Benjamin Nathan-Serio, true to the consummately dedicated artist that he is, has been improvising his life since his Kindergarten teacher threw him out of class for charging his classmates to see his ass. Though the business was a failure, his theater career sky-rocketed from there. Since Ms. Cohen’s ejection of Ben in 1987, he has been kicked out of all kinds of theater classes and stages across the Northeastern United States, Latin America and even here in Europe. To keep up with Ben’s ejections go to SerioParadiso.com
Bob is a guy with many ideas about the profundity of humanity and most importantly- oh look there’s a funky building!
Chris Matus is a player. The dude plays games. To some he’s a game player. To others he’s a player of games. Don’t play with him, ’cause you’re playing with games!
Ian Downing-Beaver is from Houston, Texas. He trained at the Annoyance and The Second City in Chicago. He also did improv at Austin College and Texas State University. He came to Madrid in 2016. These are the facts that are pertinent to Mad Improv.
Jackie Koester distinctly remembers the first time she made someone laugh. OH! What a joyous experience is was! Recalling it makes her whole body quiver. The pleasure. The exhilaration. The…oh!…just everything! So…she keeps trying to elicit that same feeling, selfishly, these days on purpose, but that first time was an accident, and now psychologically she is attempting to fill the void that that first public laugh gave her. She is empty. She yearns for your attention. She will be ruined without your laughing support. She is also from Kansas.
Dorothy Parker is an old-fashioned Josie Throup. Both studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Warwick University, where they first found improv. The worms that consumed Parker’s corpse dream of their next chosen prey, who is currently writing, improvising and perspiring in Madrid. Find her in a memorial garden in North West Baltimore, or, on her feminist sketch comedy podcast The Ideal Logs.
Canadian Matt Ledding, after studying theatre and English Lit (University of Saskatchewan)decided to become a circus artist. This delighted his parents. He graduated from l’ecole nationale de cirque de Montreal.
Eventually, he ran away from the circus to join a family and train wild English teachers. (He still sometimes does shows with circus and magic in English at www.fifthbiz.com.) He has two daughters and a very beautiful, patient, and wonderful wife who may someday read this.
A live performer for 20 years and counting, Steve developed his improv at the London International School of Performing Arts as well as with teachers such as John Wright, author of, “Why Is That So Funny?” As a specialist in physical comedy and clowning, he’s created touring theatre shows with the likes of UK’s Lone Twin and Blah, Blah, Blah as well as with his own company, Abort Comedy. Steve also performs in Madrid with Freshly Comedy, the highest rated comedy show in Spain on atrapalo.com. Steve takes pleasure in the unexpected and the daft.
Summer Banks (real name) hails from the California desert where she grew up chasing tumbleweeds. She studied art history with the goal of being underpaid in New York and then got stuck in Berlin for the last eight years. Because everyone goes to Germany to learn comedy, she started performing improv with ComedySportz Berlin (neé Laugh Olympics), founded the Berlin English Improv Network, and ran two stand-up comedy open mics, much to the dismay of her liver. She’s also performed stand up in various cities around Europe, including at The Joker in Antwerp and the Comedy Store in Manchester. Since she’s spending the next %$&§ months writing her thesis, she moved south/west for the winter and is happy to join the MAD improv family. summerabanks.de