Meet the crew:
Evan Bass is a product of a little known government experiment. Scratch that, a Top Secret government experiment. I shouldn't even be telling you this. He was birthed in a test tube when 9 fathers (Chris Gethard, Billy Merritt, Anthony King, Armando Diaz, Charlie Sanders, Tara Copeland, Eddie Dunn, James Eason, and Louis Kornfeld) fertilized one embryo, giving birth to the perfect being. But there was a glitch. Not one but two children were born. Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of those children. Arnold was the weaker of the two. Trained on an island, secluded from the world of evils and mundane non-humor, Evan has been returned to this island of Manahatta, and he now roams among us.
Brad Benson debuted on the world stage sometime in the early 80's and immediately acquired an insatiable desire to make people laugh. With his first legitimate tax return in 2006, he enrolled in Zach Woods' Improv 101 at the Upright Citizens Brigade and continues to "yes and" his way through formal training and independent improv, acting, and written comedy projects. Through the years, he's received hard notes and consistent praise from Zach Woods, Joe Wengert, Charlie Todd, Michael Delaney, and Chris Gethard, among others. Brad aims to grant his family and hometown of Moon Township, Pennsylvania the bragging rights associated with rearing an intelligent comedian... just as soon as he finds someone who meets those specifications.
Becca Jones has been improvising since her kindergarten production of Hamlet went awry and Becca took over, playing all the parts simultaneously. Her rendition of Hamlet's players' play, the Uncle's reaction, and Hamlet's following soliloquy, all made up, brought the audience of parents to tears. You may recognize Becca as the Kool-aid Man in the Kool-aid Commercials from the 1990s, as Macho Man Randy Savage from the Slim Jim commercial series, and as Usain Bolt in the soon coming Puma commercial series. Some say Becca broke the World Record in the 100 meters in the 2008 Olympic Games. No, that was Usain Bolt. She is rumored to be the upside-down triangle Teletubby, or as it is known to its friends, "the Purple one." She has been called the Mona Lisa of the iPhone, the Monet of Cubism, and the Merchant of Venice. She may be able to fly.
Paul Zurawski was born in New Jersey to Polish immigrants. He's lived in Italy and also in the Czech Republic, where he was an international TV commercial "star". In Prague he met his wife, who is actually from Romania. Confusing? Many people think so, especially Todd. Paul started taking classses at the Upright Citizens Brigade in April 2006 and has studied under Shannon O'Neill, Joe Wengert, Zach Woods, Michael Delaney, Jackie Clarke, Anthony King, and Eddie Dunn.
Mark Smolinski's history originally began thousands of years ago when a mystical "ghostly" meteor fell to Earth in ancient China. The voice of the ghostliness prophesied that it would act three times:
Once to bring death: A retired Chinese warrior found the meteor and crafted it into an improv tool "Yes and..." In fear and as punishment for what others thought to be sacrilege, local villagers killed him, only to be destroyed by a sudden burst of improv.
Once to bring life: The "ghostly" improv was passed down through the generations, and in modern times, was taught to a patient in a mental institution, named Herald who fashioned the improv into a show; the "ghostly" improv restored him to sanity and gave him a new life.
Once to bring power: Finally the "ghostly" improv passed into the possession of Mark Smolinski, a young office worker. Following a file cabinet collapse, of which he was the only survivor, the improv instructed Smolinski how to fashion a scene from its wisdom, which in turn give him fantastic "ghostly" improv powers.
formerly of Ghost Fight:
Steven Slate (Coach) of Phooka.
Jon Bander (Coach) is an actor and comedian in NYC. He has been doing comedy of all forms for the past 8 years. You can catch him performing at the Magnet Theater in NYC with improv house team Phooka or sketch trio BAM, or doing standup at various venues. He was a creator and host of the variety show Her Majesty's Standup and was a cast member in such shows as The Necropolitans, The Wisdom Circle, Factory Factory and The Shandling. As an actor he has tackled roles as challenging and divergent as Meat Loaf and Santa Claus. Jon has studied with many of the finest improv luminaries including Armando Diaz, Kevin Dorff, TJ Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, Joe Bill, Mick Napier and Susan Messing to name a few.
Jon graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Mostly his journalist notepads were for writing jokes or cartoons about how bored he was.
Most people just call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.
Benjamin Joffe has been doing improv since the summer of 2006. A big fan of long-form, he learned his skills at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, studying under Ari Voukydis, Joe Wengert, and Shannon O'Neill. When he was twelve, Benjamin played Pee Wee Herman in a sketch he wrote with his friend Marc Ehrenreich, a part that launched his career as a funnyman at Camp Stone, although it did him in as a ladies man at the same time. He recovered, however, and is now playing the leading man in many of his improv scenes. He is a proud member of Ghost Fight, and he hopes one day to parlay this experience into a career fighting zombies and vampires as well. Retired August 2009.
Eddie Dunn (Coach) has been studying and performing at Upright Citizens Brigade since 2003. He is a member the UCB Harold team Beverly Hills, previous teams include Killibrew, Renagade 77, Grenade Vs. Washing Machine and America. He is also a founding member of the Improv Troupe, Rogue Elephant, which performs regularly around NYC. Eddie recently graduated from the William Esper Studio, where he studied under William Esper in a two year Meisner intensive and under Shane Ann Younts (NYU/TISH) in a two year classical voice and speech intensive. Some notable TV credits include, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Graham Norton Effect, and the Thick and Thin pilot for the Oxygen Network. Noteworthy UCB stage shows include, Anarchy Club, Iron Sheikh and Friends,and Slow Night. Recently he finished a tour emceeing eating contests with the International Federation of Competitive Eating where he hosted on Sports Net NY, and ESPN. Eddie spends his free time break dancing in Times Square and teaching his dog Sit to rover.
Andy Weiss (former member), last year, escaped from the elderly facility his parents put him in when he was seven years old. Tired of humor filled days, his parents wanted some peace and quiet. Andy only wanted to make them smile, and occassionally laugh. Shunned from Wal-Mart because he made the employees happy, banned from Open-Mics because he made people clap and cheer, banned from the Republican Party because he had a sense of humor, Andy was an exile in this world. An exile until a hapless group of Ghost Fighters found him, amidst the Caspers, amidst the Patrick Swayzes in Ghost, amidst those ghosts in Frighteners, amidst bad Scooby Doo modern remakes, and nourished him back to health. Now, at the ripe age of 14, he is the youngest member of Ghost Fight. Ridding the world of boredom, and bringing laughs to children in small, gift-size packaging.
Diane Jenkins (former member). Not pictured.