Keith Saltojanes

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Keith Saltojanes is an award-winning* sketch and improv comedian, writer, actor, director, and teacher currently residing in Los Angeles.

Performer Bio

Keith Saltojanes began his formal training of improvisation in 2004 while attending the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre and became one of the leading forces in the expansion of the Central Florida improv community. While there, he studied with Jeff Wirth (founder of StoryBox and Iplay) and later with David Knoell (alum of ImprovOlympic Chicago). He became a founding member of Central Florida's premiere long form improvisational group, The Derelict Toys, who went on to tour the United States and perform a multitude of shows and were called "One of the best improv troupes from around the country" by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Theatre Performance, he studied with Sak Comedy Lab and Richard Paul and began performing with Crash&Burn Comedy (an off-shoot of The Derelict Toys) and with short form group Absent Minded Improv, who he helped lead into performing a new long form show voted "Best of The Festival" at the annual Orlando International Fringe Festival.

In Los Angeles, Keith studied at IO West, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Groundlings, Second City, and with such comedic luminaries as Bob Odenkirk, Kevin McDonald, Charna Halpern, Ian Roberts, Susan Messing, Bob Dassie, Craig Cackowski, Ed Greenberg, Eric Moneypenny, Heather Anne Campbell and extensively with Miles Stroth, with whom he performed with for over a year..

Among the many on-screen credits to his name, Keith has performed in hundreds of improv and comedy shows at such places as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, iO West, Second City, SF Sketchfest, Del Close Marathon, Chicago Improv festival, and Los Angeles Comedy Festivals. Keith is the creator and producer of multiple shows including The One Hour Improv Festval with resident iO West team, English Speaking Moose, the variety show Comedy Music Circus, and for holding the World Record for Longest Improv Show with the [[7 Day Show]. He also writes and performs with the sketch group, Brute Squad at UCB Theater and iO West (which they were a Mainstage House Team for over 3 years and won such awards as The Annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival Sketch Competition and Iron Sketch).

As Teacher

While in Central Florida, Keith became one of the weekly teachers of the improv workshop called "Improv Gym" where students could learn and practice long form improvisation; the only place to do so in the region.

In Los Angeles, he founded the independent workshop ImprovLA, where he acts as the head instructor and hosts a podcast of the same name.

Keith has been teaching improvisers, non-improvisers, actors, comedy groups, corporate employees and executives the skills of improvisation all over the World and most notably at iO West, The Miles Stroth Workshop Sketch program, and recently teaching students in China. He was also nominated for Coach of the Year at the annual Del Close Awards.

Groups

Current Shows

  • Brute Squad -- UCB, iO West (Headliner House Sketch Team monthly show, Writer/Performer)
  • ImprovLA Night of Improv -- Graduation showcase (Host and Creator)

Past Shows

Keith has performed in hundreds of improv and sketch comedy shows and in a large number of different forms. Here is a partial list:


Awards

  • World record Holder for Longest Continuous Improv Show as creator of the 7 Day Show
  • Winner of the 2012 Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival Sketch Competition (with Brute Squad)
  • Winner of the 2012 Iron Sketch Competition (with Brute Squad)
  • Winner Best Special Interest School or Instruction by the 2012 Los Angeles Community Award Program (as Improv-LA)
  • 5 Time Receiver of "Admirable Instinct For Writing", UCF One Act Festival (with The Derelict Toys)
  • 2 Time Official Selection of the Del Close Marathon, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (with The Derelict Toys)
  • Nominee: 2011/2012 Del Close Awards: Best DCT Show (with English Speaking Moose)
  • Nominee: 2013 Del Close Awards: Coach of the Year
  • Nominee: 2012/2013 Del Close Awards: Best Sketch Show (with Brute Squad)
  • Nominee: 2012 INNY Awards: Best Instructor
  • Nominee: 2012 INNY Awards: Best Training Center (Improv-LA)
  • Nominee: 2012 INNY Awards: Best Long Form Group (with English Speaking Moose)
  • Official Selection of the San Francisco Sketchfest (with Brute Squad)
  • Official Selection: 2011/2012 Los Angeles Improv Festival (with English Speaking Moose)
  • Official Selection: 2011 Valley Improv Festival (with English Speaking Moose)
  • Official Selection: 2011 Los Angeles Comedy Festival Spotlight Series (with English Speaking Moose)
  • Official Selection: 2006 Chicago Improv Festival's "Improv Through The Night" (with The Derelict Toys)

Trivia

  • Keith is the creator of the long forms, Family Dinner.
  • In 2010, Keith, along with his group English Speaking Moose, wrote, directed, and performed in a sketch comedy pilot for IFC that was based off the Deconstruction and featured a member of The Family, Miles Stroth.
  • With The Derelict Toys, Keith once performed 36 hours of continuous improv for the show "Improv Through The Night" as part of The Chicago Improv Festival
  • in 2015, he set the World Record for Longest Improv Show at 150 hours as the creator of the 7 Day Show
  • Keith is also a trained clown and juggler, and has many television credits as such.


Websites