2-MAN NO-SHOW (Toronto, Canada) One of the hottest North American acts around, the absurd and unpredictable tag-team duo of Isaac Kessler and Ken Hall take you on a bizarre ride of undefinably funny comedy. Tired of talking heads? So are we. 2-MAN NO-SHOW attack every stage with their signature hyperphysical, hilarious and fourth wall-breaking “ClownProv”-style to create a whimsical and fantastical world of heart-felt characters connecting in genuine and hilariously unexpected ways. 2-MAN NO-SHOW have wowed audiences and critics at North America’s top Comedy Festivals, and performed a full run at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. They were nominated for three Canadian Comedy Awards (Best Improv Troupe, Best Comedic Show, and Best Variety Act), as well as Best Improv Troupe of 2013 & 2014 by Toronto’s NOW Magazine.
ISAAC KESSLER is an internationally-acclaimed and multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee, and is one half of the award-winning ClownProv juggernaut, 2-MAN NO-SHOW. In 2022, Isaac premiered his solo clown show, 1-MAN NO-SHOW, which won the Artist’s Pick Award at the Edmonton Fringe. He is also an award-winning director of five solo clown shows. In December 2022 Isaac created and produced A Solo Show Festival, Toronto’s first-ever solo clown festival. He has performed with the ground-breaking Wet The Hippo Collective by Cirque du Soleil’s John Gilkey, and Off-Broadway with Dean Evan’s visionary Bouffon troupe Mil Grus (Producer’s Award - Hollywood Fringe/Fringe Encore Series - NYC’s SOHO Playhouse).
KEN HALL is a Canadian Comedy Award-Winner (Best Breakout Artist) and multiple CCA Award nominee, including most recently, "Comedic Artist of the Year." Ken plays the lovable Herb and provides motion capture as the body of Pogo in Netflix's The Umbrella Academy. Ken is also one-half of the critically acclaimed comedic duo, 2-MAN NO-SHOW, with his comedic soulmate, Isaac Kessler, and has had the pleasure to work for Cirque Du Soleil. Ken has appeared in numerous film and television roles, including two seasons on TBS’s hit series People of Earth and has appeared as a guest on CONAN. He has studied clown with master clown instructors, Philippe Gaulier, Francine Cote, Paola Coletto, and Aitor Basauri, and improv at The Second City (Toronto), iO Theatre (Chicago), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago) and The Upright Citizen's Brigade (NYC). Ken teaches Comedic On-Camera Acting, Clownprov and Mindfulness at Bad Dog Theatre, Clown and Public Speaking at The Second City, and Improv at The Assembly and The Social Capital Theatre in Toronto. Ken was awarded the Frank McAnulty Award for Faculty Instructor of the Year 2019 at The Second City.
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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.