Coaches

Clay Larsen

Hi there. I’m Clay. I’ve been doing improv for ten years, and have been performing at UCB since 2006. I’ve been on five UCB-LA Harold teams (Empty Threat, Perfect Crime, Hugboat, Elroy, and The Racquet), done tons of other shows around the theater (Sketch Cram, Maude Night, Spank slots, bit sh...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

lisa.linke@mac.com

Hi! I'm Lisa. I'm a veteran of the Chicago improv scene, where I spent almost fourteen years studying and performing improvisation and sketch comedy at The Second City, iO (formerly Improv Olympic), The Annoyance, The Playground and ComedySportz. I've been teaching/coaching for over a decade. ...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Desiree Nash

I have been improvising for 9 years, most of that in NY. Been in LA for a year now and have been coaching a couple of musical improv groups regularly. Would like to add your team to the mix! My forte is musical improv, but I can coach non-musical improv as well. I like to focus on pushing...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Skander Halim

SKANDER HALIM is a screenwriter who discovered sketch writing at UCB and instantly fell in love with the creative freedom and quick turnaround time. In addition to UCB, he's studied improv at The Second City Toronto and The Miles Stroth Workshop. Skander wrote the controversial black comedy featu...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Amos Vernon

I've studied at UCB-NY since 2009 and have been a member of a UCB-NY house team since 2011 (Mr. Crime, Surfing, Guthrie, Big Margaret, and Higgins). I am also a member of the sketch group Boat. Looking to work on game? Form? Commitment? Playing as a team? Getting out of your head? Email bits? ...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Emily Schmidt

Hi there! My name is Emily Schmidt and I love coaching improv. Like, a lot. I started taking improv classes in 2002 in Minneapolis and I haven't really stopped since. I'm currently a member of the UCB Mess Hall team, Baby Strength. I've studied under David Harris, Tricia McAlpin, Curtis Gwinn...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Bryan Cain

Bryan is a graduate of Upright Citizen's Brigade and the new Nerdist School as well as a performer of musical improv at iO West with his team Robot Teammate + The Accidental Party. Robot Teammate is the current holder of the title National Cagematch Champions with 86 wins in a row at the Cherry C...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Beth Appel

Beth Appel is a performer, writer, and director living in Los Angeles. Beth teaches sketch writing at UCB and performs with the UCB Harold Team Cardinal Redbird. Beth recently relocated from New York where she started taking classes at UCB in 2004 (that's 10 years ago!) and she has been writi...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Gian Molina

I've been performing improv since 2001 and have performed improv comedy all over the world including Sydney, Amsterdam, London and multiple cities in the US and Canada. I've taught workshops at many festivals and independently at high schools, colleges and universities. I studied at Ultimate ...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago

Jessica Rona

Jess Rona has taken every improv class she could possibly get into at UCB since 2007, and has also perfected her genius at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Playhouse West and Lesly Kahn. She has studied improv with: Neil Casey, Suzi Barrett, Julie Brister, Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, ...
Schedule updated about 4 years ago