Meet The TALENT
Incomparable. Unpredictable. Tour de force. Jayson Acevedo has opened for Tim Meadows (SNL), Chris Redd (SNL) & Jeff Ross (Comedy Central) among others. Acevedo’s comedy has proven to translate well internationally, having told jokes in five countries & throughout comedy festivals from LA to NYC & beyond. Acevedo continues to perform regularly throughout Chicago at venues like Laugh Factory, Zanies, Second City, & more. Follow him home or everywhere @jaysonavocado
Cat Amato is an improviser all the way from Naperville IL. She was inspired to pursue comedy after her older cousins took all the other cool hobbies, and she’s been working on it ever since! Cat has 10 years of improv experience and 4 years of competitive speech team experience, where she honed her comedy writing skills. In her free time, Cat enjoys reading books, obsessing over her dogs, and browsing the yarn aisles at the local craft stores. You can also catch her in the suburbs at the open mics or at any nearby Barnes and Noble.
Kristin Hart entered the performance world as a child model, but her improv career began in her college improvisation troupe at Miami University. She studied at The Second City and I.O. Theater and has performed at various theaters including The Playground Theater, The Comedy Shrine, Open Door Repertory, The Second City Training Center Theater, and Davenport’s Piano Bar. Kristin is also head of business development at Ragan Consulting Group where she helps clients solve their corporate communications needs, consulting on topics like employee engagement, leadership and executive communications, diversity, equity, and inclusion, storytelling, brand journalism, PR, and more. In addition to raising her two sons, she runs a weekly podcast called The Drunk Moms’ Podcast.
Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois, Keith has been teaching and performing live improv comedy for 17 years at such venues as Second City, iO Chicago, and The Comedy Shrine. Keith recently completed a sold-out run as producer of ‘A True Crime Improv Show’ at Second City, and has been co-director of the famous Ashbary Improv show since 2016.
Allan Morgan has been one of Earth's Tallest Humans for numerous presidential administrations, including Democratic, Republican and perhaps Whig. He currently hails from the butt-end of the Chicago exurbs, and his humor stylings vacillate between smarty-pants overly-verbose and stoopidly inappropriate, often in the same sentence. He's been on the radio (Dr. Demento), in the movies (Club Fed, The Skateboard Kid) and TV (CBS' Nash Bridges, MTV) for various comedy and musical shenanigans; ask to see his ever-dwindling royalty checks. He has studied at Cross Currents, the ACME theatre in Hollywood and The Comedy Shrine, and is currently not wearing pants.
Patrick Newson is an improviser/ comedian/ actor from Chicago IL. A graduate of both Second City and IO Chicago,he has written and acted in such productions as OK Stupid, Will Smirk for Food, and IO's POV (a weekly sketch show. Creator of the long running Bar Show, and former ensemble member of The Comedy Shrine. Patrick is the Patrick in the touring duo PLaytime with Patrick and Preston, as well as an ensemble member of the improv group Night Moose. As a stand up he's opened for such headliners as Tim Meadows, Harry Anderson, Elayne Boozler, and Rick Overton.
Emily is a performer, producer, writer, director, and everything in between! Her career includes professional ballet and musical theatre, professional standup and improv comedy, commercial VO work, stage and screen acting, and more. (Read more about her career highlights HERE.) Her vision for BABS Comedy Club is to create a fun, organized, and creative platform to feature the immense talent of her Chicago comedy peers.
Annie Farwell hails from Arlington Heights, IL, but can be found gallivanting around Chicago nowadays. Her improv origins date back to her time at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she goofed around on Spicy Clamato Improv. She's had the pleasure of performing all over the Midwest, with credits including Second City, the Annoyance, the Comedy Shrine, Improv Shop, and her sister's wedding reception. She’s also starred in two short films and is passionate about theater-making. Aside from performing, she loves attending drag bingo, sucking at sports, and story-telling to her very patient friends!
Matthew Sigur is a sketch comedian, writer, musician and journalist based in Chicago. He has performed, directed and written for web sketches and series, and live sketch and improv shows. If he had a dog, he would name it "Buster." For now, he roams his neighborhood, calling everyone else's dogs "Buster." As a result, he has two broken legs.
Tré has been doing comedy for 5 years, beginning with improv and later discovering sketch and stand up. He performs in Chicago and also Seattle; where he lives part time with his wife and dog. When he isn’t performing comedy, Tré enjoys playing video games, watching cartoons and receiving free stuff like Super Bowl tickets or millions of dollars. He also likes hip hop.
David Vox Mullen
David Vox Mullen was born on the Southside of Chicago into a very musical and funny family. His mother was an accomplished vocalist/guitarist and his father was a songwriter as well. David credits his family with pushing him to express himself through music and performance. By his 21st birthday, he had already written, produced, and performed in various musicals, and plays and formed the nationally touring rock band "The Slipstream" which ran for 10 years. Since then, David has been regularly producing and performing standup and improv comedy for both the stage and film. His celebrity impressions and original characters are second to none.
Cassie Middlemist (she/her) is a brave comedian and aspiring bird lady originally from the pretty chill state of Colorado. She now resides in Chicago, where she can be seen performing with Art by Artist at the Annoyance Theater or at the Lincoln Lodge co-producing the monthly Lone Wolf Variety Show. Her solo comedy can be seen on stages across the city.
Nick Miller is an energetic and physical comedian from rural Indiana who currently resides in Naperville, IL. Raised on the comedic stylings of Jim Carrey and Wayne Brady, Nick began doing improv in college with The Crazy Monkeys at Purdue University where he was also a member of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club and a 50s Quartet. Nick trained and performed at the iO Theater in Chicago and has been a mainstage performer at the Comedy Shrine since 2014. Nick also plays guitar and sings in his free time and enjoys bringing those talents to the improv stage.