Posts Tagged ‘sketch comedy’

Tuesday March 6, 2018, 3:57pm - by Promo Team

MOXIE opens Monday March 12th! For the next three Mondays at 9:00 at the Magnet, see original sketch shows developed by teams formed through Moxie, the female-identifying, non-binary, and trans sketch lab! Congratulations to the participants and directors!

Monday March 12th
The Mad Donnas and Clit Eastwood

Monday March 19th
Ryan Gosling’s Spank Bank and The Mad Donnas

Monday March 26th
Clit Eastwood and Ryan Gosling’s Spank Bank


The Mad Donnas
Directors: Alex Stark, Liz Haag, Megan Gray

Writers: Ruthie Dreyer, Kay Mollica, Claire Matson, Beth Heller, Morgan Sobel & Kate de Longpre’, Julia Schroeder, Jenn Seide

Performers: Angelica Florio, Morgan Sobel, Alina Konon, Vassileia Kazee, Talia Kwartler, Emily Heider, Jamie Genoa, Kerri Kenny, Alex Schulte, Laura Fabius, Kay Mollica, Margaret Taormina, Claire Matson, Beth Heller, Susan Burns, Julia Schroeder, Dorrie Jankowski, Jenn Seide, Ruthie Dreyer, Shevone Adams


Clit Eastwood
Directors: Amanda Xeller, Chloe Koser, Gina Cucci

Writers: Deborah Lohse, Hailey McAfee, Jen Shamro, Jenice Matias, JoAnn DeLuna, Kelli Argott, Kristina Stasi, Laura Brehm

Performers: Ande Cousins, Carly Hampton, CJ Archuleta, Deborah Lohse, Elaine Bledsoe, Hailey McAfee, Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland, Jen Shamro, Jenice Matias, JoAnn DeLuna, Kelli Argott, Kristina Stasi, Laura Brehm, Paige Smith-Hogan, Rebecca Weiser


Ryan Gosling’s Spank Bank
Directors: Virginia Dickens, Jackie Skinner, Aimee Lutkin

Writers: Alison Badrous, Emily Dalton, Becky Davidson, Mallory McAfee, Meredith Spencer, Sasha Stewart, Alison Williams

Performers: Kendra Augustin, Alison Badrous, Hannah Bell, Alyssa Briddes, Magda Cychowski, Emily Dalton, Becky Davidson, Hannah Goldman, Lesley Hennen, Tea Ho, Heather Johnson, Nicole Matarese, Mallory McAfee, Kelsey Rodriguez, Hannah Sheehan, Meredith Spencer, Jasmin Stanley, Sasha Stewart, Nina Wanat, Joy Weeeng

Friday March 2, 2018, 4:07pm - by Magnet Theater

Congratulations to this round’s Ringers! Ringers, a tri-annual sketch show produced by Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller, features sketches written by new and seasoned writers, fresh acting from improvisers, and direction by eager and practiced sketch voices. The show as a whole showcases both recognizable and up-and-coming talents of the Magnet Theater. The next Ringers will be Monday, March 19th, at 10:30 pm.

March’s show will feature:
Sketches by Catherine Elder, Claire Matson, Emily Draper, Fred Chong Rutherford, Kendra Augustin, Jenny Padget, Rita Thompson, and Sean Flowers

Direction by Annemarie Cullen, Carly Silverman, Catherine Montesi, Elie Stav, Gregoryc Cornejo, Jesse Mudrick, and Lauren Faylor

And starring Amanda Melhuish, Andrew Roberts, Anne Antonucci, Annie Howard, Emily Stevens, Essence Stewart, Gabriella Speilberg, Gregory Alexander, Isaac Jimenez, Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland, Keith DiRienzo, Ladell Thomas, Michael Brantl, Peter Morris, Sara Parelhoff, Simon Shannon, Sonia Nam, Tim Layman, and Will Larson


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
Wednesday January 31, 2018, 8:00am - by Magnet Theater

Applications are now open for Ringers’ March Show. Ringers is a sketch show for aspiring, eager, and ambitious writers, actors, and directors of the Magnet community – and we want you to be a part of it!

The show will be Monday, March 19th at 10:30 P.M.

Below please see the details to apply:


Ringers is seeking sketches for the stage to showcase in its March show. To have your sketch considered, prior or current participation in Magnet’s Sketch Writing program, Remix: The Diversity Sketch Lab, Moxie (fka Lady Sketch Lab), or Magnet Video Lab is required. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, March 2nd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. as well as the show. Attendance of rehearsals is encouraged but is not mandatory. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply, please fill out the following form: as well as email a finished, polished sketch formatted correctly and no longer than 5 pages in length. This sketch should also contain little-to-no tech.



Ringers is seeking actors to star in its sketches. To be considered as an actor, you must have completed at least Level 4 of Magnet’s Improv Curriculum or Level 2 of the Musical Program. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, March 2nd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are cast in, and the show.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

Actors will typically be given at least 2 roles and thus must be available for more than one rehearsal slot.

To apply to be an actor for an upcoming show, please fill out the following form:


Ringers is seeking directors for its March show. To be considered as a director, you must have Big Sib’ed a Sketch Level 2 class or have been on a Magnet Sketch Team. You will be required to attend the Table Read on Friday, March 2nd from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M., the rehearsals for the sketch(es) you are directing, and the show. We encourage directors and writers to meet up after the table read to go over notes and any revisions prior to the first rehearsal.

*Please note that rehearsals will be held before/after class hours during the week and weekend.*

To apply to be a director for a sketch in an upcoming show, please fill out the following form:

**The deadline to be considered for Ringers’ March show is Wednesday, February 13th. Those selected will be notified on Friday, February 23rd**

For all questions please e-mail Armando Diaz and Amanda Xeller at We look forward to working with you!

Monday January 15, 2018, 3:49pm - by Promo Team

If you love a good musical number, you will be OVERWHELMED WITH JOY seeing The Magnet Musical Sketch Show on January 19th! For a behind the scenes look, we spoke with Lane Kwederis, a superstar performer for Public Pool and The Executives, and the director of this awesome new show.

What comes first, the sketches or the music?

Pretty much all of the sketches in this show are song parodies. That means that they all use music that already exists but with new lyrics. The music definitely came first (since it was written by another human ahead of time) but the writers came up with their ideas for the sketch and either selected a song that would be perfect for their idea or the song itself inspired them.

Are the sketches for this show written first, or devised through musical improv?

All of the sketches were written first by Liz Haag, Sara Kalkstein, Michael Delisle, Michael McLarnon, and Matt Alspaugh. Though we do have many amazing musical improvisers in the cast (Ali Reed, Amy Charowsky, Alexis Field, Gina Cucci, Brian Hansbury, Brian Rodriguez, Brendan Goggins, and Michael Delisle) there weren’t really any musical improv elements involved with the writing of the sketch. The cast’s skills came in especially handy though when putting the sketches on their feet. The great thing about musical improvisers is that they can create awesome harmonies, funny bits, and even killer choreography right there on the spot. It was really great getting to blend the sketch world with the musical improv world. They go together really really well.

What is your all time favorite musical sketch?

Oh man. There are so many good ones to choose from! I would say one of my favorites was one I got to perform with The Executives. It’s called “Dolores and the Secrettes” and it was written by Elena Skopetos. You can watch it here.

If you could cast any famous musician in this show, who would it be and what would you make them do?

I think it’s time for Beyoncé to get on the Magnet stage and use her glorious voice to sing about her farty butt.

How can fans get involved in musical sketch comedy?

Write more musical sketches! They’re so fun! Take a musical improv class! They’re also so fun! The Magnet Musical Sketch Show will actually be paired with another musical sketch show too! The Executives will be performing a musical that will take place entirely in a Panera Bread so it will be a two for one deal on musical sketch shows!

Raise your voice for the Magnet Musical Sketch Show this Friday, January 19th at Magnet!

Tuesday January 9, 2018, 11:00am - by Promo Team

Looking for a fun, female-focused show inspired by the backup dancers from a popular 90’s sketch comedy show? Lucky you– Fly Gurlz hits the Magnet stage Friday January 12th! We knew you’d be thirsty for more details, so we spoke with the show’s creators Meredith Paul, Nanie Méndez, and Lida Darmian to learn more.

What was the inspiration for Fly Gurlz?

Fly Gurlz began when we all competed in a character competition called Face Off. We had an all-female team. We wanted a space to lift up women’s voices- particularly women writers, so we created Fly Gurlz to be that space. Our intention is an inclusive, party vibe that, hopefully, creates an atmosphere where women feel safe to embrace the weirdest parts of themselves and strengthen their voices.

How has the show changed since it started last year?

We have had the same format since pretty much the beginning. One amazing addition (brain child of Fly Gurl Nanie Mendez) was our semi-annual Fly Gurlz Sketch Fest. We accept open submission for female sketch writers and female performers, and create an all new sketch show written for women, by women. This has been an extremely fun and enriching experience! You can check out our next one 1/12, 11:30pm at the MAGNET!!! YA HEARD OF IT???? (Plug)

How do you choose performers to highlight in this variety show?

We choose women of all types who write and create their own material. We love weird shit especially. (Can I curse in this? if no please change shit to ‘lil foodle doodles’)

What are some of your favorite moments from previous Fly Gurlz shows?

This is so hard to say because we’ve been doing our show over a year and there have been so many amazing moments. Right after the election, Nanie, Lida and I improvised together as Michelle Obama, Melania Trump and Hilary Clinton which was a cathartic and weird and emotional set! We did an all musical show in support of Puerto Rico (Nanie’s home!) and raised over $1,000. Probably my personal favorite moment (again this is Meredith Isabel Paul) was when my mom came to the show and said it was “ok”. (huge)

Your poster is inspired by the iconic “jazz” solo cup design from the ’90s. What’s your favorite piece of ’90s nostalgia?

Meredith:I LOVE POLLY POCKET!!!!!!!!! I follow multiple instagram accounts that feature old salvaged Polly Pockets. I think I always thought I’d end up living inside a Polly Pocket but instead I live in Midtown Manhattan.
Lida: My favorite is Pound Puppies because I wasn’t allowed to have pets.
Nanie: My Tiger Beat posters of my top two heart throbs– Johnathan Brandis (RIP), star of Ladybugs and Sidekicks & Andrew Keegan who now runs his own church.

Make sure to catch Fly Gurlz: Sketch Fest this Friday at 11:30 pm. It’s gonna be a riot.

Tuesday January 2, 2018, 6:15pm - by Magnet Theater


Magnet Theater is excited to announce that starting January 8th at noon, we will be accepting applications for the 2018 Spring/Summer season of MAGNET SKETCH TEAMS, which will run from March 12 through June 25, 2018! Please note: Applications, packets, and reels are due by Monday, January 29th, at 5 pm.

Please read the following application instructions and sketch team participant expectations very carefully.


  • Each team will create one 20-25 minute sketch show every three to four weeks.

  • All sketch team shows will be on Monday nights at 7:30 pm! Two teams will perform in each show.

  • All sketch team shows must contain new, original material written specifically for Magnet Sketch Teams that has never been previously performed.

  • Each show will contain the best material created for the team as selected by the director – there is no guarantee that every writer will get a sketch in each show or that every actor will be featured in each show. Funny wins. Them’s the breaks.

  • All sketches will be performed by the team’s ensemble cast of sketch actors. If a particular sketch requires it, the team may use outside casting (writers, other actors) at the director’s discretion.


  • Sketch team members are expected to attend all required meetings and shows and arrive fully prepared. Sketch is time intensive – make sure you can commit 100% and make sketch a priority before applying.

  • Sketch team members must be available 1:30-4:30 pm the Sunday before their show for a mandatory tech rehearsal at the theater.

  • Sketch team members may not schedule conflicting appointments (work, rehearsals, shows, etc) during scheduled techs, shows, rehearsals, or meetings.

  • Sketch teams must rehearse with a Magnet-approved director. Each sketch team is responsible for paying their director a flat rate of $110/week; team due collection is left to the discretion of the director and team (as it would be for an improv team or practice group).

  • Sketch team members are expected to promote their shows at the theater.

For the 2018 Spring/Summer Sketch Season, you must apply as a writer, performer, or a writer/performer. Expectations, prerequisites, and application instructions for each role are below!


  • Writers must attend one 3 hour writing meeting per week, all performance rehearsals of their sketches, and all tech rehearsals.

  • Writers must constantly generate new material and are required to bring in a minimum of one new sketch per week, even during show week.

  • Writers are expected to be respectful and gracious collaborators in writing room. Writers should give and receive feedback to and from their teammates in an open and constructive manner.

  • Writers will be required to rewrite material and meet deadlines as requested by their director.


  • Completion of (or current enrollment in) Magnet Sketch Writing Level 2 or previous participation in Magnet Sketch Teams (as any role).

  • For any POC, female-identifying, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ writers not meeting the above prerequisite, you may be eligible with equivalent sketch writing experience somewhere else, so long as you provide a contactable reference (email address).


Send the following materials to with the subject line, “2018 SPRING/SUMMER MAGNET SKETCH TEAMS APPLICATION// WRITER // <YOUR NAME>”:

  • A cover letter detailing relevant sketch experience inside and outside the Magnet community.
  • If your comedy experience is mostly outside of Magnet Theater, you must provide the email address of a reference.
  • A single PDF of a sketch writing sample. Your sample should contain at least two sketches and may not exceed 10 pages.


  • Performers must be available for a regularly scheduled 2-3 hour performance rehearsal the week leading up to the show (ex: Sketch Team Dumb Baby has a performance rehearsal every Tuesday before a show, 7-10 pm)

  • Performers must be available for techs, table reads, and any additional rehearsals as required by the director.

  • Performers must learn all show material in a timely manner.

  • Performers may collaborate with writers outside of rehearsals to help create characters and sketches, but performers should not be writing material on their own for shows.

  • Performers must perform sketches as they are written – ad libbing is good in a pinch, but be prepared and don’t put yourself in positions where you must resort to improvisation. Be polished and professional in all shows.


  • Completion of or current enrollment in Level 6 team performance workshop, participation in a past or current Megawatt team, or previous participation in Magnet Sketch Teams (as any role).

  • For any POC, female-identifying, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ performers not meeting the above prerequisite, you may be eligible with equivalent performance experience somewhere else, so long as you provide a contactable reference (email address).


Send the following materials to with the subject line, “2018 SPRING/SUMMER MAGNET SKETCH TEAMS APPLICATION// PERFORMER // <YOUR NAME>”:

  • A cover letter detailing relevant performance experience inside and outside the Magnet community.

  • A headshot

  • A PDF of your acting resume

  • A SINGLE link to a 3-5 minute sample of your work as a performer. This can be a reel, a recording of a stage sketch, a video sketch, a monologue directed at a webcam, anything you feel showcases you as a comedic performer. Youtube or Vimeo preferred. The link can be public or unlisted – please no private links. You may only send one link and the link itself may be no longer than 5 minutes.

You will be informed at least five days prior if you have been selected to audition in person.

In-person auditions will be held on February 9th, 10th, and 11th at Magnet Training Center. Unfortunately, if you are not available for the above callback dates, you cannot be considered as a performer for the 2018 Spring/Summer Sketch Season.

For the in-person audition, you will perform two contrasting sketches that will be assigned to you and another applicant a couple days prior to the audition. You must be completely off-book and you may rehearse beforehand with your scene partner, at your discretion. You will also be asked to cold read sketches in the room.


  • Writer/performers must meet all writer expectations AND performer expectations.

  • Writer/performers are expected to write for other performers as well as for themselves. There is no guarantee that a writer/performer will perform in all of their own work.


  • Writer/performers must meet all writer AND performer prerequisites or previous participation in Magnet Sketch Teams (as any role).


Send the following materials to with the subject line, “2018 SPRING/SUMMER MAGNET SKETCH TEAM APPLICATION// WRITER/PERFORMER // <YOUR NAME>”:

  • All materials detailed in writer application instructions.

  • All materials detailed in performer application instructions.

  • Also, please indicate if you are willing to be considered as a writer or actor ONLY if you are not selected for a writer/performer position. Be completely honest – your preferences will not be held against you!

You will be informed at least five days prior if you have been selected to audition in person. See performer application instructions above for more info about the audition.

Failure to follow application instructions will keep you from being considered for a sketch team. Double check your application!


Applications, packets, and reels are due by Monday, January 29th, at 5 pm.

Tuesday December 19, 2017, 11:00am - by Magnet Theater

Tired of seeing fat guys relegated to sidekicks and punchlines? Tom Sanchez is too. That’s why he wrote the action and music packed solo show Fat Friend, coming to the Magnet stage on December 29th. Here’s our conversation with Tom about Fat Friend, his sketch team Just Karen, and the magic of singing cops.

How did you get involved with Magnet?

I had heard of the Magnet through some friends who had taken classes there, so after a particularly rough class at UCB, I signed up for my Level 1 Class at the Magnet and never looked back!

What’s the inspiration behind your show Fat Friend?

I was tired of always going in to audition to play the fat sidekick in shows, commercials, etc, so I decided to write a show where the fat guy finally gets to be the hero, and not a punchline. Also I wanted to be able to do a dance, talk in an Australian accent, and eat pizza on stage and the only way that would ever happen was if I wrote myself that show!

Fat Friend involves the cast of the fictional sitcom “Totes in Love.” What’s your favorite bad sitcom?

This isn’t technically a sitcom, but the show “Cop Rock” is a very bad show from 1990 that I love. It’s a police procedural musical, in which these gritty cops break into song during the episodes. It’s basically Law and Order meets Glee, and everyone should look up the song “Let’s be Careful Out There” on Youtube immediately.

How has the show changed since it went up at the theater earlier this year?

It’s about 15 minutes shorter, first of all, and I’ve added more jokes, so hopefully it packs more of a punch, and is tighter, overall. Also, I’m updating the dances, and yes, there are 2 dance numbers in the 30 minute show!

How is your process different in a solo show than creating with your sketch team Just Karen?

Just Karen is great because we have this great team of writers who write these great sketches for you, and a great team of performers who are all very talented, so the whole process so much more fun and collaborative. The solo show is more difficult because its just me in the room, so there’s no one to bounce ideas off of, but I get to create and do whatever I want to do in the show, which is its own kind of fun!

What do you like better– sketch or improv? (You have to choose!)

Ok, let me just say that I love my sketch team VERY much and I think they are all VERY talented, but I gotta go with improv! There are no lines to learn, no costumes to bring, no props to worry about, so you just get to be weird and wild!

What’s your all time favorite Bonnie Tyler song and why?

Even though its (spoiler alert) NOT in the show, I’m going with the classic, “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” The music video is incredible and the song is so mysterious. Who is Bright Eyes and why won’t they turn around?

Wednesday December 13, 2017, 2:38pm - by Magnet Theater

MOXIE: The Lady & Non-Binary Sketch Lab is back for all female-identifying and non-binary comedians. We highly encourage trans female writers and performers to participate.

Here’s how it’ll work:

We’ll be meeting on Saturdays 12-3 pm at the Magnet Training Center (22 West 32nd Street, 10th floor) for seven weeks starting January 20th. We will be breaking up into 3 different groups. You’ll bring in a mix of new and rewritten sketches each week (1 or 2). We’ll give each other feedback for rewrites. A selection of the generated sketches will be put into 3 different sketch shows each 30 minutes long. Each show will go up twice. The shows will be on March 12th, 19th, & 26th at 9 pm.

For the first meeting all we ask is that you bring in:

1. An eagerness to learn and discuss sketch comedy.
2. That supportive spirit.
3. Known conflicts.

THAT’S IT! You don’t even have to write anything just yet. Give it a try.


But I’ve never written a sketch or taken a sketch class.

That’s totally fine. We still want you.

But I really can’t write. Can I just perform?
Amanda doesn’t believe you can’t write… but yes please come anyway! You can get involved as a performer only. And who knows! You might find yourself accidentally writing something amazing.

But I can’t perform/memorize lines.
Again, Amanda doesn’t believe you. But yes, you can just write then.

I write better with a partner. I can’t do this on my own.
You and your writing partner can present co-written material at meetings. Alternatively, if you realize you really like working with someone at the meetings, you can go off and write together.

I can’t make all the meetings.
If you want to be in the final show or have your sketch considered, you must attend at least 5 of the 7 sessions.

How much does it cost?
It’s FREE to participate! But we do collect a small amount of money to pay our tech and film person (usually averages $5.00 per person).

Do I have to pre-register?
Nope. Just show up!

But I’m still uncertain.
Follow your fear. Remember how hard improv used to seem before you actually tried it?

More questions?

See you there,
Amanda Xeller & Megan Gray

Thursday December 7, 2017, 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?

Yoshi Saito

Which team or show are you on?

Raw Denim

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Japan. I moved to the states when I was 18.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I was watching TV one day and thought to myself that maybe I could write funny material like that. Shortly after that, I found myself in a sketch writing class! I sometimes do improv and other performances as well even though I am a horrible performer (but at least I am aware of it and have fun doing it).

How long have you been performing/writing?

About a year and a half.

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

I like working with good listeners. So I would say Oprah Winfrey.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

I can do a pretty good impression of Frank Ocean singing Pyramids. Other than that, I’d like to impersonate Yoko Ono, George Takei and Ken Watanabe. I’d love to write for SNL!

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Rehearsals with my sketch team Raw Denim make me laugh! Also wacky Japanese comedy.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

“I Love You, Earth” by Yoko Ono. It’s very simple and beautiful yet super hardcore at the same time.

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

So…what’s your real job?

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

You can find me getting a colonic.

What are your top 3 favorite comedy movies?

Team America, Airplane! and any movie by Aki Kaurismaki is very funny.