At Blind Tiger Comedy, we strive to create and support outstanding comedy. One of our favourite ways to do that is our House Team program. Students who have completed the fourth levels of our Long Form or Sketch programs may be invited to join or audition for one of our house teams, which are directed by BTC faculty members.
House Teams typically perform the first Friday of every month at Little Mountain Gallery, though you may also see them at festivals in and outside of Vancouver, and guesting on other shows around town. You can see the upcoming house team show schedule here. If you haven’t seen these teams yet, change that: these hilarious comedians represent the future of Vancouver comedy.
If you are currently in a class and wonder how you might someday make a team, know this: keep having fun and striving to improve, the rest will handle itself. We are open to adding new teams as time goes on and new students complete the training program.
THE HOUSE TEAMS
The Blind Tiger Comedy Improv House Teams are stacked. Why? Because this cast list won’t quit:
Get to know the members of Blind Tiger Comedy’s House Teams below (more bios to come).
Ryan is a filmmaker, improvisor and sketch comedian performing regularly with Blind Tiger Comedy and Instant Theatre.
Aside from co-hosting an improv-based radio program, he also performs with Weekend Boys, Roomboy and Forever Ring, both at home and in other cities across North America. He plays for keeps. Sometimes castles and dungeons but always fortified medieval structures.
Maarten is an improvisor, sketch comedian, and musician. Not only has he been working with Blind Tiger, but also Proud of You, a sketch group consisting of members who all met via Blind Tiger. In addition to this, he has also appeared on such shows as The Hero Show, Weird Al Karaoke, and Paul Anthony’s Talent Time.
Racquel Belmonte is an improviser, sketch comic, and voice actor who wants a baby so badly but probably shouldn’t because she’s young, irresponsible, and broke as hell. In addition to Blind Tiger, she’s trained with The Second City, Vancouver TheatreSports League, and Instant Theatre.
She recently performed at the Magnet Theatre in New York for the Del Close Marathon, and the Upfront Theatre in Bellingham, and probably would have left her baby in both of those places if she had one. Listen to her fun podcast, read her gross blog, and send her help when you can.
Drew Boy Clark received his improv training from Blind Tiger Comedy, Instant Theatre and Vancouver TheatreSports League. He has performed at/with the Del Close Marathon in New York, the Vancouver International Improv Festival, the VTSL Rookie League, and of course, Blind Tiger Comedy.
Ronald Dario is an improviser and sketch comedy writer and performer. Ronald is part of the comedy group National Anthem (2015 Instant Theatre Cagematch Tournament Champions), the Instant Theatre Company cast, and is a member of Blind Tiger Comedy’s Improv Sketch House Teams. Ronald has performed at the Vancouver International Improv Festival, UCB Theatre’s Del Close Marathon, Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival, and Bellingham’s Upfront Theatre. He performs regularly at The Hero Show, Sidekicks, Rapp Battlez: Wezt Coazt, and Weird Al Karaoke.
William received his training in the art of long-form comedic improvisation at Blind Tiger, where he has recently joined one of the improv house teams. He also performs around town as a 1/6th of The Wedding Party, an ensemble that specializes in improvised romantic comedies.
Stacey McLachlan is an improvisor, sketch comedian and writer who edits magazines by day and won’t shut up at night. She trained at Blind Tiger and is now lucky enough to perform with her favourite weirdos regularly: her sketch group Proud of You runs a monthly show at Little Mountain Gallery, while her improv duo Garbage Sisters offers the opportunity to do weird voices with comedy soulmate Denea Campbell. She tried standup for a while, but this is more fun.
Malcolm McLeod is a Vancouver born and raised improviser, actor, and writer who has been improvising since 2013. He’s improvised all over North America from the Del Close Marathon (New York) to the Upfront Theatre (Bellingham). He’s taken Blind Tiger classes from the start. He can be seen regularly doing shows with the Blind Tiger Comedy, VTSL’s Rookie League and occasionally The Fictionals.
In October 2013, Jenny Rubé packed up all of her Edmontonian possessions and moved to Vancouver to live the life of an actor and comedian. This is something she’s come to love more and more everyday. Along with Blind Tiger House Team shows, Jenny can be seen in various comedy staples around town. She has also had the pleasure to perform at Ryan Stiles’ Upfront Theatre in Washington and at the Magnet Theater in New York for the Del Close Marathon. You can follow Jenny on Instagram and Twitter @jroo16.
Geoffrey Walter took his first improv class with Blind Tiger Comedy in the spring of 2014. He was so impressed with the passion of the staff, and the quality of the community that he devoured through the entire curriculum in a year and a half. He’s taken what he’s learned at Blind Tiger to stages across Vancouver, and to New York City at the 2015 Del Close Marathon. He proudly represented Blind Tiger Comedy at the 2015 Vancouver International Improv Festival. Geoff can be scene performing with The Blind Tiger House Team, National Anthem, Instant Theatre Company, and The Noise. As always, Geoff gives a shout out to his Mom.
We have had some outstanding comedians featured on our house teams over the years. To wit:
Denea is a sketch comedian and improviser who is proud to call Blind Tiger her comedy home. As a pre-teen, she once drew on a moustache and performed Monty Python’s Dead Parrot Sketch at a talent show to zero laughs. She was scarred for a few years , but thanks to much therapy she’s doing okay. Thanks for asking.
In addition to Blind Tiger, you can see Denea performing around Vancouver with Proud of You and duo The Garbage Sisters.
Kerri is an improvisor, sketch writer, comedian and silly human lady. She has recently joined the inaugural sketch house team with Blind Tiger of which she’s super proud and definitely didn’t have to look up the word ‘inaugural’ because she’s an English Major.
She’s also on the cast at Instant Theatre of which she performs regularly and is also a member of local comedy cuties National Anthem. She has performed at the Vancouver International Improv Festival, at the Del Close Marathon in New York, the Seattle Festival of Improv and the Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival. In her spare time, she enjoys being a twin.
Shane is an improviser, actor and sketch comedian. He performs with Blind Tiger Comedy’s sketch house team. In addition to this, he is also a member of Little Mountain Improv, Instant Theatre, and not one but two all male comedy trios: Weekend Boys and Roomboy. Shane has also wormed his way onto local shows such as Weird Al Karaoke, Sidekicks, Rapp Battlez, The Hero Show, and Comics on Comics.
Amy has been doing theatre, music and dance since she was a wee tot but was always sensing that something was missing. In 2013 after watching an improv show in Toronto, she decided that comedy was calling her name. Amy‘s worked her way through all of the Blind Tiger since 2014 and continues to train at the school. You can see her perform with the Blind Tiger House team and at other shows around Vancouver.