For Pete's SakeFeaturing Improv Teams: Treble in Paradise, Wallares, and Wet Bandits
For Pete's Sake features three improv groups from the St. Petersburg, Florida area, giving audiences the chance to experience a wide range of improv styles, approaches, and humor. Featuring Treble in Paradise, Wallares, and Wet Bandits.
TREBLE IN PARADISE (Sarasota, FL) Inspired by one location and three random notes on the keyboard, the cast of Treble in Paradise creates a fully improvised musical right before your very eyes. With no scripts, no musical score, and absolutely no idea what will happen next, our ensemble of improvisers delivers full-blown musical numbers, drama, and spontaneous choreography in this musical improv show.
WALLARES (St. Petersburg, FL) is a free-wheeling, audience-engaging, meta-fueled comedy group that performs all over the country. Matt, Geoff, and Christian work together to create a show unlike any other with audience engagement, highly energetic organic play, and most importantly comedy.
WET BANDITS IMPROV (St. Petersburg, FL) An unholy combination of elbow grease and navel lint, this quintet of professional snowboarders always takes the stage striving to put right what once went wrong. The Wet Bandits put the "uhhh" back in "uhhhmprov."
Treble in Paradise Cast
KEVIN ALLEN is a writer, videographer, content creator and actor. He moved to Sarasota from Chicago, where he studied and performed improvisation at iO and The Second City. He earned theatre and English degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a member of the legendary Comedy Wars ensemble. Kevin is also a writer and performer in the FST sketch group and was a contributing writer for the 2022 FST cabaret production, “Laughing Matters.”
TAYLER BUNGO is an actor, writer, and storyteller. She’s returned to Florida’s gulf coast after most recently living in Boston, Massachusetts where she studied and performed at Improv Asylum and Improv Boston. Tayler has done storytelling for The Moth’s StorySLAM competition and was part of the first all-female/non-binary musical sketch team at Gold Comedy called Bloomsday. She now performs with FST improv, including FST’s musical improv cast Treble in Paradise, and a couple indie teams in St. Petersburg, FL.
CHRISTIAN CORPORA is an actor, improviser, and writer, who trained at Groundlings and UCB in Los Angeles. Christian once famously starred as a barista in a regionally-airing vision insurance commercial from which he was ultimately cut (but that’s show biz, baby). He credits That’s So Raven with his love of character-based comedy. Christian has proudly never been voted out of Survivor.
SARAH DURHAM is a comedian and writer from Campbellsville, Kentucky, raised on Mel Brooks and Billy Graham. She is the Head Writer for FST Sketch and is the Improv Associate for FST Improv. At FST, Sarah is the Executive and Artistic Assistant to the Managing Director and is a writer for the Cabaret Stage and Children’s Theatre. Some of her recent credits include Cinderella, Laughing Matters, and Deck the Halls. She hopes to continue to write joy into people’s lives.
KATHRYN PARKS is a filmmaker, actor, singer, and Sarasota-native. Her short films, 50 Words and Her Place, have received the honor of “Best Florida Film” - both of which she wrote, produced, and starred in. Kathryn has performed at professional theaters throughout Southwest Florida and has been making up songs on the spot with FST’s musical improv group since 2017. She graduated from University of Miami with a degree in Theatre Arts. kathrynparks.com
DANIELLE TRZCINSKI is a Florida-based actress and writer who recently moved from NYC back to her hometown - St. Petersburg, Florida! Favorite roles include the Map in Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer On Tour as well as Anastasia Steele in Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody. She also cowrote, produced, and starred in the girls night out musical comedy Little Black Dress! which played 26 cities on tour. daniellet.org
GEOFF FELLA Based out of Orlando, Geoffrey is an absurdist that is always looking for the funny; always trying to maintain laser-focus amid the high-energy chaos of Wallares’ scene work. He’s performed with Another Man’s Trash and Wallares in Florida and the People’s Republic of Comedy in Shanghai, China, and has been featured with plenty of groups nation-wide. He is a co-host on Little Bits & Pieces, and a writer for This Is A Show (an upcoming sketch show), and Abridged (an upcoming audioplay series). His focus is in long-form improv, organic play, and crafting bits. He thinks Matt is too tall. Go to wallares.com to find out more.
CHRISTIAN TORRES Based out of Chicago, he is an organically clever performer with a pool of knowledge unlike any other. A great podcast host on Comedy Joke Pod, and Little Bits & Pieces. Cut his teeth with Theater Strike Force, Troupe X, Carl, and Definitely Not Murderers. He has performed all over the country with Definitely Not Murderers and Wallares in Tampa, Nashville, Chicago, LA and New York. He has a background in musical improv, short-form and freestyle rap. Head to wallares.com to find out more.
MATT WALKER Based in Tampa, he’s a dynamic conceptual performer with a knack for audience engagement. Matt learned from Gavin Hawk, UCBLA, Second City West, iO West, Pack Theater and the Nerdist School. He has performed all over the country as a Sarasota Improv Festival, and Countdown mainstay, at the Del Close Marathon, and co-owns The Commodore comedy theater in Ybor City. He is on the cast at Florida Studio Theatre, Wallares and is a frequent guest with many groups. He has a background in standup, sketch, and acting for the camera. Go to mwwalker.net to find out more.
Wet Bandits Cast
Cat Lim is considered a renaissance woman by many due to her array of creative talent and appreciation for an evenly smoked turkey leg. She performs comedy from improv to stand-up, works as a freelance graphic designer, and even remembers to water her plants sometimes. If you’re ever in need of a buddy to practice a transatlantic accent with or engage in a gritty dance battle against a rival crew, Cat is your gal!
GAVIN HAWK is a loudmouth know-it-all who thinks he is so important because he’s taken classes at The Second City.
Kevin Michalski, long believed to be no more than an urban myth, was revealed to the world on March 11, 1952. Despite being able to pass as a more-or-less “normal” human, he differs from his captors in several noteworthy respects. He has been observed reaching land speeds in excess of 11 km/hr on even terrain, and has the ability to manifest any condiment into existence using only his mind, when given 24 hours notice. He does improv sometimes.
Kathleen Taylor is an improviser from the St. Pete area, who leans toward character work and narrative threads. She was once called “the human embodiment of a dad joke” by a cast mate, and considered it a compliment. By day she’s a mental health counselor and palliative healthcare consultant, which requires a sense of humor.
More Festival Performances
Dive into your own spontaneity with Sarasota Improv Festival Workshops! Our offerings allow you to learn from the experts with intimate trainings led by Festival artists from across the country and around the world. Featuring workshops in a wide range of improvisational styles and techniques, there is something for improvisers of all experience levels at the 2023 Sarasota Improv Fest. All workshops take place Saturday, July 22.