Mick Napier

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Mick Napier is an improvisor, writer, teacher, and director based out of Chicago. He has directed fifteen revues at the Second City, including the landmark show Paradigm Lost featuring Scott Adsit, Tina Fey, Kevin Dorff, Jim Zulevic, Jenna Jolovich, & Rachel Dratch. Most notably, Napier is the founder and artistic director of the Annoyance Theatre and author of Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out.

Mick Napier first became interested in improv while a student at Indiana University. Inspired by the book Something Wonderful Right Away by Jeffrey Sweet, Napier founded the group Dubbletaque with friend and fellow student David MacNerland. He performed with the group for four years before moving to Chicago to pursue improvisation in 1987.

The seeds for the Annoyance Theater were planted in the 1987 performance of the gore-filled show Splatter Theater. Napier and the group continued to perform under the name Metraform, named after the club they performed in, the Cabaret Metro. In 1989 the group formally rented a space and changed its name to The Annoyance.

In addition to his improv work, Napier directed the Comedy Central show Exit 57. The show ran for two seasons, was nominated for a Cable Ace Award and featured Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, & Paul Dinello. Napier directed and edited the 1999 Troma film Fatty Drives the Bus which starred notable Chicago improvisors Susan Messing, Jodi Lennon, Joe Bill, and Mark Sutton. Napier also developed the Annoyance's flagship show, Co-ed Prison Sluts. The show originally opened in April, 1988, and ran until June of 2000, giving it the title of Chicago's longest running musical.