Dan has been writing and performing comedy around Chicago since 2012. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dan can be seen throughout the city improvising regularly with house teams Mad Contender at CIC, Sonis at iO Chicago, and Yes Diggity at The Playground Theater. He is grateful for the opportunity to play at CIC and all the wonderful stages throughout Chicago.
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Emma was born and raised in Washington, D.C. And graduated from the college of William and mary in Virginia. After school, she spent time traveling abroad and nationally, and ended up in Chicago where she fell in love with long form improv. She can be seen on house teams at CIC and iO, and has performed in web series, tv pilots, and written stage pieces. She is madly in love with Mad Contender.
Lawrence Collerd has been doing improv for too long. He performs with Little Gary at CIC, where he also coaches house team Majority Rules. He plays with his Harold team, Macbeth, at iO Chicago, and coaches Harold team Cadaver. He and his wife Laurel have performed and taught at theaters throughout the country as Cherry Street, a very good show that is not insufferable at all. He is represented by BMG Talent.
Lindsey moved to Chicago in 2012 and fell in love with the city. She loves the improv here and the community that comes along with it. In addition to Mad Contender, she performs everyWednesday in Felt at iO and every Thursday at CIC in Married. She's really into hearing your personal ghost stories too, so if you have one you should tell her about it.
Vince Portacci hails from Brentwood, TN. Vince is thrilled to be on Mad Contender at CiC. He received his comedy school training at iO and The Second City Conservatory. You can see him at iO every week with The Late 90’s and around town with Dead$$$. If he looks slightly familiar, there is like a .04% chance you saw him doing a show on a Norwegian Cruise ship with The Second City. He has a crazy dog named Porter,a wonderful wife named Amy and a family that is real cool too. Almost forgot, Vince is a proud alum of Auburn University and loves him some Auburn football. War Damn Eagle.