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Thursday February 15, 2018, 5:03pm - by Megan Gray

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Congratulations to the newest Magnet Sketch Teams and the latest additions to Just Karen and Danger Noodle! Thanks to everyone who submitted and auditioned this round. Here’s to a brand new season of killer comedy, premiering on Monday, March 12th, 7:30 pm.


* – new to team
>Italics – new to program
Bold – Promoted to writer/performer


Kristina Grosspietsch (performer)
Keith Rubin (performer)
Tom Sanchez (performer)
* Aimée Lutkin (performer)
Dennis Pacheco (writer/performer)
Devin O’Neill (writer/performer)
Carly Silverman (writer)
David Fried (writer)
Elie Stav (writer)
Levi Friedman (writer)
Directed by Matt Alspaugh



Rachel Robertson (performer)
Matt Abedi (performer)
Shelley Little (performer)
John Graham (performer)
Kyle Levenick (writer/ performer)
Sarah Cassell (writer/performer)
Chris Wade (writer)
Daniel Louis (writer)
Yoshi Saito (writer)
Karina Sahlin (writer)
Directed by Chrissie Gruebel



Gina Cucci (performer)
Matt Brooks (performer)
Alyssa Lott (performer)
* Brendan Goggins (performer)
* Billy Soco (performer)
Jackie Skinner (writer/performer)
Annemarie Cullen (writer)
Lauren Faylor (writer)
Matt Morea (writer)
Rob Webber (writer)
Emily Draper (writer)
Directed by Nat Silverman



Tanyika Carey (performer)
Michael Stevens (performer)
Janay Bates (performer)
Raquel Castellar (performer)
Randy McKay (writer/Performer)
Francis Fuster (writer/performer)
Caroline Castro (writer)
Gregory Cornejo (writer)
Shenovia Large (writer)
Jennifer Epperson (writer)
Directed by Lanee’ Sanders



Duaa Osman (performer)
Kourtni Beebe (performer)
Zak Kamin (performer)
Frankie Johnson (performer)
Gretchen Wylder (performer)
Ben Koch (writer/performer)
Lauren Overpeck (writer)
Virginia Dickens (writer)
Kathleen O’Mara (writer)
Kayte Zhang (writer)
Harry McAlister (writer)
Directed by Michael Delisle



Lida Darmian (performer)
Ladell Thomas (performer)
Chris De La Cruz (performer)
Alexandra Sobrino (performer)
Lorena Russi (writer/performer)
Kate Shine (writer/performer)
Will Cybriwsky (writer)
Nick Wiener (writer)
Jeffery Kitt (Writer)
Elsa Bermudez (writer)
Directed by Johnathan Ross


There have also been some exciting changes to our weekend sketch teams, including the addition of The Nitro Girls to Friday nights alongside with The Executives. Check out each team’s new members and see their season debut on Friday, March 2nd, at 7 pm.



Leanne Velednitski (performer)
John Ross (performer)
Amy Lynn Berger (performer)
Sam Rogal (writer/performer)
Jesse Mudrick (writer/performer)
Joe Lepore (writer/performer)
Lanee’ Sanders (writer)
Justin Morgan (writer)
* Nat Silverman (writer)
Directed by Chris Hastings



Charlie Nicholson (performer)
Meredith Burns (performer)
Lane Kwederis (performer)
Xavier Padin (performer)
Elena Skopetos (writer/performer)
Evan Forde Barden (writer/performer)
Sara Kalkstein (writer)
Kristen Loe (writer)
Ashley Glicken (writer)
James Kuo (writer)
Directed by Kevin Cobbs
Thursday February 8, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Marie Denny.

Which team or show are you on?


Where are you from?

I was born and raised in London, England, then Chicago, IL.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I moved to New York 8 years ago as a dramatic actor associating improv with comedy-which felt out of my league. After a few years here I decided to take an improv class to book more commercial auditions so I could be somewhat poor instead of all the way poor. I didn’t really know what long form improv was before that but I was hooked immediately. Sketch felt like a natural progression a few years after that.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Since high school but it wasn’t something I thought I would do with my life until after college.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

Michaela Coel. Chewing Gum was one of the most brilliant, weird, authentic and original shows I’ve seen in awhile.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

I’d love to write for Robin Thede on The Rundown. The show has a voice and perspective you won’t find anywhere else in late night and she brings a fun energy to our current, nightmarish news cycle.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Silly wordplay and inventive physical comedy.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Well I’m a big old 80’s baby so it would start with some manic 80’s pop and then move into some smooth 90’s RnB. Throw in some Snoop and Riri for good measure.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

“How’s it going?” Practicality won out.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Probably slinging drinks in a bar dreaming of one day being an old, eccentric hermit.

Would you ever consider keeping a rodent as a pet?

Only if it could do useful stuff like bring me the remote and make my bed. That would actually be pretty dope, I might be into that.


Wednesday February 7, 2018, 1:57pm - by Magnet Theater

Training Center Internship

We are looking for a friendly and incredibly responsible person to assist with studio rental operations at the Training Center. This person should have weekday afternoon availability. This internship is part-time for approximately 6 hours a week.
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite (including Excel) and Google Apps.
  • Calmness and efficiency are highly prized!
  • Candidates must be able to lift 15 pounds.
  • Of course, a sense of humor is a plus!

Please note this is an internship and not a paid position. Magnet Theater internships give students the opportunity to earn credit toward classes in return for working at the theater, training center, or other special events. Interns typically accumulate credits through regularly scheduled shifts performing various roles, then apply them in lieu of payment for classes at the Training Center.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Amy Morrison at with the  subject line: YOUR NAME: OFFICE INTERN.

Priority will be given to applications received before February 15th. We will only be contacting candidates whom we wish to interview. Thank you!
Wednesday February 7, 2018, 10:50am - by Magnet Theater

This Saturday, February 10th, is the 10-year anniversary of Peter McNerney and Nick Kanellis performing together as an improv duo! Originally called Brother Bear, the duo went on to form multiple standout ensembles before settling in as the seamless, high-energy, multi-character improv duo we now know and love. As New York City’s premier improv duo, they’ve received some pretty incredible reviews and press mentions. The New York Times calls Trike, “consistently complex, imaginative improv,” that is “reliably one of the best improv performances in the city.” says that Trike’s “fantastic late night show is upbeat and impressively layered improv that is always worth checking out,” and in the “Splitsider Guide to NYC Comedy Scene,” Trike was named one of eight “Best Weekly Shows.” TimeOut New York declares Trike a “Critic’s Pick” that “melds playful physical transformation and careful scene work in a weekly show that delivers an impressively quick and detailed overlap of events in its conclusion.”

That’s a lot of praise for two guys making up everything in the moment. But what improv magic make a Trike show so unique? Trike has no scene breaks. You won’t hear an audience clap during transitions at a Trike show, because the next scene has already begun. The incredible balance between relatable, heartfelt characters and kinetic, abstract absurdity is like none other. By the end of a Trike show, every scene has proven itself essential to the whole. There’s always a reason these seemingly random collection of scenes find themselves in the same performance. Instead of one trying to interpret the other’s intentions, like a puzzle with only one solution, Peter and Nick see each other as inkblots, eager to be interpreted by the other’s intuition. This creates the illusion of foresight and a feeling that one can read the other’s mind. Plus, they’re pretty good friends. That helps too.


– Peter & Nick attended Northwestern University together, where in 2003 Peter cast and coached Nick in his first long form improv group.
– Peter moved to NYC in 2005 just after the opening of Magnet Theater. Nick joined two years later.
– On February 10th, 2008 – their original duo (Brother Bear) premiered at the Magnet duo show, Ampers&nd.
– They soon launched Statues of Liberty with fellow NU alumni Russ Armstrong and Chris Hejl and performed 77 shows together at the Magnet.
– Trike, the trio, began October 2009 w/ Leslie Korein
– 80 shows later, Leslie moved to LA
– Trike, the duo, began May 2011 and has since done 301 shows on Saturday nights at Magnet.
– Together Nick and Peter have performed in 460 shows.

Come see this incredible duo celebrate their 10th anniversary this Saturday, February 10th, at 9 PM. It’s gonna be a wild one.

Thursday February 1, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Brian Rodriguez.

Which team or show are you on?

I’m on the musical improv team Honeymoon, part of Musical Megawatt.

Where are you from?

The Dirtiest Parts of Jersey, NJ.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I started doing competitive solo improv on my high school forensics team when I was a freshman and loved having it as an outlet for creating characters and following patterns and calling back to earlier beats.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I played Touchstone in an 8th grade production of As You Like It, and have mostly felt trapped performing that role ever since.

I’m sorry, that answer is a little too pretentious! What about: I started playing the trombone and performing in the 4th grade, mostly because I could make it look like I was jerking the instrument off? Is that better?!

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

I just want to be in a scene with Beth Slack again. That would be ideal.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Neither of those things interest me, but I would most like for more Magnet talent (not me) to write for more Magnet Podcasts ???? There is just such amazing talent here that I wish I could carry around on my phone and listen to.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

That thing when babies are scared by their own farts. It’s such a raw visceral reaction.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Lots of Math Rock, Chillhop, and anything Sufjan Stevens does.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

I’d ask them not to make eye contact.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

At home, watching everyone else’s night out on snapchat.

If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be? (You can wear different shades of the same color.)

 I’m so stressed out by this question, I may never leave the house again. Gray?

Thursday January 25, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Ellen Matthews.

Which team or show are you on?

She Wolf (Megawatt).

Where are you from?

Western Massachusetts.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I always took advantage of school projects where I had the option to perform a “skit” or “video” as my presentation. When I went to college, I wanted to continue to be creative, but I really did not want to do improv. I didn’t think I could think that quickly on my feet. I eventually discovered a sketch comedy troupe (Sketch 22 at UMass Amherst) which was perfect for me. After college, I moved to New York and took a sketch writing class at UCB, but I found that I couldn’t keep up with the time-consuming writing while maintaining my full time job. Knowing that I needed to continue to create and collaborate in some way, my friend convinced me to take an improv class at UCB which was being taught by Shannon O’Neill. From then on, I started to fall in love with improv. I had always been a writer and performer, and I loved how improv let me do both at the same time, in a collaborative way. When I discovered Magnet Theater in 2016, I felt for the first time the most comfortable I had ever felt doing improv. The teachers, the community, and the open-minded curriculum and style made me feel very much at home.

How long have you been performing/writing?


Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

Writing partner: My friend Danielle Soto. We were writing partners in college. She is now a standup comedian in LA – check her out! A great writing partner sparks ideas from you that you would never have on your own, and makes you laugh A LOT. Scene partner: Anyone who is committed. The worst feeling in improv isn’t not getting laughs, it having your partner bail on you. I still to this day remember people who have bailed on me simply in class scenes, not even at a show, and I still can’t let it go…That’s why we always must remind each other: “Got your back!”

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

I would love to impersonate Kate McKinnon, she’s very expressive when she acts or even talks in an interview, which I can relate to. I remember an audience member coming up to me after a show and saying “you have awesome facial expressions!”, which I took as a huge compliment.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Being silly and physical comedy. Don’t get me wrong – I respect clever, satirical, pointed comedy, but I could watch something like The Daily Show without ever laughing out loud. It doesn’t mean I don’t find the material funny, I do! It’s just that I can control my laughter. However, if someone farts in a meeting, I will not be able to control my laughter… If someone slips and makes a funny cry noise, I will not be able to control my laughter… One time at She Wolf practice, our coach Rick Andrews dropped his glasses off his face. He tried to catch them several times in the air, before they took the longest fall to the ground. I had to curl up in my chair because my stomach hurt so bad from laughing at this truly beautiful and genuine moment. I think I laugh hardest when the person is being real, and is actually not trying to be funny.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Lilith Fair.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

I’m always curious to know what TV shows people like to watch. I find that it can tell me a lot about their personality.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Out to dinner, but back in time to watch Saturday Night Live.

What’s your spirit toothbrush and/or paste?

My spirit toothbrush is a Sonicare because it’s gentle and soothing on my gums. My dentists yells at me for brushing too hard and hurting my gums. Thank you Sonicare!

Wednesday January 24, 2018, 2:38pm - by Magnet Theater

Say hello to all of our new Winter 2018 Circuit teams! Come see their shows Fridays at 9 pm, starting February 2nd, and at 10 pm starting March 2nd at the Magnet Training Center, 22 W 32nd St, 10th Floor. Shows run through March 30th.

The Circuit features improv ensembles made-up of both Magnet students and veteran Magnet performers. Every week, three teams take the stage and perform the classic long form improv structure, The Harold.

Team Milano:
Michael Grosso
Jonathan Morales
Joanna McNurlen
Andy Lachman
Joy Weeeng
Chris Yu
Ann Herberger
Tia Scott

Coach: Alex Braslavsky

Team Sausalito:
Erica Soto
Maxim Ross
Arthur Velwest
Karan Sagar
Jeff Mitchell
Erin Resnick
Henry Seifter
Katie Rogers

Coach: Abby Russell

Team Montauk:
Shannon Krowicki
Mark Canlas
Conor Mullen
Yan Timanovsky
Hilary Mitchell
Eugene Chow
Simon Johnston
Sarita Ekya

Coach: Xavier Padin

Team Chesapeake:
Justina Sparling
Jason Farr
Andrea Fischman
Sam Qian
Nathan Tillis
Evelyn Peppas
Parmita Samanta
David Lisuk

Coach: Michael Kroll

Come check them out!

Thursday January 18, 2018, 12:42pm - by Megan Gray

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Winter edition of The Circuit! The Circuit is a long-form improv program with teams made up of Magnet Theater students, graduates of our training program, and veteran performers. We believe that in order to get better at improv, you need to do it! The Circuit gives more people in our community a chance to work on teams with great coaches, all while performing regularly.

The deadline to apply is January 22, 2018 at noon. Teams will be announced January 23rd. First rehearsals will be the weekend of the 27th.

Circuit shows will begin Friday, February 2nd and run for 9 weeks, through March 30th. Shows in February will be at 9 pm while shows in March will be at 10 pm, all in the Studio Theater at Magnet Training Center.

To sign up, fill out the form:

Questions? Just email!

***Please read the following:***
– To apply, you must have completed up to Level 3 at the Magnet.
– Do not call or email registrar beforehand regarding application status.
– Circuit performers may miss no more than 3 shows or practices.
– Performers are expected to rehearse with their assigned team and coach on a weekly basis at assigned times.
– Performers are responsible for the cost of coach and space rentals.

Thursday January 18, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Justin Morgan.

Which team or show are you on?

The Nitro Girls.

Where are you from?

Snellville, GA (suburb of Atlanta).

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

Was asked to join a theater sports team in High School at a drama club party. I then went through training at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta very quickly afterward.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Since high school really. There was a gap of about a decade though where there was just occasional daydreaming about comedy. Then, I tried my hand at stand-up almost ten years ago. Standup led to hosting. Hosting led to storytelling. Storytelling led to sketch. So…a long time.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

Someone who blows me away with how funny and talented they are. But also someone who will knock around jokes and bits with me for hours. They should be wide open for collaboration, but resolute in what they personally find funny. (If you are looking for actual people … I think Devin O’Neil, Michael Delisle and Pat May are remarkably funny.)

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Broad question. It would be awesome to write some sort of lunacy for Jason Mantzoukas to perform. Impression? Someone with a very distinct voice … Maybe a Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow or Sam Rockwell.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Jokes that bomb. I love hearing risky things get met with uncomfortable silences or “Oooooohs.” That tends to make me laugh the hardest. That and my very weird wife.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

I really like radio mixes by Chances With Wolves right now. It’s like 50’s & 60’s rock and soul music covers from all over the world. Radiohead, Talking Heads, 60’s & 70’s soul music.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

“What can I get you to drink?”

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Most likely the movies. I enjoy movies.

If a wicked witch turned you into a pair of shoes, what kind of shoes would you be?

A shoe that I would argue is nice enough, yet still comfortable enough, to be considered a dress sneaker.

Tuesday January 16, 2018, 10:05am - by Promo Team

William Shakespeare once wrote that “a quart of ale is a dish for a king.” Few could agree with him more than Hayley Karl and Ally Gold, the creators of BEER, PERIOD, and the show’s director, Christopher Hastings. BEER, PERIOD is Magnet’s brand new show dedicated to the world’s greatest beverage. We spoke with Hayley, Ally, and Chris about the intense love of beer fueling their upcoming show on January 19th!

 Is there an objectively agreed upon best beer? If so, what is it?

CHRIS: There was only one objectively agreed upon best beer, and it was called “Whatever Beer I Can Thank God I Have Been Able To Find And Put In My Mouth” and it was the entire United States’s favorite beer from 1920 to 1933. In the years since, the country has re-divided it’s opinion on the subject.

HAYLEY: I mean, PLINY THE ELDER (Obviously, obviously) is the greatest beer of all time. I’ve never had one, but hopefully will before I die which hopefully means I have plenty of time. Anyways, right now, without question the best beer is LITERALLY ANYTHING by Other Half Brewery. It is the nectar of the gods and I quiver in it’s presence.

ALLY: Any beautiful beer liquid gently floating down my throat hole, is at that moment in time and space, the best beer. HOWEVER, if you want a name, Heady Topper is at the top of all the charts right now. And charts don’t lie.

HAYLEY: Ally is WRONG but we are in therapy working through it.

Can someone who doesn’t like beer still enjoy your show?

CHRIS: I mean there’s still chairs that people can sit in during the show. Everyone likes to sit down a spell.

HAYLEY: Deep down, everyone loves beer, and I hope that this show brings that truth to light for all. So, yes…

ALLY: Wait… have they just never tried beer? If not, then they will DEF have fun. Lives are about to change.

What’s the one thing someone should never, ever say to a beer enthusiast?

CHRIS: “Oh you like beer? That reminds me, I made a nice beer braised sausage dish the other day. What was the beer I used? Oh yeah! It was called Heady Topper. I didn’t actually need that much to cook with though. Gave the rest to the dog. He loved it.”

HAYLEY: “Have you had Pliney the Elder yet?” Like, don’t remind me, you know?

ALLY: “Wake up. I’ve sewn your mouth shut.”

Why is beer such a big part of the comedy scene?

CHRIS: Trying to be funny for a crowd is terrifying, and alcohol melts fear. Only melt fear in moderation, everyone.

HAYLEY: The best beer pairing is with laughter.

ALLY: Beer is a big part of everything; comedians just know how to utilize its power.

Who drinks more, comedians or comic book artists?

CHRIS: Comedians LOVE beer and so do cartoonists, but I think the difference is that cartoonists will drink ANYTHING.

HAYLEY: I am gonna default to Chris on this one.

ALLY: Can’t beat that Chris answer.

Raise your glass to BEER, PERIOD Friday January 19th at Magnet