Betse Green Originally hailing from New York City started her performance career at an early age. She could be seen on the stages of P.S. 28 Elementary School playing Eliza Nolittle in the 4th Grade Production of My Unfair Lady as well as her Grandmother’s Kitchen where she performed in her first solo improv show at age 10 called “My Family”. Taking suggestions from her audience (her Grandmother) she portrayed her various family members for her Grandmother’s amusement. After a brief hiatus of 28 years she returned to the improv stages when she moved to Portland. An ensemble member of ComedySportz Portland since 2002 and founding member of Peachy Chicken since 2004, she teaches and performs locally and has performed at various festivals throughout the United States including the New Orleans Comedy Festival, Seattle Improv Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival. When not performing, she is recruiting top financial professionals for Nike, teaching group exercise, and running preparing for her first marathon.
Eric Christopher A graduate of the country’s oldest satirical theater—the Brave New Workshop—and regular performer and producer at HUGE Theater, Eric honed his chops in Minneapolis’ thriving comedy scene. With 10+ years of experience, Eric has moved from creating Minneapolis shows like Twin Cities Secrets and MURMUR!, to teaching and performing as a member of Portland’s premier improv theater, Curious Comedy. Always looking for new inspiration, you can find Eric hiking the Columbia River Gorge, catching a local concert, or attempting to try every one of Portland’s microbrews.
Kimberly Brady Portland native Kimberly Brady has been performing on stage and in film for nearly a decade. She graduated from Portland State University with a degree in film studies. In 2007, she co-founded the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Portland’s largest comedy festival, featuring stand-up, improv, sketch, and panel discussions. Kimberly has performed for sold out audiences in Comedy Grab Bag, a comedy-variety show she co-hosts, co-produces. Kimberly is an avid filmmaker and improviser.
Leann Johnson As a child, Leann Holliman Johnson recreated her favorite sketches from The Carol Burnet Show and performed them for no one in particular, until the seemingly shy and humorless girl knocked her classmates off their seats with “Leann doing John Byner doing Euell Gibbons.” After a 36 year hiatus, Leann now performs with several improvisational theater groups at multiple venues, including ComedySportz and Curious Comedy. She produces The Invite Portland, teaches Improv for Stage, Improv for Life to non-improv types, and is a founding member of Black By Popular Demand.
Leon Anderson Leon began improvising as a very young child, playing to crowds in sandboxes up and down the eastern seaboard. Leon moved to the left coast to attend the University of Southern California, where he found others that shared his passion for creating stories and characters. A graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles, Leon now resides in Portland, Oregon where he performs and teaches at Curious Comedy Theater. Leon has appeared in numerous comedy festivals with the Improv group Whiskey Tango, including Vancouver International Improv Festival and San Francisco Sketchfest. When not performing, he can be found playing capoeria, bellying up at a local dive, or actually using his engineering degree.
Manuel Hall Manuel is a delightful dewdrop on the luxuriantly fragrant blossom that is the Portland improv scene. Making his improv debut with Brody Theater in 2003, he couldn’t resist spreading the love, bringing his chameleonic man-boy charms to various troupes in various venues across the city, including Curious Comedy Theater and Comedy Sportz After Dark. Recently, Manuel has added sketch and stand-up comedy to his ever-evolving rolodex of humor abilities. Off stage, he’s pretty much the sweetie you’d think he’d be, except you have no idea how good his hugs are.
Nawwal Moustafa Nawwal began her theater career as a child impersonating the Backstreet Boys with her siblings and creating sketches for the camera with her older sister. In 2011 at the age of 21, Nawwal took her first improv class at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, and spent a year as a main stage player at Capitol City Theater. After training in New York City at the Magnet Theater, Nawwal returned to Oregon and has since completed the Curious training program and become a member of the Curious Comedy Playas ensemble, a founding member of Lady Parts, and a member of Black By Popular Demand. By day she teaches character strength building classes to urban youth and runs a mentorship program for high school students. Nawwal can’t wait to spend the next few decades performing at as many festivals as possible and enjoys watching and writing comedy while wearing her Oprah Winfrey sweatshirt.