Entries by Anna Yee

233: Claire and Alan Linic

Alan and Claire Linic are improvisers, writers, teachers — and a married couple. Alan is in the current Second City e.t.c. cast, and Claire is the author of two books. Jimmy talks to them about how they met at an improv show, why they don’t improvise well together, and why it’s important to put your […]

232: Alison Riley

Alison Riley is the producer of Second City, where she has worked for 30 years. She is one of the people responsible for casting. Jimmy sat down with her to talk about what Second City is looking for when they are hiring actors, how things have changed during her time there, and what Stephen Colbert […]

231: Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal

Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal is a TV writer and producer, working on such shows as “Lady Dynamite,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Whitney.” She started out improvising in the ’90s in Chicago and was a member of Second City Touring Company, Second City Northwest and Jazz Freddy. We talked to her about taking improv classes […]

230: Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher is a well-respected teacher and improviser at The Annoyance Theater, where he was in the original cast of Co-Ed Prison Sluts. He was in also in the Second City Touring Company and the amazing group’s Cardiff Giant and Bang Bang. We talked about his career as a lawyer, how he used improv to […]

229: Rachel Dratch

Rachel Dratch is best known for her seven seasons on SNL. She recently returned to Chicago for the Chicago Improv Festival, where she recorded this live episode of Improv Nerd on the Second City Main Stage. Jimmy talks to her about how she built her confidence as an improviser, how the slow times in her […]

228: Jaime Moyer

Jaime Moyer is an improviser, teacher and actor. You have seen her in such shows as Modern Family and Parks and Recreation. She was originally a member of Second City Detroit before moving to LA in 2009. In this live episode recorded at The Chicago Improv Festival, Jimmy talks to her about how she auditioned […]

227: Shantira Jackson

Shantira Jackson is a cast member of the current Second City Mainstage, and she also performs with Chicago’s hottest improv group, 3Peat, at iO Chicago. Jimmy sits down and talks to her about leaving journalism for comedy, what she is trying to get across to the audience when she’s performing, and her incredible work ethic.

226: Will Hines

Will Hines has taught and performed improv at UCB NY and LA since 2000. He’s appeared on multiple TV shows including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Community, Brooklyn 99, Broad City, and Inside Amy Schumer. Will is the author of the new book How To Be The Greatest Improviser On Earth. Jimmy talks to him about the importance of bringing your […]