10 Things You Should Know About…

It’s finally Spring in NYC!! We can tell by 3 things: 1. People start wearing shorts even though its only 45 degrees. 2. ComedySportz NYC’s 10 Year Anniversary was April 26th 3. Several of our Playerz are having birthdays back to back. Find out about two of them (one being me) in a segment below, that I just made up, called:

Ten Things You Should Know About MJC and MFT

1. Full Name

2. Birth Day

April 15th

April 18th

3. Hometown

Philadelphia, PA

East Orange / Montclair, NJ

(Lived equal amounts of time in both cities)

4. College

Syracuse University

Temple University

Seton Hall University then transferred in my “Junior Year” to

William Paterson University

5. Studied Improv at….

Random improv workshop in Philly

Second City, Toronto

Players Workshop @ Second City, Chicago

Improv Olympic, Chicago

The Peoples Improv Theater

Upright Citizens Brigade

6. Teams That You’ve Been On

The Edmund Fitzgerald (iO) Aug. 1993

One Night Stand (iO) Oct.-Dec. 1993

Distant Cousins (iO) Jan.-Mar. 1994

Mr. Blonde (iO) Jan.-Nov ’94;

May – Jul. ’95

ComedySportz Chicago – Oct.’94-Apr ‘96

Annie Sprinkle (iO) – Jan.-Mar 1996

ComedySportz Philadelphia –

Apr ‘97 – Nov ‘00

Lunchlady Doris  – Sept ’97 – Jun ‘00

ComedySportz NYC – Dec ‘00-Nov ‘01; Oct. 2011-present

Myth Reduction – Nov. 2001- 2002

Corpa –  ? – Sept. 2002

Jonathan Maximus Rockenstern Presents (indie/PIT) Sept. 2002-Aug. 2003

Let’s Get Serious (PIT) ?-? 2003

Side Project  – ?-? 2004

Butter (The Project/Magnet) Sept ‘04-Nov ‘05; Nov. 2006

The Rebecca Factory (The Project/Magnet) – Jan.-Jun. 2006

CON (Magnet) Feb.-Mar. 2007

The Class Of… (Magnet/indie) Jan.-Mar. 2008; Jun. 2010

“I’m forgetting some.”

The Indoor Kids – 2008 – 2009

Brenda! – 2010 – 2011

Michelin – 2011 – Present

Nobody’s Token – 2011 – 2012

ComedySportz NYC – 2012 – Present

Scandal-prov – 2012

Midnight Society – 2013

Thomas, Newman, Parker and Murphy – 2013

Trauma Center – 2013

The Pin-Up Squirrels – 2013

Yes, Chef! (The PIT) – 2013 – Present-ish

Gas Station Horror – 2014 – Present

7. When/How Did You Get Involved With ComedySportz?

“The night of Mr. Blonde’s last show, my friend Bill was in the audience and came up to me (while I was depressed (and thinking) “There’s nothing after this. I’m going back to Philly. I’m done here. I’m not gonna get on another iO team because nothing’s going to be as good”) and said “You know ComedySportz auditions are next week You’re auditioning, right?”

I said “No. I do long form. I do slow comedy. I can’t do that fast stuff.” Bill said, “Oh, you don’t have to be fast, you just have to be quick.” To this day, I have no idea what that means but somehow it got me to audition.”

“I saw the audition notice on Backstage.com. I already had experience in short form through volunteering with an organization called Cherub Improv, but I wasn’t sure if “short form was for me,” but I figured I at least knew enough games to have fun in the audition. I did. I got a call back and the rest is history.”

8. Favorite ComedySportz game

Heavy Rotation. “We don’t play it in NYC because it’s better with four players. It’s crazy.”

Fairytale Half-Life

9. Favorite Color to Play As

“I like the color blue better, so maybe blue, but maybe red so I get to see the blue uniforms on the other team.”

“Red, of course.”

10. Favorite Moment As An Audience Member and/or Player

“I can’t tell my favorite moment on a family website, but my second favorite moment was in 1998, when I was in ComedySportz Philadelphia, and Tom McManus proposed to his now-wife, Micheline, on stage during New Choice (they were both CSz players). She was wearing a wacky yellow shower cap.”

“A few months ago, we did an All-Skate Day in the Life Musical. I enjoyed playing the main character; an 8th grade girl that went to a boarding school. During her story, she mentioned that a “new girl” on the team fell when they were playing ice hockey. During our rendition, after the “new girl” fell, everyone started laughing, so I said, “Hey, guys, we’re better than that,” and began to help her up but then skated past her to score. (As I imagined she might have wanted to do in real life.)”

*11. Bonus – If you were to read this interview a year from now, what would you want to tell your future self?

“I hope you’re still doing this.”

“Slow motion is better than no motion. Keep moving forward.”


 About the Author: Michelle Francesca Thomas is a five-year improv veteran, an Essex County, NJ, native, and a lover of comedy. She has studied improv at the PIT and UCB and can been seen performing with ComedySportzNYC at the Broadway Comedy Club.