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Face Off Unlimited is an improvisational comedy production company based in New York City that offers improv classes.
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Face Off Unlimited is an improvisational comedy production company based in New York City that produces live shows and special events, offers improv and corporate training, and features FOU Studios and the FOU Podcast Network.
  
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== Current & Past Running FOU Shows ==
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* ''BATSU! NYC'' - America's live Japanese game show. running 7 shows a week in NYC's East Village. Since 2010
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* "BATSU! Chicago" - America's live Japanese game show. running 3 nights a week in Chicago since 2016.
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* "BATSU! Tour Co" - Nationally and at performing arts centers and colleges since 2015.<br/>
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* "Laughter Party" - Stand Up comedy, FOU Style. Monthly NYC<br/>
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* ''Pillow Fight" - The ultimate slumber party with all female cast and creative team. New York City 2015-2017<br/>
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* ''11th Hour" - Your final chance to catch comedy in the East Village, Saturday nights. New York City 2014-2016<br/>
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* ''Improv Face Off" - FOU's premier short-form improv show. Times Square, New York City 2014-2016<br/>
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* "Nads" - All male, strip improv show in a Times Square, NYC "Whose Line" meets "Magic Mike." 2024-2016
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* ''A Whole 'Nother Level'' - Acclaimed Long form with live music, poetry, physical comedy, and elements of short form.  Performing at colleges and festivals around the country. Created by and featuring the 3 partners in FOU: Joe Tex, Jay Painter (founder), and Eric Robinson (founder). Since 2010.<br/>
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* ''Improvius Maximus'' - Long form teams compete in the Roman arena with Caesar, his beautiful slaves, and a Roman soldier, running weekly in LIC, Queens, Preview Performances on April 21st, 28th, and May 5th. Opens May 20th, Sunday night's at 7pm..<br/>
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* "Two Gentleman of Verona" - Shakespeare FOU style. Queens, NYC. Secret Theatre. 2012
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* ''Queens Improv Jamboree'' - A celebration of "Improvised Artwork Showcased In A Production Frame" &copy; - 2nd annual event (formerly known as the Queens Fringe Festival)<br/>
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* ''The FOU JAM'' - Performances by the newest Intro to Face Off class, and featuring former/current Face Off cast members, students, and friends. quarterly, NYC. Since 2010<br/>
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*''Friday Night Face Off'' - The original Face Off show, short-form competitive improv, running weekly on Long Island, NY. Since 2003.<br/>
  
  
== Face Off Shows ==
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FOU STUDIOS<br/>
''Face Off Unlimited presents BATSU! &copy;'' - America's batsu-game improv show, running weekly in NYC's East Village in 2nd year.<br/>
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* "Thanking You" - Hosted by Broadway's Willie Dee. Interview show. (pre-production, 2018)<br/>
''Face Off Unlimited presents Friday Night Face Off'' - The original Face Off show, short form competitive improv, running weekly on Long Island, NY in 9th year.<br/>
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* "Her Moment" - Starring by Katherine McDowell. Amazing women from the past, here and now. (pre-production, 2018)<br/>
''Face Off Unlimited presents Queens Improv Jamboree'' - A celebration of "Improvised Artwork Showcased In A Production Frame" &copy; - 2nd annual event (formerly known as the Queens Fringe Festival)<br/>
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* "The Kenny Show" - Hosted by Puppet Legend, Kenny. Interview show. (pre-production, 2018)<br/>
''Face Off Unlimited presents The Face Off Jam'' - Performances by the Intro to Face Off class, Face Off Improv classes, and Face Off cast members. Monthly, in Queens, NY in 2nd year<br/>  
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* "The Chris Hahn Show Podcast" - Radio host and political pundit - America's favorite progressive (weekly)<br/>
''Face Off Unlimited presents A Whole 'Nother Level'' - Long form with live music, poetry, physical comedy, and elements of short form.  Performing at colleges and festivals around the country in 2nd year.<br/>
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* "Too Blondes" - Starring Chase O'Donnell and Savanah Brown - Award-winning comedy duo. Interview show (3 seasons)<br/>
''Face Off Unlimited presents Improvius Maximus'' - Long form teams compete in Roman arena with Caesar, his beautiful slaves, and a Roman soldier, running weekly in LIC, Queens, Opens April 14th, 2012.<br/>
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* "Geek XP" - With Peter The Geek & Friends - Interview show (1 season)<br/>
''Face Off Unlimited presents Goon River'' - Mysterious residents of an all American city tell their story in complete darkness. Opens for preview May 12th, 2012
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* "Old Timey Radio" - Shakespearian radio play from the 1930s and 1940s (1 season)<br/>
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* "Big Brother On The Slop" - Big Brother (CBS) Superfan spoiler show (1 season)<br/>
  
== Staff ==
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== Current Casts ==
Jay Painter - Co-Founder, Partner, Creative Director<br/>
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Visit http://faceoffunlimited.com/the-company/
Eric Robinson - Co-Founder, Partner, CFO<br/>
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Joe Tex - Partner, Director of Operations<br/>
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Vinny Russo - Creative Director and original cast member of Friday Night Face Off<br/>
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Matt Samardge - Technical Director, BATSU!<br/>
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Martin Lorea - Receptionist<br/>
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== History ==
 
The company originated in 2003 as Friday Night Face Off, a weekly improvised comedy show in Port Jefferson, New York featuring two teams of comedic improvisers engaged in a mock competition in the style of TheatreSports. Friday Night Face Off (often abbreviated as FNFO) has since become one of the longest continuously running improv comedy shows in New York. In 2009, the founders of Friday Night Face Off formed Face Off Unlimited, A Limited Liability Company, which produces various comedy stage shows as well as offering classes and workshops that utilize techniques of improvisation and creative ensemble.
 
  
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== Improv Festivals ==
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* 2010 Harrisburg Improv Throwdown
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* 2011 Chicago Improv Festival, "Can't-Miss Act" - The Huffington Post
  
In 2010 Face Off Unlimited opened Face Off University at The Secret Theatre in Long Island city, New York. Their most successful students include Emmy Award Winner TJ Moss of the band The Yes Team and Chelsey Keding of the Off-Broadway hit Voca People, which enjoyed a run at The Westside Theatre in 2011 and currently is running at New World Stages.
 
  
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== Reviews / Recognition ==
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* 2011 Telly Award, Pookies Comercial
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* Getting Your Laugh On: 3 Hilarious NYC Comedy Shows (BATSU!, The Liar Show, [[ASSSSCAT 3000]]) - "Silly, but somehow brilliant!" and "incredibly talented" - [http://nodnsmile.com/2011/11/09/getting-your-laugh-on-3-hilarious-nyc-comedy-shows/ Nod N Smile Entertainment Blog]
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* Ex-President Sees Freud And You Take It From There - "Really Funny" and "A Late Night Hit!" - [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D03E6D91730F934A35752C0A9619C8B63 The New York Times]
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* In 'Batsu,' the Comedy Is Punishing - "one of the most entertaining Monday nights in the city." - [http://blogstage.backstage.com/2011/07/in-batsu-comedy-equals-punishment.html#tp Backstage]
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* Best Things To Do In NYC Tonight, May 16 - "one of the best things to do in NYC" - [http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/05/16/best-things-to-do-in-nyc-tonight-may-16/ CBS News New York]
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* Face Off Unlimited: Presents Batsu! Review - "comes at you like a surreal tornado" - [http://www.nitelifeexchange.com/review/comedy/1696-face-off-unlimited.html NiteLifeExchange.com]
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* Improv Takes Center Stage - [http://queenscourier.com/2011/improv-takes-center-stage-28968/ The Queens Courier]
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* Chicago Improv Festival: Some Can't Miss Acts - [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/25/chicago-improv-festival-s_n_853467.html The Huffington Post]
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* Face Off Unlimited Reviewed - [http://www.nitelifeexchange.com/review/comedy/1419-face-off-unlimited-reviewed.html NiteLifeExchange.com]
  
On January 10, 2011, Face Off debuted their live Japanese game-show comedy in New York City's East Village called Face Off Unlimited presents BATSU! Translated from the Japanese word for "penalty game", BATSU! has been hailed by critics as one of the "Best Things To Do In NYC" by CBS New York and was made a Time Out New York 2011 Critics' Pick and a 2011 Village Voice, Voice Choice. BATSU! was also hailed as "one of the most entertaining Monday nights in NYC" by Backstage Magazine.
 
  
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== Staff ==
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* Jay Painter - Founder, Partner, Creative Director<br/>
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* Eric Robinson - Founder, Partner, CFO<br/>
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* Joe Tex - Partner, Director of Operations<br/>
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* Heather Shiekds - General Manager<br/>
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* Whit Baldwin - BATSU! NYC Company Manager<br/>
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* Steve Grande - BATSU! Chicago Company Manager<br/>
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* Brittany Moran - FOU Sr. Producer, FOU Studios Manager<br/>
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* Vinny Russo - Creative Director Friday Night Face Off<br/>
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* Martin Lorea - Receptionist<br/>
  
Face Off Unlimited co-produced the 2011 Queens Fringe Festival in partnership with the Long Island city Arts Open, featuring the All Day Improv Festival. The All Day Improv Festival featured UCB Theatre house team [Standard Oil], iMusical: The reunion Show!, and International Stinger, a comedy team from Chicago founded at the Playground Theatre.
 
  
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== Notable Alumni ==
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* Christopher Hahn - Syndicated Radio Host, Democratic Strategist & FOX News Contributor<br/>
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* TJ Moss - Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter/The Yes Team<br/>
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* Hettie Barnhill - Broadway actor, dancer, and award winning choreographer<br/>
  
  
== Current Cast ==
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== History ==
BATSU! - Joe Tex, Jay Painter, Eric Robinson, Alexander L Hill, Noriko Sato, Brian Walters, Whit Baldwin, Steve Grande, Matt Samardge, Nick Sotack<br/>
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* The company originated in January 2003 as Friday Night Face Off, a weekly improvised comedy show in Port Jefferson, New York featuring two teams of comedic improvisers engaged in a mock competition in the style of TheatreSports. Friday Night Face Off (often abbreviated as FNFO) has since become one of the longest continuously running improv comedy shows in New York.
FNFO - Vinny Russo (creative Director), Charlie Connolly, Steve Zegers, Michael Puma, Greg Ceremello, Heather Shields, Keith Miller<br/>
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* Joe Tex named Creative Director of FNFO - June 2003
Improvius Maximus - Matt Samardge, Whit Baldwin<br/>
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* Vinny Russo named Creative Director of FNFO - January 2007
A Whole 'Nother Level - Joe Tex, Jay Painter, Eric Robinson<br/>
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* In 2009, the founders of Friday Night Face Off (Jay Painter and Eric Robinson) formed Face Off Unlimited, A Limited Liability Company, which produces various comedy stage shows as well as offering classes and workshops that utilize techniques of improvisation and creative ensemble. Soon after they brought on Joe Tex, a former Creative Director of FNFO (2003-2007) as Director of Operations.
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* In 2010 Face Off Unlimited opened [[Face Off University]] at The Secret Theatre in Long Island city, New York. Students include Emmy Award Winner TJ Moss of the band The Yes Team and Chelsey Keding of the Off-Broadway hit Voca People, which enjoyed a run at The Westside Theatre in 2011 and currently is running at New World Stages, and dozens of other professional working actors, singers, and dancers.
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* On January 10, 2011, Face Off debuted their live Japanese game-show comedy in New York City's East Village called Face Off Unlimited presents BATSU! Translated from the Japanese word for "penalty game", BATSU! has been hailed by critics as one of the "Best Things To Do In NYC" by CBS New York and was made a Time Out New York Critics' Pick and a Village Voice, Voice Choice. BATSU! was also hailed as "one of the most entertaining Monday nights in NYC" by Backstage Magazine.
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* A Whole 'Nother Level was created August, 2010 as part of the Harrisburg Improv Throwdown
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* Face Off Unlimited co-produced the 2011 Queens Fringe Festival in partnership with the Long Island city Arts Open, featuring the All Day Improv Festival. The All Day Improv Festival featured UCB Theatre house team [[Standard Oil]], [[Travis Ploeger]] and [[IMusical: The Improvised Musical]] - The Reunion Show!, [[Chet Watkins]], [[Hustlebot]], and International Stinger, a comedy team from Chicago founded at the Playground Theatre. The 2nd annual event will be held on May 19th, 2012 at the Secret Theatre in LIC, Queens. The Queens Improv Jamboree will bring legendary musical improv director and accompanist [[Travis Ploeger]] (iMusical, [[I Eat Panda]]).
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* The 2012 Queens Improv Jamboree - "Improvised Artwork in a Production Frame" Featuring performances by Face Off Unlimited, an improvised musical directed and accompanied by Travis Ploeger (iMusical, I Eat Panda), and live music by Two-Thirds Goat. May 19th. Secret Theatre, LIC NY.
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* Face Off University offers improv classes exploring a wide range of formats and styles.
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* Japanese TV star Brian "Bu- Chan" Walters joins the cast of BATSU! March 19th, 2012.
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* Improvius Maximus Opens May 20th, 2012.
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* Face Off Unlimited is the content producer of Live Laughs and co-owner of DFD*TV.
  
  
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== Links ==
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* Face Off's [http://faceoffunlimited.com Website]
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* Face Off on [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Face-Off-Unlimited/234940118093 Facebook]
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* Follow Face Off Improv on [https://twitter.com/#!/foucomedy Twitter]
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* Friday Night Face Off's [http://fridaynightfaceoff.com/ Website]
  
== Alumni ==
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Christopher Hahn, Democratic FOX News contributor on the FOX News Channel, Luis Jimenez, comedic actor and star of the 2012 film Taco Truck and comedy short The Immigrant with the Kids In The Hall, and Emmy Award Winning singer/songwriter TJ Moss of the TJ Moss Band and The Yes Team.
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Latest revision as of 15:38, 3 August 2018

Face Off Unlimited is an improvisational comedy production company based in New York City that produces live shows and special events, offers improv and corporate training, and features FOU Studios and the FOU Podcast Network.

Current & Past Running FOU Shows

  • BATSU! NYC - America's live Japanese game show. running 7 shows a week in NYC's East Village. Since 2010
  • "BATSU! Chicago" - America's live Japanese game show. running 3 nights a week in Chicago since 2016.
  • "BATSU! Tour Co" - Nationally and at performing arts centers and colleges since 2015.
  • "Laughter Party" - Stand Up comedy, FOU Style. Monthly NYC
  • Pillow Fight" - The ultimate slumber party with all female cast and creative team. New York City 2015-2017
  • 11th Hour" - Your final chance to catch comedy in the East Village, Saturday nights. New York City 2014-2016
  • Improv Face Off" - FOU's premier short-form improv show. Times Square, New York City 2014-2016
  • "Nads" - All male, strip improv show in a Times Square, NYC "Whose Line" meets "Magic Mike." 2024-2016
  • A Whole 'Nother Level - Acclaimed Long form with live music, poetry, physical comedy, and elements of short form. Performing at colleges and festivals around the country. Created by and featuring the 3 partners in FOU: Joe Tex, Jay Painter (founder), and Eric Robinson (founder). Since 2010.
  • Improvius Maximus - Long form teams compete in the Roman arena with Caesar, his beautiful slaves, and a Roman soldier, running weekly in LIC, Queens, Preview Performances on April 21st, 28th, and May 5th. Opens May 20th, Sunday night's at 7pm..
  • "Two Gentleman of Verona" - Shakespeare FOU style. Queens, NYC. Secret Theatre. 2012
  • Queens Improv Jamboree - A celebration of "Improvised Artwork Showcased In A Production Frame" © - 2nd annual event (formerly known as the Queens Fringe Festival)
  • The FOU JAM - Performances by the newest Intro to Face Off class, and featuring former/current Face Off cast members, students, and friends. quarterly, NYC. Since 2010
  • Friday Night Face Off - The original Face Off show, short-form competitive improv, running weekly on Long Island, NY. Since 2003.


FOU STUDIOS

  • "Thanking You" - Hosted by Broadway's Willie Dee. Interview show. (pre-production, 2018)
  • "Her Moment" - Starring by Katherine McDowell. Amazing women from the past, here and now. (pre-production, 2018)
  • "The Kenny Show" - Hosted by Puppet Legend, Kenny. Interview show. (pre-production, 2018)
  • "The Chris Hahn Show Podcast" - Radio host and political pundit - America's favorite progressive (weekly)
  • "Too Blondes" - Starring Chase O'Donnell and Savanah Brown - Award-winning comedy duo. Interview show (3 seasons)
  • "Geek XP" - With Peter The Geek & Friends - Interview show (1 season)
  • "Old Timey Radio" - Shakespearian radio play from the 1930s and 1940s (1 season)
  • "Big Brother On The Slop" - Big Brother (CBS) Superfan spoiler show (1 season)

Current Casts

Visit http://faceoffunlimited.com/the-company/


Improv Festivals

  • 2010 Harrisburg Improv Throwdown
  • 2011 Chicago Improv Festival, "Can't-Miss Act" - The Huffington Post


Reviews / Recognition


Staff

  • Jay Painter - Founder, Partner, Creative Director
  • Eric Robinson - Founder, Partner, CFO
  • Joe Tex - Partner, Director of Operations
  • Heather Shiekds - General Manager
  • Whit Baldwin - BATSU! NYC Company Manager
  • Steve Grande - BATSU! Chicago Company Manager
  • Brittany Moran - FOU Sr. Producer, FOU Studios Manager
  • Vinny Russo - Creative Director Friday Night Face Off
  • Martin Lorea - Receptionist


Notable Alumni

  • Christopher Hahn - Syndicated Radio Host, Democratic Strategist & FOX News Contributor
  • TJ Moss - Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter/The Yes Team
  • Hettie Barnhill - Broadway actor, dancer, and award winning choreographer


History

  • The company originated in January 2003 as Friday Night Face Off, a weekly improvised comedy show in Port Jefferson, New York featuring two teams of comedic improvisers engaged in a mock competition in the style of TheatreSports. Friday Night Face Off (often abbreviated as FNFO) has since become one of the longest continuously running improv comedy shows in New York.
  • Joe Tex named Creative Director of FNFO - June 2003
  • Vinny Russo named Creative Director of FNFO - January 2007
  • In 2009, the founders of Friday Night Face Off (Jay Painter and Eric Robinson) formed Face Off Unlimited, A Limited Liability Company, which produces various comedy stage shows as well as offering classes and workshops that utilize techniques of improvisation and creative ensemble. Soon after they brought on Joe Tex, a former Creative Director of FNFO (2003-2007) as Director of Operations.
  • In 2010 Face Off Unlimited opened Face Off University at The Secret Theatre in Long Island city, New York. Students include Emmy Award Winner TJ Moss of the band The Yes Team and Chelsey Keding of the Off-Broadway hit Voca People, which enjoyed a run at The Westside Theatre in 2011 and currently is running at New World Stages, and dozens of other professional working actors, singers, and dancers.
  • On January 10, 2011, Face Off debuted their live Japanese game-show comedy in New York City's East Village called Face Off Unlimited presents BATSU! Translated from the Japanese word for "penalty game", BATSU! has been hailed by critics as one of the "Best Things To Do In NYC" by CBS New York and was made a Time Out New York Critics' Pick and a Village Voice, Voice Choice. BATSU! was also hailed as "one of the most entertaining Monday nights in NYC" by Backstage Magazine.
  • A Whole 'Nother Level was created August, 2010 as part of the Harrisburg Improv Throwdown
  • Face Off Unlimited co-produced the 2011 Queens Fringe Festival in partnership with the Long Island city Arts Open, featuring the All Day Improv Festival. The All Day Improv Festival featured UCB Theatre house team Standard Oil, Travis Ploeger and IMusical: The Improvised Musical - The Reunion Show!, Chet Watkins, Hustlebot, and International Stinger, a comedy team from Chicago founded at the Playground Theatre. The 2nd annual event will be held on May 19th, 2012 at the Secret Theatre in LIC, Queens. The Queens Improv Jamboree will bring legendary musical improv director and accompanist Travis Ploeger (iMusical, I Eat Panda).
  • The 2012 Queens Improv Jamboree - "Improvised Artwork in a Production Frame" Featuring performances by Face Off Unlimited, an improvised musical directed and accompanied by Travis Ploeger (iMusical, I Eat Panda), and live music by Two-Thirds Goat. May 19th. Secret Theatre, LIC NY.
  • Face Off University offers improv classes exploring a wide range of formats and styles.
  • Japanese TV star Brian "Bu- Chan" Walters joins the cast of BATSU! March 19th, 2012.
  • Improvius Maximus Opens May 20th, 2012.
  • Face Off Unlimited is the content producer of Live Laughs and co-owner of DFD*TV.


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