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)


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.


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)

On Saturday, I played my third one-man musical in the United States of Improv tournament.  Team North Dakota (Tom Christensen) took on Team New York (Tommy Bechtold, Karen Graci, Colin Hughes, Chris Fontakis, Brandon Sornberger, Rich Fancher, & Steve Major). Team NoDak won the audience vote!

My next show is Saturday, 6/11, the last main stage show of the 9th Annual Los Angeles Improv Festival! Tickets are on sale at TicketWeb


United States of Improv Tournament
Saturday, 6/11/11 @ MIDNIGHT
iO West – 6366 Hollywood Blvd.

iO West's Ripley improv with Tom Christensen at Habitat for Humanity

Ripley at Habitat for Humanity

Not to be outdone by Maestro, my iO West team Ripley decided to put in some volunteer hours today.

We had the chance to help out at the ReStore in Norwalk, CA. I had never been in a ReStore before, but they are fantastic. It’s a normal thrift store but in addition to housewares, they sell pieces of house! You can get windows in frame, sliding glass doors, ducting, landscaping materials, etc. As a handyman, I am glad I found out about this place…and wondering how I didn’t know about it sooner?

Tommy Bechtold, Will Koehl, Joe Spence, and I did most of the heavy lifting.  Amanda DePover rounded out the team and provided much needed cheerleading and management.

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You can see my long form improv team Ripley perform every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM at iO West (6366 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028)


Will Koehl
Tommy Bechtold
Tom Christensen
Julia Wackenheim
Amanda DePover
Chris Fontakis
Michael Anastasia
Joe Spence
Tiffani Ann Mills

Coached by Craig Cackowski

I am now playing on a new team at iO West.  The ensemble is called Ripley (thank you Alien series). Our first show is tonight, August 3rd at 8:00 P.M.

Ripley Improv featuring Tom Christensen


Dave Katz
Will Koehl
Tommy Bechtold
Tom Christensen
Julia Wackenheim
Amanda DePover
Chris Fontakis
Michael Anastasia
Joe Spence

Coached by Craig Cackowski

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