Alissa JessupAlissa is a writer, director, and actor with over 20 years’ experience creating and working in theater, film, and television. She has worked with some very funny people in her day, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling, J.K. Simmons, to name a few.In 2015, Alissa founded Growly Pictures to produce content that is made by women for women. Alissa wrote, directed, and stars in the comedic short film, ‘chickadee’, which she produced with an all-female cast and crew. As an actor, she has performed and developed new plays with Sundance Theatre Lab, The Flea Theater, ACT Theatre, 13P, Soho Rep, P.S. 122, and Playwrights Horizons. Selected T.V. credits include The Mindy Project (Hulu), True Blood (HBO), Grimm (NBC), and The Mentalist (CBS). She has written and performed comedy at The Groundlings, Upright Citizen’s Brigade NYC and U.C.B. Los Angeles.
Chris CanigliaChris has performed at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Magnet Theater in New York, where he was a member of House team Sweet Crude and was on the faculty at The Peoples Improv Theater. While at The P.I.T., he founded improv team, Big Black Car (Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Kristen Schaal(Last Man on Earth, Bob's Burgers) Matt O'Berg(VEEP), UCB LA, I/O West the Chicago Improv Festival, and the D.C. Improv Festival. and was on the faculty at The Peoples Improv Theater. He founded improv team, Big Black Car (Ellie Kemper(Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) Kristen Schaal(Last Man on Earth, Bob's Burgers) Matt O'Berg(VEEP).
Chris owes everything he knows to the many great teachers who helped him along the way, including Ali Farahnakian, Armando Diaz, Craig Cackowski, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Showalter, Kevin Allison, Ed Herbstman, Ian Roberts, Dave Pasquesi and TJ Jagodowski. He has appeared on an episode of 30 Rock with Kristen Wiig and multiple feature films.
Ali MarroccoAli Marrocco is an improviser and actor based in Portland, OR.
Specializing in grounded long form, Ali has come up through the ranks of the Liberators Training Center, Curious Comedy, Brody Theater and Endgames Theater in San Francisco.
You can see her improvise every week as a member of Cashmere - an Ape house team, on String Theory - a Portland indie team, as well as producing her monthly show, Key Party.
In addition to her work on stage, Ali also serves as the Ape’s Event & Sponsorship Coordinator and volunteers with the Humane Society of Oregon. She adores adorable cats and dogs.