Biography

A guy worth knowing
Chicago Sun-Times

Guy Wicke is superb
Chicago Theatre Review

Guy Wicke keeps the laughs coming
Centerstage Chicago

A great flair for comedy
and quite nimble

Around the Town Chicago

Well honed skills…
a jovial approach to creating material on the spot

Sheridan Road Magazine

One eclectic dude
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy

A Beginning in Improv

A native Chicagoan, I didn’t have to go very far to find myself in a world-class comedy and theater scene. When I discovered improv around the turn of the century, it changed my life, and I’ve been performing ever since.

Evil Show PosterIt just so happened that my introduction to improvisational comedy was through the infamous, self-proclaimed “badasses of Chicago improv,” Low Sodium Entertainment. That now long-defunct company had a terrible reputation and its owner succeeded in antagonizing people, burning bridges, and getting LSE kicked out of most theaters in Chicago. He also succeeded in producing some damn incredible comedy shows, including Improvisers Must Be Punished!, Holy Shit!, and “the most disgusting, offensive, graphic improv comedy show in the world,” The Evil Show! I was a devoted fan and soon an enthusiastic student in the Low Sodium Entertainment Improv Comedy and Performance Conservatory. After becoming one of the few graduates of that prestigious training center, I was immediately cast as an LSE ensemble member and began performing alongside the very improvisers I’d idolized and been taught by. I was there right up until Low Sodium’s dramatic dissolution in 2002, but I have no regrets. That company and the experiences I had there were an enormous gift.

pH ProductionsSoon afterward, I was among the ex-LSE cast members who formed pH Productions, which is now a 10-year-old pillar of the improv community. From 2002-2008, I performed constantly with pH in a variety of sketch and improv shows across Chicago and in a handful of comedy festivals in the U.S. and Canada. An incredible chapter of my life, very fondly remembered.

Laugh Out Loud TheaterFrom 2007 to 2015, I was an ensemble member of Laugh Out Loud Theater, in which Chicago improv is exported out to Schaumburg. I still occasionally teach improv classes there and also coach a couple of independent improv teams. When Sheridan Road Magazine saw me performing in the LOL mainstage shows, they described me as having “well honed skills,” “pleasing everyman qualities” and “a jovial approach to creating material on the spot.” To which I say, “Pshaw.”

Training as an Actor

Act One StudiosIn 2011, I finally satisfied my yearning to try dramatic theater and enrolled at Act One Studios, where I studied in a series of classes and was eventually invited by Act One Director Steve Merle to become a founding member of The Group, his exclusive, ongoing advanced scene study class. When I auditioned for a play for the first time, I was cast and starred alongside Richard Pryor Jr. in Lipstick Goes On Last at the Den Theatre. The GroupWhen I auditioned next, I was again cast and starred as the nerd in Black Fox Theatre’s The Nerd at the Athenaeum. Since then, I’ve acted in numerous theater productions, films, and commercials. Clearly, Act One was doing something right. I’m immensely grateful to the fine folks there, especially Steve Merle, Stesha Merle, Anne Jacque, and Susan Monts-Bologna, the woman who sized me up in my initial interview and saw something in that nervous improv guy.

I explored another long-held interest at Act One, taking Advanced Voiceover with Norm Boucher. I immediately fell in love with the work, and after receiving some very encouraging feedback, worked with JoBe Cerny and the great crew at Cerny/American Creative to create my commercial demo.

Now I am living my dream and pursuing opportunities in acting, comedy, and voiceover.

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