Jay Sukow has been performing professionally with and without a script for over 20 years. Some of those he has trained with include Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jon Favreau, David Razowsky, Keith Johnstone, Dick Schaal, Del Close and Mick Napier. As a faculty member of The Second City, Jay also performed regularly as part of their “Those Who Can’t” Faculty Jam. He taught and coached teams at iO Chicago, where he was also head of its artistic committee, ComedySportz Chicago, Club Med International, Illinois State University, the New Orleans Improv Festival, the Phoenix Long Form Improv Festival, the C-U Improv Festival, and The Chicago Improv Festival, among others.
Jay teaches improv to people from every walk of life, from beginning students to executives at Fortune 100 companies. Jay was an ensemble member of ComedySportz Chicago and several teams at iO Chicago and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Del Close Marathon, the C/U Improv Festival and the New Orleans Improv Festival.
He has been a guest performer at Boom Chicago, the Second City, the Second City ETC, the Second City Northwest and Messing with a Friend. Jay has written, produced and been a cast member of the narrative features “American Legacy” and directed “Trubadeuax: A Restaurant Movie,” both of which feature improvised dialogue within a scripted storyline.
|The Best of the Second City Northwest||ensemble||The Second City NW|
|Watch your Back||ensemble||The Second City NW|
|Mitch Greene Presents...||Mitch Greene||Various|
|Various improv and sketch comedy groups|
Second City Mainstage, Second City ETC, Second City Northwest, Messing with a Friend, Boom Chicago, ComedySportz (various)
|American Legacy||Dale Harris||Group Mind Films|
|Trubadeaux: A Restaurant Movie||Gavin Brandt||Group Mind Films|
|Sheboygan||Director||Chicago Sketch Fest|
|Bye||Dr. Johnson||Fulton Market Films|
Numerous corporate live and video productions. List available upon request.
- Del Close, Charna Halpern, Kevin Dorff, Jon Favreau, TJ Jagodowski, Peter Gwinn, Noah Gregoropolous at iO Chicago
- Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, David Razowsky, Michael Gellman, Tom Gianis, Fran Adams at The Second City
- Keith Johnstone, Dick Schaal
- Mick Napier, Mark Sutton, Rebecca Sohn at the Annoyance Theater
- Meisner: Sommer Austin and Andrew Gallant
- Scene Study: Marlene Zuccaro
- BA in Mass Communications, Illinois State University, 1992
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New Orleans Improv Festival (instructor and performer), C/U Improv Fest (instructor and performer), Del Close Marathon (performer), CIF Teen Comedy Festival (instructor), CIF apprentice team (instructor)
Sketch writing (both theatrically and corporate), juggling, sports expertise, loves Beastie Boys, eyes change color based on what I’m wearing.