THE CAST OF THE N CROWD

Every Friday night, six N Crowd-ers from our current rotating cast take the stage to perform. With so many members in our current weekly rotation, not only is every show different, but also you may never see the same set of cast members twice! Many of our talented cast can also be seen performing at theater and comedy venues throughout Philadelphia every night of the week.   

Ashley Fee
Ashley Fee
Current Cast Member Neil Bardhan
Dan Faro
Ashley Fee
Jack O’Keeffe
Current Cast Member Kristen Burke-Sorge
Kristen Burke Sorge
Current Cast Member Neil Bardhan
Neil Bardhan
Current Cast Member Neil Bardhan
Rebekah Anwyll
Current Cast Member Ben Schindler
Ben Schindler
Current Cast Member B.J Ellis
Dan Higgins
James Knight | The N Crowd, Short form improv comedy in Philadelphia every Friday Night
James Knight
Current Cast Member Randie Welles
Leticia Viloria
Mike Connor
Nicholas Elmer
Current Cast Member Randie Welles
Sarah Clemency
Current Cast Member Beth Eisenberg
Betty Smithsonian
James Knight | The N Crowd, Short form improv comedy in Philadelphia every Friday Night
Derrick Houck
Current Cast Member Karen Coleman
Karen Coleman
Current Cast Member Kristen Burke-Sorge
Marcely Jean-Pierre
R.J Payne The N Crowd | Philadelphia Improv Comedy
R.J Payne
Current Cast Member Vegas Lancaster
Vegas Lancaster
Current Cast Member B.J Ellis
BJ Ellis
Current Cast Member Neil Bardhan
Drew Klemens
Current Cast Member Randie Welles
Kelso Borrell
Mike Connor
Mike Connor
Current Cast Member Randie Welles
Randie Welles
Current Cast Member Karen Coleman
Yvonne Anderson
Rebekah Anwyll, N Crowd member. Performing improv comedy every Friday night in Philadelphia

Rebekah Anwyll

Cast member since 2016
Rebekah is a newborn Improvisor, gestated in the collective wombs of Liberty University, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Barter Theatre, Lenscrafters, UPS, and 2.5 years of nannying. She likes to write sad poetry and paint her nails in her free time.

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Neil Bardhan | The N Crowd, Short form improv comedy in Philadelphia every Friday Night

Neil Bardhan

Cast member since 2016
Neil Bardhan has yet to finish watching Twin Peaks. When not eating sandwiches or typing on The Internet, he thinks about dogs. Neil does long-form improv with Bad Kitten and Finders Keepers.

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Kristen Burke Sorge, Ensemble member of the N Crowd, short-form theater in Philadelphia

Kristen Burke-Sorge

Cast member since 2014
Kristen has been hooked on comedy since she was six years old and produced a rubber python from behind her back in a school play. She went on to get a BA in Theater Arts at Rollins College and performed with Rollins Improv Players, playing in both long-form and short-form improv shows on a weekly basis. She has been a performer in Philadelphia since 2007, and has performed regionally in such big name cities as Montpelier, VT, Monmouth, ME, and Akron, OH.

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Karen Coleman The N Crowd Ensemble Member Philadelphia short-form improv

Karen Coleman

Artistic Director since 2018 and cast member since 2013
Karen began her improv education in 1999 in New York and has been fortunate to study and perform with many great people whom she admires. In addition to directing the N Crowd, she also coaches independent improv teams and performs regularly at the Philly Improv Theater where she organizes Maestro™ – a Theatresports/Keith Johnstone competitive improv show. She is an artist, graphic designer, and a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design.

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Mike Connor N Crowd Ensemble member Philadelphia short-form theater

Mike Connor

Cast member since 2005
At Oberlin College Mike founded the sketch comedy troupe Piscapo’s Arm which quickly made a name for itself as “that group with that guy from that class I had that one semester.” Mike is a founding member of the N Crowd who distinguishes himself comedically through his hilarious shoulder-hair and musty odor. He is also the MC of The Spinners, Philadelphia’s professional Ultimate Disc team and one half of the musical-comedy duo The Hopper Brothers and produced three albums for them.

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BJ Ellis

Executive Director, cast member since 2005
BJ works extensively behind the scenes helping to maintain the product you see on stage. Before joining The N Crowd, BJ was a performer and the director/host of the wildly successful Deviant Behavior based out of Edinboro University. He has a doppelganger named Colt Sebastian Taylor who tests products from time to time. Check out some of Colt Sebastian Taylor’s finest work here

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Ashley Fee, N Crowd member. Performing improv comedy every Friday night in Philadelphia

Ashley Fee

Cast member since 2016
Ashley is from Sacramento, CA and moved to Philadelphia, PA in 2011 where she studied at the Philly Improv Theater under Caitlin Weigel, Jessica Snow, Mike Marbach, Kristen Schier, Michael McFarland, and Rob Gentile. She is a team member of Where The Trees Are, The Judges, and Wilhelm. Ashley is on the production committee for The Treehouse, a regular variety comedy show in Philly at Plays & Players Theater, and she is excited to be on the committee to organize and perform in a comedy show at Yards Brewery promoting a connection between The city’s Parks & Rec Department, United States Forestry Service, women in comedy, and young Philadelphians! Ashley is a champion D-1 rower from UC Irvine and once won a year’s supply of Eggo Waffles.

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James Knight, N Crowd member. Performing improv comedy every Friday night in Philadelphia

James Knight

Cast member since 2016
James Knight has lived many lives: as an improviser, writer, amateur puppeteer, and pro wrestling enthusiast. He is very happy to be here. He’s studied at Philly Improv Theater and has had the pleasure of learning from great teachers—Bobby Lang, Jess Snow, Kristen Schier, Mike Marbach—and has taken workshops with wonderful performers Rachel Mason, Rob Gentile, and Betsy Kenney. James performs regularly with sketch/improv team American Express and is the creator of Hollywood Shuffle, a monthly variety show, both at Philly Improv Theater. He also performs with long form improv teams Mr. E. Stain and Wilhelm. For more comedy things, visit jamesbknight.com.

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Sarah Knittel performs short form improv comedy with the N crowd

Sarah Knittel

Cast member since 2014
Sarah is a theater maker, teaching artist, improviser, and self-professed muse. Recently named the 2017 Automatic Arts Artist in Residence. In Philadelphia, she has worked with Hella Fresh, Pig Iron, Hedgerow, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Luna, Manayunk Theater Co., and Phenomenal Animals among others. She performs regularly with fellow cast mate Beth Eisenberg as Period Belly, a Lilith fair inspired musical duo. Graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Pig Iron Advanced Performance Training for Physical and Devised Theater.

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Vegas Lancaster The N Crowd Short Form Improv Comedy

Vegas Lancaster

Cast member since 2010
Sometimes Vegas stands by himself and tells jokes that he wrote, and sometimes he tells jokes with others that have been written by others in a staged situational dialogue format, and sometimes he tells jokes with others that are made up on the spot in front of a live audience. This last one is the most fun. He previously told jokes that were made up on the spot with the Mixed Signals, The College of New Jersey’s improv troupe. His hair can be seen at varying lengths at different times as determined by a number of variables.

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R.J Payne, N Crowd member. Performing improv comedy every Friday night in Philadelphia

R.J Payne

Cast member since 2016
R.J. has studied at PHIT Comedy, ComedySportz and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB). Previously, R.J. has performed with PHIT Comedy house improv team Dr.Sleepover, independent team Bed Savage, and Reasonable Doubt, an improvised “who-done- it” show in the Philadelphia Fringe. He has performed at various festivals around the country including the Del Close Marathon, Chicago Sketch Fest, Hell Yes Fest, and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. When not performing, R.J. can be found creating marketing strategy for technology companies, riding his bike along the Schuylkill River or kicking back with a good movie.

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Chris Rearick is a well loved performer of the N Crowd. He does comedy here.

Chris Rearick

Cast member since 2014
Chris is a Jersey Shore native and has been a member of Improv Jam Comedy Lab (NJ’s longest running improv theatre) since 2006. During the day, Chris works on construction, environmental and flood sites renting pumps and filtration systems and serves on an Environmental, Health and Safety Board that works to make Philadelphia area industrial plants safe and environmentally friendly. Chris’ favorite things: Jim Beam, The Hold Steady, and the First Amendment.

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Kristen Schier Artistic director of the N Crowd performs comedy.

Kristen Schier

Artistic Director, Cast member 2005- 2018
Kristen has been working in Philadelphia as a professional actor, improviser and teacher for several years. She has worked with Commonwealth Classic Theater Company, Ego Po, and Vagabond Acting Troupe. She has appeared in many productions including the originally created Art of War, which received a Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble. Kristen has studied clowning intensively with Giovanni Fusetti. She has also studied improv at The Second City and at the Annoyance in Chicago. She has taken workshops and classes with such improv notables as Michael Gelman, Jill Bernard, Asaf Ronen, Mick Napier, Susan Messing and Rebeca and Rich Sohn, and Mark Sutton as well as members of the UCB Theater in New York City.

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Beth Eisenberg Funny lady of the N Crowd

Betty J. Smithsonian

Cast member since 2014
Beth is the reigning class clown class of the WTHS class of ’96 and responds normally to bright light, water, and being fed after midnight. Comedic heroes include but are not limited to: Gilda Radner, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Robot Rob, and Twin. With a few years of improv in the Philadelphia scene as well as experience directing and producing for the stage, Beth is grateful to bring her talents to the already super talented N Crowd.

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Ben Schindler. gracefulness of an elephant on speed and the wit of a monkey

Ben Schindler

Cast member since 2010
A native Philadelphian (what up, East Falls!), Ben studied drama at Northwestern University and honed his improv skills inside and outside of class. After a hiatus to get one of those lawyering degrees, Ben is back with a moderate level of vengeance. Holla at: The Bart, Poppy, Mama-la, Joshua, Rivkah, Bum, Gins, Jeffy, CKEC, The Wham, The Scam, The Ham, BALSS, and the Chicken on a Tricycle.

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Randie Welles | The N Crowd, Short form improv comedy in Philadelphia every Friday Night

Randie Welles

Cast member since 2016
Randie is from West Philadelphia. She’s really grateful that comedy finally found its way into her life, but wishes it had come along a lot sooner. She also performs regularly with Hackett Park at the Philly Improv Theater.

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N CROWD SOCIETY MEMBERS

ADDRESS:
Philly Improv Theater
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

CALL US:
Email: contact@phillyncrowd.com
Phone: 215.253.4276

Photography by Katie Reing. N Crowd’s 11 year anniversary show photography by Laura Rachfalski.