BLACKOUT (ensemble)

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BLACKOUT is a cast of four black actors from different backgrounds, yet similar walks of life. They bring to improv comedy a voice that is rarely heard in this art form, the voice of the African American people. Improv comedy can be defined as the satire and honest depiction of human civilization, but unfortunately in an industry dominated by white males the more diverse influence of our society gets lost. BLACKOUT was formed to regain that often unheard perspective in this genre of entertainment/social study. In addition to their ethnicity and individuality, these men are also accredited improvisers. With training and professional experience in improvisational acting from such institutions as iO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre, ComedySportz Chicago and Second City Chicago, BLACKOUT also forms a virtual improv comedic power house.

In 2009, they co-produced "BLACKOUT Presents: Community" at The Spot.

What Does BLACKOUT Do?

BLACKOUT does a high energy long form improv show but the form is usually no form.

Where Has BLACKOUT Performed?

CIC - Chicago Center for the Performing ArtsComedySportzCornservatory - Donny’s Skybox Theatre - Gorilla Tango Theatre - Green Door Tavern Speak Easy - Theatre Building Chicago - The Playground - The Spot - The Zoo - Viaduct Theater - Chicago Fringe Binge - iO Chicago - Chicago Improv Festival - 2009's Del Close Marathon.

Who’s in BLACKOUT?

Where Are They Now?

Warren Phynix Johnson is a member of the Second City National Touring Company. Sherman Edwards is still at iO and focussing on his stand-up (hosting and taking his act on the road).

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