Yvonne Landry began her career as a dancer. She was studying with Gus Giordano jazz dance company when a fellow dancer suggested that she study at the Second City in Chicago. She took his advice and the rest was history. She completed the conservatory of the Second City in 1994 — the same year in which she graduated with a dance degree from Columbia College Chicago. Yvonne went on to do live theater in Chicago at IO, the Annoyance, and many other comedy theaters. While performing Yvonne also worked in a commercial casting office. She later went on to do live action stunt shows, and eventually stunts for TV and film. She lived in Los Angeles where she was a body double to the stars. (She once body-doubled Jane Leeves on the hit show “Frasier.”)
Andrew Downs was inspired to take acting lessons by the greedy yet sometimes funny celebrities he met at ComicCon. One thing led to another and now he tries to get other people to pay him to act. Andrew had the lead role in a couple of student films, and you may have seen him in the feature films “Get Hard” and “Trumbo.” If not, look again, he is in there somewhere.…
Jessica Marasco (like Tabasco) is a proud New Orleans native! She is a graduate of N.O.C.C.A. followed by four wonderful years at the famous Northwestern in Natchitoches where Steel Magnolias was filmed (Drink your juice, Shelby) where she got her B.A.…
Marc Belloni is a New Orleans treasure. An actor and singer who has appeared in scores of dramas and musicals at theaters from Rivertown to Le Petit and True Brew, to Jesuit High School and Mount Carmel High School, he has also taught drama, music, and improvisational comedy for much of his life.…
Gary Weller has been a comedian for all of his life — much of which, however, he squandered in practicing law and raising a family. Since he started out in amateur and professional musical theater in New Orleans, he is happy to be back on stage, and to talk to someone who is not a judge. At NOLA Comedy Theater, he performs on Saturdays in ComedySportz, and has recently taken over as theater director. He denies allegations that he is (1) gay, or (2) a bad tipper.
Ken Nahan began performing ComedySportz in 2014. A native of New Orleans, Ken received his degree in Fine Art at Tulane University about 100 years ago (his best guess). Remarkably nimble for 123, he credits his longevity to his Words with Friends app and his ability to distinguish among 73 different single malt scotches – blindfolded while doing back flips on a trampoline.
When not loading his pockets with wads of cash doing comedy, he passes his days creating works of art and picture frames at his own frame shop, Nahan Fine Art & Framing. Master Framer (MF) Ken constructs his frames with the skill and precision of a neurosurgeon, only without all the blood.
Originally from Chicago, Ellen came down south to attend Tulane University and work on her tan. After experiencing Mardi Gras, she can’t seem to leave. Ellen graduated college in 2015 with degrees in Communication and Digital Media Production. She spent her senior year writing and directing a capstone film, and realized she had a hard time staying behind the scenes. She began performing improv with local nonprofit, Funny Bones Improv, and fell in love. She now performs improv with Comedy Sportz as well, and has started to spread her acting wings by taking classes, and of course, waiting tables here and there.
Mari Crawford has been performing since the age of 10 and a goofball since age 6. Throughout her adolescence she sang in church choir, performed in community theater, and sang with various bands, as well as acted, directed, danced, and wrote plays in her high school’s performing arts program. Her shining childhood moment was when in Robinson Crusoe she played the protagonist’s best friend, a goat. Yes, there was a goat costume. Mari attended Bard College in upstate New York where she studied Theater and was awarded the “Performance Award” upon graduation.
Joey Martineck began doing improv in high school. He belonged to the iThink improv troupe in Woodstock, GA as well as Let’s Try This in Atlanta, GA. He is the published author of the one-act play Wise Men. He has been in a number of musicals, including Urinetown as Officer Lockstock out of DramaTech Theater, Once Upon a Mattress as Prince Dauntless out of ACT1 Theater. He looks back fondly on the many nights as a kid he spent watching Whose Line where love of improv was first cultivated in his heart.