About: Players

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Joey Bland

Joey Bland moved to Chicago from Virginia, where he attended the College of William and Mary. Outside The Improvised Shakespeare Company, he has performed with ComedySportz, the iO Theater, and The Second City. For two years, Joey traveled the world with The Second City Touring Company, and in 2009, he played the title role in The Second City's hit, original musical, Rod Blagojevich, Superstar. Joey is a two-time Jeopardy champion.

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Ross Bryant

Ross Bryant has been performing with The Improvised Shakespeare Company since their first show at the iO Theater in Chicago. Ross is an alumnus of the Mainstage of The Second City Chicago, where he co-wrote and performed the critically acclaimed review “Let Them Eat Chaos.” Now in LA, Ross can be seen weekly at the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Television credits include The Good Place (NBC), Wild 'N Out (MTV),  Corporate (Comedy Central), Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters (TruTV), and the upcoming American Princess (Lifetime). As a cartoonist, Ross’ original animations have been featured on Comedy Central Digital, check them out on his Instagram @rossbb

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Brendan Dowling

Brendan Dowling is a Massachusetts native and a graduate of the College of William and Mary.  In Chicago, he has toured with The Second City's National Touring Company and has been a member of ComedySportz.  He also performed in The Second City Denver's inaugural production of Red Scare, as well as writing and performing The Second City Denver's How I Lost My Denverginity.  Brendan can also be seen creating improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy. He would like to thank his family for being so great.

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Randall Harr

Randall is an Actor based in Los Angeles California. Previously he has performed and improvised at the IO, Annoyance, and Second City theatres in Chicago. Randall also spent two years in Amsterdam performing at BOOM CHICAGO! Some of Randall’s Second City credits include, ‘Who's yer Baghdadi’,No Shirt, No Shoes, No WMDs), American Mixed Tape’ (Garner Galleria Theatre Denver),‘Sex and the Second City, ‘Rod Blagojevich Super Star’ (Chicago Shakespeare Theater),  ‘Peach, Drop, Stop and Roll’ (Atlanta's Alliance Theatre),‘#DateMe’ (UP Comedy Club) and ‘Louder! Longer! Wagner!’(Chicago Lyric Opera). Randall’s television credits include NBC’s Chicago Fire and TV Land’s TEACHERS.

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Greg Hess

Greg Hess is a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble Cook County Social Club and an alumni of the Second City national touring company. Film and TV credits include: Key & Peele (Comedy Central), Playing House (USA), LA to Vegas (Fox), Food: the Source of Life (Adult Swim) and the upcoming untitled feature from Academy Award winner Danny Boyle. As a writer, Greg has created original material for Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Universal Cable Productions and Adult Swim. Twitter: @heygreghess

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Josh Logan

Josh Logan was born and bred in Cleveland, OH where he began studying with The Second City before ending up in Los Angeles. As a writer, Josh has been published in The New Yorker, and currently creates/develops content for truTV, IFC, Skybound and Comedy Central. Josh also writes screenplays and for his representatives at 3Arts and is currently working on a book of short stories. Film & Television credits include American Housewife (ABC), Superbowl Commercials, Rob Huebel’s Want to See a Dead Body, and the upcoming movie Tarot. 

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Thomas Middleditch

Thomas Middleditch has been an ISC company member since its first show in 2005. He can currently be seen as Richard Hendrix, the central character in Mike Judge’s (recently Emmy nominated) series on HBO, SILICON VALLEY. Thomas was most recently in the feature films, THE FINAL GIRLS, and THE BRONZE opposite Melissa Rauch from "The Big Bang Theory". Thomas has also been featured on THE OFFICE, playing the role of Dwight Schrute's brother, and he was “Fuzzy” in the Paramount Pictures feature, FUN SIZE.  Other film work includes: WOLF OF WALL STREET, BRASS TEAPOT, THE KINGS OF SUMMER, THE OTHER GUYS, BEING FLYNN, and SPLINTERHEADS.  In addition to being a member of THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Thomas is a regular performer at UCB.  www.thomasmiddleditch.com.

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Asher Perlman

Asher Perlman is currently a staff writer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a sketch writer for Slate's Trumpcast, and a performer at the Upright Citizen's Brigade. He is an alumnus of The Second City, iO, and the TBS Just For Laughs Festival (Chicago). TV credits include The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central) and Hot Date (Pop TV). Additionally, he co-wrote and starred in the series Settled on the PYPO Network. Follow along: @asherperlman.

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Tim Sniffen

Tim Sniffen has performed with The Improvised Shakespeare Company® since 2008. He’s also worked with The Second City, the Boom Chicago theater in Amsterdam, and improvised musical troupe Baby Wants Candy. For the last three years Tim has been a contributing sketch writer on NPR’s Live From Here With Chris Thile and recently worked as a script consultant on Work In Progress, appearing on Showtime this fall. You can read Tim’s work in The New Yorker, on Medium, and on Twitter.

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Blaine Swen

Blaine Swen is the creator and director of The Improvised Shakespeare Company® and currently lives in Los Angeles. His iO Chicago credits include the two-person group Blessing with Susan Messing,  the one-man improvised musical, BASH!, The Armando Diaz Experience, and The Deltones. He has also performed in Chicago with The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Players Theatre,  The Backroom Shakespeare Project, and The Second City. His television credits include Crisis (NBC), The Odd Couple (CBS), and Star vs The Forces of Evil (Disney). The Chicago Reader has named him the "Best Improviser in Chicago." Blaine has a PhD in philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago.

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John Thibodeaux

John currently works a staff writer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  He is an alum of the Second City Touring Company and member of the critically-acclaimed improv team 3Peat.  John also co-created the online pilot The StartUp which won the CWseed development deal at the New York Television Festival in 2013. Follow him on Twitter: @john_thibodeaux

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Steve Waltien

Steve Waltien is a staff writer for the new Comedy Central series 'Klepper.' He's an alum of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago where he also wrote and performed many shows at the iO theater including the Del Close award-winning solo show ‘Scenes With Ghosts'. TV and film credits include Mike Birbiglia's 'Don't Think Twice', 'The Opposition with Jordan Klepper',  'The Second City Project' and 'Chicago PD'.  He has written for Jon Stewart's HBO Project and appears regularly on Slate's Trumpcast.

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Ric Walker

Ric Walker is an actor, director, writer and teacher who has toured extensively for Wavelength, The Second City, and The Improvised Shakespaere Company®.  He has also improvised with and been a member of Comedy Sportz Chicago and MCTD (Midwest Comedy Tool & Die). He is a member Emeritus of Second Story (Serendipity Theater Collective). His show, "The Greatest Theatrical Event...Ever" reecently completed a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His television credits includ Chicago PD, APB, and Chicago Fire. Ric is currently a Professor at Columbia College Chicago in the nation’s first BA in Comedy Writing and Performance.

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