Improv I-4ever features three improv groups from Florida's Suncoast, giving audiences the chance to experience a wide range of improv styles, approaches, and humor—all in just one hour. Featuring FST Improv (Sarasota, FL), Swan City Improv (Lakeland, FL), and The Commodore (Ybor City, FL)
FST IMPROV (Sarasota, FL) Sarasota’s original anti-depressant. FST Improv is the place to go when you’re looking for some fun, need reminding that everyone is nuts, or have nowhere else to go. Inspired by audience suggestions, FST Improv creates characters and sketches completely on the spot. No one – not even the performers themselves – knows what is going to happen next. It is this element of the unknown that makes every FST Improv show unique, and what makes for some of the most exciting moments onstage.
SWAN CITY (Lakeland, FL) A team of friends started this thing in a town that it should have never worked in, back in 2017. Those friends have since moved on to greater things and now the team that is left is so much better than them and if they hear this let it be known. This Swan City Improv team is Lakeland's Best team. We know this to be true.
THE COMMODORE (Ybor City, FL) presents is headlining show, The Captain’s Wheel, a competitive improv format where improvisers are presented with random challenges they must overcome using their skill and wit. Outcomes are decided by you, the audience, until a final performer is crowned victorious. Who will be the next "Captain?"
FST Improv 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.
Valerie Dale grew up in Sarasota and was trained as an improv actor at Florida Studio Theater. She loves performing at FST with such a dynamic and talented improv cast. She also performs with the improv group, Class Act, which she formed with her FST classmates.
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.
DARRYL KNAPP is an avid Tampa Bay Rays fan. Darryl has been an improviser for over 25 years and has studied with many of the greats and institutions worldwide. He is a sometime teacher of improv in the Tampa Bay area. Originally from Westchester County, NY, he now hails from Wesley Chapel a mere 80 miles North of FST. Affectionately known as The Mayor of Improv in the Community.
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.
SAL PICCOLO got started in comedy on a dare. Originally a sports broadcasting major, Sal hosted and produced The Sports Cellar on AM radio right here in Sarasota. After failing miserably at stand-up comedy, he moved to Chicago where he discovered his love of improv. Having studied at The Second City Conservatory, iO theater, Annoyance theater, pH theater, and Theatre Momentum as well as many workshops and festivals, Sal is a student first.
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.
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
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!
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.
Swan City Cast
NATE FLEMING From ComedySportz Richmond, to Second City, Annoyance and iO Chicago Nate has been around. He loves making people laugh and hates writing bios.
CHRISTIAN JACOBSON has been involved in improv for over three years. He started as a producer at Southeastern University’s college Improv team, Unpland Improv. After his time in collegiate improv, he joined the premier comedy team in Lakeland, Swan City Improv. He has been a part of Swan City for one year and during his time there has re-invented the wheel with just how funny he is (or you can just say "has helped bring a professional production environment into Lakeland"). Christian enjoys exciting characters and having a pretend cigarette in every scene.
CONNOR JACOBSON first started performing improv as a freshman at Southeastern University in 2016. She later became the creative director of the college’s team, Unpland Improv, helping produce televised and large-scale stage shows. After graduating, she joined Swan City Improv, her current team. Outside of improv, she loves visiting Disney World, doting on her cat, Eve, and exploring Lakeland.
ANDY WINDSOR Hello, I’m Andy! I’ve been a member of Swan City Improv since 2019. After 20+ classes and a handful of student shows under the tutelage of our fearless leader, Nate Fleming, I played in my first Swan City show in December 2019. Since then, I’ve performed for audiences in Polk County from 5 to 100+ doing short form, long form, murder mystery, and much more. Outside of improv, I have a full-time office job during the week (gotta pay the bills), a part-time radio on-air personality job on Saturdays (I have no concert tickets, sorry), and can usually be found looking for my next cruise to book somewhere in between.
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