The Funny Bones Improv Players
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 […]
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 […]
Shawn Bush is excited and proud to be a member of the Funny Bones organization. Shawn began his comedic journey improvising at American University and performing on the WIT Harold Team, “Breaker Breaker” in Washington, DC. Shawn has completed the improv curriculum at iO, Annoyance, and Washington Improv Theater and has performed at festivals such as the Del […]
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 […]
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 […]
Greg Callozzo has been playing with Funny Bones Improv from the very start–he remembers practicing short-form games with Jolene in a friend’s basement in 2008. Trained in theater at Boise State University, Second City Conservatory, iO, Annoyance and ComedySportz (Madison and Milwaukee), Greg is a working Chicago actor, director and producer. He has adapted Vonnegut […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
Chrissy Bruzek is proud to be a member of Funny Bones and loves spreading laughter to those who need it. She is a featured player of The Cupid Players, a Scribble Bibble veteran, and has performed at the Chicago Women’s Funny Fest, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and Austin’s Out of Bounds Fest. She is a […]
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 […]
Chelsea Dàvid is a native of Louisiana and has been pursuing acting and improvisation in Chicago since 2012. A member of Funny Bones since 2013, She is thrilled to continue to be a part of such a wonderful organization! Previous Chicago credits include Macbeth (The Arc Theatre), The Emperor’s New Clothes (Windy City Players), Collaboraction’s Final Sketchbook Festival (2016), and Michael […]
A recent transplant from sunny California, Helen Lee is thrilled to be doing improv, acting, and wearing more layers than she’s ever had to in Chicago. Helen’s favorite roles are Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mrs. Clackett/Dotty from Noises Off. Helen can be seen hoofing it around town with the Comedy Dance Collective […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Sarah Barnhardt is an actor, comedian, voiceover artist, and emcee from Winston-Salem, NC. Her favorite Funny Bones moment was performing a show for one child who nicknamed her “Coolness.” Sarah is a graduate of The Second City Training Center’s Writing, Music, and Conservatory programs, and has also trained at The Annoyance and The Playground. She performs solo sketch and is a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]