Breakfast of Champions
Producer / Ensemble
I founded this improv collective back in 2016. Until March 2020, we hosted Jam with Breakfast at iO Chicago to showcase rising talent in the city's improv comedy scene as well as offer a space for improvisers of all experience levels to play together.
Breakfast of Champions features a rotating roster of 35+ performers from such ensembles as The Second City Touring Company, PREACH, Dynasty, The Second City's Bob Curry Fellows, ComedySportz House Teams, The Playground Theater, The Annoyance, and iO Harold teams.
iO Comedy Network - Free Trial Run
Actor / Writer
After submitting writing samples to be considered for the iO Comedy Network, I was placed on the new team, Free Trial Run. Our digital sketch team met every Saturday, where I wrote new scripts, revised old ones, and collaborated with actors and directors to refine ideas to production-ready. I wrote the script for our debut video, "LOL," a horror parody about the dangers of LOL'ing when you're not LOL'ing. Since then, I wrote and starred in our Kay Jewelers commercial parody with new sketches currently in production.
Playground Theater Incubator Team - Member
Since January 2018, I have been a part of Leftovers (formerly Our Show). This coached ensemble focuses on our improving individual improv skills as well as provide reps in front of live audiences. Our team changed our name to Leftovers after regularly filling in for other teams when they couldn't make their shows, and we have had a lot of fun since! We return with our weekly show, Fresh Meat, every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at The Playground in September. Tickets available at www.theplaygroundtheater.com.
Katrin (Kat) Bovbjerg, Tiffany Brinkman, Jenny Kate, Tyler Malec, Nick McDowell, Jesus Monroy, Stephanie Murano, Alec Plant
I made my directorial debut in January 2020 with Burbank's Foinest! I enjoyed bringing forth my performer perspective to shape an entire show for performances. I'm proud that we sold-out three of our four performances with Valentine's Day being our least attended performance. My actors/writers met back in high school -- one being a student and the other her Spanish teacher. There were numerous firsts involved through our generation process. I found that I enjoy focusing on the small details that enhance the full scene and ties the whole show together.
Starring: Vanessa Garcia and Matt Moran
Directed by: Nick McDowell
Musical Director: John Love
Actor / Writer
I wrote and performed in Huggable Riot's 22nd production, Alternate Pending, which ran at The Second City's Blackout Cabaret throughout April 2019. Praised for its Choose-Your-Own-Adventure theme and its fine line between what comedy and drama capable is through sketch, Alternate Pending is one of my proudest projects to date. I wrote a multi-movement opera inspired by the theme of choice after our show "rebooted" in the opening. Another sense of pride was my original scene critiquing toxic masculinity in raising children while two brothers are in a waiting room, awaiting the birth of the younger brother's daughter. This was Huggable Riot's first revue at The Second City's studio theaters after a three-year run at The Annoyance Theater, and I'm proud to have been a part of this dynamic cast and production team.
Directed by Kelsey Myers
Stage Managed by Abby Gilette
Music Direction by John Love
Written and Performed by
Kevin Black, Kendra Jamaica, Allison Kochanski, Nick McDowell, Sarah-Jean Peters, and Hannah Starr
How Not To Break
Kelsey Myers and I recently debuted our first two-person sketch revue, How Not To Break in Judy's Beat Lounge at The Second City during January 2019.
Following their sold-out, one-night-only Friends-giving show, Nick McDowell and Kelsey Myers invite you to How Not To Break. These best friends’ first two-person sketch revue promises you’ll laugh as hard as they try not to. From navigating the constant obstacles of an entertainment career to the harsh realities of The Thumb War, Nick and Kelsey’s music-infused show proves that no matter how difficult your path, it’s easier with a friend.
I got to create and perform a show with my best friend. We challenge each other to bring our A-Game to every scene and written script. I look forward to future projects with Kelsey as this is just the beginning.
Written / Performed by Nick McDowell & Kelsey Myers
Directed by Amy Anderson & Mark Fleming
Musical Direction by John Love
Stage Managed by Abby Beggs
Actor / Writer
Virtually Reality was a sketch revue joy ride created by me and my friends from The Second City's night staff. After selling out our three-week run in the Training Center's Judy's Beat Lounge, The Second City Mainstage cast invited us to perform our original material during their famed improvised third act.
One of the scenes selected for that night was my original opener, "Spin," about a virtually reality-based spin class that takes a chaotic turn as the escalating obstacles become real -- all set to an 80's pop soundtrack of A-Ha's "Take on Me." One of my proudest scenes to date as well as most fun to perform.
Colin Bowles, Beverly Clark, Kathleen Cowan, Jackson Fox, Amanda Leo, Nick McDowell, and Anthony Medina
Director: Mark Fleming
Musical Director: John Love
Wake Up Call
From February to July 2018, I was the Head Writer for Huggable Riot's 18th production and first ensemble-written one-act play,
Wake Up Call.
Wake Up Call tells the story of six friends reuniting in Aspen a year after their friend's death. Over their summer weekend at an off-season resort, these friends are forced to reconnect and re-evaluate where they are in life and where they're going.
Alongside director Hunter Larrison, I led a six-person cast through a 15-week writing/rehearsal process to craft an original one-hour play. I utilized improvisation exercises, scene writing assignments, and table reads to pinpoint weak points in the script and punch up jokes with my cast. We celebrated a successful five-week run on The Annoyance Mainstage, receiving praise for doing something rarely seen in the Chicago comedy community.
Director: Hunter Larrison
Head Writer: Nick McDowell
Stage Manager: Jessica Thomas
Written & Performed by:
Kevin Black, Elisabeth Del Toro, Joe Hirte, Kelsey Myers, Evan Starkweather, and Brittani Yawn