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Off-Off Campus

The oldest Collegiate Improv and Sketch Comedy group

University of chicago

 

Located in Hyde Park, Chicago, Off Off Campus is a University of Chicago improv and sketch comedy group formed in 1986

Photos by Yamini N.

History

Off-Off Campus is the oldest student improvisational theater troupe in the country with the first generation dating back to 1986.

 The University of Chicago is the undisputed birthplace of improvisational and sketch comedy. In the 1950's, a group of University Chicago students formed the Compass Players on campus, and in 1959, the group became The Second City. In 1986, U of C alum and Second City co-founder Bernie Sahlins (A.B. '43) returned to the University campus in order to begin a south side group to rival his north side creation.

Sahlins trained the first Generation of Off-Off Campus in the art of sketch and improv comedy, and his knowledge and training regiment has been passed down through 27 generations of Off Off Campus. Since 1986 Off-Off Campus has entertained thousands of Chicagoans with its unmistakable mix of improv, sketch, and musical comedy

Structure

In the Winter quarter, Off-Off presents an inter-generational revue. As a culmination of the Off Off experience, senior members perform in an annual Solo Show as part of the winter season, directed by one of our notable alumni.

Bernie Sahlins

Bernie Sahlins

 

Off-Off Notable Alumni

The alumni of Off-Off Campus are truly what have separated the troupe from its peers. Pulitzer-prize winner David Auburn, writer of the hit show Proof (now also a feature film), was in the Second Generation of Off-Off, and he has publicly stated that Off-Off was his first training ground in scriptwriting. Sarah Koenig of the podcast '“Serial” was a member of the second generation. Off-Off's relationship with The Second City is still alive and kicking as well. In recent years, two Off-Off alums, Abby Sher and Tami Sagher, have starred on the mainstage at The Second City--the latter of which is now a writer for Fox's MADtv. Greg Kotis, one of the first members of Off-Off, is now best known for penning the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Urinetown. Off-Off alums can also be seen in improv and sketch groups around Chicago and across the nation. They are writers for TV and film, they create video games, and of course, they are doctors, lawyers, economists, and scholars.

Previous Generations

THE THIRTY-THIRD GENERATION, CAST IN 2018

Jo Blankson

Joey Cipriano

Bradley Goldsmith

A.J. Kinstlick

Anne Lim

Sofia Nam

Liva Pierce

Alex Rosencrance

THE THIRTY-SECOND GENERATION, CAST IN 2017

Alisa Boland

Matthew Bonanno

Ella Fredrickson

Priya Gandhi

Ethan MacCumber

Gideon McCarty

Erika Steiner

THE THIRTY-FIRST GENERATION, CAST IN 2016

Ellen Askey

Greer Baxter

Cameron Miller

Yamini Nambimadom

Chinwendu Nwakudu

Andrew Olmstead

Zavior Phillips

Isabella Zanobini

THE THIRTIETH GENERATION, CAST IN 2015

Chase Harrison

Marlo Knapp-Fadani

Sampson Ohringer

Hannah Skaran

Jack Wanberg

Regina Wen

THE TWENTY-NINTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2014

Val Bodurtha

Ryan Boylan

Pearson Goodman

Rahil Khemani

Graham Northrup

Andrea Popova

Milena Pross

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2013

Oliver Fornell

Collin Lapinsky

Albert Nam

Melissa Needlman

Dee Nitz

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2012

Dan Ackerman

Karlee Esmailli

Jenny Keroack

Peter Moller

Danny Patton

Kevin D Shang

THE TWENTY-SIXTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2011

Davio Cianci

Patrick Ford

Peter Herman

Haley Johnson

Natalya Samee

Will Stack

Eric Stone

THE TWENTY-FIFTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2010

Jacob Becker

Sam Blobaüm

Hilary Clifford

Katie Hunter

Hannah Leskosky

Brent Rappaport

Janet Xu

THE TWENTY-FOURTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2009

Paul Chang

Molly Miller

Ariana Nedelman

Harmon Siegel

Alex Stein

Evan Weiss

THE TWENTY-THIRD GENERATION, CAST IN 2008

Timur Akman-Duffy

Amy Brunner

Kate Cornelius-Schecter

Peter Damm

Ed Hausman

Melanie Kassel

Jane Kehoe

Alex Zorn

THE TWENTY-SECOND GENERATION, CAST IN 2007

Briana Finegan

Michael Guido

Horatio Joyce

Jessica Kadish

Megan Kingsbury

Ben Mizel

Graham Rosby

Allison Ringhand

THE TWENTY-FIRST GENERATION, CAST IN 2006

Bryan Duff

Becca Dorf

Kelsey Glass-Johnston

Chapin Gregor

Aaron Horton

Kit Novotny

Viraj Talwar

THE TWENTIETH GENERATION, CAST IN 2005

Victoria Bartley

David Brent

Melissa Graham

Morgan Maher

Lila Newman

Sarah Rosenshine

Mitch Salm

Lucas Whitehead

THE NINETEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2004

Katie Bockes

Drew Dir

Sam Guinan-Nyhart

Deena Heller

Lizzie Martinez

Ari Williams

Alex Yablon

Bobby Zacharias

THE EIGHTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2003

Harish Amirthalingam

Rachel Austin

Cara Clifford

Francisco Ignatius Colon

Dana Kroop

Simone Martin-Newberry

Jesse Robbins

Benjamin Tuber

THE SEVENTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2002

Ramiro Castro, Jr.

David Maher

Rebecca Phillips

Leila S. Sales

Lucy Wall

THE SIXTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2001

James Adelman

Jeremy Barr

Amy Biegelsen

Meredith Ibey

Andy Marchesseault

Jose Portuondo

Ria Soler

Courtney Wassell

THE FIFTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 2000

Greg Beam

Heather Gillers

J.S. Irick

John J. Lovejoy

Scott Sherman

Damien Stankiewicz

Nathanael West-Rosenthal

THE FOURTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1999

Doug Guerra

Rebecca Jarvis

Virginia Killian

Azubah Lauenstein-Denjongpa

Ann Marie Lonsdale

Molly Proue

Nick Zimmerman

THE THIRTEENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1998

Maya Ganguly

Robert Kennedy

Avram Klein

Melanie MacBride

Chani Rajan

Joachem Riesthuis

Justin Seidner

THE TWELFTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1997

Amelia Baxter

Megan Biddinger

Audrey Hannah

Sean Henry

Steve Lund

Dan Meltz

Dawn Roscoe

THE ELEVENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1996

Beth Adams

Heather Goers

Kevin Greenberg

Jason McNutt

Keith Murphy

Julian Stetkevych

Alex Stone

Rachel Thompson

Craig Wiley

THE TENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1995

Catherine Cooper

Sean Foley

Matthew Irvin

Russell Smith

THE NINTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1994

Joe Bell

Erica Charpentier

Nick Green

Katrina Harrison

Will Jones

Sam Schindler

David Stern

Sara Wolfson

THE EIGHTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1993

Sandeep Bhatt

Eleanor Burke

Chris Conry

Jon Darbro

Rachael Neile-McGrew

Eric Pogrelis

THE SEVENTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1992

Dan Goldstein

Colin Johnson

John McCorry

Tami Sagher

Abigail Sher

James Spencer

THE SIXTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1991

John Bourdeaux

Jesse Carnal

Marisa Cohen

Drew Herman

Josh Levin

Gilad Rosner

Celina Schoken

Hannah Simon

Elena Tuskenis

THE FIFTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1990

Dana Allande

Phil Aman

Emily Baird

Brent Brown

An Dinh

Anita Houck

Alex Levine

Alexis Mullin-Mulvihill

Dennis O'Brien

THE FOURTH GENERATION, CAST IN 1989

Kathy Cooperman

Peter Flamm

Henry Kandel

Ben Lorch

Edmund O'Brien

Katie Pearl

Scott Schudy

Nadine Warner

THE THIRD GENERATION, CAST IN 1988

Zannah Bradley

Arielle Eckstut

Derek Hartman

Emily Kadens

Thomas Maeglin

Steve Mitchell

Mike Mulvihill

THE SECOND GENERATION, CAST IN 1987

Dave Auburn

Mark Gerrard

Jeff Hesser

Jeremy Kareken

Sarah Koenig

Lara Marcuse

Jo-Elle Munchak

Arianna Packard

Craig Shaynak

Adam Smedstad

THE FIRST GENERATION, CAST IN 1986

Doug Anderson

Hilary Barnes

Peter Bernstein

Matthew Denckla

Jacqueline Edelberg

Adam Finkel

Bob Fisher

Bert Fry

Judith Gershon

Larry Hess

Gregory Kotis

Richard Lerner

Bradley Lippitz

Juan Luco

Robert Michael-Bain

Thomas Mulhern

Ellen Nerenberg

Meredith Neuman

Todd Packer

Douglas Ryan

Heather Sampson


 
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Audition

Off-Off holds auditions once a year at the beginning of fall quarter. Auditions are open to first and second-year students interested in doing improv and sketch comedy at the University of Chicago!

After these auditions are held, a callback list will be posted in the UT Lounge in the Logan Center, as well as on the first floor of the Reynolds Club, near the staircase up to Hallowed Grounds. 

More info/updates on the audition process can be found on the Off- Off Campus Facebook page at

facebook.com/offoffcampus

 

Shows

Off- Off Campus performs at The Revival comedy club, located at 

1160 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

Shows are on Fridays, 4th through 8th week at 7:30 at The Revival Theater

TICKETS for Off-Off Campus shows can be purchased at the door before and during shows for $5 each show.

SEASON TICKETS will give you access to all 5 shows of the quarter (a $25 dollar value) for only $15 and can be purchased by email

 Watch Our past shows on youtube

Off-Off’s 32nd Generation

 

For general questions or to book a performance, contact us at offoffcampus@gmail.com

Production Manager

Erika Steiner

steinered@uchicago.edu

Assistant Production Manager

Matt Bonanno

mbonanno@uchicago.edu

Off Off’s 31st Generation  (right to left: the judge, mrs. honeyhill, the lil judge, God, Avril Lavavril, the actor who plays barney, Cameron, and your older brother)

Off Off’s 31st Generation
(right to left: the judge, mrs. honeyhill, the lil judge, God, Avril Lavavril, the actor who plays barney, Cameron, and your older brother)