Category Archives: Improv

Improv Television

Bishop Shoots Improv Pilot

Bishop Improv is Marshall Givens, Julia Wackenheim-Gimple, Tom Christensen, Jaime Moyer, & Clayton Froning

My improv team, Bishop, just shot a super fancy pilot for the web.  You can see us here in studio in front of the green screen.  I had a blast working with the very capable cast and crew, and can’t wait to do it again!

Highlights definitely include Clay smashing Taco Bell into my face for 5 minutes straight, playing the Kardashians’ dog, and working with dynamo Chelsea Heath.

The cast includes me, Marshall Givens (Bloodsucking Bastards), Julia Wackenheim-Gimple (God Particles), Jaime Moyer (2 Broke Girls), & Clayton Froning (Teen Wolf).

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Wheelhouse: iO West’s New Premier Harold Team!

This is a wheelhouse, I think. We don't have a graphic yet. Apologies.
This is a wheelhouse.
We don’t have a graphic.

The iO West theater in Hollywood has completely overhauled its improv programming.  Beginning January 8th, three premier teams will perform the theater’s flagship form, The Harold: King Ten, Heyday, and the team I am privileged to play on, Wheelhouse.

The players are Tommy BechtoldFrank Caeti, Tom Christensen, Chris GorbosKyle MoreJustin Michael TerryLynn TrickeyErik Voss & Danielle Weeks.  Coached by Dave Hill

This is a major change for the theater, which for years had 9 house teams, give or take.  Following the dissolution of all but one (King Ten), Artistic Director James Grace designed the smaller, sleeker Wednesday night lineup.

Tuesday nights have been reprogrammed as well.  14 teams will alternate weekly on the main stage, leaving the Del Close Theater for good.  New classes and independent shows will fill the space, presumably.

Wheelhouse with Heyday (followed by King Ten)
Every Wednesday @ 8 PM
iO West Main Stage (6366 Hollywood Blvd, LA, CA 90028)

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Joining “The Cartel” @ iO West


Tonight, I will perform with The Cartel for the first time!  The shows are part of iO West’s Harold Night lineup on Tuesday nights, 9:30 PM.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with some veteran improvisors. I will be joining Ernie MaciasLaura DavisDrew CoolidgeChris GorbosTommy BechtoldErik Voss,Lauri Roggenkamp Muretta Moss, & Justin Uretz.  Coach Andy St. Clair has the unenviable task of keeping us all on our best behavior.

This will be my 5th team at iO West, having previously worked with Natural 20, Ripley, Fairfax Prep (a.k.a. Kitty Porn), and Moxie.


Two Shows Tonight: Gristle @ComedySportz 8 PM, RG @iO 9 PM


Tonight, come see Gristle (me, Peter Berube, Clayton Froning, & Eden Malyn) at ComedySportz LA at 8:00 PM.

Then, I’m immediately heading over to the 10th Annual LA Improv Comedy Festival, which is in full swing at iO West.  See Riverboat Gamblers (me, Apul Patel, & Blake Walker) tonight at 9:00 PM in the iO West Loft.


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Gristle: Monday, 5/14 @ ComedySportz LA

gristle-improv-poster Ladies and Your Gentlemen!  After an extended sabbatical hunting large game across the Dark Continent, the brave men of Gristle have returned.  They will perform a show that will dazzle the senses, tomorrow night!

  • Watch Col. Clayton Froning reenact his bare-chested wrestling of a she-lion!
  • Witness Adm. Thomas M. Christensen perform a most lewd native dance!
  • And, for the first time, Gristle welcomes Lady Eden Malyn to serenade you to the BRINK OF TEARS – but no further.

ComedySportz LA Mix
featuring Gristle
Monday, 5/14 @ 9:00 PM
733 Seward Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Improv Television Videos

New Trailer for “The Start-Ups”

After a pregnant post-production, there is an official trailer for The Start-Ups.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out; Lars is the best character I have ever created, and he gets to do a lot of asskicking and looking tough.  There is already a cut from the footage in my reel (video starts at the scene)

Looking forward to a finished product from Lord Dynamite Productions!

Improv Theater Videos

VIDEO: All Three Post-Competition Shows Available

After winning the United States of Improv tournament at iO West, I was given the opportunity to perform three non-competition shows.  Here they are! (hosted at

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My New Harold Team, “Natural 20”

Natural 20 improv at iO West

Starting next Tuesday, I will be performing with a new Harold team at iO West. We are called “Natural 20,” a reference to the iconic Dungeons & Dragons roll. Once again, I will be coached by Annie Hoff of USS Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Natural 20 is:

Katie Bogart Ward
Dave Colan
Tommy Bechtold
Tom Christensen
RC Fill
Will Koehl
Patrick Babbitt
Hillary Bauman
Erik Voss

Please join us for an hour of entertainment, co-hosted by the Harold team Waterloo

Natural 20
Every Tuesday @ 8 PM
iO West (6366 Hollywood Blvd)

Blog Classes Improv

Teaching at AMDA


This year, I have been fortunate to work so much in my field of choice and today, I began teaching my second class for the summer semester at AMDA.  I will be teaching both Intro to Longform and Improv Foundations to the students in the conservatory and college.

The students are quite talented and eager, and I am having a great time leading them through the exercises. If all goes well, I will continue teaching this fall!

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Thanks for an Amazing Run!


Thank you for making Tom Christensen IS North Dakota such a success. The solo musical was an amazing experience, one I hope to bring back to the stage as soon as possible. Last night’s show was so much fun to do. Since my first solo show, I have been dying to do a Disney-esque anthropomorphicized musical, and last night I crammed that square peg straight through that round hole.

Most importantly, thanks to Scott Passarella, the other half of the one-man show. Indisputably talented and kind, it was a pleasure working with you as always.

Thanks to Zach Pizza and Kyle Duncan Graham for putting the USoI together.

Thanks to my fiance Casey for rallying the troops and coming to every show.