Adam Cox, formerly of the improv team On The Spot!, has studied and performed improv since 2011. In addition to CsZ-Jersey Shore, Adam recently landed the role of a lifetime as a stay at home Dad. Those credits include- YUCK!: A Diaper Story, Is This Organic?, and For The Love of God, Please Go To Sleep!
AJ Swamy is a part of CSz as well as Asbury Park Improv. He’s done standup comedy twice in the past and may revisit it when he no longer has the Willies. During the day he deals with people’s hearts and at night he likes to eat cereal for dinner. His ex girlfriend’s cat grew on him after awhile.
Ariel Rak seeks to remove all traces of the eponymous character in The Little Mermaid and reminds everybody that yes, Ariel is a guy’s name. He is on a mission to make the world more accessible and has pushed his daughter’s wheelchair (and pulled his wife and son kicking and screaming) up the Great Wall of China and around the Taj Mahal.
Brooke Lichter loves performing improv as well as taking as many improv classes as possible; she has been doing so for the past two years. In addition to ComedySportz, she can also be found performing with her other troupe, Asbury Park Improv. When she is not on stage, she can be found horseback riding and volunteering as President of her Kiwanis club.
Dylan Manigian is a stand up comedian and actor, who performs with CSz and Asbury Improv. Follow him @DylanManigian on Twitter or @laughatdylan on Facebook. And catch him hosting trivia every Tuesday night at The Asbury (hotel). You have your orders. What are you waiting for?
Emily Olson has always had a penchant for performing, but her theatrics don’t seem to impress any fish in her day job as a marine biologist. You might recognize her from the crowd in that scene from that one movie. She will fight you for the last slice of pizza.
Emily Zargan has been performing and doing tech for improv since 2016. Projects include I’ll Have What She’s Having, Roll Play and This Week Sucked. When not on stage, Emily is pursuing an M.S. degree and enjoys shenaniganing with her partner, travelling and deep diving YouTube.
Gina Gennari performs long and short form improv and sketch comedy in the Philly area and co-hosts a true crime panel show, Crime and Cookies, in Philly and the surrounding suburbs. She is an English Professor by day, and she loves her son, her cats, Dateline, and naps.
Grace Modla is a visual artist best found in her studio covered in Quinacridone Crimson. She chases down her passions (like improv!) as if they were gazelles. With her favorite husband, two splendid sons, and a quirky Sheltie, she lives and cooks in Holmdel. (No actual gazelles are ever harmed).
Joe Coughlin is the creator and host of Movie Scrapple, a live, improvised movie riffing show that you can find in recorded form on YouTube., You can find him on Twitter @inturnaround if you want him to be on your podcast (he’ll probably say yes, especially if you have a mozzarella stick budget).
Julie Sinkoff loves to laugh and sing! She began improv with CSz Philly. When she isn’t performing in ComedySportz, she is on stage with the Jersey Sound Chorus or her quartet, Up & Away! FunFact: Julie and her husband Mike got engaged on a ComedySportz stage!
Kris Ruiz is from the shore area and is excited about CSz coming to the area. He’s done a workshop at The New York Film Academy for Acting for Film and some sketch comedy in NYC Off-Broadway. In his spare time he perfects the art of the xylophone.
Krista Vaeth has been making people laugh since birth; her parents even called her “Krista Chaos.” She fell in love with improv after her first class with Death By Improv in 2013. She is a member of Asbury Park Improv, who enjoys experimenting with different voices, accents and impressions.
Former Improv Jammer Mel Gallagher enjoys counting her own grey hairs, obsessing over Dashboard Confessional, wild karaoke nights, and is a Ravenclaw. She’s also undefeated in Song Quiz on Amazon Alexa. You can follow her misadventures on Instagram at @y_as_in_jello.
Mike O’Keeffe has been performing improv comedy professionally for over 25 years, starting with Sak Theatre in Orlando. He is the founder of Improv Jam Comedy Lab, and was an OG of ComedySportz NY. He replaces toilet paper rolls in the “under” position, which says a lot.
Mitch Albala was inspired by his wife Mona to pursue improv. They live in central Jersey, where she is a member of Death By Improv. Their cats couldn’t care less.
Tired of riding out the fame from his role of “the Sheriff” in his junior high performance of Peril at Pumpernickle Pass, Phil Gravuer decided to study improv at ComedySportz Philadelphia, became an inaugural member of the CSz Philly Minor League, and is ecstatic to be here at ComedySportz Jersey Shore.
Ria Torricelli makes stuff up for a living. She also runs this joint, much to the dismay of her lonely cats. Her daughters are funnier than she is but they’ll have nothing to do with any of this, so she just repeats their material louder and a little differently.
Ryan McCrone has been performing improv since his time in college. After coming back to New Jersey, he was lucky enough to join Death By Improv as well as Asbury Park Improv. When he’s not on stage he’s probably annoying his dog by flipping her on her back and giving her belly rubs.
Scott regularly performs improv with Sayreville’s Death By Improv, and occasionally with Monmouth County’s Improv Jam. He and his wife are the proud parents of three preteen girls. If he had spare time, Scott would also enjoy coffee, maps, legos, naps, and the Oxford comma.
Susan Kleiner makes things up on the spot as a member of CSz and Central Jersey’s Death By Improv, as well as in her day job as a lawyer. Her teenage daughters tell her she isn’t cool if she refers to herself as “the cool mom.” As if.
Second City Conservatory Grad, Trish Tyler, spends her days and nights as a leader of the Preschool Revolution (which is a lot like Prince and the Revolution and just as tall). She lives to lose money on Fantasy Baseball and the funniest piece of art she has ever created would have to be her son, Henry.