Eric Christensen

Eric Christensen

Host / Director

Eric began a career of comedy in the small town of Murray, Kentucky. Eric would eventually move to Chicago where he performed and studied at iO Theater, Second City, CIC Theater and Comedysportz. In Chicago he performed with iO teams, Michael Pizza, Owl Farm and The Late 90s, the CIC team Rainbow Deli and the children’s show Hogwash. Michael Pizza was named “Best New Improv Ensemble” by Chicago magazine, profiled by The Onion, reviewed by The Chicago Tribune and even created a pilot for Dennis Leary’s production company, Apostle. Eric is currently a teacher at The Improv Shop and also makes funny commercials for Vat19.com while embracing STL as his new home.

Joshua McNew

Joshua McNew

Executive Producer

Joshua’s obsession with technology and love for the arts has led to a life of creative endeavor. He has produced award-winning films, studio albums, and viral digital content. He holds a degree in Media Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts. As the co-creator of STL Up Late, Joshua is committed to using his entrepreneurial spirit and artistic vision to give St. Louis a fun and engaging place to tell their story.

Bobby Jaycox

Bobby Jaycox

Head Monologue Writer

Bobby has been performing stand-up comedy since he was 19. In 2013 he won the St. Louis Funny Bone Competition. In addition to stand up he has also graduated from The Improv Shop’s longform training program and plays on the house team, Bluebeard. He is also a fireman and pretty great at high-fiving.

Kate Cole

Kate Cole

Writer/Performer

Kate is a St. Louis native who started flexing her comedic muscle while enjoying some mild success doing stand-up when she lived in Memphis. Since returning home, she completed The Improv Shop’s longform training program and currently plays on the teams: Burgerson, Pone Pone and High Five Yourself. She also wrote/directed/performed for the St. Louis based, “The Last Sketch Comedy Show On Earth” until the show ended in 2012.

Davey Mendoza

Davey Mendoza

Writer / Performer

Davey is an improviser and sketch comedy writer hailing from St. Louis. He attended the University of Missouri—St. Louis; in those years he acted in two improvised short films, and directed two shorts. He is an active performer at The Improv Shop, and has trained with the likes of Bill Arnett, David Koechner, Farrell Walsh, and Cook County Social Club. He was a writer and performer for the monthly sketch show “The Last Sketch Comedy Show On Earth.”

Steve Raines

Steve Raines

Writer / Performer

Steve was born and raised right here in the city of St. Louis. After discovering STL’s own The Improv Shop online during a late night google search in college he started his comedy career. Steve currently performs improv weekly and loves the art of comedy. Being an eternally curious soul Steve is always reading up on something new, and getting into various hobbies. Steve looks forward to the future.

Ben Lyons

Ben Lyons

Writer/Performer

Ben started his comedy career after moving to St Louis in 2010.  Since then, he’s completed the training programs at the Improv Trick and Improv Shop in addition performing in showcases, comedy festivals and corporate events around the city.  When not doing comedy, Ben can be found playing Ultimate Frisbee, accruing library fines or making hummus.

Lauren Vemuri

Lauren Vemuri

Writer / Performer

Lauren caught the improv bug as soon as she hit the city of St. Louis in 2011. She started out at The Improv Trick, developing short form skills and eventually in 2013 went on to graduate The Improv Shop’s long form program.  Through this she was able to create The Last Sketch Comedy Show on Earth with her friends, for which she wrote, directed, and produced. She is currently performing with three long form teams: Galaxander, Pone Pone, and Scarydactyl. Lauren is also occasionally on Twitter.

Melissa Darch

Melissa Darch

Writer / Performer

Melissa Darch is originally from the Chicago area and wound up in St. Louis by way of Mizzou. She began her improv career in high school training in short form with Comedy Sportz. In college, she was the captain of Comedy Wars, a short form team that performed weekly and opened for the Upright Citizen’s Brigade travelling team and TJ and Dave. She has graduated the longform training program at The Improv Shop and currently performs with the long form house team Bluebeard, and independent teams Creepy Basement Players and Baconwinners. She enjoys flexing her sketch muscles at STL Up Late as well as in many side projects.

Jake Sellers

Jake Sellers

Writer/Performer

Jake was born and raised in the Saint Louis area. He completed The Improv Shop’s longform training program in 2012, and is now a performer on the house team, Burgerson, and the independent team Meowsers.

Bob Heaster

Bob Heaster

Announcer

Bob comes to us from Wisconsin by way of Hollywood and brings nearly 25 years of stage experience to Up Late. He has spent decades studying, writing, coaching, teaching and performing with the likes of; Up Front Comedy, National Lampoon, the Groundlings, Second City, and IO.  He has performed all over L.A. and at festivals across the country.  He spent the last eight years of his time in Hollywood on the main stage at the world famous IO West as a member of the Redshirt Freshman. Comedy is in his blood; his grandfather was a huge hit at the Swedish Heritage Club, and he loves keeping the funny alive.

 

Chris Briggs

Chris Briggs

Monologue Writer

Chris is a 23 year old physical education student at UMSL. He has performed stand-up comedy and worked on nearly every play production his high school offered. Chris gets pretty bummed when football isn’t on TV.

Kenny Kinds

Kenny Kinds

Monologue Writer

Kenny Kinds is an award-winning local stand-up comedian/filmmaker and the world’s leading authority on the St. Louis stand up scene. He opens for a number of national headliners, regularly hosts and emcees at the St. Louis Funnybone, and performs constantly at other local showcases and venues. He can read, but often chooses not to.

Rafe Williams

Rafe Williams

Monologue Writer

Rafe is a comic, public speaker, and improvisor who has been performing in the St. Louis area since 2009.  He is a writer/performer on STL Up Late, a stand-up comic, and a member of the Improv Shop house team Bluebeard.  He grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois and still has an essay he wrote in third grade entitled “Comedian”– the letter was a response to the age old question of “what do you want to be when you grow-up?” He is currently two of the following:  a member of Toastmasters, Freelance Adventurer,  Bartender, Competitive Ribbon Dancer, and Metro-East Plus Size Male Model of the Year 2003, 2008 & 2013.

Danny Cady

Danny Cady

Monologue Writer

Danny was born and raised in the great state of Texas. We know this because, like most people from Texas, he never shuts up about it. After taking comedy writing classes at The Second City and iO Theater in Chicago, Danny now writes sketches and monologues for STL Up Late and is proud to call St. Louis home. Unless you start talking about breakfast tacos.Danny hates breakfast tacos.