The Funny Bones Improv Players
Funny Bones Improv founder, Jolene Fehler has been training and performing improvisation since 2001 in Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago and New Orleans. Funny Bones Improv began at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago in April 2008. Jolene has also been certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader since December 2008 and in April 2010; Jolene took the next step […]
Mike Olifirowicz has been a member of Funny Bones since 2012. A Chicago native, he has been doing improv and stand-up comedy in and around town for the past seven years. He has been leveraging his degree in Computer Science from Loyola University to feed himself and his family since HBO has not yet offered […]
Caroline Nash is a graduate of UNC Greensboro. She is a graduate of both the Conservatory and Music Conservatory programs at Second City and is taking classes at the Annoyance. She can also be seen around the city performing with After Party, Buzzed Broadway, Dead Broads Yapping, the Dinner Detective, Eastwood, and Storytown. If you’re bored, you can find her […]
Josh Toups has a BA in Theatre from LSU and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago. He has taught and performed Theatre and Improvisation world wide from New Orleans to Japan. He is currently teaching 4th and 5th Grade at Encore Academy.
Jill deRosas got her improv start with Funny Bones Improv when she was a Tulane student intern. She loved the organization and the craft so much that she continued to stay involved with Funny Bones and has been a performer since 2013. She considers herself very lucky to work with so many talented performers that care […]
Alex DiVirgilio is thrilled to be a member of Funny Bones. He grew up in Buffalo where he was an ensemble member of ComedySportz. In Chicago, he can be seen at MCL, Storytown, and ComedySportz. He is a graduate of iO’s improv program. His day job is teaching 2- and 3-year-olds as well as driving their […]
Ashley is a native of Mississippi who moved to New Orleans in 2010. She has been involved with Funny Bones Improv since completing the Ha!sptial Training Program in the spring of 2014. Prior to joining FBI, Ashley’s only exposure to acting was one (very long) day spent working as an extra on Treme. Her personal […]
Shannon Kelly is thrilled to have worked with the talented players of Funny Bones since 2012. Originally from Minnesota, she is a career scientist with a curiosity for most things, including things absurd and things nonsensical. She has studied writing and performance at Second City, iO, Annoyance Theater and Green Shirt Studio. She believes that […]
Allison Grischow is a Chicago based actor, improviser, and musician. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Music from Valparaiso University and continued her training with the Moscow Art Theatre School. In Chicago, Allison has performed with The Plagiarists, Beast Women Productions, Redmoon Theater, The Public House Theatre, and MCL Chicago among […]
Val Rock is very excited to be joining the cast of Funny Bones Improv! She started out doing improv with Kansas State University’s own On The Spot Improv. She then performed short form comedy as an ensemble member at Comedy City in Kansas City, MO. Since moving to Chicago, she has graduated from the Second […]
Thomas P. Clune is a New Jersey native who can be seen performing at CSz Theater with Chimera and the musical improv group, Pickle Party as well as the independent duo, Blue Arc. Thomas is an award winning filmmaker and active in Chicago as a director and cinematographer. Recently his projects included pilot show submissions to streaming […]
Kristin Schmitz is a California Bay Area native and has been acting and improvising in Chicago since 2014. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Musical Theatre from Santa Clara University. Kristin loves working with children and has performed for young audiences all over the country. Currently she is a member […]
Stacia Stitt is an actor and comedian from California. She believes there is always space for laughter and goofiness and is proud to have the opportunity to share that through Funny Bones Improv! She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory program, an ensemble member of ‘Tinderella: A Modern Day Fairy-Tale’ at Under the […]
Susan Gordon is an actress, improviser, and creator native to New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to Chicago last August to pursue a career in acting after receiving her Bachelors Degree in Film Studies from the University of New Orleans. Her credits include small day playing parts on the television shows Chicago PD and Empire, and […]
Emily Slazer is a south Louisiana native and a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana, where she studied Theatre. Emily has studied improv with a number of institutions over the years, and she has been involved in education programs for young artists throughout the state. Emily is a graduate of and performer with The New […]
Stuart Allard has been a member of Funny Bones since September 2012. He has been trained at Second City, iO, and The Annoyance, and is also a graduate of Second City’s prestigious conservatory program. Stuart is also the brains behind the Facebook comedy page Stu News. He is a native of the Chicago suburbs.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristen is a graduate of the iO and Annoyance improv training centers in Chicago and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, and is a proud ensemble member of the Chicago-based Under the Gun Theater. Beyond Funny Bones, you can catch her making up uke songs for her friends, performing weekly […]
Gavin Donnellan has been a member of Funny Bones since 2012! He is a graduate of the iO improvisation program, as well as the Conservatory, Music Conservatory, and Writing programs at Second City. Gavin also performs with Storytown, where he does musical improv for kids. He can be seen performing improv for grown ups too as one part […]
Jenny Finkel has proudly performed with Funny Bones Improv in two cities: as a founding member in New Orleans, from 2009-2011, and then as a player in Chicago, where she also served as Director for two years. As an improvisor, Jenny has performed all over the country, from Philadelphia to Portland. She works full-time as […]
Jon-Michael Armstrong is grateful to get to serve as a Funny Bones Improv actor. He’s performed short form, long form, genre, & sketch comedy in over a 1,000 shows. Jon-Michael has taught improv to all ages & levels, on his own & through companies such as the Improv Playhouse (iP), Chicago Improv Productions, & the […]
Bethany Coan is a graduate of and a performer at The New Movement Theater in New Orleans. She is part of Tangents, a documentary-style improv troupe and Marionette, a multi-media sketch group. Bethany was once described by a teammate as “the Kevin Bacon of the group.” When she’s not performing, she can be found running […]
Ellen Tharp was introduced to Funny Bones in 2014 as a senior at Tulane University studying Digital Media Production. Originally involved as a film/media intern, she began performing and fell in love. She currently resides in Chicago, where she continues to study improv with the Second City Conservatory program and recently rejoined Funny Bones with […]
Jamie Paro was first introduced to improv her Junior year at Tulane University, while studying with The New Movement. She was quickly enthralled with all that improv had to offer. After graduating in 2015 with a BA in Communications and Anthropology, she moved back down to New Orleans eager to find a new improv outlet. […]
Mikey Curren is a native of New Orleans. He greatly enjoys his time with Funny Bones Improv. It is a pleasure to work with so many loving and talented performers. Performing for the children has been one of my greatest joys. It is an honor to play a part in what we do.
Chris has been a writer, improviser, actor, and director in the Chicagoland area for close to 10 years. He originally hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and then moved to Virginia to study acting and directing at Shenandoah Conservatory. After touring with several children’s theatre companies (Hampstead Players, Theatre IV) Chris finally landed in Chicago. In the […]
Debbie Schreiner has been a member of Funny Bones Improv since 2013. It is a joy to perform with this talented group and share laughter with children and their families! In addition to improvising, she enjoys singing and rewriting song lyrics (à la Weird Al Yankovic). Debbie is a proud graduate of Northwestern University where […]
New Orleans comedy magician, Michael Dardant, is the perfect performer on any stage! As a comedian he catches crowds off guard with a genuine Cajun flair. As a magician, his original and stunning sleight of hand is enthralling. In two years he has accumulated more than twenty first place and championship awards, making him the […]
Sarah Beth is a graduate of the MFA Film and Theatre Performance program at the University of New Orleans. She found her love of the stage during her year as Miss Mississippi, which later enabled her to continue her studies in Spain, Italy, and Ireland. In addition to travel, ice cream, and the great outdoors, […]
Sarah Collier moved to Chicago after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has completed the Second City Conservatory and Music Improv Program. Sarah is a member of the CSz Theater ensemble. She’s very excited to join Funmy Bones, and welcomes any and all pictures and videos of cute animals!
Michael Brackney, “Brack”, is jazzed to be a part of Funny Bones Improv by helping kids and parents laugh around the city. He was born and raised in Arizona and moved to Chicago 2013. Soon after the move, he fell in love with improvisation. He continues to learn and play around the city. Currently, he is […]