Sam Neipp began his improv journey as a keyboard player for ComedySportz San Jose back in 2006. In 2008, he was invited to be a member of the CSz MainStage team, where he has performed for the last seven years. He is a founding member of Stage 4 Improv along with the three other doofuses listed here. He has been an improv instructor for both ComedySportz and American Improv Theatre.
Growing up, Sam was passionate about music from a young age. He holds degrees in both Music and Education. Sam is in demand as a composer, conductor, and instructor. He is currently a band director in San Jose, and director of the CACE String Ensemble. Sam also performs with various bands throughout the Bay Area. Because of all of these (and more) musical endeavors, Sam rarely sleeps. Ever.
His comedic influences are Victor Borge, Steven Wright, Rowan Atkinson, and Ricky Gervais. In his spare time, Sam can be found writing music for film and the concert hall, speaking Estonian, or playing with his dachshund, Clifford.
Kevin is a Northern California native, born & raised in San Francisco. He holds both American & Irish citizenship, which means he has two passports and a hidden pot of gold. He lives in San Jose, with his wife and daughter, and an ever-shifting menagerie of small mammals.
Kevin has been performing professionally since 1997 as a MainStage member of ComedySportz San Jose, and as a founding member of Stage 4 Improv since 2015. Years of Catholic School along with a steady diet of George Carlin, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, and Monty Python provided early comedic inspiration. He was a high school ‘theater nerd,’ studied Theater Arts at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has attended & taught an assortment of improv workshops over the course of his comedy career.
When not performing, Kevin’s passions include games, movies, industrial design, and architecture. He’s also an avid follower of all manner of cutting-edge gadgets, gizmos, and consumer electronics. For over two decades, he’s worked at Apple – the company who put the lowercase ‘i’ into modern iMarketing with so many different iProducts. Please don’t ask him when the new iPhone is coming out.
Chris is a founding member of Stage 4 Improv and has improvised with ComedySportz San Jose since 2004. During those years he's had the privilege of honing his improv chops alongside such luminaries as the performers of 5-Play (Made Up Theatre) as well as American Improv Theatre Founder, Jeff Ringgold.
In the real world Chris teaches middle school, leading Improv Electives and Summer School Improv classes - aimed at introducing a younger generation to the joys of improv. Between improvising in the classroom during the week and on the stage during the weekends, he makes things up almost 24/7. As a Bay Area native, he has lived in San Jose longer than any other Stage 4 Improv performer, and, most likely, you. He grew up watching lots of TV sitcoms and began to model himself, and comedy, after the character Jack Tripper. There have been some pros and cons to this particular choice.
During his play time Chris enjoys hiking, playing poker, and most recently – learning to cook.
Michael was introduced to improv when a group of students at Humboldt State University asked him to be the advisor to their "Improv Comedy Club." After spending a year copying Whose Line is it Anyway, they started performing shows every Saturday night in the Residence Halls. He has also performed improv on a cruise ship that sailed around the world, so he has literally done improv in every time zone on the planet.
Fifteen years later, he moved to San Jose and discovered ComedySportz, and the lights all turned on. Surrounded by the most amazing and talented improvisers in the world, he finally felt like he’d found home. As the Director of Education for ComedySportz, Michael has met hundreds of fun improvisers and he loves seeing them grow into great players.
In his spare time, he loves playing with his dogs (Great Danes and Golden Retrievers) and playing board games (his collection of board games is beyond impressive and well into ‘kind of weird’). If there is free time in his schedule, he’ll probably be binge watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or any of the great classic comedy shows. Michael's comedy heroes are Robin Williams, Richard Pryor, and Stephen Lynch.