The THEME PARK IMPROV show's improvisers take a single suggestion of a theme from the audience, and wing an entire set of fast-paced long-form scenes and characters, based on stories from a special guest monologist. They’ve sold out shows at SF Sketchfest, Colossal Clusterfest, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Moontower, Bentzen Ball, The Vancouver Comedy Festival and The Rooftop Comedy Fest.
THE THEME PARK IMPROV PLAYERS:
Ian Brennan is Co-Creator and Executive Producer of “Scream Queens” and “Glee,” which ran for six seasons on FOX and for which he is the recipient of two Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he has performed at Playwrights' Horizons, the Vineyard Theatre and MCC Theatre in New York, as well as the Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres in his hometown of Chicago. Ian performs weekly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA as part of Harold Night with his team, Zoo Zoo.
Rachel Dratch was a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for 7 years. Before that she was on the Mainstage of Second City Chicago for four years, where she wrote and performed with Adam McKay, Scott Adsit, and Tina Fey. She appeared in a bunch of TV shows, including "King of Queens" where she had a recurring role as Patton Oswalt’s girlfriend. She’s been in a bunch of movies, most of which are with Adam Sandler. Rachel is really into name-dropping. Her book, "Girl Walks into a Bar" was published by Gotham.
JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS
John Michael Higgins is a member of the Christopher Guest “company,” starring in such films as "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." After playing David Letterman in the HBO film "The Late Shift," Higgins’ career became centered in Hollywood. In addition to many animated series (like “Legend of Korra”), Michael has another twenty years of appearances on television shows ranging from "Seinfeld" to "CSI," from "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development" to "Kath and Kim" and the recently deceased "Happily Divorced." Movie audiences also know him for his work in the films of Vince Vaughn, "The Break-Up," "Fred Claus" and "Couples Retreat" and with Jim Carrey in "Fun With Dick and Jane" and "Yes Man." More recently it’s been "Pitch Perfect" and "Best Man Holiday," and he stars in the NBC comedy "Great News."
As an actor, Michael Hitchcock has appeared in all of Christopher Guest’s award-winning films "Best in Show," "For Your Consideration," "A Mighty Wind" and "Waiting for Guffman," and can be scene in his latest film "Mascots." Other film includes "Super 8," "Bridesmaids," "Serenity, "Wild Hogs," "Happy, Texas" and "Heartbreakers." TV includes "Up All Night," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Glee," "United States of Tara," "Men of a Certain Age," "Entourage," "Party Down," "Desperate Housewives," "The League," "Pushing Daisies" and "Arrested Development."
Hitchcock is currently co-executive producer and a writer on "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," and he was a Consulting Producer and writer on the hit television series "Glee." Hitchcock also performed both writing and producing duties on "MAD TV."
Jessica Makinson is an LA based actor/improviser/writer/director. She has been a series regular on "South Park," "Halfway Home" and "Trigger Happy TV," all for Comedy Central. Other credits include "The Great Indoors," "Maron" and "Modern Family." As an alumnus of iO West and UCBLA, she can currently be seen doing long form improv on Saturday nights @ 9pm in The Armando Show at iO West and with Theme Park Improv at comedy festivals around the country.
Oscar Nunez is best known for playing Oscar Martinez on NBC's "The Office." He has won an Emmy, two SAG Awards, an ALMA Award, a TV Land Award and an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition for the role. Oscar appeared in the hit movie "The Proposal" and created and starred in his own Comedy Central series, "Halfway Home." Oscar recently starred opposite Rob Lowe in "Prosecuting Casey Anthony." He has guested on many TV shows including "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine Nine," "Shameless," "Life in Pieces," "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Bob's Burgers," "Family Tree," "24," and "Reno 911." He recently starred in the USA comedy series, "Benched" and alongside Antonio Banderas and Lou Diamond Phillips in the Chilean mining disaster feature, "The 33." He can be seen in "Mascots" (from director Christopher Guest) and the TBS comedy "People of Earth."
Cole Stratton is the co-founder of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival. Along with Janet Varney, he has written & performed comedic commentary to films for RiffTrax.com, helmed by MST3K's Michael J. Nelson. He’s co-host of the Nerdist network's Pop My Culture Podcast, which just ended its seven year run. He has also guested on Sklarbro County, Jordan Jesse Go!, The Wahlberg Solution, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, Totally Laime, The Long Shot and James Bonding. TV & film credits include "Nash Bridges," "Yo Momma," "Comedy Colosseum." "Dead Man on Campus," and the "The Selling," where he plays obnoxious office gossip Ed, a role which he reprised in "Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse." As an improviser, Stratton tours with Theme Park and performers regularly at the Westside Comedy Theater with Cobranauts, Mission IMPROVable and Pretty, Pretty Pony.
Janet is a writer, producer, improviser, and Emmy-nominated actress based in Los Angeles, which is in California, which is in the United States (see globe). She stars in the IFC horror comedy series “Stan Against Evil,” and as Becca on FXX’s “You’re the Worst” and as herself recurring on "@midnight." She hosts the innovative podcast The JV Club (featuring guests including Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Christina Hendricks, and over 200 more) and was the voice of the title character on Nickelodeon’s wildly popular animated show, "The Legend of Korra." She spent seven years hosting TBS’ "Dinner and a Movie,” appeared as Carly on all three seasons of Emmy-Nominated series “Burning Love,” hosts and produces Geek & Sundry’s "Escape!" and co-created “Neil’s Puppet Dreams” with David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris.