Chaos Lifeguard, Chicago
Featuring ECIF Special guest artist Jacob Shuda* and EC native and MHS improv alumni Jesse Wood.
Jacob Shuda is a professional musician, actor, and producer residing in Chicago, Il. He is currently the Musical Director of the e.t.c. Stage at The Second City. He started acting and scoring improv while on the Memorial High School Improv Team in Eau Claire, WI and hasn't stopped since. Jacob has performed as both an actor and musical director at The Second City, iOChicago, and The Annoyance Theater. As a musical director, he has traveled the world with The Second City Touring Company, and has been the sound designer and musical director of three resident stage revues at The Second City.
Memorial High Improv, Eau Claire
Side Pickle, Minneapolis
Stay at Home Dads, Eau Claire
From Justin to Kelly, New York
They've now achieved a record of group to play ECIF the most times! (Third year in a row they have made the trip from NY! Justin & Kelly consider EC their home away from home). Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters comprise From Justin to Kelly. From Justin to Kelly is based in New York City, where they’ve been improvising together and separately for a cumulative 20 years. These days, they tour the country performing high-stakes, emotionally honest improv, emphasizing complete agreement, total commitment, and scenic minimalism. In 2015, they performed 40+ shows in 20 different states.
I am the show (Christopher George solo improv), Chicago
This show began in 2014. A two-man show, with one human, and one machine. One visual, one audio. One responding, the other giving. The audience picks one show or movie, and CG improvises dialogue, sound effects, and music. If it plays on Hulu, he improvises the commercials.
Grack!, Boston and Eau Claire
Dylan Rohde, Omaha
Dylan is the founder of The Backline (Improv School/Comedy Theatre in Omaha,) Omaha ImprovFestival, and Omaha Comedy Week. Trained and performed for almost 4 years at UCB-LA, trained and performed for 2 years at iO West, and was a member of the early LA Indie scene. Dylan will be teaching two workshops at ECIF. Combining UCB and iO has created a style that is both very focused on "Game" but also a necessity for finding "Relationship." The goal is for a realistic and relatable scene, but also finding patterns to have fun with and get the audience laughing. He teaches the two most important qualities in improv are trust and listening.
Dylan has taught and performed at the Tampa Bay Improv Festival, Crossroads Comedy Festival (Indianapolis,) Third Coast Improv Festival (Nashville,) Improvention International Improv Festival (Australia,) HUGE Theatre (Minneapolis,) Voodoo Theatre (guest for Governor Jack twice) (Denver,) Kick Theatre (Kansas City,) The Improv Shop (St. Louis,) Last Laugh (Des Moines,) West Dakota Players (Rapid City,) Camping USA (Big Bear, CA.) He has performed in the Del Close Marathon, Chicago Improv Festival, LA.