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Erika May McNichol

Lead Instructor
Improv Olympic and ComedySportz (Chicago), ColdTowne Theater (Austin) and ComedySportz (Philly)

Erika received her start in Chicago, training and performing at ImprovOlympic, Second City and ComedySportz, where she played with house teams Mr. Sir, Hall of Presidents and indie team, Bevy and was a writer and featured player in the long-running sketch show "Late Night Late Show with Mark Luge". In 2005, she moved to Austin in where she was a member of the award-winning troupe The Frank Mills and co-founded the ColdTowne Conservatory, where she helped train hundreds of students in the art of comedy.


She's won several awards for her work including Outstanding Director, Most Valuable Player and Best Characters, as well as several B. Iden Payne awards for Outstanding Troupe with former troupe The Frank Mills. She has performed and lead workshops around the country including the Chicago Improv Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (TX), the Del Close Marathon (NYC) and Charm City Comedy Festival (Baltimore).


She's been working with kids since 1995, when she began working as a substitute teacher for Austin Independent School District while completing coursework in child psychology and development. Since then, she has taught comedy to kids through workshops, coaching and summer camps. 

While she was raised in Texas, Erika is married to a native Philadelphian and has come to appreciate hoagies, water ice and slow days at the shore. When she's not shuttling her two kiddos around to sports or activities, she's taught improv at Good Good Comedy Theater and Philadelphia School of Improv. She also performs with her spouse, Bob as McNichol and May and is company member with ComedySportz, where you can catch her entertaining Philadelphians and tourists most weekends.

Bob McNichol

Improv Olympic (Chicago), ColdTowne Theater (Austin), Philadelphia School of Improv (Philly)

Bob studied and performed at ImprovOlympic, Annoyance Theater, and Second City in Chicago where he performed with Johnny Roast Beef and Concept Album before moving to Austin in 2005. He has since taught, coached and performed at Coldtowne Theater with award-winning troupe The Frank Mills,  The Smoking Arm and Stool Pigeon. At ColdTowne, Bob won the award for Straight Characters so often, they named the award for him.

He is an original cast member of the acclaimed sketch comedy podcast, Victrola, finalists in the Improv for Humans/Earwolf Competition (2017). You can listen to episodes or download their album Virtual Aurality (Sure Things Records) on iTunes

Locally, Bob has taught improv at Good Good Comedy Theater and Philadelphia School of Improv and has appeared in Great Great and monthly show This Week Sucked at ComedySportz. 

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