Alan Ng has been doing improvisational comedy in San Diego and Orange County since 1996. He performed with Just Us Improv and Secret City Comics Society. He has been Main Stage cast member since 2002. He worked in the field of marketing in the financial industry for 17 years until it all crashed around him in 2007. He currently hosts the entertainment show, Secret City Geek Lab, produces the Five Things That Changed Your Life podcast and writes, produces and stars in the web television series The Real Rejects of Orange County (currently streaming on Amazon).
Alex has been doing improv since 2003. He started at his high school, performing in the NCT High School League. During college, Alex eagerly joined the improv club at Colorado State University, Improv Acting at CSU. His senior year, he became the vice-president IA@CSU. With a few of his friends, he helped start the experimental improv group Massive Arcana, wrote a musical called “Zombie Apocalypse: The Musical”, and became a member of the longest running improv group in Fort Collins, Co, the Clownbox. Upon returning to California, Alex decided to return to his roots, the National Comedy Theatre, where he happily performs all he can.
Alison joined the NCT family in 2011 as a part of the College team, but soon moved up to the Sunday Company cast. She is a part of the Musical Improv group acChording to Us as well as Coming of Age, and NCT’s first all female group Lipshtick who perform at MASH UP. Finally her only dream came true and she got brought on as part of the Main Stage team and couldn’t be more thrilled.
She started her improv skills out on the Iota Eta Pie Team at SDSU where she graduated with a BA in Journalism Media Studies and minored in Film. She currently works for a local news station as a studio/production technician.
In her spare time, Alison enjoy’s singing at karaoke, jamming on her ukulele and partaking in a nice paint-by-number while watching netflix.
Carlos started his improv career at NCT in 2012, when he attended his very first Improv workshop. Later that year, he joined the Sunday Company cast. Finally, in 2014, Carlos joined the NCT MainStage and has been performing weekend shows ever since.
Though he did not have improv experience before coming to San Diego, Carlos studied Theatre in college. He currently works as an Editor at IDW Publishing, a comic book company.
Carlos, along with his brother, also writes the internet’s most popular webcomic: Time Cheetah!
Casey has been with the National Comedy Theatre since 2005. Initially working as “Mr. Voice” and house staff, he later became a member of the National Comedy Theatre’s main stage cast in 2007. Since then he has been heavily involved with the theatre; performing, and teaching all levels of the NCT adult workshops as well as the NCT Summer Comedy Camp for Kids. He also coaches for the NCT High School League and directs the NCT College Team.
No stranger to the finer performing venues in San Diego, he has been seen onstage at the Casa Del Prado Theatre, Fern Street Circus, San Diego Civic Center, Coronado Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre. From 2008-2012 Casey was a performer at SeaWorld San Diego, from emceeing and hosting dolphin shows to slapstick tumbling and dancing at the sea lion and otter show. Aside from the NCT stage, you currently might catch him emceeing and giving away cars at a local casino.
Casey’s true passion is live performance. He plans to be entertaining audiences around the world for many years to come.
Chris came to NCT through workshops. In March 2011 Chris took his first improv workshop at NCT and was hooked right away. Chris joined the NCT Sunday Company in November 2011 and performed with the team regularly until January 2013 when he joined the Main Stage cast.
In addition to his regularly scheduled performances at NCT, Chris is also the director of the NCT MashUp shows.
Chris is originally from Michigan and moved to San Diego in 2001. He makes his living as a flight instructor, where improv skills come in handy all the time. When not performing at NCT he is usually running, writing, riding motorcycles, or playing poker.
Chris has been performing with National Comedy Theatre since 2006. He has been performing improv since 2003, performed with Comedy Sportz, San Jose, and also trained with Upright Citizen’s Brigade, New York.
He is the former director of the Sunday Company, NCT’s alternative improv group. Chris also teaches improv workshops at NCT and directs the Thursday NCT MashUp. Chris was also a performer and writer in the sketch groups Wimbly Humor Institute and 7th Grade.
He holds a B.A. in Theatre and Art from the College of William and Mary, and an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Dave George has been doing improvisational comedy in San Diego since 1990. He performed with Comedy Codependents, TheatreSports, and Sub-Atomic Jenkins Clan (SJC) before joining National Comedy Theatre in 1999. Dave was a the multimedia show director for and traveled around the world with Tony Robbins for many years producing seminars. He took a variety of drama classes throughout his education and first starred as Jerry Flynn in his ninth grade production of “My Client Curly”. Dave graduated UC Santa Cruz with a double degree of computer science and sociology. Now he refuses to work or look for work, but does enjoy teaching improv at NCT.
Denver got his start back in 1997 with ComedySportz in Santa Barbara after being amazed by their antics while seeing a show. He has long history in local muscial theater wherever he has lived, which has included California, Alaska, Hawaii, and Japan. He enjoys reading, playing soccer or tennis, and entertaining groups of people through laughter.
Emily Frank has been with the National Comedy Theatre main cast since 2005. During her tenure she has also taught several workshops including the NCT Minor League and High School League. Emily is also proud to be in charge of the annual NCT New Years Eve Extravaganza.
Born and raised in San Diego, Emily earned a BS in Biology and Psychology from UCSD and an MSW from CSULB. She now brings the funny as a child and family therapist for a nonprofit organization.
Gary Kramer is the Artistic Director of the National Comedy Theatre both in New York as well as in San Diego. He has performed throughout the country, as well as internationally in places such as Iraq, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Spain. In addition to NCT, Gary has directed and performed with ComedySportz in Santa Barbara and has been a member of the sketch and improv groups Rough Cut and Wits End.
Gary has been a morning radio personality, appeared in a handful of commercials, was interviewed on Air America Radio and was shot by cyborgs in the brilliantly awful movie Cybernator. Television: Law & Order, Totally Hidden Video. Los Angeles Stage: Hamlet, Wall of Water, Elaine’s Daughter, Bouncers.
Gordon Fitzgerald has been training and performing with The National Comedy Theatre since 2007. He was one of the first founding members of the NCT’s College Team, and has become a renowned Mr. Voice. After switching over to the cast of the Sunday Company in 2012 he spent a year honing his craft until being invited to be a member of the main-stage cast. He enjoys every performance.
Greg is originally from Silver Spring, MD and has lived in San Diego since 1998. He began taking improv workshops at NCT in 2007 and became a member of the Main Stage cast in 2008.
Greg is an instructor for NCT’s various improv workshops and also coaches different improv groups at NCT. He is the former Director of the NCT College Team and the NCT Spotlight shows.
He considers himself very lucky to be a regular performer and contributor at NCT. When he is not at NCT, he can be found at home hanging with his awesome family.
Jeff has been performing with the National Comedy Theatre since 2005. He got his start in Improv from the NCT High School League for Ramona High School. Jeff currently works for a local television station, directing the morning news and often freelancing for local sports venues.
A third generation San Diegan, Jeff graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art: Film and Video.
The National Comedy Theatre was Jennifer Stopper’s first real introduction to improv comedy, however she has never been a stranger to the stage. As the daughter of a musician and sound designer, Jen grew up in and around San Diego theaters for the majority of her childhood. In 2005 she graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. As if that did not already poise her for a lifetime of financial woe, she then went on to earn a BA in English Literature from SDSU so that she could be both poor and well read. Over the years she has worked in entertainment at both Disneyland and Seaworld, but particularly enjoys the family she has found here at NCT.
Jessica joined NCT’s Sunday Company in the fall of 2012. After almost a year of performing with SunCo, Jessica was thrilled to become a member of the Main Stage Cast. Jessica performs regularly with the all-female group Lipshtick as well as a myriad of other Mash Up troupes.
Prior to moving to San Diego, Jessica performed improv at the Maryland Renaissance Festival and with the Baltimore Improv Group. A native Marylander, Jessica misses Old Bay and crabs but enjoys being able to buy alcohol in grocery stores.
Jessica graduated with a B.S. in Mass Communications and Theatre from Towson University and holds a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Joe has been involved with virtually every facet of National Comedy Theatre. Immediately after he graduated from high school (where he was a part of the NCT High School League), he was hired to work in the box office and sell concessions. Within three months he was working as “Mr. Voice” for the show. Within a year’s time, he was a full fledged member of the cast.
In addition to performing, Joe also helps occasionally teaching workshops, and runs the NCT social media campaign.
Outside of the NCT, Joe has worked in various positions with Disneyland and the YMCA. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in American Studies, and has become more or less the team’s resident historian.
Jonthan (JT) Taylor
JT first started doing Improv in 2003 with the Modesto based group The Unscriptables, but wasn’t funny until 2007 when NCT picked him up for the main cast. He was one of the founding members of his college improv troupe where he practiced for two years and has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. He also taught for the NCT High School League for a year where his school, Mt. Carmel, won the tournament with style and grace.
JT graduated from SDSU with a degree in Televion Film and New media in 2008. He now resides in Los Angeles where he continues to flex his creative mind while working in commercial and Feature film production.
Marc began improv when a friend recommended he take the workshops at NCT. After completing the courses he auditioned for Sunday company. His first Sunday Co. Show was the Comic-Con Super Hero show and ever since he was hooked.
As a graduate of SDSU’s film program, Marc likes to act and write In online sketches and continues to hone his craft with improv.
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Matt got his start with the National Comedy Theatre in 2007, when his wife and a friend talked him in to taking workshops there. After several rounds of Level 3, Matt was recruited to help start NCT’s own Sunday Company. As a founding member, Matt performed with the Sunday Company from their first show until late 2011, when he was invited to join the Mainstage cast.
In addition to performing on Mainstage, Matt regularly performs in various MashUp groups, including his two-man group Messy Avocado. These days, Matt also directs the Sunday Company, where he has a great time molding the minds of our up-and-coming improv comedy performers.
When he’s not busy improvising comedy, Matt can be found working as a Software Architect, reading books and comics, playing video games, or enjoying some rare down time at home with his wife and daughter.
Melissa joined NCT in 2011 as part of the College Team. She eventually moved her way up to Sunday Company and was asked to join the Mainstage cast in 2015. She has performed with various Mash Up groups on Thursday nights over the years and loves spending time with the cast on and off stage.
She recently graduated with her M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University and works as an MFT intern.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys singing Karaoke, hot yoga, planning her next vacation, and being a dog mom.
Michael has been “officially” performing improvisational comedy since 2008, but will claim that his entire life has been one long improvised performance. After completing all 3 Workshop levels at the NCT, Michael worked his way through the ranks by housing/voicing and paying his comedy dues while performing with the Sunday Company. He is tickled to now be a part of the main stage cast.
Some of Michael’s past credits include “That 70’s Show”, “Passions”, as well as a recurring role as Deputy Lloyd on “Heroes”. He has performed in numerous national commercials and a handful of low-budget movies that you’ve never heard of and probably will never see. Michael has also performed in various musicals throughout his career including favorites, “The Fantasticks”, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.
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In 2012, Rachel signed up for a level one workshop at NCT and worked her way through all of NCT’s workshop levels. In early 2013, she landed a spot on Sunday Company and by September of 2013, was invited to be a part of the Main Stage cast. Improv continues to be an important part of her life as it serves as her creative outlet, gives her the theatre family she has always dreamed of and reminders her to listen carefully to others and make strong choices.
Rachel leads the all ladies group “Lipshtick” and is a cast member of the musical improv group “Achording to Us.” Both groups perform in Mash-Up and Spotlight shows at NCT on Thursday nights. In 2016, “Lipshtick” won the “Best Improv Award” at the 2016 Fringe Festival in San Diego. The team continues to perform at improv festivals in California.
Rachel graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in music and ministry and earned her M.S. in speech-language pathology at California State University San Marcos. She currently works as a speech-language pathologist at local San Diego schools and loves incorporating improv into her treatment sessions with her students.
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Rob joined NCT in April 2016 following a relocation to San Diego. He is thrilled to be performing again for a broader audience than his wife and daughter.
Rob’s improv career began with Comedysportz as a cast member in Portland (93-97), founding co-manager of Eugene (97-2000), and then with Los Angeles (00-15). He was fortunate to to be part of Mannerhouse Manor, a long-form improvised drama in the style of Downton Abbey, which traveled throughout the United States and Canada.
Rob has appeared in multiple television commercials, short films, and even a few feature films of which he is sure you are unfamiliar.
Long ago, Sacha began improvising with Comedy Sportz Santa Barbara (with Gary Kramer), all the while pursuing a BFA in Acting from UC Santa Barbara. After a not so brief hiatus wherein she waited many tables, bartended, and snowboarded at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, she returned to Southern California and found gainful employment in the commercial construction industry.
Eventually Sacha found her way back to the improv world via NCT (and Gary) again, and has been happily making up stuff ever since.
Big Steve began training Improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, CA. He fell in love with improvisation and began training with The National Comedy Theatre in 2012. After completing the training program at NCT, Steve joined the cast of the Sunday Company. Steve received the call to join the Mainstage cast in September of 2014.
Steve also co-wrote and still performs the hilarious dinner theatre show “Frankie and Nina’s Big Italian Wedding” all over the country. Steve has also sung and danced in the Musical “9 to 5” at the On Stage Playhouse and starred as President Lincoln in the Parody film “Linkin” for the 5th Annual TOSCARS award ceremony in Hollywood, CA.
Big Steve was born and raised in San Diego and is a die-hard Chargers fan. When not on stage, he is most likely writing and recording a song parody or comedy sketch, boxing, enjoying the UFC, or injuring himself at the local gymnasium.
Steve Hohman has been training and performing with The National Comedy Theatre since 2011. After completing the series of NCT’s improv classes, Steve joined the cast of the Sunday Company. After several months of “seasoning”, he was then invited to be a member of the main-stage cast.
Steve also works and performs with the Playwright’s Project, which teaches the San Diego area youth how to develop and write their own original plays. You may have recently seen him on local commercials for Sand Diego County Credit Union and Sycuan Casino.
Steve attended San Diego State University, where he earned degrees in the study of Communications and Theatre Arts. On a handful of Saturdays every year, Steve leads a group of dedicated SDSU football fans, known as the Aztec Hooligans, in one of the country’s best tailgate parties.
Tyler Jones was first introduced to improv performance in high school and has been doing it ever since. His time at NCT began in 2011 when he started taking workshop classes. From there he auditioned for and was accepted into the Sunday Company and then eventually joined the Main Stage team. He has also trained in improv with UCB in Los Angeles and Slow Children Playing in Tallahassee, FL.
Tyler has performed locally with New Fortune, Diversionary, La Jolla Playhouse, and many other theatres in and around San Diego. You may have also seen him performing in one of various sketches on CONAN. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Zach has been a member of the National Comedy Theatre since 2003. He currently serves as Associate Director, as well as WITS Teambuilding Facilitator, and Director of NCT Unrated.
When not engaged in his improv comedy career, Zach moonlights as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he writes about relationships and parenting and stuff at revolutioninstitute.com . He also has three kids. Zach generally needs a nap.