Joey has been teaching improv at UCB since 2015. In New York, he was on the Harold teams The Enemy, Graceland, Slamball and Sleuth. He’s currently pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Theatre at the City College of New York, and you can listen to him talk about baseball on The Beanball podcast.
John Flynn directs, performs, and teaches at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles. He was co-creator of Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made! Ever! and directed one person shows of Jenny Slate, Jon Gabrus, Joe Mande, and many others.
He recently directed Thrones! A Musical Parody at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He recently co-wrote the script to The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table and Stage. He also played the role of Miranda Priestly in their musical parody of The Devil Wears Prada.
John is an actor, writer, director, crafter, comedian who studied comedy at the New York UCB before moving to LA in 2012. This is his first year officially teaching at UCB. You've seen him perform sketch characters on stage and screen for years. I'm sure of it.
John has been teaching at UCB for over 10 years. He has appeared on such TV shows as 30 Rock, Broad City, Difficult People and The Daily Show. His work has been written about in New York Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.
Jon Bander has been a Character and Sketch 101 teacher at UCBT since 2016. He also taught and performs musical improv with Premiere: The Improvised Musical at the Magnet Theater in NYC. Jon was selected to perform in Montreal's Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, and has also worked for The Second City aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship. Jon has also performed and taught workshops at festivals and cities across the country. TV credits include HBO Max's "The White House Plumbers" and "Search Party", and the Netflix shows "Master Of None", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Characters".
Most people call him Bander. Feel free to do the same.
Kerry McGuire is a comedy writer and performer (writer first!), who is currently based in Los Angeles. She recently wrote for the game show I Want My Phone Back, which was produced by Big Breakfast and will be released on Watchable. She previously wrote for the Go90 series Fatal Decision, Beverly Hills Live on 9021-Go, and Story Notes on AMC, among other projects. Currently at UCB, she hosts at produces the monthly variety show Debutante's Ball and writes for the Maude team Baseball. She previously wrote for Maude teams (212), Thunder Gulch, Charlemagne, and more. She also wrote for the UCB Digital Sketch teams Sancho, and the topical sketch team Pocketwatch. You can find more of her comic writing on Reductress.com and in other various holes around the internet. Look for her upcoming projects, the podcast How the F*ck Do You Live? and her upcoming one-woman show Songs About Butts. She used to have a driver's license that spelled her name "Kerny McGurnie," and it's sorta cute so she'll also answer to that.
Lauren has been a working television writer since 2013. Her roster of shows includes Comedy Bang Bang (IFC/Netflix), Party Over Here (Fox), Wrecked (TBS/HBOMax), Bless the Harts (FOX), and she wrote of the 2015 Emmy Awards hosted by Andy Samberg. She has also worked on countless commercials, movie punch-up rooms, and radio shows. She is currently developing an animated show with REELFX.
Lauren got her start at UCB as a writer on the Maude Team NEW MONEY, and her love for the theater that helped her so much has led her back to teaching. As a teacher, Lauren focuses on helping her students craft stories with a strong emotional backbone on which to hang the comedy. She believes that great comedy comes from finding the perfect balance of STUPIDITY and HEART, and she looks forward to telling you all about it!
Leslie Meisel is an actor, writer, director, teacher and in college worked at a bowling alley thinking it would be exactly like Grease 2. It wasn't. Was co-host of the monthly show COUPLES SKATE and most recently she was a cast member on the UCB house team CHARACTERS WELCOME (Season 1 & 2) and Winner of the 5th annual NBC/UCB Diversity Showcase. On screen, Leslie can be seen on the new NBC show RISE, Difficult People, Broad City, Netflix’s The Characters, and the feature film Bachelorette (w/Rebel Wilson & Kirsten Dunst). As a director, she has worked on many shows at the UCB Theatre, including AzN Pop!: Live in Concert!, All In Favor, United Federation of Teachers with Natasha Vaynblatt (IFC, Funny or Die, McSweeney’s), co-directed Stone Cold Fox: Sexy Idiots with Aaron Burdette, (Man Seeking Woman, The Onion), several Maude sketch teams, co-director/writer of He Said She Said with Kate Riley-Zelensky (MTV, Two Guys Named Josh) and worked with Bridge & Tunnel‘s staged show for Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Other staged shows at UCB: BOB ODENKIRK and UCB PALS: A LOAD OF HOOEY, Oh My God I Heard You're Dying!, The Unbreakable Gun, Thunder Gulch Presents MNL: Monsters Night Live and she performed in LOVE CAN SUCK A D**K...AND SO CAN I! A show that was co-created by Leslie and Megan Neuringer (written by Megan with Material/Characters by Leslie) all about how much love sucks a big 'ol dong which played to sold out shows at UCBLA and had a year long run at UCBNY. website: www.lesliemeisel.com
Lily Du is a comedic performer and writer who got her start at UCB New York, where she performed on Harold Night and around the country with their Touring Company for several years.
She is a former cast member at CollegeHumor and currently hosts the gossipy drinking show “Dirty Laundry” on Dropout.tv.
TV credits include New Amsterdam, FBI, Broad City, and Happy! She has written for a Snapchat original series, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and somehow, the Paw Patrol movie.
Lily grew up in Rockville, MD, and is a Smith College alum.