Face Off Unlimited

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Face Off Unlimited is an improvisational comedy production company based in New York City that offers improv classes.


Face Off Shows

Face Off Unlimited presents BATSU! - America's only batsu-game improv show, running weekly in NYC's East Village. Face Off Unlimited presents Friday Night Face Off - The original Face Off show is a short form competitive comedy running weekly on Long Island, NY. Face Off Unlimited presents Improvius Maximus - Long form teams compete in Face Off's Roman arena with a Caesar, his beautiful slaves, and a Roman soldier, running weekly in Long Island City, Queens. Face Off Unlimited presents Queens Improv Jamboree - A celebration of "Improvised artwork showcased in a production frame" - Annual event (formerly known as the Queens Fringe Festival) Face Off Unlimited presents The Face Off Jam - This monthly show features a performance by the Intro to Face Off class as they are welcomed into the "Face Off Universe" and other students and cast members. Face Off Unlimited presents A Whole 'Nother Level - Long form that features live music, poetry, physical comedy, and elements of short form. Performing at colleges and festivals around the country.


Staff

Jay Painter - Co-Founder, Partner, Creative Director Eric Robinson - Co-Founder, Partner, CFO Joe Tex - Partner, Director of Operations Vinny Russo - Creative Director and original cast member of Friday Night Face Off Matt Samardge - Technical Director of BATSU! and Improvius Maximus Martin Lorea - Receptionist, Company Assistant


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.


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.


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.


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.



Current Cast

BATSU! - Joe Tex, Jay Painter, Eric Robinson, Alexander L Hill, Noriko Sato, Brian Walters, Whit Baldwin, Steve Grande, Matt Samardge, Nick Sotack FNFO - Vinny Russo (creative Director), Charlie Connolly, Steve Zegers, Michael Puma, Greg Ceremello, Heather Shields, Keith Miller Improvius Maximus - Matt Samardge, Whit Baldwin A Whole 'Nother Level - Joe Tex, Jay Painter, Eric Robinson


Alumni

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.