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Meet the Cast

Alan Ng

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Alex Badham

Alex has been doing improv since 2003. He started at his high school, performing in the NCT High School League. During college, Alex eagerly joined the improv club at Colorado State University, Improv Acting at CSU. His senior year, he became the vice-president IA@CSU. With a few of his friends, he helped start the experimental improv group Massive Arcana, wrote a musical called "Zombie Apocalypse: The Musical", and became a member of the longest running improv group in Fort Collins, Co, the Clownbox. Upon returning to California, Alex decided to return to his roots, the National Comedy Theatre, where he happily performs all he can.
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Alison Ramsay

Alison joined the NCT family in 2011 as a part of the College team, but soon moved up to the Sunday Company cast. She is a part of the Musical Improv group acChording to Us as well as Coming of Age, and NCT's first all female group Lipshtick who perform at MASH UP. Finally her only dream came true and she got brought on as part of the Main Stage team and couldn't be more thrilled.

She started her improv skills out on the Iota Eta Pie Team at SDSU where she graduated with a BA in Journalism Media Studies and minored in Film. She currently works for a local news station as a studio/production technician.

In her spare time, Alison enjoy's singing at karaoke, jamming on her ukulele and partaking in a nice paint-by-number while watching netflix.
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Angie Engelbert

Angie joined the National Comedy Theatre in 2007 and served as the commissioner and a coach for the NCT High School League from 2008-2010. Most of her improv training comes from performing for the last eight years with "Joey and Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding" in San Diego and Las Vegas.

Entertainment highlights include singing and dancing as a mummy in Legoland, CA's show, "Journey to the Lost Temple," playing Lucy/Snow Queen in a national tour of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" with Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, casting for MTV's 'World's Strictest Parents, and stage managing/ performing at Equity theatres in Indiana, California, Kansas, and Illinois.

She holds a B.A. MCL in Theatre from Indiana State University and an English Teaching Credential from SDSU.
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Casey Gardner

Casey has been with the National Comedy Theatre since 2005. Initially working as "Mr. Voice" and house staff, he later became a member of the National Comedy Theatre's main stage cast in 2007. Since then he has been heavily involved with the theatre; performing, and teaching all levels of the NCT adult workshops as well as the NCT Summer Comedy Camp for Kids. He also coaches for the NCT High School League.

No stranger to the finer performing venues in San Diego, he has been seen onstage at the Casa Del Prado Theatre, Fern Street Circus, San Diego Civic Center, Coronado Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre. From 2008-2012 Casey was a performer at SeaWorld San Diego, from emceeing and hosting dolphin shows to slapstick tumbling and dancing at the sea lion and otter show. Aside from the NCT stage, you currently might catch him emceeing and giving away cars at a local casino.

Casey's true passion is live performance. He plans to be entertaining audiences around the world for many years to come.
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Chris Daily

Chris has been performing with National Comedy Theatre since 2006. He has been performing improv since 2003, performed with Comedy Sportz, San Jose, and also trained with Upright Citizen's Brigade, New York.

He is also the director of the Sunday Company, NCT's new up-and-coming improv group. Chris also teaches improv workshops at NCT and directs the Thursday NCT MashUp. Chris was also a performer and writer in the sketch groups Wimbly Humor Institute and 7th Grade.

He holds a B.A. in Theatre and Art from the College of William and Mary, and an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Chris is also the artist of two popular webcomics: Punch an' Pie (www.punchanpie.net) and Striptease (www.stripteasecomic.com).
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Chris DeLong

Chris came to NCT through workshops. In March 2011 Chris took his first improv workshop at NCT and was hooked right away. Chris joined the NCT Sunday Company in November 2011 and performed with the team regularly until January 2013 when he joined the Main Stage cast.

Chris is originally from Michigan and moved to San Diego in 2001. He makes his living as a flight instructor, where improv skills come in handy all the time. When not performing at NCT he is usually running, writing, riding motorcycles, or playing poker.
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Dave George

Dave George has been doing improvisational comedy in San Diego since 1990. He performed with Comedy Codependents, TheatreSports, and Sub-Atomic Jenkins Clan (SJC) before joining National Comedy Theatre in 1999. Dave was a the multimedia show director for and traveled around the world with Tony Robbins for many years producing seminars. He took a variety of drama classes throughout his education and first starred as Jerry Flynn in his ninth grade production of "My Client Curly". Dave graduated UC Santa Cruz with a double degree of computer science and sociology. Now he refuses to work or look for work, but does enjoy teaching improv at NCT.
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Denver Warth

Denver got his start back in 1997 with ComedySportz in Santa Barbara after being amazed by their antics while seeing a show. He has long history in local muscial theater wherever he has lived, which has included California, Alaska, Hawaii, and Japan. He enjoys reading, playing soccer or tennis, and entertaining groups of people through laughter.
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Emily Frank

Emily Frank has been with the National Comedy Theatre main cast since 2005. During her tenure she has also taught several workshops including the NCT Minor League and High School League. Emily is also proud to be in charge of the annual NCT New Years Eve Extravaganza.

Born and raised in San Diego, Emily earned a BS in Biology and Psychology from UCSD and an MSW from CSULB. She now brings the funny as a child and family therapist for a nonprofit organization.
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Gary Kramer

Gary Kramer is the Artistic Director of the National Comedy Theatre both in New York as well as in San Diego. He has performed throughout the country, as well as internationally in places such as Iraq, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Spain. In addition to NCT, Gary has directed and performed with ComedySportz in Santa Barbara and has been a member of the sketch and improv groups Rough Cut and Wits End.

Gary has been a morning radio personality, appeared in a handful of commercials, was interviewed on Air America Radio and was shot by cyborgs in the brilliantly awful movie Cybernator. Television: Law & Order, Totally Hidden Video. Los Angeles Stage: Hamlet, Wall of Water, Elaine's Daughter, Bouncers.
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Gordon Fitzgerald has been training and performing with The National Comedy Theatre since 2007. He was one of the first founding members of the NCT's College Team, and has become a renowned Mr. Voice. After switching over to the cast of the Sunday Company in 2012 he spent a year honing his craft until being invited to be a member of the main-stage cast. He enjoys every performance.
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Greg Rojcewicz

Greg began taking workshops at NCT in 2007. He was invited to join the Main Stage cast in 2008 and has been a regular performer at NCT ever since.

From its inception, Greg has been a regular contributor to NCT's long form improv show: The Collective. From improvising full length Shakespearean plays, Film Noir, and numerous other long form improv formats, Greg enjoys the challenge and dedication it takes for him and his cast-mates to create an entertaining and hilarious world based on a single audience suggestion. Greg is now a co-producer of The Collective show. He is also a frequent contributor to NCT's Mash-Up shows. In addition, Greg is the manager of the NCT College Team as of February 2013.

Greg is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and has lived in San Diego since 1998. He has a degree in History from the University of Delaware (Go Fightin' Blue Hens!).
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Jamie Fox

Jamie is the Director of the National Comedy Theatre as well as an original cast member. She has been regularly performing improv comedy for over 15 years, including stints with the groups Theatersports and Huge in Japan.

With NCT, Jamie has performed in hundreds of shows and events including our sketch shows, midnight performances, corporate events and more. She is also an instructor for our improv comedy workshops.

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Jeff Frank

Jeff has been performing with the National Comedy Theatre since 2005. He got his start in Improv from the NCT High School League for Ramona High School. Jeff currently works for a local television station, directing the morning news and often freelancing for local sports venues.

A third generation San Diegan, Jeff graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Art: Film and Video.
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Jen Stopper

The National Comedy Theatre was Jennifer Stopper's first real introduction to improv comedy, however she was never a stranger to the stage. As the daughter of a musician and sound designer, Jen grew up in and around San Diego theaters for the majority of her childhood. In 2005 she graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, then went on to earn a Bachelors in English Literature from San Diego State. She has worked in entertainment at both Disneyland and Seaworld, and presently is the Site Supervisor for a before and afterschool program through the La Jolla YMCA. When not imparting her students with obscure Star Wars trivia or performing here at NCT, Jen enjoys singing and doing "anything creative anyone will let me get my hands on!"

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Jessica Burtness

Jessica joined NCT's Sunday Company in the fall of 2012. After almost a year of performing with SunCo, Jessica was thrilled to become a member of the Main Stage Cast. Jessica performs regularly with the all-female group Lipshtick as well as a myriad of other Mash Up troupes.

Prior to moving to San Diego, Jessica performed improv at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and with the Baltimore Improv Group. A native Marylander, Jessica misses Old Bay and crabs but enjoys being able to buy alcohol in grocery stores.

Jessica graduated with a B.S. in Mass Communications and Theatre from Towson University and holds a Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

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Joe Birdsong

Joe has been involved with virtually every facet of National Comedy Theatre. Immediately after he graduated from high school (where he was a part of the NCT High School League), he was hired to work in the box office and sell concessions. Within three months he was working as "Mr. Voice" for the show. Within a year's time, he was a full fledged member of the cast.

In addition to performing, Joe also helps occasionally teaching workshops, and runs the NCT Twitter. Starting this year, Joe will also become the new High School League Commissioner, where he will direct all youth activities for the theatre. He is the first commissioner to have previously been a participant in the high school league itself.

Outside of the NCT, Joe has worked in various positions with Disneyland and the YMCA. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in American Studies, and has become more or less the team's resident historian.

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Jonathan (JT) Taylor

JT first started doing Improv in 2003 with the Modesto based group The Unscriptables, but wasn’t funny until 2007 when NCT picked him up for the main cast. He was one of the founding members of his college improv troupe where he practiced for two years and has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. He also taught for the NCT High School League for a year where his school, Mt. Carmel, won the tournament with style and grace.

JT graduated from SDSU with a degree in Televion Film and New media in 2008. He now resides in Los Angeles where he continues to flex his creative mind while working in commercial and Feature film production.

 

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Marc Crespo

Marc began improv when a friend recommended he take the workshops at NCT. After completing the courses he auditioned for Sunday company. His first Sunday Co. Show was the Comic-Con Super Hero show and ever since he was hooked.

As a graduate of SDSU's film program, Marc likes to act and write In online sketches and continues to hone his craft with improv.
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Matt Messerman

Matt got his start with the National Comedy Theatre taking workshops, and from there was recruited to help start NCT's own Sunday Company. As a founding member, Matt performed with the Sunday Company from their first show until late 2011, when he was invited to join the main stage cast.

When he's not busy improvising comedy, Matt can be found working as a Software Engineer, or at home with his wife and daughter.
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Matt Sheelen

Matt has been performing improvisational comedy since 2002 and has had the opportunity to perform and study in Boston, Chicago, LA, and San Diego. Before joining NCT, Matt played on a number of Mainstage harold teams at IO West in LA where he also went through their training program. He joined Sunday Company in the beginning of 2012 and hasn't looked back since! In September, Matt was thrilled to join the Mainstage Company at NCT.

When he's not teaching, Matt works as a theatre teaching artist in San Diego. He currently is the Education Program Manager at the San Diego Junior Theatre. Matt has been teaching theatre and improv for the past 7 years and has worked with a number of wonderful organizations including LifePlay, Story Pirates, Young Storytellers, and the Seattle Children's Theatre.
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Michael Maury

Michael has been “officially” performing improvisational comedy since 2008, but will claim that his entire life has been one long improvised performance. After completing all 3 Workshop levels at the NCT, Michael worked his way through the ranks by housing/voicing and paying his comedy dues while performing with the Sunday Company. He is tickled to now be a part of the main stage cast.

Some of Michael’s past credits include “That 70’s Show”, “Passions”, as well as a recurring role as Deputy Lloyd on “Heroes”. He has performed in numerous national commercials and a handful of low-budget movies that you’ve never heard of and probably will never see. Michael has also performed in various musicals throughout his career including favorites, “The Fantasticks”, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.
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Rachel Pomeroy

Rachel found NCT when she attended a Sunday Company show to watch a friend perform. This show sparked her interest in improv and she began to think of how she could learn and get involved with this form of theatre. In 2012 she signed up for the level one workshop at NCT and realized improv was exactly the kind of theatre she wanted to pursue. She worked her way through the rest of NCT’s workshops and worked as house staff and “Miss Voice” for the theatre. She landed a spot on the Sunday Company in early 2013. In September of 2013, she was asked to be a part of the Main Stage cast and is so thankful for the opportunity to do improv with people she admires and loves to be with both on and off stage.

She leads the all ladies Mash Up group “Lipshtick” and plays in the Coming of Age, Slackers, and Game Show Mash Up groups on Thursday nights.

Rachel graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in music and is working towards acceptance into a graduate program for speech pathology. Other hobbies she enjoys include playing bass and drums, cooking, baking, tap dancing, and making her friends dress up with her in costumes even when its not halloween.

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Ryan Suffridge

Ryan started doing improv back in 2004 at Patrick Henry High School. As part of NCT’s High School league, he was able to learn the basics of improv from the very best. From there, he went on to perform with Sonoma State’s Improvoholics as well as the Young Actor’s Theater’s improv team and CSU San Marcos’ team. In 2012, Ryan became a member of NCT’s College Team and soon moved up to NCT’s Sunday Company early 2013. In September of 2013, Ryan became the first member of the Mainstage cast to have been on all four teams at NCT (High School, College, Sunday Co and Mainstage).

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Sacha Volek

Sacha began improvising with Comedy Sportz Santa Barbara in 1992(with Gary Kramer), all the while pursuing a BFA in Acting from UC Santa Barbara. After a not so brief hiatus wherein she waited many tables, bartended, and snowboarded at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, she returned to Southern California.

Following the birth of her first child in 2010, Sacha decided she wanted some interaction with adults and she found her way back to the improv world.

Little did she know that the definition of “adults” is relative here at NCT.
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Steve Baker

Big Steve began his improv training at The Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, CA. He fell in love with improvisation and began training with The National Comedy Theatre in 2012. After completing the training program at NCT, Steve auditioned for and joined the cast of the Sunday Company. Steve received the call to join the Mainstage cast in September of 2014.

Steve has also co-written and still performs the hilarious dinner theatre show “Frankie and Nina’s Big Italian Wedding” all over the country. Steve has also sung and danced in the Musical “9 to 5” at the On Stage Playhouse and starred as President Lincoln in the Parody film “Linkin” for the 5th Annual TOSCARS award ceremony in Hollywood, CA.

Steve was born and raised in San Diego and is a Die Hard Chargers fan. When not on stage, he is most likely writing and recording a song parody or comedy sketch, boxing, enjoying the UFC, or injuring himself at the local gymnasium.
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Steve Hohman

Steve Hohman has been training and performing with The National Comedy Theatre since 2011. After completing the series of NCT’s improv classes, Steve joined the cast of the Sunday Company. After several months of “seasoning”, he was then invited to be a member of the main-stage cast.

Steve also works and performs with the Playwright’s Project, which teaches the San Diego area youth how to develop and write their own original plays. You may have recently seen him on local commercials for Sand Diego County Credit Union and Sycuan Casino.

Steve attended San Diego State University, where he earned degrees in the study of Communications and Theatre Arts. On a handful of Saturdays every year, Steve leads a group of dedicated SDSU football fans, known as the Aztec Hooligans, in one of the country’s best tailgate parties.
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Tom Hart

Thomas Hart is originally from the Midwest - the Quad Cities! Tom has been performing with NCT since the group’s beginning. Tom has also performed and studied with such improv groups a ComedySportz, IOwest (formerly the ImprovOlympic), Bang Studio LA, and with various other silly and sordid improv companies, troupes, groups, yahoos, and chuckleheads.

Outside of performing improv at NCT, Tom is an Emmy nominated writer, story editor, and producer in children’s animation, having written for such shows as: The Penguins of Madagascar, Kim Possible, Mouseworks, Get Ed, Dave the Barbarian, Care Bears, and lotsa’ other notable, and not so notable, children’s shows. Interestingly, long ago, Tom wrote, produced, and starred on his own local late-night comedy TV show called Live on Tape – the show aired on a FOX station in Davenport, Iowa and it was a great example of low-budget, local TV at its cheesiest --- and its where Tom honed most of his comedy skills.

Tom graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Film and Theatre.
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Tyler Jones

Bio Coming Soon
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Zach Stones

Zach has been a member of the National Comedy Theatre since 2003 and is currently the Associate Director. He is also a frequent facilitator with the WITS teambuilding program and occasional guest workshop teacher.

In the past Zach has written for television animation series such as Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Kim Possible, directed "Little Shop of Horrors" with the Muir Musical Ensemble and written and directed the original productions "Truth Behind the Faces", "The Star Blaster Murders" and "Who Killed John Muir?"

Zach attended UCSD and graduated with a double major in Theatre and Psychology. He went on to get his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at USD and is developing programs to make use of improvisation training and philosophy in a therapeutic setting.