Our Current Teachers
Nicole comes from Washington D.C. and studied improv in Chicago. She is a founding member of easylaughs and has been performing and teaching for more than 20 yeras in Amsterdam. She brings enthusiasm to her teaching space and is committed to creating a safe space for students to grow and learn. She likes to give positive and critical feedback and believes in active participation for the students both on stage and off stage. If you want to learn the basics or become a better improviser, Nicole is the teacher for you.
Steven is a Welsh person who started improv & standup while living in Australia and now lives in Utrecht. He is the former organiser of the Bris Funny Fest, founder of Brisbane's Comedy Commentary Cinema, host of the standup comedy night LYFAO, one half of Tru2U and host of the webseries Real Power Talk. He has performed improv & standup internationally in countries such as the UK, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He also plays guitar, sings and produces music and is a former band member of Neon Highwire and Antiba.
Marco Meurs’ main passion is musical improv theatre. That’s a musical performed on stage without a script! He can’t stop talking about it and gets many people excited and addicted to it. Marco loves to teach any type of improv. He loves working with beginners and also gets experienced players to the next level. Marco knows how to make people feel comfortable and confident and builds strong teams. His teaching is full of energy and laughter. Little talk and lots of action. Marco likes the community around improv and contributes in building it. He’s one of the organisers, theatre technicians and teachers within easylaughs, regularly plays musical improv sets in Tag Out Theatre shows and sometimes does tech for improv shows at Boom Chicago. You’ll find him teaching improv all around Amsterdam and beyond.
Dom was born in a boring place called Swindon but spent most of his life in Italy, where he studied theatre and commedia dell'arte with CRF Catalyst at the Teatro Puccini in Florence. Shortly after moving to Amsterdam, he met improv. His perfectionist inner critic was forced to take a back seat while he let his inner child run amok - it was love at first “yes and”! He now performs and teaches because he believes that, through theatre and improvisation, we can get to know ourselves better and connect to the people around us more deeply. His personal transformation is a testament to that, although his therapist probably deserves some credit too.
Fer is Argentinian. Yes, he's heard about Messi. Screenwriter, sketch comedy expert, and amateur English speaker. He writes for TV, and for the new TV: Amazon Prime. He loves it. He doesn't love Jeff Bezos, though. He also creates humorous and (he likes to think) philosophical cartoons on his Instagram @unperrovegano. But that's enough about him. You didn't even ask.
Rachel is a British comedian, based in Utrecht and has been performing comedy in English for 6 years. She was awarded Best Stand-Up by the Worldwide Comedy Awards in 2021. She is the owner of Mad Cow Comedy and organises the International Comedy Showcase at de Utrechter, in the heart of Utrecht city centre. She also frequently plays and hosts at comedy nights across the country, including Club Haug in Rotterdam, the Comedyhuis in Utrecht and the Comedy Café and Boom Chicago for the Comedy Embassy in Amsterdam. Rachel has played at several comedy festivals, including the Nottingham Fringe (2021), Women in Comedy (Manchester, 2021) and, most recently, at the Edinburgh Fringe (2022) in a witty and relatable show about parenting, “Not Angry, Just Disappointed!”
Peter started performing in London about a million years ago. He came to the Netherlands and helped form easylaughs, went back to London for a little bit but now he is back where his heart belongs. He has taught all over Europe and enjoys teaching improv at all levels, with a heavy focus on narrative and genres, and stand-up. He is an improviser, stand-up, storyteller, movie nerd and very basic guitarist. He was the lead in the award-winning VR short, Nowhere, but has resisted the urge to move to Hollywood.
Alina Sharipova is a Russian- Belgian comedian based in Amsterdam. Her comedic style is dark, vulnerable, and quick- witted. In 2022 she made the Funny Women Ones To Watch list, debuted her solo show "Fear is Good" and launched a unique, interactive comedy show called "Let’s Talk", which blurs the boundaries between comedy, improv and therapy. She's developed a big following in a short amount of time performing and has a keen mind for all different aspects of standup comedy.
Hello, Trista here. I'm 1/2 Kenyan and 1/2 Tanzanian which saves me from being all American. My former past lives include an interactive TV producer for a cable company in Amsterdam, a coordinator in Washington D.C. post-production houses, a film and video grad in D.C., a missile systems engineer in Boston, an electrical engineer grad in LA. My current present lives include an improviser with 14 years onstage experience, an energetic emcee for stand-up shows, storytelling nights, Art Battles, a top improv and stand-up trainer, an on-camera actor and presenter, a role player for corporate trainings, a professional laugher.
Alex Nasse is a comedian working in the Amsterdam English comedy scene as a promoter and booker. He is best known as the co-founder of the comedy night That Comedy Thing which has shows at multiple venues. His years of experience organising and performing and his tendencies to coach and help newer performers take the right steps have led him down the path of teaching with Easylaughs. He's a great storyteller, loves analysing why bits do or don't work and has a natural scepticism that helps him pick up on things others often miss.
This is Lara. Lara performs stand up, improv, and storytelling in Amsterdam. Winner of Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022, she’s equal halves Mexican, American, and Venezuelan and equally as confused as you are about it. After studying political theory, Lara didn’t get a job but instead began to write butt jokes to deal with the inescapability of the teeny tiny teeny role she plays in history.In Amsterdam, Lara produces weekly comedy nights with La Risa Dam, the Mezrab, and the Comedy Undergradz. She co-writes the satirical Dutch news show “Que Onda NL País”, and she does improv at both easylaughs and Boom Chicago. Pre-pandemic, Lara spent half a year performing in South America.
Lee is an award-winning writer, director, producer and performer across film, theatre and digital media. His accomplishments range from critically acclaimed feature films and TV pilots to multiple sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe and Leicester Square Theatre atop a multi-million viewership across online projects.
As an improviser he has taught and performed in the UK, Europe, Asia and United States for over a decade.
He was the co-creator of CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation (“A Spectacular must see” - ☆☆☆☆☆ Bunbury Magazine) and Your Flaws: The Musical ("Spontaneous Joy" ☆☆☆☆1/2 The Reviews Hub) as well the co-director of Multiverse Musical (“...musically dynamic ... clever wordplay – especially impressive" ☆☆☆☆ - Everything Theatre.) In 2023 he collected the prize for Best Musical/Improv Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
Emma Wessleus is an Improviser, Singer, Comedian and Musikalzang-Docent. She has studied Opera at Stockholm Operastudios, Classical Singing at Amsterdam Conservatory and Musical Theatre at Associated studios in London. She love to Improvise and sing anything from Opera to contemporary music. She's a former main cast member of easylaughs, house team performer of The Nursery (London) and a co-founder of the show Your Flaws: The Improvised Musical. For relaxation she like to watch bad tv and eat chocolate whilst in the bath.
Janette has been teaching improv with easylaughs for longer than you could imagine, and there's a good reason she's a favourite with so many students. Her effervescent energy, passion and true belief in the values she teaches shows in every facet of her being. She's always got a smile on her face, and brings her yes-and attitude to everything that she does. She's the sort of person that lights up a room when she enters, and is a key part of what makes easylaughs what it is today.
Sharon Em is a comedian working in the Amsterdam English comedy scene as a performer, promoter and booker. She runs comedy nights all over NL under the name Weird Uncle Comedy.
She has coached and supported newer stand ups with working on their material and this has given her a good insight into the pitfalls newer comedians can fall into. This has led her to teaching stand up at EasyLaughs.
She is a keen storyteller unafraid to share personal anecdotes on stage and her style has been described as 'confessional comedy'.
She loves analysing comedy to see what works and why as well as using tools and techniques to help improve material.
If you've ever spent any time in Wageningen and don't know who Emma Holmes is, I don't believe you. Since 2016, Emma has been the pioneer of the English language performance arts scene there with standup, improv, storytelling events and more. She hosts shows for the public and has collaborated with corporations and the university in the city also. She is unparalleled as an MC with an infectuous energy and a can-do attitude.
At age eight, Nora played a dancing waiter on the Titanic in a school play. Unlike Rose, she never let go. A few years later, Nora found improv and has gone on to perform in over a dozen countries and countless festivals. She is half-American (sorry!) and half-Dutch (ook sorry!) and always in an existential crisis. Her deepest wish is to one day perform a perfect two-person La Ronde. Ask her about women’s football at your own risk.
Sandra was born in Amsterdam and raised by Twentse ouders and the happiest sitter from Suriname. The serious part of her comes from Twente and the bright and sunny part from her sitter. Offstage she is a computer programmer, an avid escape room fan and boardgame freak. Onstage she loves word jokes, transporting everyone to past centuries and being a badass female mafia boss/pilot/doctor/king/... you get the picture.