Jay will gladly talk endlessly about how much better the world would be if everyone took just one improv class. He has taught and performed improv professionally for the past 25 years and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, Second City NW Conservatory, and the training centers of iO Chicago and ComedySportz Chicago. He has trained with Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Martin deMaat, Jon Favreau, Del Close, Charna Halpern, Keith Johnstone, Mick Napier, Jeff Michalski, Marc Warzecha and many more.
Jay is currently on faculty at The Second City Hollywood where he has taught in both the Improv and Conservatory programs. He is also a facilitator with Second City Works, teaching improv to business professionals in order to drive behavior change. Previously, he was on faculty at The Second City Chicago, iO Chicago and ComedySportz Chicago.
He has taught and performed throughout the world, including the BIG IF4, Copenhagen International Impro Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the New Orleans Comedy Festival, Club Med and the Del Close Marathon. He has been on several podcasts including “Tales from the Teacher’s Lounge”, “Improv Yak”, “Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane” “ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky” and was featured in the improv documentary “Whether the Weather.”
Jay currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two kids and dog.