Alan Ng has been doing improvisational comedy in San Diego and Orange County since 1996. He performed with Just Us Improv and Secret City Comics Society. He has been Main Stage cast member since 2002. Alan is the managing editor and the lead film reviewer of FilmThreat.com, where he works with former G4 Attack of the Show host Chris Gore. You can read his reviews at Film Threat and on Rotten Tomatoes.
Alex Badham 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.
Alex started her improv journey in NCT’s high school league. She was a member of our house staff, college team, house teams, Sunday Company, and now performs with the Mainstage cast. In her spare time she works with our Connections program for teens on the Autism spectrum and also teaches at our workshops for kids and teens. Though she lives close by in Mission Hills, Alex considers the theatre a second home, and is incredibly grateful to be part of the NCT family.
Alison Milardovich has been performing at National Comedy Theatre since 2011. In addition to the NCT Mainstage Cast, she has performed with Lipshtick, an all female team who have performed at multiple improv festivals on the west coast, and AChording to Us – a musical improv team that has performed at NCT as well as the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego. She specializes in space work, strong characters and relationships and uses improv every day at her job as an entertainment travel coordinator.
Chris Daily 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 the former director of the Sunday Company, NCT’s alternative improv group, and also teaches improv workshops at NCT. 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 and Striptease.
Corey Husted started performing with National Comedy Theatre’s High School League for Point Loma High School in 2009. After high school Corey attended SDSU to study Finance and continued his performance career doing stand-up comedy at local open mic nights. After college Corey decided to return to his roots with NCT and started performing with NCT’s house Teams in 2015.
National Comedy Theater has provided Corey with a stage and an audience to pursue his artistic passion. When he is not performing with NCT Corey enjoys surfing, volunteering, and hiking. This is super fun. and Great to do!
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.
Ernie was a fan of NCT and a regular audience member for a few years before taking his first class at NCT in 2014. He started in 2015 as Mr. Voice and then began performing on NCT House Teams. After a year, he was promoted to Sunday Company where he honed his skills for 3 years before being moved to the Main Stage cast.
Ernie is a professional voice actor. You can hear him daily on KPBS radio delivering the recorded spots between the shows and also at Sea World San Diego where his recorded narration plays several times per day during the live show, Orca Encounter.
Elysa began taking improv workshops at National Comedy Theatre in 2013, and was very quickly hooked. She continued to take classes at NCT, and the following year, Elysa joined the theatre’s inaugural house teams. After a few months performing with “Business in the Front,” Elysa auditioned for NCT’s The Sunday Company and performed with that cast until 2017, when Elysa was thrilled to join the Mainstage cast. Elysa has also trained at Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings School in L.A. She is very grateful to have found her theatre home and family at National Comedy Theatre.
Elysa Hartle Jeter
Gary Kramer is the Artistic Director of the National Comedy Theatre. He has performed throughout the country, as well as internationally in places such as Iraq, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Spain. 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, and was shot by cyborgs in the brilliantly awful movie Cybernator. Television: Law & Order, Totally Hidden Video. LA Stage: Hamlet, Wall of Water, Elaine’s Daughter, Bouncers.
Gordon Fitzgerald has been performing with the National Comedy Theatre since 2007. In addition to performing weekly, he is currently director of the NCT College Team. His main passions are writing, photography, video-editing, & organizing group events.
Greg is originally from Silver Spring, MD and has lived in San Diego since 1998. He began taking improv workshops at NCT in 2007 and became a member of the Main Stage cast in 2008.
He considers himself very lucky to be a regular performer and contributor at NCT. When he is not at NCT, he can be found at home hanging with his awesome family.
Jennifer is a San Diego native, graduating high school from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and college from SDSU. While her first performance love was musical theatre, she quickly fell in love with the freedom and variety that improv affords. Having worked in entertainment at both Disneyland and Seaworld, she joined the mainstage cast at NCT in 2012.
Jen Stopper Crespo
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.
Prior to moving to San Diego, Jessica performed improv at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and with the Baltimore Improv Group.
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.
Jessica Talton Burtness
Jonah originally joined the cast of NCT San Diego in 2000. After a decade-long hiatus, during which he performed with improv groups in the Bay Area, Cleveland, and Minneapolis, Jonah returned to NCT’s mainstage in 2018.
In between making things up, Jonah has been the executive director for several nonprofit organizations, including the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Business Center, and the Autism Society of Minnesota. These days Jonah likes to help other nonprofit organizations improve and develop their programs.
Marc is a graduate of SDSU’s Film program and while not producing and editing marketing videos for his ‘adult job’, he does freelance and passion projects on the side. NCT was Marc’s first introduction to improv. After completing the workshops he made his debut in SunCo’s Comic Con ‘Super Hero’ themed show and was instantly hooked. He joined the mainstage cast in 2012 alongside Jen who he married in 2016.
Matt McDonald has over 20 years of improv experience and was the founding director of the NCT in 1999. Working in both northern and Southern California Matt has taught students of every age and experience level.
Melissa joined NCT in 2011 as part of the College Team. She eventually moved her way up to Sunday Company and was asked to join the Mainstage cast in 2015. She has performed with various Mash Up groups on Thursday nights over the years and loves spending time with the cast on and off stage.
She recently graduated with her M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University and works as an MFT intern.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys singing Karaoke, hot yoga, planning her next vacation, and being a dog mom.
Formerly a student, staff and SunCo member, Michael happily joined the main-stage cast in 2012 and has since used his Ithaca College music degree to create and maintain NCT’s Musical Improv program.
He has appeared in numerous national commercials and a handful of unrecognizable low-budget films. Some past television credits include “That 70’s Show”, “Passions”, as well as a recurring role as Deputy Lloyd on NBC’s “Heroes”.
Michael also works a Standardized Patient Educator with the UC-San Diego School of Medicine where he successfully teaches an Improv Course to medical students helping them better their communications skills.
Originally from Chicago, Patrick trained at The Second City, where he was part of the Conservatory and Writing programs. Upon moving to San Diego in 2012, Patrick immediately found his tribe when he enrolled in classes at National Comedy Theater.
A member of the inaugural NCT house teams, Patrick enjoyed his time on the Sunday Company team before joining the Main Stage cast in 2017.
Patrick met his amazingly talented and beautiful wife, Elysa, at NCT....where she is also part of the Main Stage cast. When not at NCT, he can be found all over San Diego spending time with her and their sons.
After seeing a show with his wife (and volunteering), Richie signed up for level one workshop. He completed levels 1-4 before joining our Sunday company despite not having any prior performing experience. He was promoted in 2017 to MainStage and has become a regular since. When he isn't performing, Richie is program director for our Connections program for teens on the autism spectrum.
Long ago, Sacha Volek began improvising with Comedy Sportz Santa Barbara (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 and found gainful employment in the commercial construction industry.
Eventually Sacha found her way back to the improv world via NCT (and Gary) again, and has been happily making up stuff ever since.
Sarah discovered improv while studying theater at UC Berkeley. She hated memorizing lines, and was elated when she realized that with improv, you don’t have to! She started performing with NCT’s Sunday Company in 2014 and was promoted to Main Stage in 2018.
Besides improv, Sarah enjoys teaching Kundalini yoga, running, and playing with her pit bull pup, Lily. She will graduate with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from USD in 2021. Sarah is beyond grateful for the laughter, creativity, and community that improv has brought her.
Sharon got inspired to try improv after listening to “Bossypants” and happily discovered NCT workshops in 2012. She auditioned for and joined the Sunday Company cast in 2013 and was invited to join the Mainstage cast in 2016.
Sharon grew up in Silicon Valley, was a dancer her whole life, and continued training and performing in several dance theater productions while attending UC Berkeley (BA, Philosophy) and UC San Diego (Doctoral Candidate, Philosophy). She currently works as Senior Director of Clinical Operations for a local biotechnology company.
Steve started his improv training in 2011 at the urging of a close friend. After moving from New Jersey to San Diego a year later and taking several NCT workshops, he became a founding member of NCT’s house team, Inside Joke. He soon joined Sunday Company, where he rocked their signature yellow tie until being added to the Mainstage cast in 2019.
He spends his off-stage time entertaining his wife and son with dad jokes and bad puns, obsessively planning his family’s next trip, repeatedly re-watching Marvel movies, looking for excuses to catch an improv show in LA or Chicago, and masquerading as a podcaster as part of the RedBush duo.
As a professional improvisational actor, Steve Hohman has been part of The National Comedy Theatre’s MainStage cast since 2012. In addition, he works as a teaching artist and Managing Director for NCT. As a teaching artist, Steve is currently on Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Arts Teach roster and has taught with many arts education organizations- The Old Globe; Playwrights Project; Junior Theatre (San Diego) and All the Arts for All the Kids (Fullerton). He also travels throughout the US working with famed litigator, Roger Dodd, to help improve lawyers’ courtroom skills. Steve is proud graduate of San Diego State. Go Aztecs!
Tim’s improv “journey” started in January 2014 taking Level 1 at NCT with Dave George. Tim completed the NCT training classes (Levels 1 – 4), and auditioned for the NCT house teams. He was an original member of the NCT House Team OC/DC, and from there joined the Sunday Company and then somehow ended up on Main Stage in September, 2017. Tim also trained at the Groundlings, completing the Core Track Improv Program. Outside of improv, Tim gets by working as a family law attorney. That is not a joke.