Exploits

Bringing the HEAT to theatre via Zoom

Boy Sees Flying SaucerAh, remember The Before Times? When we’d all cram into a little space and laugh and cry and feel together? Well, that ain’t gonna happen again for a good long time. So naturally, the actor must adapt.

I’ve done a few play readings online now and they’re quite fun. Recently, I got to be part of a group that Elayne LeTraunik put together to read Boy Sees Flying Saucer by Mike Czuba (based on a true and original story by Brian Dorscht). Folks who attended said it was “better than Netflix!” And Mike said we did a good job too.

These are tough, disappointing times. Let’s find all the joy and virtual companionship we can, eh? Stay safe out there.

Moving on up for ComEd

You’ve heard of ComEd. They give you the electricity! And I’m part of a campaign about giving it to you cheaper! Because I’m pretty sure we all need to lower our operating costs, am I right?

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Making big plans with North Shore Bank

I got big plans in this new spot for North Shore Bank, a community-minded bank that empowers you to confidently manage your money so you can achieve the life you want! And look at my face! I’m going to achieve it ALL, baby! WHOOO!!

Thanks as always to my representation at Lori Lins!

Having twins for DuPage Medical Group

What do you do when you fall off your roof? You go to DuPage Medical Group, one of the largest and most successful independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois! Plus, if you impregnate your wife, they will tell you how many tiny people are gestating within her!

My thanks as always to my great representation at Lori Lins!

Painting some stuff for PPG

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You’ll be seeing me pop up in the new campaign for PPG Paints. That’s right. I’m a model. A handsome, handsome model. Who paints things.

Thanks as always to my terrific representation at Lori Lins Ltd!

Booze-ing my own adventure at LOL Chicago

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I’m performing on an LOL stage once again! My KEG Comedy friends asked me to be a part of Booze Your Own Adventure, a new show in which an audience member’s life is recreated onstage but then various drinking games affect the direction of the story and the fate of our hero.

It’s gloriously stupid fun and it’s a trip improvising at the awesome new LOL Chicago space.

BYOA happens every Saturday at 11pm at Laugh Out Loud Theater Chicago.

Making improvs in the session

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I love to make improvs. I could make improvs all day.

Fortunately, I know the awesome dude that produces that sunday show, a monthly variety showcase at the Second City’s DeMaat Studio Theatre.

Part of this excellent show is the session, an exuberant improv jam of invited guests, and I am honored to get to sit in now and then!

Every 2nd Sunday at 8pm at Judy’s Beat Lounge at the Second City.

Directing improv’s Queen Bs

I’m one lucky son of a gun because since 2014 I’ve had the joy of directing the Queen Bs ensemble, comprised of Molly Baerson, Ann Field, Alexa Hansen, Robin Jurkowski, and Jane Kasper! These 5 talented ladies met in improv classes at Laugh Out Loud Theater (a couple of them taught by me), formed their new group, hired me as director, and the rest is history. You can spot the Bs performing on stages around Northwest Chicagoland, as well as teaching workshops or entertaining for private events. Read all about ’em in Country Magazine, and check their website for upcoming shows!

Portraying illnesses as a standardized patient

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In 2015, I began a new gig as a standardized patient, and I’ve been regularly poked and prodded by med students ever since. A Standardized Patient (SP) is a person carefully recruited and trained to take on the characteristics of a real patient, thereby affording med students an opportunity to learn and to be evaluated on learned skills in a simulated clinical environment. Basically an SP is all about helping future doctors be better at their jobs, so you’re welcome! Currently, I’m changing lives at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush University.