Main Company

Patrick Bristow
Artistic Director
Patrick is best known for his numerous television appearances, most notably as Peter on the groundbreaking ABC series “Ellen.” Other television credits include, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “Mad About You,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, and others. Film credits include “Twilight Of The Golds,” ” The Longest Yard,” as well as the first “Austin Powers,” “So I Married An Axe Murderer, ” and the accidental comedy “Showgirls.”  Bristow is also an alum of The Groundlings Main Company where he has performed, taught, and directed. He won a Garland Award for his performance in “The Break-Up Notebook” and though nominated for an Ovation award for the same role, didn’t manage to snag that one. He has been a guest artist with Impro Theatre’s “Jane Austen Unscripted, Sondheim Unscripted, and Shakespeare Unscripted. Direction credits include “Hot Dog TV” for the Cartoon Network, IronSink.com ‘s “Freakdom Of Speech,” and Improvatorium’s hit show, “Zombiénce!”  He has served as an improv consultant for The WB, Bravo’s “Significant Others,” Disneyland, Fox TV, AOL, etc blah blah blah. He is  currently directing and hosting the puppet improv phenom  “Stuffed And Unstrung” off-broadway for Henson Alternative. He enjoys teaching and watching students reap the wonderful and myriad gifts of learning to improvise.

Jayne Entwistle
Associate Artistic Director
Born in Blackpool, England Jayne has taken a circuitous route through Canada, Tel Aviv and a goodly portion of America to land herself in L.A.  Shortly after arriving she was introduced to Patrick Bristow and attended a performance of L.A Extemporential, improvised noir and said out-loud, I want to do that! Several classes and a year later she was folded into Improvatorium and performed in Noir Town and No Place Like Rome. In Death, Lies & Alibis she played Dorothea Stack, the aging Miss Marple-esque sleuth and felt it to be the greatest improv challenge of her life. She also performed in Zombiénce as ‘the litle girl’.

She teaches various levels of improv with improvatorium.  Outside of the theater she is a professional Voice Actor, narrating audiobooks for Random House as well as voicing various commercials, video games and animations. She is excited for the imminent release of “Dark Games” – a thriller in which she plays a psychotic Mother alongside Danny Trejo and Boo Boo Stewart (the next star of Twilight’s Eclipse).  Visit Jayne’s website at www.thejayneshow.com


Brian Clark
Associate Artistic Director
MAIN COMPANY

Grant Baciocco
Grant is proud to be a founding member of the Improvatorium and has performed in their productions Noir Town , No Place Like Rome , Death, Lies & Alibis , Zombiénce , The Zombie Holiday Special and Hitchcocked! . He is a puppeteer and sometimes host for The Jim Henson Company’s puppet improv troupe and is the host and producer of The Jim Henson Company’s official podcast . With his comedy music act he’s performed all over the world including a sold out show at the Tokyo Dome in Japan and a spot opening for “Weird Al” Yankovic. He’s is the creator and star of the award winning, family friendly podcast The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd . In his spare time he’s an Associate Producer for Joel Hodgson’s and a backstage interviewer for NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood . Find out more at his official website www.MrGrant.com

Potsch Boyd
Potsch Boyd was born and raised in Munich, Germany, and moved to Arkansas at 18 to attend college. After a brief study in Graphic Design, Potsch moved to Los Angeles. He worked as an art director for commercials and movies for 5 years, when, after set dressing an independent film starring Billy Bob Thornton, the acting bug bit him – HARD. He studied at the Stella Adler Acting Academy and upon completion, moved on to various scene study classes and is currently entering Writing Lab at the Groundlings. His credits include Nickelodeon’s Mr. Meaty and most notably the mennonite priest who married Dwight and Angela on “the Office”. Potsch is excited to join the Improvatorium alongside so many funny and talented Improvisers.

Kevin Bernston
Kevin Berntson is a proud– even smug– member of Improvatorium. He’s been seen in Death Lies and Alibis, Zombience, and No Place Like Rome. An alumn of the Groundlings Sunday Company, Kevin is also an instructor at the Groundlings, where he lulls his students into complacency, and then strikes. Hard. He’s appeared on such shows as Rules of Engagement, Private Practice, Reno 911 and a few others that have since been cancelled– and can be seen in Accomplice: Hollywood on weekends. Kevin studies at Steppenwolf West and is a graduate of the UCSD MFA acting program. He thanks Patrick Bristow and his awesome cast for everything!

Gareth Berrow

Peggy Etra
Along with Improvatorium, Peggy has performed with The Groundlings, National Lampoon Players as well as Puppet Up. Her Television credits include: Seinfeld, Boston Legal and Come to Papa (pilot). Her films include: State of Play and Driving Lessons.

Leslee Harman
A graduate of SUNY Oswego with a major in Theatre and English, Leslee is an alumni member of the Groundling’s Sunday Company. Her regional theatre credits include Cabaret, Applause, Pippin, and 70 Girls 70.  She is proud of her recurring extra roles with Emmy Award winner Ret Turner on the Vicki Lawrence tour de force, “Mama’s Family”.  Her favorite role is mom to her 2 teenage sons,  Sam and Jack, who have the real talent in the family.  Sam plays bass for the heavy metal band “Legal Tender” and Jack plays baritone for the JBHS Marching Band.
Khali MacIntyre
Khali MacIntyre began her career as a baby in North Carolina where she appeared in Newspaper ads for her father’s store. A few years later she would win the coveted title of “PreSchool Queen” while living in Houston, Texas. However; it was several years later when she moved to California that she would appear on the screen in Nickelodeon’s “On the Television”, a comedy / improvisation hybrid. Since then she has continued her screen time in Curb Your Enthusiasm, That 80’s Show, Boston Legal and the MOV- 44 minutes: Shoot Out in North Hollywood. Khali is a Groundlings Sunday Company Alumni and can still occasionally be seen in Scratch it!, The Crazy Uncle Joe Show and Cookin’ with Gas. She is over the moon to be a new member of Improvatorium as she has always been a huge fan of Patrick Bristow. For more exciting news visit www.KhaliMacIntyre.com

Alison Mork
Alison Mork is a professional puppeteer whose television credits include Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (Chairry), Sesame Street , The Man Show , Crank Yankers , Alt/Reality , Warren the Ape and Bear in the Big Blue House . Film credits include Team America: World Police and Hollow Man .  She has also performed with the Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up: Uncensored .  She holds a degree in studio art from Cornell University and plays upright bass when the mood strikes. Alison is pleased to have made her “puppetless” stage debut as a founding member of Improvatorium.

Carrie Seim
Carrie is an alum of the Groundlings Sunday Company, where she performs, teaches and habitually abuses her position of authority.   Her comedic essay “Outsourcing Love” – which documents the shameless hiring of a virtual assistant in India to manage her love life – was recently optioned for a feature film.   Carrie earned a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a minor in nerdalism from high school engineering camp. She regularly contributes humorous essays and videos to the New York Post and fierce dating exposés to the Tyra Banks Show, BettyConfidential.com and GuySpeak.com. She’s also reported on “serious” news – like Capitol Hill politics, immigration policy reform and Lindsay Lohan’s panties – for Channel One News, National Geographic Television and E! Television (not necessarily in that order).  Carrie is a proud member Improvitorium and The Deviants sketch comedy group and was invited to perform her original sketch show, “Midwestern Wisdom,” at the prestigious Comedy Central Stage. She had a recurring role on E!’s Seven Deadly Hollywood Sins and supplied one of the most awkward dating stories in our nation’s majestic history to the book Mortified: Love is a Battlefield.  Carrie’s last name means “farm by the sea” in Norway. In America it means “kitten with a whip.”

Chris Sheets
Chris is proud to be a founding member of the Improvatorium and has performed in their productions Noir Town, No Place Like Rome, Death, Lies & Alibis and Zombiénce.  Chris has multiple degrees in Theater.  He has been in 4 million plays, done improv at Comdey Sportz, ACME, and Sunrise Retirement Home in Huntingon Beach.  Chris has also been in tons of shorts (not the kind you wear).  If you are up late, say 3:30AM, you can probablly catch Chris in a Horror film on some random cable channel.  Chris also is in a soon to be released, movie called: Night of the Alien!  You can see what’s going on with that here: http://alienmovie.blogspot.com/ .

Henry Watkins
Henry was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Following film studies at Columbia University, he studied acting and improvisation, absorbing lessons from such comedy luminaries as Phil Hartman, Jason Alexander, and the copper-headed Patrick Bristow as well as graduating from the Second City Conservatory. He performed with a variety of comedy troupes including the musical improv group Second City Sings and the sketch and improv companies at the ACME Comedy Theatre. A stand-up comic, he has appeared at the Comedy Store, The Improv and many smellier comedy venues. In addition, he was a principal writer-performer on the sketch comedy pilot Slice and once died as a guest star on Spike TV’s 1000 Ways to Die. Henry was also recently cast by Christopher Guest in his Census 2010 project. For more details, sit next to his mother on an airplane.

Vanessa Whitney
A proud founding member of Improvatorium, Vanessa was thrilled to perform in recent PURE IMPROV shows with guests – Lynne Stewart, Mindy Sterling, Tim Bagley, Ted Michaels, Jordan Black, & Mary Jo Smith. She was Merry in last year’s ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, & loves performing in ZOMBIÉNCE – DEATH, LIES, & ALIBIS – & HITCHCOCKED. Vanessa has played her share of Concubines, Christians & Whores (oh my!) in NO PLACE LIKE ROME, & adored playing the love-lorn & sharp-tongued secretary, Penny, in NOIR TOWN. Vanessa has also appeared locally in many productions for Interact Theatre Company, & is learning puppet-improv at The Jim Henson Company. Ms. Whitney is represented by Malaky International.
ALUMNI

Tanya McClure
Tanya McClure’s work has garnered a number of awards including an MTV VIDEO MUSIC and LATIN GRAMMY AWARD for BEST ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO for Mexico City punk band, Molotov Cocktail’s “Frijolero”.  As Director of Digital Animation at Film Roman, Inc., she was responsible for establishing Film Roman Digital. With a background in both fine arts and technology, she oversaw all digital animation projects, including the EMMY AWARD WINNING, THE SIMPSONS, music videos, commercials and independent animated shorts.  She played a key role in bringing THE SIMPSONS from entirely traditional animation production into a fully realized digitally produced production process that maintained the traditional “flawed” feel while streamlining the production process.  She was a guest presenter at the SLAMDUNK FILM FESTIVAL in conjunction with the 2001 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL.  She has also juried a number of animated film festivals.  A graduate of THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, she received a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She is also a Sunday Company alum of the world famous Groundlings Theater where she performed sketch and improvisational comedy.  She continues to work in Los Angeles as an Independent Animation & Art Director, comedic Actor and Writer.  Visit Tanya at http://tanyamcclure.tumblr.com/

Michaela Watkins

Matt Vlahakis
The New Yorker in the cast. As a founding Improvatorium member Matt has performed in NOIR TOWN, NO PLACE LIKE ROME, DEATH LIES & ALIBIS and ZOMBIENCE. Cut his teeth in the NY theater scene performing in all venues from church basements to Alice Tully Hall.  His film credits include ANCHORMAN and THE INVITED. He also created and  is currently producing the animated cartoon series “Susi Sushi” which will debut summer of 2010.