Next Show 4.23.16

Oh, The Horror!,  an improv show based on terrible horror movies. Host and producer Jordan Hirsch is joined by a rotating cast of some of the DC area’s best improvisers, who use their skills to turn garbage into greatness. After showing clips from some of the very worst horror movies we can find, the cast takes the stage to finish the scenes in unexpected – and hilarious – ways. This show is an offshoot of New York City’s very popular Gas Station Horror, created by J.W. Crump and Jordan Hirsch in 2013.

Some horror movies are great, some are good. And some are so bad that they result in both unintended hilarity. At The Unified Scene Theater, those are our favorites, because we like to take the unintentional hilarity of some of them and make them intentionally hilarious.That’s why we’re brining you a new monthly show, Oh, The Horror, which make its debut on this evening. Host and producer Jordan Hirsch is joined by a rotating cast of some of the DC area’s best improvisers, who use their skills to turn garbage into greatness. After showing clips from some of the very worst horror movies we can find, the cast takes the stage to finish the scenes in unexpected — and hilarious — ways. This show is an offshoot of New York City’s very popular Gas Station Horror, created by J.W. Crump and Jordan Hirsch in 2013.

Jordan Hirsch (Producer) has been studying, teaching, and performing improv since 2005. A founding member of Washington Improv Theater’s JINX and iMusical, Jordan has performed improv all over this land, including a 5-year stint in New York City. While in NYC, Jordan performed regularly at the Magnet Theater and the People’s Improv Theater, where he co-created the wildly popular Gas Station Horror. You can see Jordan these days performing with Oh, The Horror!, WIT’s iMusical, HIJINX, and his indie musical duo Vox Pop.

Kate Syms performs and teaches long form improv with Washington Improv Theater, where she’s part of the house ensemble, “Commonwealth.” She endeavors in all things to make herself laugh, and sometimes that makes other people laugh too.

Pete Bergen is an actor and improviser. He was trained at WIT and UCB (where he was accepted in to their advanced study program). He founded, directs, curates and performs in the Chinese Menu Comedy shows. He swears a lot and has great calves. He is an improv festival junkie and has been to a ton. Just ask him he will tell you. You can find him performing around town or on TV where he is usually playing some sort of cop.

Matt Berman has been making up stuff since childhood, but he has gotten to do it in public since 2008 as a member of DC’s iMusical. Matt studied improv in Los Angeles with The Groundlings and in Washington, DC with Washington Improv Theater. Matt also performs with itinerant samurai improv troupe Yojimprov and occasionally assembles Ken Burns Presents for an improvised take on the American experience. He is a former member of The Score and Nox!, as well as the long-defunct, badly-named, and probably rightly unmourned Psychochuckles.

Eva Lewis has trained at Second City, iO Chicago, Washington Improv Theater and UCB Theatre. She can be seen performing with Press Play, King Bee and the October Issue, among others. Improv is life!

Pete Bergen is an actor and improviser. He was trained at WIT and UCB (where he was accepted in to their advanced study program). He founded, directs, curates and performs in the Chinese Menu Comedy shows. He swears a lot and has great calves. He is an improv festival junkie and has been to a ton. Just ask him he will tell you. You can find him performing around town or on TV where he is usually playing some sort of cop.

Macey Schiff started performing improv during her freshman year at the University of Delaware. She now teaches classes through Washington Improv Theater and performs on various teams including WIT Harold Team, Madeline, and indie teams Sandwich and the Jets, Poetic License, and Sweater Kittens. She is also part of ensembles Improv Actually and Oh, The Horror!

Richie Pepio is a writer, actor, and improviser who you may have seen performing at Washington Improv Theater (People Like Us, Fisticuffs, Richie, iMusical) or with the indie team, Cake Bagel. He has written for a sitcom in development with Hulu, directed some theater productions Off Off Broadway, earned a black belt, and given you a list of life accomplishments in the third person.

Aaron Mosby is a founding member of Nox! and has been teaching and performing improv with Washington Improv Theater (WIT) since 2010. Aaron currently serves as the chair of the WIT Board of Directors. He lives in Le Droit Park.

Greg Tindale honed his writing, performing and directing skills at the Washington Improv Theater in Washington DC. He has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters in New York and Los Angeles, The Westside Comedy Theater in Los Angeles, The Second City in Chicago, The Sydney Comedy Fest in Sydney, Australia, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., among other venues.  He has also served as a staff writer for the DC based TV show, ‘Districtland’ and has numerous TV pilots and feature films in development..

Sean Paul Ellis has been performing in the DC area for the last 8 years and is happily married to a WIT ensemble named Nox!.  He’s also the co-host of the Saturday Mourning Cartoons podcast (mourning with a ‘u’) on iTunes that revisits and reviews cartoons from your childhood.  You can find him on twitter and instagram: @seanpaulellis

John Windmueller loves improv. Loves it! John has over a decade of experience performing, teaching, and directing improv. He currently is regularly performing in ensembles and projects at Washington Improv Theater (King Bee) and the Baltimore Improv Group (Lekker, Unscripted, Local Spot, and Flannel Club). John has performed and led workshops at improv festivals across the US, and he is one of the organizers of DC’s District Improv Festival

Bryan Jackson started doing improv in 2012. He’s trained at the DC Improv, WIT, and UCB. He’s done some stuff and now he does iMusical and Jackson, Millissippi. Bryan has started a lot of projects, but can’t seem to finish any.  It’s probably the fear of failure.  He’s working on it.