Deep Dish featuring John Henson
Deep Dish combines the art of stand-up comedy and long form improvisation. A celebrity comedian takes a single audience suggestion and does a series of improvised monologues based on true stories from their lives. A group of improvisers then does a series of kick-ass improvised sketches based on these monologues. The Deep Dish performers are comedy veterans hailing with from I.O. West, UCB, and Second City Chicago, and have many film and TV credits under their belts. Featuring: John Henson, Joe Canale, Jill Benjamin, Josh Meyers, Rob Janas, Brad Morris, Dan Bakkedahl, and Jean Villapique.
John Henson, best known as the host of ABC's hit series Wipeout, headlines the Irvine Improv with his hilarious stand-up. Before he started leading contestants through zany obstacle courses on TV, he spent four years as the host of E!'s Talk Soup, dishing out snarky comments about celebrities and talk show guests. Henson has also had a recurring role on My Name is Earl and hosted several prime-time ABC specials. He's made more than a dozen appearances doing stand-up on TV, and is a top national touring comic, known for his hilarious crowd work and sharp wit.
Opening act: Justified Harassment
Justified Harassment is an improvisational and sketch comedy team based in Los Angeles. They are a group of talented performers from some of the country’s top comedic institutions: Comedy Sports, Second City, UCB, iO West, and the Groundlings. They have worked with Miles Stroth and Bill Steinkellner, developing their high-voltage brand of comedy from a variety of improvisational styles. Featuring Alex Coleman, April Morrow, Ben Wells, Garrett Marshall, Jared Wilson, Ken Jansen Jr., Leslie Watkins, Mike Duff, Nathan Ondracek, and Steve Sherman.