Zack Willis (he/him) is a Brooklyn-based writer, actor, teacher, Dungeon Master and all around floppy lad. Officially, he has been active in the NYC comedy scene since 2010 when he wrote and performed with his sketch group Cognac Live Radio Orchestra, though he once brought a 3 Musketeers to Chris Rock while he was interning at a film editing house in high school, which, honestly, does count as being active in the NYC comedy scene. Who knows when that was. In the meantime he graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing.
He performed very often at the UCB theater in New York from 2011 until its close in 2020. Over that time he played on various house teams, weekend teams, the touring company, and created improvised musicals every week as a founding member of Rumpleteaser. Zack’s writing has appeared in Funny or Die, the Onion Video, and across stages in NYC. He wrote and produced a comedic Rock Opera slightly based on the life of Joan of Arc called Joan of Rock. In 2013 Zack started teaching improv and absolutely loves sharing the joy of the craft with others. In addition to teaching at UCB for many years, he taught workshops all over the country and even around the world. He also is a member of a fake band called BRVNCHES.
Zack is thrilled about putting all his post-lockdown energy into building a theater that will help build back the comedy scene in NYC that is more resilient, more inclusive, and hey, maybe even a little bit funnier.
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