completed the Bob Curry Fellowship, been a house ensemble member at Second City Theater, as well as associate directed their resident stage E.T.C. production, The Best Decision You Ever Made. Masood is a founding member of the comedy troupe Club Asia, the former Artistic Director for Stir-Friday Night, and has lent his voice to various VO projects. He has also filmed multiple projects with Weird Life Films, been a witch on the critically acclaimed web series Brujos and is currently online playing tabletop role-playing games on streams sponsored by Hasbro, Blue Microphones, and others. You can find out what Masood’s up to on his Twitter and Instagram @mahrudeboi, or just see pictures of his cats.
DAVE LYZENGA (Understudy) is an actor, improvisor, and software engineer. You can find him performing all over Chicago at iO (The Teenagers, The Musical Armando, RIFF, Dreamboat), The Revival (The Living Newspaper), The Second City (Baby Wants Candy), and CSz Chicago (ComedySportz Ensemble), and up in Grand Rapids with his independent team (Pop Scholars). He has worked in Bar Harbor for ImprovAcadia, aboard a cruise ship for The Second City Theatricals, and in a Class 10 clean room for Purdue University. Recently, Dave performed right here in Dysfunctional Family Affair (u/s) and wrote a solo show all about his very own dysfunctional family (Dave Lyzenga’s A Good Guy).
LAURA MAYNARD (Understudy) was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee before moving to Chicago in 2015. She studied Comedy Writing and Performance at Columbia College Chicago, graduating in 2019. She can be seen improvising all over town with the iO Harold team Slice and independent team Cool Aunt. She wouldn’t be here without her parents, so John and Laura if you’re reading this – I love you! You can follow her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @mrsdennisquaid
ANDREW McCAMMON (Understudy) moved to Chicago in 2011 from Asheville, NC after earning a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. He has worked as an understudy for the 42nd e.t.c. revue, Gaslight District, and has worked for Second City Theatricals and Norwegian Cruise Lines aboard the Norwegian Gem. Andrew is the writer/director of Chicago-based sketch troupe DGAF Comedy (formerly Damn, Gina!) and is an ensemble member of the iO Comedy Network team Snack City, Utah. You can see his original work at dgafcomedy.com.
KEVIN NOONAN (Understudy) is a writer and performer originally from Overland Park, Kansas, thrilled to perform with Second City. Kevin previously wrote and performed at the Pack Theater in Los Angeles with house ensembles Very Famous and Nobody Yell At Me. Other past credits include red carpet journalist, SAT tutor, working salad orders at a cafe in the mall, and almost Blockbuster Video cashier, until the store closed down on what was supposed to be his first day of work. His instagram is @kevin.noonan4.
PRESTON PARKER (Understudy) previously performed in Sing Out: Second City and understudied for Second City 109th Mainstage Revue, Together at Last. His work has been featured at the Austin Out of Bounds Festival, Chicago Sketchfest and Second City’s Beat Weekend. Much love to Bianca, Ashley, Shelby, Dad, and Mom, always. Follow Preston on Twitter @PrestonParker.
HANNAH REHAK (Understudy) is a writer, comedian, and filmmaker — as well as a proud Chicago Public Schools and Macalester College alum with over a decade of experience in improv and sketch comedy. Hannah has performed at a number of theaters in and outside of Chicago including iO, CIC, Logan Square Improv and The Annoyance. Hannah’s short films include Downbeat (released through NoBudge) and The Book Reading, both of which were screened at The Spirit of Chicago Film Festival. She is a contributing writer to the podcast, The Tiny Little Late Show, and the co-host and producer of a comedy recap podcast Nina, Hannah and Emily in Paris. You can learn more about Hannah at hannahrehak.com or follow her on Twitter @inanimatecub or Instagram @hmrehak.
CASSIDY RUSSELL (Understudy) has been doing improv since middle school (cool!). In addition to performing with Second City, she is a resident director at Chicago’s Annoyance Theater, where she also performs and teaches. She has taught and performed improv internationally for the past decade and is honestly just really joyful that this is what she gets to do with her life. Cassidy has appeared in multiple (multiple!) local car commercials.
AUDREY SCHIFFHAUER (Understudy) is originally from Buffalo, NY, and has performed improv and sketch comedy in Chicago for seven years, including Second City, iO Theater, The Annoyance and CIC. She is excited to be performing with her friends again after missing comedy so much in the last year, although her cat Lily is not thrilled that she seems to be leaving the house more often.
BRITTANI YAWN (Understudy, she/her/hers) is a performer and writer based in Chicago. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Brittani moved to Chicago after earning her BA in Theatre from Miami University. Some of her recent credits include Poison (The Plagiarists), The Suffrage Plays (Artemisia Theatre), and The Ridiculous Darkness (Sideshow Theatre Company). She has also performed with Black Lives Black Words International Project, Hell in a Handbag Productions, the Annoyance, and iO, among others. You can catch her improvising at multiple comedy spaces in Chicago. Brittani is a 2021 NBC Universal/Second City Bob Curry Fellow.
MATTHEW POLLACK (Alternate Music Director) is a musician and teacher living in Chicago. Composing credits include Sh*tFyre, (parts of) Shark Tank: the Musical, and I Want to Believe: an X-Files Musical Parody, all at The Annoyance, and nine half-hour musicals for children. He is the long-running Musical Director for Hitch*cocktails at the Annoyance, and accompanies sketch and improv shows throughout the city. Matthew also teaches improv (musical and otherwise) at the Second City Training Center.
BREE BARTMAN (Alternate Stage Manager) is the Stage Manager for this production! For the past 10 years, she’s been hiding in the shadows at several theaters around Chicago, including The Second City and the long running show, Bye Bye Liver. When she’s not at Second City, you can find her slinging sass at Ed Debevic’s! Please enjoy the show!!!
AMY YOUNG (Production Manager) is a Chicago-based Education Producer with the Second City. She first came to the Second City as a Conservatory student in 2013 and traveled the country as the understudy for Second City’s The Realish Housewives: A Parody, in 2016. She moved behind the scenes in 2018, climbing the rungs from Kid and Teen Program Assistant to her current role as a Production Manager. Whether in a workshop, classroom, or Zoom setting, Amy is driven to optimize the learning experience for both clients and facilitators alike. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (cum laude) and a Masters of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises (MSLCE, cum laude) from Northwestern University. She loves Jeni’s Ice Cream and all dogs everywhere.