Ben started writing and performing comedy while at University. Spurred on by the overwhelming positive reaction from the audience (ie small groups of his friends) he felt compelled to push it further. He joined the Cambridge Footlights and went on to perform in numerous comedy shows with partners Will Ing and Dan Gaster - including five years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He writes and presents for BBC Radio and Television (BBC World's "Fast Track").
Huib van der Gaag
Huib was born on a boat less than a mile from here. Not that he counts in miles, as he’s never lived in a country where that was needed (Canada uses kilometres right?) He started doing improv 15 years ago on a Tuesday, and has never taken a break from it. He likes being on bicycles of any kind, unfair games, being on Latvian radio shows, needs new glasses and dislikes shaving. Which really shows in many a character he puts on stage!
At the age of 14 Marith discovered improvisation – and she's never looked back. After developing a strong foundation in theatresports and street theatre, she moved on to train in acting, directing and teaching and is now a theatre teacher based in Utrecht, Netherlands. Marith is also the Artistic Director of Rocky Amaretto, a Dutch group with a unique raw edge, and is a member of the all-female group The Ferocious Four.
Nicole comes from Washington D.C. and studied improv in Chicago. She is a founding member of easylaughs and performed with Problem Solved and Blind Date in Amsterdam. She is in her late 40s, Capricorn and left-handed. She teaches and performs improvisation all over the Netherlands. She has directed and performed in Washington D.C., Chicago, Amsterdam and Edinburgh. She went to Las Vegas to learn how to teach yoga, showing a sense of humour even in downward facing dog.
Trista has a smile that won't quit and a laugh that echos for days. You hear her before you see her. And what you see is mostly teeth. This is the desired effect. Trista bounds on stage and screen with crazy infectious energy. Get infected today!
Steven is a Brit who started improv in Australia and now lives in Nijmegen. Former organiser of the Bris Funny Fest & founder of Brisbane's Comedy Commentary Cinema, he now hosts the standup comedy night LYFAO, is one half of Tru2U and hosts the webseries Real Power Talk. He has performed improv & standup internationally in countries such as the UK, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
Jenny's first time on stage was playing a sheep in the nativity play at her primary school. 12 years of scripted theater later, she performed a dialogue with a sheep, felt she came full circle and transitioned to improv. Offstage, she is a science communicator, a chemist and someone who is willing to spend weeks solving elaborate cryptography puzzles. Onstage, Jenny enjoys science puns, miming control panels and looking innocent while murdering people.