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Off Broadway Theatre
272 S. Main St.
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Fri., June 20 @ 7:30PM
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Laughing Stock
Off Broadway Theatre
272 S. Main St.
SLC, UT

 



JoKyR and Jesster About
Utah's only international touring long form improv group. Producing intelligent comedy, energetic drama, and world class improvisational theatre at venues throughout Salt Lake City.

"JoKyR and Jesster" is Joseph Kyle Rogan and Jesse Parent, two of Utah's most prolific improvisers. Together they perform high stake, character driven improv with a combined experience of over 24 years and a combined weight of over 315 lbs.

While working side by side for two years as directors of the troupe Knock Your Socks Off (KYSOff), the duo quickly became sick of never getting stage time together. Joe and Jesse finally decided to perform as "JoKyR and Jesster" at the Utah improv jam Septemberprov in September of 2003, performing a duo format they call a Shellac to audience acclaim. A Shellac, now their signature form, is a high stakes long form driven by strong characters exploring thematic elements presented by conversational monologues that bookend the piece.

Striking a nomadic union, they have since brought their energetic and intelligent brand of improv to numerous venues throughout Utah and across the continent. While both men are married, they are not married to each other, contrary to popular belief and the gossip surrounding that "event" at the KYSOff Christmas party.

"JoKyR and Jesster" is primarily coached by Micki Jo Rogan, but have had additional coaching from Joe Bill and Jady Brooks, as well.

History

June 6, 2008 - Performance presented by both the Chicago Improv Festival and Snubfest

April 5, 2008 - Performance at the 7th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival

Oct. 12-13, 2007 - Performance and taught workshops at the 3rd Annual Gainesville Improv Festival

Aug. 24-26, 2007 - Performance and taught workshops at CAMPROV 2007

May 26, 2007 - Performance at the 1st Annual Out of Bounds West

May 12, 2007 - Performance at the 6th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival

Nov. 4, 2006 - Performance at the 2006 Philadelphia Improv Festival in Philadelphia, PA

Sep. 1, 2006 - Performance at the 5th Annual Out of Bounds Improv Festival and Miniature Golf Tournament in Austin, TX

July 29, 2006 - Performance at the 2006 Del Close Marathon in New York City, NY

June 29 - July 1, 2006 - Performances at the 2006 San Francisco Improv Festival

June 10, 2006 - Performances at the 2006 Lowell Comedy Festival in Lowell, MA

Apr. 29, 2006 - Performance at the 9th Annual Chicago Improv Festival

Apr. 21-23, 2006 - Performance and taught workshops at the 5th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival

Apr. 5 - May 10, 2006 - Taught 6 week course on Improvisational Acting for the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning Program

Mar. 24-25, 2006 - Produced and performed in show at the University of Utah's Babcock Theatre with the internationally known improv group, BASSPROV and The Scramble.

Jan. 13-15, 2006 - Performances and taught workshop at the 4th Annual Miami Improv Festival

Oct. 15, 2005 - First sketch performance at the Bleu Cow 5 show at the Bovine Metropolis Theater in Denver, CO

Oct. 14, 2005 - Performance at the 1st Annual Denver Improv Festival

Sep. 9, 2005 - Performance at the 4th Annual Out of Bounds Improv Festival and Miniature Golf Tournament in Austin, TX

Aug. 19, 2005 - Performance at the 4th Annual Toronto Improv Festival's Fringe Venue (headline act)

July 23, 2005 - Performance at Juvie Hall in New York City, NY opening for Tight and Pygmy Marmalade

July 2, 2005 - Performance and taught workshops at the 2005 Gulf Coast Comedy Festival in Seaside, FL

June 2-4, 2005 - Performances at the 2005 San Francisco Improv Festival

Apr. 15, 2005 - Performance at the 4th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival

Mar. 26, 2005 - Began producing local long form shows at Sugarbeats Stage in Salt Lake City, UT

Mar. 18-19, 2005 - Performances at the DC Comedy Fest in Washington, DC

Mar. 12, 2005 - Performance at the Courageous Mongoose Improv Festival in Bowling Green, KY

Feb. 3-4, 2005 - Performances at the 3rd Annual Miami Improv Festival

Aug. 20, 2004 - Performance at the 3rd Annual Toronto International Improv Festival's Cabaret Venue (headline act)

May 7, 2004 - Performance at the 7th Annual Chicago Improv Festival's Duo Venue

Apr. 24, 2004 - Performance at the 3rd Annual Phoenix Improv Festival

Sep. 4, 2003 - First performance at Septemberprov in Clearfield, UT
 

 

JoKyR and Jesster is coached by Micki Jo Rogan. All pictures except Joe Rogan's head shot and where noted courtesy of Heather Franck. Joe's head shot courtesy of Marc Reynolds.
JoKyR and Jesster is a Highly Irregular Production, centered in Salt Lake City, Utah..