May 24, 2023

Shapel Lacey’s Refreshing Honesty

Stand-up comedian Shapel Lacey sits in his car outside Starbucks on Zoom. Speaking from the front seat, he drinks a coffee and looks straight into his phone. The frame is social-media-like—he appears ripe for a confession, a hot take, a post-grocery-store insight. In actuality, I’ve interrupted his morning ritual. Shapel...
Jessie Johnson
Jan 18, 2023

Jessie Johnson’s Funny Path to Comedy

Tales of employees working their way up from a mailroom are as old as time, but what about the...
Ato Walker and David Williams
Sep 7, 2022

The Improv’s Open Mic Opens the Door to New Comedians

Luke Abranches started performing comedy in April of 2021 when his brother (also a comedian) took him to an...
liza Shlesinger
Jun 15, 2022

Iliza Shlesinger Gets ‘Back in Action’

The early days of the pandemic were a tough time for live comedy. Venues shuttered across the country, forcing...
Embarrassed by Night
Jun 8, 2022

Embarrassed by Night Represents at Tabard Theatre

When he met fellow producer Fred Le, Bay Area native Andy Van was in Los Angeles doing standup and...
Feb 2, 2022

Aries Spears at The Improv

Best known for his memorable turn on the gone-but-not-forgotten SNL competitor MadTV, where he debuted memorable characters such as...
Jan 26, 2022

Nimesh Patel at The Improv

The quote “not everything’s got to be fancy” can apply to so much these days—but it best describes comedian...

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