The Asheville Improv Collective is very proud and excited to welcome these five supremely talented performers as the AICFest 2019 inaugural festival headliners! Together, they have an incredible wealth of improv and performance experience they can't wait to share with the Western North Carolina community.
More headliner info below:
Jaime Moyer is an alum of the University of Detroit-Mercy, The Second City-Detroit, and is a current member of the acting unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is also a former Artistic Director of Planet Ant and current Home Team member. Jaime was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. She has appeared on Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Jennifer Falls, and has a recurring role on Disney’s KC Undercover. Jaime is the creator of the viral hit “Fancy Catz” which can be seen on YouTube at the Second City Network, and has appeared in several short and feature length films. She can be seen performing weekly at The Second City Hollywood and iO WEST in Los Angeles, California.
Susan Messing wrote and performed in two mainstage revues at the legendary Second City, and directed their National Touring Company. Messing is a founding member of the infamous Annoyance Theatre where she has created roles in over thirty original productions, including “Co-Ed Prison Sluts”, “The Miss Vagina Pageant”, and “Your Butt”. In addition, she conceived, co-adapted (with Mary Scruggs) and directed the critically acclaimed “What Every Girl Should Know…An Ode to Judy Blume” for the Annoyance stage, where she also continues to teach.
You can see Messing’s critically-acclaimed show, “Messing with a Friend” every Thursday night at The Annoyance. Messing has been an adjunct professor for Loyola University, DePaul University’s Theatre School, and The University of Chicago, and The School of Steppenwolf. Her standup act with her puppet, Jolly, has been featured at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and NBC’s Late Fridays. You can hear her voice on radio and tv ads. Susan has been cut from several blockbuster films, but her recent movie role in “Let’s Go to Prison!” as a bad stripper in a halo brace, made her very happy. Her daughter, Sofia Mia, is very twelve, very ridiculous, and very awesome.
Stephanie Courtney is an actress and improviser and a long time performer at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Her TV credits include recurring roles on The Goldbergs, Nobodies, You're The Worst, Mad Men, and The Comeback. On the film side she can be seen opposite Bob Odenkirk in the Netflix feature Girlfriend’s Day, and other credits include The Heartbreak Kid, Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, and Melvin Goes to Dinner directed by Bob Odenkirk. She also appeared opposite Nathan Fillion and Adam Tudyk on the popular web-series Con Man. Stephanie is well known for playing "Flo" in the Progressive Insurance commercials. Ad Age recently named her one of the top female ad icons of all time, on a list that included Rosie the Riveter and Betty Crocker.
Celeste Pechous (SAG/AFTRA) has improvised around the world with some of the most distinguished improv theaters. An alumna of the Second City Chicago, Pechous has trained and performed at the Second City Chicago/LA, iO Chicago/LA, and The Annoyance Theater. She was honored Best Actress for her work in The Clan at the Midwest Film Festival and received a Best Actress nominee from the Downtown LA Film Festival and was awarded the Outstanding Performance from The SNAFF Film Festival for her work in the dark-comedy short, Past Due, based on her short story. TV credits include HBO's Sharp Objects, NBC's The Kenan Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, USA's Pearsons, Amazon's Upload, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Netflix's One Day at a Time, Epix's Get Shorty, Comedy Central’s Workaholics, Review and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland. She appeared in Work in Progress, which debuted to accolades at Sundance 2019. See her next in the feature film Against All Enemies. You can also see her improvise at Second City LA and on tv in one of her many national commercial spots. Pechous teaches Improv at Second City Hollywood and for UCLA's Extension Studies. She is the founder of Dosage Improv Workshops in Los Angeles.
Ryan Archibald is an executive producer and recent artistic director of the Village Theater in Atlanta where he regularly performs, teaches and directs. Arch is a professional comedian with 20 years of experience in the Chicago Improv & Sketch Community, performing, teaching & directing at The Second City, The iO Theater (formerly The Improv Olympic) and The Annoyance, as well as, Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.
At The Second City, Archibald was a member of the resident company in Las Vegas and a long-time member of the Second City’s National Touring Company, which he later directed.
While at The iO Theater, Archibald was an integral part of two ground breaking ensembles, People of Earth and 3033.
In Amsterdam, Archibald performed and wrote for the English language sketch comedy and improv theater, Boom Chicago, where he helped create seven revues and was a cast member of Comedy Central Nederland’s “Comedy Central News” a Dutch take on the Daily Show.
Ryan has taught improv workshops all over the World including Austin, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bangkok, Barcelona, Baltimore, Brussels, Cancun, Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Liverpool, London, Nassau, Rome, Rotterdam, La Jolla, L.A., Seattle, Phoenix, Tulsa, Tucson, de Haag, D.C., etc, just like Johnny Cash.