How long have you been performing?
Over 20 years
What motivated you to start improvising?
I've always been a big fan of comedy. When Second City opened a branch in Detroit, I went and auditioned. They ended up sending me one of the nicest rejection letters I've ever received. I decided to thank them by taking classes there. That was in 1993.
How did you get involved at Planet Ant?
In March of 2000, Nancy Hayden invited me to be part of a process show that Joshua Funk was directing. It was the second original comedy show that the Ant had ever done. That same year, I was invited to join what would become the Monday night improv Home Team (which actually began on Wednesday nights).
What shows have you performed in?
I've acted in, directed, and helped write too many shows to list here.
What are some of your favorite shows you've been in and why?
555-1212: Because it was my first Ant show. Jim: First time directing an original comedy. Deceptions to the Rule: I just love, love, love this show. Lonesome West: First dramatic role at the Ant - awesome script. Brimstone and Treacle: This script that has been close to my heart for years. I had to hunt it down, pitch it, and direct it. The Detroit Free Press ended up giving it 4 out of 4 stars.
A fun, memorable moment from a Monday Night:
Introducing the Ant Jam in 2006 as the third act of the night.
What do you do outside of the theatre?
More theater. Also teaching.
Who are some of your comedy heroes?
Steve Martin, George Carlin, John Cleese, Louis CK, Tina Fey, and Shawn Handlon.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to someone interested in starting improv?
Don't wait. Do it now.