Alexis Saarela is an improviser based in New York City. Her hometown is Edina, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis.)
She was a member of the independent improv group Pennybacker that performed at The Peoples Improv Theater. She was a member of the Magnet Theater Megawatt teams The Yes Andersons, Dynasty and The Imposters, and was a cast member of the show Focus, an improvised parody of The View.
She is currently a member of the Wednesday Night PIT House Team Sea Legs.
She is married to veteran NYC improviser Terry Jinn.
Pinot is the name of the hairless (Sphynx) cat that was cared for by Alexis and her housemates. (Now residing with her orignal owner.) Often dressed in embarrassing cat clothes (because of her lack of warm fur coat), Pinot also enjoys keeping her temperature up by cuddling with humans or resting on radiators during the winter months. Rumors of a 2009 Pinot calendar had surfaced, but it never materialized.