Ed Herbstman

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Ed has been teaching performance improvisation for over 10 years. He grew up in Chicago and after graduating from Northwestern University, he began working at The Second City as a member of their National Touring Company, and at the ImprovOlympic Theater as an instructor. In Chicago, he was trained by and performed with his idols: Del Close, David Razowsky, and the original members of the UCB.

After performing improv at the Aspen Comedy Festival, he moved to LA where he helped start the ImprovOlympic West. He performed in a handful of really great stage shows, and starred in a bunch of really crappy pilots, both of which he enjoyed very much.

Ed has created and/or written shows on MTV and VH1, and was a contributing writer on Season 2 of HBO's Da Ali G Show. Recently he wrote the innovative “Webisodes” for Lincoln Mercury called MeetTheLuckyOnes.com, named in Adweek’s Top Ten Ad Campaigns of 2004.

Ed was also a NYPD Police Officer for 3 years, assigned to the 70th Precinct in Flatbush Brooklyn where he once arrested a gun-toting drug dealer for kidnapping a prostitute. He lives in New York City with his wife and son (and dog).

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