How it Works
The audience shouts out a title of a musical that has never been performed before. Accompanied by a full band, the first title that the group hears becomes the title and theme for that evening’s completely improvised 60 minute musical that BWC creates on the spot.
BWC has featured performers Stephnie Weir and Nicole Parker (MadTV), Rachel Dratch and Seth Meyers (SNL), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen and the E St Band), Mark Pender (Max Weinberg 7) to name a few.
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our Producer Emily Dorezas 773.368.1685
emd at babywantscandy.com
BWC CAST ALUMNI
BWC BAND ALUMNI
Amber Petty (Ensemble) is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She's appeared in pilots for comedy central and various commercials. Her favorite shows include Penny's White Orphans and The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical.
Christina Anthony (Ensemble) is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and former member of The Second City Touring Company. Favorite roles include Juliet in Second City’s Romeo & Juliet Musical at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and Ben Affleck in Matt and Ben (Jam Theatricals). She has also worked with Congo Square Theatre, Barrel of Monkeys, Jazz Hands Across America, Black Ensemble Theatre, Hothouse Theatre, ETA and made appearances in the Chicago Sketchfest and the Chicago Improv Festival. She has been seen on ER (NBC) and Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC), and was selected to participate in master classes for Disney’s The Lion King.
Aidy Bryant (Ensemble) moved to Chicago from Phoenix to attend Columbia College where she graduated with a BA in Theater. She improvised with Hunter Family Crest, You are Not Alone, and Radical Concepts. She appeared in Friend, and Scientology: The (Unauthorized) Musical at The Annoyance theater. Currently Aidy appears weekly on Saturday Night Live.
Christy Bonstell (Ensemble) has studied at the IO and Annoyance theatres and performed in several shows at the Second City Donny’s Skybox. She spent several years in Detroit where she was thrilled to be an understudy and teacher at Second City Detroit. She also taught and performed as part of several casts at the Improv Inferno in Ann Arbor, where she produced the Michigan Improv and Laugh Festival. Christy, who has a B.F.A. in Theatre from Wayne State University, performs with the teams Speakeasy and Quill at the Playground Theater and currently with the Simultangerous Seven at IO.
Craig Cackowski (Ensemble) has performed with Baby Wants Candy since 1997. Festival appearances with Baby include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where he performed in the now-mythic show "The Mighty Swordfish", among others), UCB NY’s Del Close Marathon, the Chicago Improv Festival, as well as a memorable trip to Singapore. Craig can also be seen performing regularly in L.A. at the IO West, in such shows as Dasariski, Armando, Cog, Goal! and My First Time With Cacky. He is a faculty member at both the IO West and Second City LA training centers. Film and TV appearances include Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sports Action Team, and Year of the Dog..
Tara Copeland (Ensemble) is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She can currently be seen the group Mother. Tara has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, as well as in The Third Degree, Commedia Del High School, Vampires in Havana, Double Down, I Eat Pandas & Friends, and the short film Running with Scissors. She was seen most recently as Pip in The Crushing Blow (www.thecrushingblow.tv).
Robert Dassie (Ensemble) is originally from Chicago where he toured with the Second City and co-created and performed in several long-form improvisation shows at the IO. He has appeared regularly in New York at the UCB hosted Del Close Marathon with his two-person show WeirDass, ventured out to Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Baby Wants Candy and has appeared at improv festivals around the globe. In Los Angeles you may see him performing every Thursday at the IOWest in the critically acclaimed "Dasariski" or often at the UCB Theatre in A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. Bob can be seen on HBO's upcoming "Funny or Die Presents..." starring in "Carpet Bros." along with Tim Meadows, David Spade and Will Farrell. Check out www.robertdassie.com if you need to know more!
Ali Davis (Ensemble) is a founding member of Baby Wants Candy. She has performed with Second City's National Touring Company and at i.O. West with Youth Group, Dr. Jones, and Hey, Swayze. Ali has also written and performed the critically acclaimed one-woman show Coming of Age in Samoa. Her writing has appeared on This American Life and in Fresh Yarn, Salon, and Swivel. You can buy her book, True Porn Clerk Stories, on amazon.com. Trust her, there is no better book to read if you want your own seat on the train.
Amanda Blake Davis (Ensemble) can be seen in the current revue at Second City etc where she also appeared in Disposable Nation and Pratfall of Civilization. Amanda performs with the Virgin Daiquiri, Sirens, and ComedySportz Chicago.
Erica Elam (Ensemble) Recent theatre credits include Born Yesterday (Peninsula Players), The Trip to Bountiful (Goodman), The Philadelphia Story (Remy Bumppo), Inherit the Wind (Northlight), The Romeo and Juliet Musical (Second City/Chicago Shakespeare), Winesburg, OH (Steppenwolf/About Face), and Sodomites: The Musical! (Annoyance). She has also performed at The Second City, iO Theater, Annoyance, and The Comedy Shrine. She is a proud ensemble member of The Best Church of God. Erica was named one of the “Top 5 Actors to Watch” by The Chicago Tribune and is a graduate of The University of Georgia, The Second City Conservatory Program and The School at Steppenwolf. You can see Erica in the Chicago cast of Baby Wants Candy or touring the country with Baby Wants Candy.
Brendan Dowling (Ensemble) is a resident member of the world famous Comedy Sportz Theater. Most Recently Brendan co-wrote the Second City review I lost my Denvirginity for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Denver CO. Brendan was part of the record breaking Baby Wants Candy sold out run in the Edinburgh Scotland Fringe Festival.
Chris Grace (Ensemble) is an improviser and stand-up comedian in New York City. He performs regularly in Cold Soda, The Faculty, A/C, Starkey & Grace, and Baby Wants Candy. He's appeared in pieces for College Humor and has written for McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He got a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and you can follow him and find out more at chris-grace.com.
John Hartman (Ensemble) is just thrilled to be performing with Baby Wants Candy. John was a main stage cast member of the Improv Inferno in Ann Arbor, MI before moving to Chicago. In Chicago, he was recently seen in Photobooth and Good Liars at The Annoyance Theatre, where he also just mounted his first solo show, Your Friends and Enemies. He improvises at The Playground with Alright, Janice!, at the iO Theater in White Jazz and Qweirdo, and sometimes all the way up in Maine with ImprovAcadia. He'd like to thank all of the wonderful people he gets to play with every day.
Jeff Hiller (Ensemble) New York Stage credits include Slut, Awesome 80’s Prom, Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever., Air Guitar The Musical, A Ho Ho Horatio Christmas (with SNL's Horatio Sanz), NY Fringe Festival hit Silence!, and The Children at the New York Musical Theatre Festival . TV credits include: 30 Rock, MTV's Boiling Points, The PA (FUSE), Starved (FX), Late Night with Conan O'Brien, a ton of VH1 Clip Shows Most recently Jeff appeared in the film Ghost Town.
Nathan Jansen (Ensemble) went to Kansas State. He has performed with several improv companies including Quincy, Swanel, Armando Diaz, Mission Improvable, Comedy Sportz, Improv Acadia. He most recently performed in the sketch show "TAMMI" with a heart over the I.
Michael Kayne (Ensemble) studied improvisation at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Vocal Performance at NYU. He has performed in the Broadway workshop of Hoopz (choreographed by Savion Glover), and in regional productions of A Christmas Carol, Brigadoon, Annie Warbucks, The Sound of Music and The Trial of Mary Surratt (world premiere).
Bob Kulhan (Ensemble) is a founding member of Baby Wants Candy. He also performed for The Second City & TUTA Theatre Company. In addition, he has created several wildly popular one-man shows including: Bing Faithful’s Very Merry Nondenominational Holiday Special, Shecky Kulhan: Theater of the Mind & Shecky Kulhan: Amuse-Bouche. Thanks to his family. He hopes you enjoy the show!!! Please, if you have any decency whatsoever, go to: www.BobKulhan.com
Nick Semar (Ensemble) He grew up in St. Louis, but got his B.F.A. in Theater Performance from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, where he started playing with The Skinny Improv. He moved to Chicago and studied at the iO theater, where he played on a couple of Harold teams. He has been an ensemble member of ComedySportz Chicago where he is also the director/producer of Battle-prov.
Nicky Margolis (Ensemble) is an alum of the Second City ETC stage where she co-wrote and performed in three revues: Immaculate Deception, Disposable Nation, and Pratfall of Civilization. She recently starred in her original solo show Split!. You can catch Nicky playing with the fantastically funny and talented all-lady ensemble, Virgin Daiquiri.
Beth Melewski (Ensemble) Beth is a former member of The Second City National Touring Company and The Second City Denver where she co-wrote and performed the original review How I Lost My Denverginity. She also performs with Virgin Daiquiri at iO Chicago. She is proud to be one half of the improv duo Dual Exhaust who was named by The Chicago Sun-Times as one of the “top 10 comedy duos of the past 10 years”. Beth is the host for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab Chicago.
Thomas Middleditch is a member of Baby Wants Candy and plays in the NYC cast. The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Bullet Lounge, Felt, and of course Baby Wants Candy. He also has performed with The Second City in many respects, the most hilarious of which being at sea on a cruise ship. You may have seen his annoying McDonalds “I’m Into Nuggets, Y’all!” commercial which aired nationally, or pitching softballs in NBC’s Sports Action Team. He currently resides in New York City performing standup, sketch, and improvising in many shows, namely Happy Hour at the UCB Theater.
Winston Noel (Ensemble) can currently be seen performing with the UCB Harold team Ragnarock. He has been in several plays and sketch shows around the city, and has been in online videos for collegehumor.com, Yahoo, and POM tea and on television on ESPN.
Eliza Skinner (Ensemble) is one half the musical improv group, I Eat Pandas — a Time Out NY Critic’s Pick, 2005 ECNY nominee for Best Musical Act. She is also the voice of Kitty Pryde in Marvel.com’s "Astonishing X-men," and can be seen in Channel102.net’s "Sexual Intercourse American Style." She sings and plays drums in her band, Stickerbook and is a contributing writer for Fair Game with Faith Salie on NPR. Currently she can be seen in her one-person show, "Eliza Skinner is: SHAMELESS!" (also a Time Out NY Critics Pick) at the UCB Theater. www.elizaskinner.net
Tim Sniffen (Ensemble) has performed with BWC since 2001. He studied at The Second City, Improv Olympic, and The Annoyance Theatre. Currently Tim is a company member of the Second City National Touring Company. Tim recently returned from Amsterdam where he was an ensemble member of Boom! Chicago. Tim is a contributing writer for the prestigious Campus Activities Magazine.
Mike Still (Ensemble) is a regular at the UCB Theatre, where he is a member of the house team Badman, as well as UCBT's National Touring Company. Mike is a founding member of the comedy group A Week of Kindness, which has performed across the country. As AWOK's video director, Mike's internet shorts have been viewed over a million times. Any products you see him hawking on TV, Mike vouches for with his life. Mike is a graduate of Penn State University.
Zach Thompson (Ensemble) majored in Broadcasting at ISU and trained at Second City, the Annoyance Theatre, and ImprovOlympic, where he still performs. Zach won the MVP title at ComedySportz in both 2003 and 2004 He’s also a founding member of critically acclaimed The Hot Karl.
Ashley Ward (Ensemble) is an actress, singer and writer in NYC. She performs with Gunshow and High Fife. She studied at the UCB, Second City and Improv Olympic. Ashley has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster University.
Joe Clark (Trumpet) is a trumpeter and composer. His choral work Asterism, text by H.P. Lovecraft, won the Kleinman Composition Award and Compulsion for Orchestra won the Union League Club Jazz Composition Award. Other awards include WFMT's 50th Anniversary Composition Competition, Student Downbeat Awards, and Best Music: 2008 Chicago 24-Film Fest. Joe’s arrangements and compositions have been performed by The Chicago Q Ensemble, Rob Parton's JAZZTECH Big Band, Tom Matta Big Band, DePaul Jazz Ensemble, Mulligan Mosaics, and numerous All-State High School Jazz Bands. He now teaches at Harold Washington College and arranges for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Once Upon a Symphony” program.
Keith Golden (Bass) joined the Dido band and embarked on a 3 year tour across the globe that led to sales of over 12 million units world wide. Keith has performed with Eminem on Saturday Night Live and England's Top of Pops. He has also played with Enrique Iglesias, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and Doug E. Fresh. Learn more at Goldxilla.com
Steve Jabas (Guitar) is talented guitarist, composer/arranger and producer based in New York. He recently produced recordings by singer-songwriter Noah Levi and composed the scores for the short film “Family Portrait” and the independent feature “Shadowboxer.” In 2006, Steve was involved with the NY premier of the musical “Mental” and also with several productions at the New York New Musical Theater Festival.
Kevin Florian (Guitar) a graduate of NIU’s jazz program, is a composer in his own invented genre of contrapuntal jazz-metal. He is a member of Monday Corners & the Delphic Jazz Trio, teaches guitar & is thrilled to play with Baby Wants Candy.
Jody Shelton (Musical Director) At 21, Jody became the musical director of the Second City National Touring Company, and soon after began his long association with Baby Wants Candy. As a singer/songwriter and recording artist, Jody has released two critically acclaimed EP's, Rise (2005) and Child (2006) and released his first full-length album, The Blur of Green & Blue in 2010. He has served as musical director for many other shows and performers including BWC's Nicole Parker and Colleen McHugh.
Johnny Pisano (BASS NYC) For the last five years Johnny recorded and toured with the Jesse Malin Band. In addition, he has toured with Marky Ramone, Ryan Adams, Bree Sharp and The Niagras and has played with Deborah Harry, Counting Crows, and sung back up for Bruce Springsteen. Johnny most recenty toured Europe with Marah. Johnny appeared in the films A Perfect Stranger and August Rush. Johnny appeared on The Sopranos, Gilmore Girls and Law and Order SVU. For more on Johnny myspace.com/johnnypisano
Chris Ditton (Bass Chicago) He was the music director and guitarist for the Columbia’s production of the musical Pippin earlier this Spring. He also played bass alongside BWC’s Dan Wessels in Columbia’s production of The Rocky Horror show.
Richie Betts (Drums Chicago) has been playing with the band Janus for over 13 years. When not performing music he tends to the UPS store that he owns.
Mike Descoteux (Piano/Musical Director) has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann, James LaPine, and David Ives. He serves as music director for The Second City. His work has been seen at venues including The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, American Theatre Company, Childs Play Touring Theater, The Bailiwick, The Theatre Building, Comedy Sportz, Northwestern University, WGN, Improv Olympic, The Playground, The Chicago Improv festival, and The Chicago Sketchfest (with various ensembles and Octa-Sketch director).
Douglas Levin (Drums Chicago ) is a Columbia College graduate. He has toured with Deep Elm recording artist Lewis, the Platters, the Drifters, the Coasters and Pinch. Currently Doug plays with the karoke band Hottenanny.
Garrett Palm (Associate Producer) has studied improvisation at both the Magnet and UCB. He has a theater degree from Principia College in Illinois, where he focused on musical theater. Most recently he lived in Beirut, Lebanon, where he taught improv and "worked on various writing projects he's been meaning to get around to." Before that he was working at a Nomadic Tuareg festival in Timbuktu, Mali.