Do you love comics AND laughing?! Join us for an hilarious, comic-themed, improv performance by a troupe of local actors- chime in with your suggestions to help steer the action!
Our improv performers include:
David Barron, Fred Fedewa, Matt Johnson, Raju Ben and Susie McCormick.
Dr. Carol Tilley
Dr. Carol Tilley is a comics historian, librarian, educator, and youth advocate. As a researcher, Tilley studies the social and cultural history of comics reading and readers. As a teacher, Tilley helps prepare future and current librarians to work with young people in school and public libraries. As a youth advocate, Tilley supports the rights of children and teens to read and explore the world of ideas freely.
Dave Barron received his BA in Theatre and BFA from the Ringling Brothers Clown College where he trained to be a circus clown. David had the honor of spending a weekend learning improv from Del Close 37 years ago and has been studying and performing improv every week for the last 7 years.
Erika Swanson is an award-winning illustrator, comic artist, animator, and the creator of Bellossoms, a series about enchanted flowers blooming in new places. Watch her new animated show, Bellossoms: Full Bloom, now streaming on YouTube!
Matt Johnson is an actor and playwright in the West suburbs. He’s currently working to bring the arts to schools without a program for theatre and is dedicated to bringing elements of improv into all he does.
Pat Ryan is the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Adventurer," but he's also a pretty average husband, father, and comic book fan. Pat is a counselor for those with substance use disorders and loves comics like the old Marv Wolfman Teen Titans, as well as an array of indie titles like Y: the Last Man, the Goon, and Hellboy. Pat also loves the Universal Monster movies and all things Godzilla, as well as board games, D&D, or any reason to spend time with his friends and family.
Raju Ben is an up-and-coming comedian, marking his stamp in the Chicago Improv community. He’s already a proud alumnus of Second City and IO Theatre. Random facts: He likes to brainstorm possible conversations whenever he attends events and gatherings. Before his performance, he wants to set the bar low, expect a flopped version so he can get it out of his system.
Susie McCormick began creating alternate realities onstage through improv when she realized actual reality wasn’t that great and could use improvement. She is a graduate of the Annoyance Theater improv program, is a member of One Group Mind at Comedy Clubhouse in Chicago and Incognito Mode Improv in Downers Grove, and has been the member of various improv teams throughout Chicagoland. She has also written and performed sketch comedy shows at Second City and Westside Improv in Wheaton.
Tess Foral is a hobbyist cosplayer who has been enjoying the craft for almost 10 years. She enjoys sewing her own cosplays, though making the decision about which cosplay to make can prove the most challenging part! She is mostly self-taught and enjoys sharing her experience with those who are just starting out their cosplay journey. She firmly believes that anyone can and should cosplay!
Tom Lichtenheld is a children’s book author and illustrator. He doodled his way through school, then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and advertising art director. After a successful career in advertising, he gradually made the switch to creating children’s books. Tom’s books – several of which are New York Times Best Sellers -- are acclaimed for their humor, expressive characters, and rich – sometimes hidden – detail. He’s known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio of books offers something for every age. Tom has collaborated with several authors including numerous books with Beth Ferry, the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Sherri Duskey Rinker; as well as writing and illustrating his own creations. “The Umbrella Book,” his newest with Beth Ferry, will be released in the spring of 2023.