Rogue Elephant is a longform improv and sketch comedy group independent of any major theatre and based in New York City. Its members met while taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, formed in November 2003, and first performed in January 2004.
Current members are Susannah Becket, Tim Curcio, Eddie Dunn, Silvija Ozols, Jim Santangeli, Nate Smith, and Gavin Speiller. Susannah moved to Los Angeles in 2007. Founding member Emlyn Morinelli left the group in 2004.
Rogue Elephant hosts a semimonthly improv show Fridays at Under St. Mark's Theatre in the East Village, with two different guest improv groups at each show. These shows have been running continuously since August 2004.
From February-April 2004, Rogue Elephant hosted a series of shows under the title Makeout Party at Four53 Studios in Brooklyn. They featured other improv groups, sketch groups, and stand-ups.
In 2007 their sketch show, Now That's What I Call Rogue Elephant, ran at the UCB Theatre. Their first sketch show, Anarchy Club, was performed as a Spank at the UCBT on October 11, 2004.
Coaches, Directors, Friends, and Influences
When the team rehearsed regularly the two most long-running coaches were Brett Christensen and John Reynolds, who encouraged the group to develop their signature forms, the Screw Puppy and the Hairtage.
Both sketch shows were directed by Chris Kula.
Many of the members of Rogue Elephant met in a 301 class taught by Billy Merritt.
For a long time Rogue Elephant co-hosted the Under St. Mark's shows with Robin Williams, followed by a long co-hosting stint with Ugly Stick. Now two different improv groups join the team at every show.