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ORANGE TUXEDO (Los Angeles, CA) is a two-person improv show from a husband and wife team. They perform “Close Quarters,” with a focus on creating grounded relationships formed by eccentric characters. If you like comedy, you may have seen Craig wear various mustaches and costume pieces on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. If you like drunken history, you may have seen Carla drink various beers on Instagram. They perform regularly at The Second City in Hollywood and Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. They have traveled and performed at improv festivals across the nation and internationally as far as London, Vancouver, Copenhagen, and Warsaw.
CRAIG CACKOWSKI is an actor, improviser, and teacher based in Los Angeles. He was involved with the iO and iO West (R.I.P.) theaters from 1992-2018, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the US with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote five revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community, Veep, Drunk History, and Mindy Kaling’s Sex Lives Of College Girls (currently on HBOMax). He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Kevin Pollak’s Alchemy This, and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.
CARLA CACKOWSKI is an improviser, writer, podcaster, and nap-lover. She toured all over Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean performing comedy with The Second City. She’s a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and Disney. She wrote and performed five solo shows that were produced in Los Angeles and her comedic monologues were published in anthologies by Applause Books. Carla hosts Improv Yak, a shop-talk podcast about improv comedy. When they’re not touring their two-person improv show Orange Tuxedo, she and her husband Craig co-host a podcast called Craig’s List. Most recently, Carla has written for sketch shows on PBS Kids and Dreamworks TV. She taught improvisation and directed sketch shows at The Second City Hollywood for eight years before moving to Portland to become the Co-Artistic Director at Curious Comedy Theater for a year. She’s now the Artistic Director at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, California where she plays on the House Team, County Line.
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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.