As Seen On TV
As Seen On TVAn Improvised Sitcom
They’ve made you laugh. They’ve made you cry. You’ve fallen in love with their characters, and you’ve mourned following their season finales. This summer, join FST Improv for a fully improvised original sitcom! Complete with a never-before-heard theme song and commercials, As Seen on TV airs every Saturday night at 7:30PM in Bowne’s Lab.
Matt "MW" Walker
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.
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.
SYLVIA DAY is an international actor, writer and character comedian. Previously she lived in Switzerland where she founded and directed Zurich’s first English-speaking improv troupe. Her improv and sketch comedy training includes The Second City (Chicago), UCB (New York), and Showstoppers (London). She has performed her original solo shows around the world including Off-Broadway and the SaraSolo Festival, and has had leading roles at Asolo Rep. sylvia-day.com
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.
WILL LUERA is the Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Director of Big Bang Improv, and serves as the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston. He is the co-creator of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s, a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. He sits on the board of CreArte Latino, a Latino-centric cultural community center in the Sarasota area. Will tours globally as an improv comedy actor, instructor, director and performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
SHAWN MCWHINNIE was first introduced to improv at the University of Florida performing numerous shows for the college campus with UF’s improv troupe, Theatre Strike Force. At UF, he also was a part of the sketch comedy troupe Generation. After a brief hiatus to pursue his career as a pharmacist, Shawn began taking improv classes at FST and is glad to be back on stage performing improv for Sarasota audiences.
AUTUMN STEINER was a comedy late bloomer, discovering FST during a quarter-life crisis. Now she’s a member of the FST Improv and On-Deck Sketch casts and dabbles in storytelling and acting. She played Lisa in the short film Barely Inspired, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Sarasota Film Festival. She is working on a collection of personal essays titled Sweet Face, Black Heart—something a priest once said to her.
MATT "MW" WALKER is a multi-talented artist and contemporary comedian who hosts the weekly improv podcast Little Bits and Pieces with his longform improv group Wallares. Since 2009, he and his group continue to produce independent comedy shows all over Florida, perform in countless festivals and shows all over the country, write for TV/film and teach improv classes using their unique sensibilities. To see what he’s gotten himself into on any given day, it’s best to follow him and his group at mwwalker.net and/or at wallares.com. The crowds at FST are his favorite in the country!
There are plenty of parking options available when you visit FST, including two adjacent parking lots and three nearby parking garages, plus on-street parking.
Complete your theatre-going experience. Dine with us! FST Improv attendees are invited to dine with us in Bowne's Lab beginning one hour before show time. Reservations are not required.
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