Jackie Monahan has been called “The Queen of deadpan” by Roger Ebert, “A F%cking Genius” by Roseanne Bar, “Unstoppable” by Curve Magazine and “the funniest b$tch on the Block ” by Amy Schumer whom Jackie toured with for 6 years. Jackie has since been headlining clubs and making guest appearances on TV and is beloved in the indie film scene. She performs at The Comedy Store, Improv and alternative rooms. You may have seen her on Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show”, Last Comic Standing, or Comedy Jam on Showtime. In addition, Jackie was just in theaters with Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights with Emily alongside Molly Shannon. Jackie starred in and co-wrote Madeleine Olnek’s Sundance feature film “The Foxy Merkins” which was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for. Jackie was Zylar in Olnek’s Sundance hit “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same” which received rave reviews from both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. She has been professionally trained at UCB and Groundlings but she was born with a spot-on sense of timing and a unique look at life that cannot be duplicated. Jackie won Time Out New York Joke of the Year was voted comic to watch by Esquire magazine who said “Jackie has the looks of your friends hot older sister with the jokes of a deranged serial killer. She will kill you and you will be smiling.” Jackie’s dynamic presence both on television and on the stage brings an unapologetic fearlessness mixed with spontaneous combustion to every performance that will make you want to dance in the aisles. According to The Comedy Bible “Jackie wins over the crowd with her contagious energy. Jackie is fearless and patient. She keeps the energy up with every joke and she always delivers. She shines when being herself which is silly, relatable and absolutely disarming. She embraces universal humor that is genuinely entertaining to all audiences.” So do as the Brink says and “…jump at the opportunity to see this unstoppable comedian on the rise.”
Trevor Tevel (rhymes with bell) has been in a relationship with improv for over 11 years, and started at this very theater! He has trained at the Westside Comedy Theater, Groundlings, UCB, iO West, and The Improv Space. Trevor also completed the sketch programs at Groundlings and UCB, which gave him the tools to develop pilots for A&E and Comedy Central. Trevor has toured the country performing improv and more. You can catch him performing regularly with the award-winning short form troupe – Mission Improvable.
When Trevor is not performing he likes to hang with his wife and little brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, roots for the Dodgers, reads comic books, listens to jazz, and coaches multiple improv teams around town including the house team – Gravity.
Jacklyn Uweh is a Stockton-bred writer & performer. Since discovering her comedic voice as a mime – she’s studied improv & sketch at the Second City Hollywood, UCB , Groundlings and UC Irvine. She’s performed in the premium shows Live Rude Girls, 177Fox, Trump in Space and the inaugural Bob Curry Diversity Fellowship Showcase. Most recently, she went on tour with Second City Theatricals and mounted her one-woman sketch show, I Dreamed A Dream. If you run into her, say hi! She promises not to talk in the 3rd person. IG/TW: @blkjack76 | www.jacklynuweh.com
Colleen Doyle grew up in Cleveland where she wrote greeting cards and was a part of the cast that opened The Second City Cleveland. She has made appearances in the indie features Close Quarters and Open Tables as well as Fresh Off the Boat and the NYTVF Best Comedy Pilot, Shrink. Colleen taught at iO Chicago (Teacher of the Year 2014) and iO West, where she also served as Artistic Director and Training Center Director. In Chicago, Colleen performed with the lovely ladies of Virgin Daiquiri, Babymakers, and in the first sketch revue at the Mission Theater, Trap. In LA, Colleen teaches at Westside Comedy and performs with the ensembles Dummy and The Village Bicycle. For more info, please visit thecolleendoyle.com.
Patrick Rowland is a writer/performer/teacher from Chicago. He has trained at The Second City and iO Chicago. Patrick is a recipient of 2014 Bob Curry Fellowship, is an alum of the Second City House Company, and has performed as an understudy for the Second City mainstage, aboard the NCL Gem, as well as two revues with Diversity and Inclusion Program. He has performs with his independent sketch/improv troupe, 3Peat whose video with Comedy Central, “The Blackening”, has over 15 million views. In Chicago Patrick was a regular cast member with, The Deltones, Armando, and Musical Armando. His solo sketch has been featured in the 2013 TBS Just For Laughs Festival. Patrick also wrote and performed a late night talk show called “Barack All Night” which received 3 stars from the Chicago Tribune. As an instructor Patrick has taught the improv, conservatory, writing, and long form improv programs at Second City Chicago, and the improv program at the iO Theater. His workshops have sold-out across the country as well as London.
Valerie Tosi is a comedian, actor, writer, and voiceover artist. Recent credits include guest stars on IFC’s Stan Against Evil, Netflix’s The Joel McHale Show, and the lead in the feature film The Sex Addict. She features for Dana Gould on the road, and has featured at several comedy festivals including Limestone, Laughing Skull, Out of Bounds, All Jane, etc. Valerie also hosts The Mermaid Comedy Hour, the longest running all female show at The Hollywood Improv. An alumni of both The Second City & iO West, her improv background led to several Buzzfeed videos garnering millions of views including a video with Kevin Hart & Ice Cube. You may have heard her voice literally everywhere as the voice of the Google Home Mini campaign.
Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West (RIP) theaters since 1992, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include The Mayor, Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, The Kings Of Summer, Murder Bury Win, and Wine Country. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.
Thea Lux (said Tay-uh Lucks) is an LA-based actor, writer, and comedian creatively raised by Chicago’s rich comedy scene. She’s contributed to Reductress, the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase, and performs sketch and stand-up around Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @thealux.
Brian is a Second City and iO alum with nearly 20 years experience performing, writing and teaching comedy and improvisation. Brian has appeared in feature films including Blockers and television shows such as Key & Peele. He’s written for Girl Boss on Netflix and can be seen performing in Delicious Moments here at Westside!