Has been saying strange things since she learned to talk. She stumbled upon improv comedy in high school, & has been channeling her "weird‟ into that for the past 8 years. Taking workshops & classes,
teaching, & performing weren't enough to satisfy her need for improv, & it has slowly taken over every avenue of Abby's life. She can also be found at the JCC performing with Unleashed. She hopes to use her love for musical improv, puppetry, & sketch comedy to help Polite Company rise to it's rightful place: at the highest levels of Society
Once told she has the grace of a ballerina & the essence of a clown, her 13 year run as a ballerina ended due to an inability to control a giggle fit when hearing the word "tutu.‟ Karen successfully navigates the corporate jungle by day, while by night is a creative photography & graphics maven. Karen's love of spreading laughter has expanded from her family & friends into theatre,sketches, & improv. Perpetually nurturing her inner 5-year-old, she watches cartoons daily, laughs at all "101 elephant‟ jokes, & has recently laughed so hard that juice shot out her nose. .
It was in college at SUNY Geneseo that Dan's skills of decorum blossomed to greatness. Here he & a friend started an imrpov teaching troupe called “Currently Known As:,” dedicated to improv performance & education. He also became a leader in the Geneseo Pride Alliance & Livingston County Cares, both tasked with maintaining courtesy in the community through service, outreach, & volunteerism. Now Dan spends his time teaching decorum to others through improv, general contracting, & community activism with the Rochester Victory Alliance. Dan urges you all to keep your elbows off the table during dinner parties, always check the chamber when finished shooting, & join Polite Company for raucous good times whenever possible
A successful businessman, husband, &
father of 4 who is committed to perfecting the
work, life, leisure balance with the scales
heavily weighted towards leisure. A lifelong
humorist, he has only entered the performing
arts in recent years. He avoided all art most of
his life because he “just doesn't get it.” He is
the anti-thespian, not afraid to say “Macbeth”
in a theater. He happily suffers from chronic
immaturity. His comic influences are The
Three Stooges, Bill Cosby, & the fart. When
Greg grows up he wants to be a comedian
Bringing you apocryphal spurious facts since
1938! Decidedly a pretty swell guy... Not swell
like rivers & lakes after snow melts, but swell like really cool... Not in the weather-during the winter months... No, cool like neat... Definitely not neat in the tidy kind of sense, neat in the sense of scotch, but...He is very rarely on ice... Though he is cool.... Listen, Kevin is hard to explain, but easy to understand! Come understand him visually with Polite Company! (You can bring a rowdy friend if you're so inclined... As long as they're nice and rowdy... Not rowdy like... oh forget it..
At a young age Joe discovered the power of laughter & has never stopped hunting for it. In high school, where he lead the troupe Malarkey Jargon. At RIT, he joined Brainwreck Improv, where he is currently the leader. In the past year Joe has been “bit by the improv bug” & has developed a deep passion for it. He is also a member of the Village Idiots. Joe has never let go of that sense of play that too many people have forgotten. Being a New Media Interactive Development student a RIT, Joe is driven to create interactive & entertaining experiences with the hope of bringing out that “inner child”. He also like to jump on things. BAM
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Scott is a man of mystery, and by that, you should infer that he has no f***king clue at most times. As a child, Scott discovered that he had a natural disdain for actual work, a certain amount of theatrical skill, and an ego that demanded constant attention. The only sensible course, therefore, was to channel these attributes into a socially acceptable outlet. Having had that epiphany, Scott has spent the better part of the last twenty years doing musicals and Shakespeare…not actually “doing” Shakespeare, he’s dead and that’s just sick. He is also a founding member of Nuts & Bolts Comedy Improv and has a surf band called The Seabreezers.Fortunately, it turns out that, as an adult, people will pay you to do on stage the same things that, if done in the middle of Social Studies, would get you sent to detention when you were twelve… and that’s pretty sweet.
Melissa Balmain is a writer, teacher and recovering mime. She has performed comedy improv in Rochester with Random Acts, the Awesome Train and the Village Idiots. Miss Manners, whom she once interviewed for a newspaper after arriving 20 minutes late, is frankly appalled that Melissa was asked to appear with Polite Company.
Andrew grew up in rural Henrietta with two annoying siblings, and all the fresh sweet corn his belly could hold. At the urging of his parents, he spent most of his formidable years playing in traffic.
Thanks to the encouragement of family members, and being informed that no background check was necessary, he spent several years doing improv comedy in the Rochester area under assumed names.
He has had a long career in local broadcasting, but never quite found the fame he was seeking. This was due to the fact that aliens were stealing all of his best material by reading his brain waves, then erasing them before he could use them on the air for himself. He is now in the process of designing a custom line of high-end tinfoil hats, so that others won’t suffer his fate.
Mozart and John Lennon got drunk and had a
love child. No, wait, that isn’t right. A
mysterious musical genius with a hidden past,
a musical unicorn. No, no, that isn’t right
either….A musical juggernaut the likes of which the Earth has never seen before! Better!
Warning: If you are a female of child-bearing
age, please stay at least ten feet from the
stage as there is the possibility of impregnation
from the power of Jeff's rocking. Indeed.
Perhaps he will always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Spencer Christiano was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of a policeman. He first wanted to be an artist, but got into films full time after becoming an extra in the late 1940s.Christiano also served in the British military during the Second World War. He came to America in 1953. Suave, extremely handsome, and an excellent actor, he got a contract with MGM .