North Coast: Hip Hop Improv Comedy

The Cast

Boris Khaykin

Boris Khaykin is a comedian living in Brooklyn, NY and a frequent performer at the UCB Theater. His stand up has been featured on HuffingtonPost Comedy, Collegehumor Live, and more. He has appeared in and written for videos featured on Comedy Central, Collegehumor, FunnyOrDie, High Times, and UCBcomedy.

Follow him on twitter @theBorisK.

Douglas Widick

Douglas Widick is a founding member of Hip-Hop Improv group, North Coast, which was named one of Timeout NY’s Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014. You can catch him performing around NYC with many other musical improv, improv, and sketch groups as well. He is a member of house Musical Improv teams at both the Magnet and PIT Theaters, and just finished sketch shows with Pop Roulette (PIT), The 2017 Tony Awards (UCB), Dead Dads Club (UCB). He also performs with UCB Theater NY Maude Sketch Team Dangerous Woman. Doug teaches an 8-week Hip-Hop Improv class at the Magnet Theater, and was recently seen in the Off-Broadway musicals, F#%king Up Everything and Blank! The Musical. You can catch his many comedy videos at www.Douglaswidick.com.

Ethan "Exacto" Scott

Ethan “Exacto” Scott

Ethan Scott, known as Exacto on stage, is a traveling artist and performer currently based in New York City. Focused on beatboxing, improv, stand-up, and painting, Ethan hopes to inspire the community to dance, sing, study, and overall enjoy life to the fullest. “Exacto” has performed on stage for a variety of shows, ranging from poetry slams and break dance battles throughout the USA and Canada, to “Tourette’s Without Regrets” in Oakland, CA and America’s Got Talent in San Francisco.

At a young age Ethan found visual and aural media to be the strongest forms of communication, and is determined to create a new look and sound with his work.

Geoff Grimwood

Geoff Grimwood is an improviser, actor, director, teacher, and whatever else you need, born in Chicago and based in New York. Geoff cut his improv teeth at iO in Chicago, and his hiphop teeth in DSI's legendary The Beatbox. He has studied and performed The Second City, iO Chicago, the Annoyance, the Peoples Improv Theater, the Magnet, the UCB, and a dozen or so other spots across the country.

Geoff teaches improv independently and for the Peoples Improv Theater, for improv students and corporate clients. Career highlights include improvising with Emo Philips, Mo Collins, and the New York Yankees, and creating his own show Fake Church, which improvises religions live on stage.

James Robilotta

James Robilotta is the founder of the freestyle-rapping, beatboxing, always fresh, long-form team “North Coast”. He started performing improv and stand-up comedy in 2004 and continued in graduate school with Clemson University’s troupe, “Mock Turtle Soup”. In 2007 he started studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the Magnet Theater, in New York City. James now teaches hip hop improv at the Magnet theater and workshops at comedy festivals around the country.

Outside of improv James is a Professional Speaker who talks with corporate and college audiences around North America about Authentic Leadership and Networking. He is also a Personal Coach who hold people accountable to pursuing their goals and living more purposeful lives.  To learn more about James, check out his website:http://www.JamesTRobo.com or follow him on Twitter: @JamesTRobo.

Jonathan DeMuth

Jonathan DeMuth has been studying improv in New York City at the Magnet Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade and People’s Improv Theater since March 2009. He has studied improv with Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, John Lutz, Billy Merritt, Armando Diaz, Chris Gethard, Will Hines, Charna Halpern, Peter McNerney, Louis Kornfeld, Shannon O’Neill & Gavin Speiller just to name a few.

By day, Jonathan is a television editor. By night, he performs regularly with his improv groups North Coast, Cool Blanche, A Few Good Men & his Magnet Megawatt team TITAN… he also a co-founder of the podcast “Your Weird” (now on iTunes)!

On a more important note, he loves his wife Erin, daughter Pepper, sports and video games!

Kaila Mullady

Kaila Mullady is a New York based performer. She is the current World Beatbox Champion, American Vice Beatbox Champion, 2x Loop station champion and 3x, reigning, Beatrhyme Champion. Kaila performs all over NYC and the country infusing beatboxing, singing, rapping, poetry and theater to push the boundaries of creativity and show just what the human instrument is capable of. Teaching workshops all across the country promoting reading, writing and finding your own soul music. Giving back to communities and volunteering is a big part of Kaila’s creative process.

Katy Berry

Katy Berry is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer who has studied at both The Magnet and UCB Theaters. Frequently referred to as “a bad bitch with an incredible smile,” when not performing with North Coast, Katy can be found slaying audiences with her indie long form team, Cool Blanche, or indie sketch team, S.A.C.K. Check out her original web series, Katy in the Bush, at katyberrycomedy.com.

Megan Reilly

Megan Reilly is a comedian, rapper and actor based out of New York City. She can be see touring the country with "Broadway's Next Hit Musical" or every Monday night in "On the Spot!" at the Broadway Comedy Club. You may also see her twerking around the Big Apple as her alter, raunchy, rap-ego, La Dynasty. She has a passion for Drake, iced coffee and staring directly at the moon. Megan received a BFA in Drama from The Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has studied comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City and the Magnet Theater. She is fifty-shades of stoked to be playing with North Coast!

Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal is comedian and improviser with over 15 years of experience. She is also a free-style rapper. In addition to touring and performing w/ Hip Hop improv team, North Coast, she can be seen performing weekly at Reckless Theatre with House team, Nemesis, or around the country with international touring company, Big Bang. Rachel is also an award-winning improv instructor who has worked with The People’s Improv Theater (2014 Teacher Of The Year), Miami Ad School, Reckless Theatre and at various theaters around the country.   

Rachel has been featured on Vh1 and on several podcasts and radio shows including This American Life, Risk!, Slate’s The Gist, WBUR’s You’re the Expert, and Myq Kaplan's Hang Out With Me podcast. The Huffington Post once called her an “improv whirlwind.” But feel free to make your own observations at theraeroshow.com or on twitter at @raeroshow.

Richie Alfson

Hailing from Oklahoma City, Richie began improvising in Boulder, Colorado where he co-founded and directed the group Left Right TIM. In Colorado he also performed at the Bovine, the Impulse, and with The Dinner Detective Colorado. After producing and performing in a show for the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he moved to New York City and began studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade, under the tutelage of Anthony Atamanuik, Lydia Hensler, Rich Talarico, and others. He holds a degree in Theater and a minor in Technology, Arts, & Media from CU-Boulder. He has written, produced, and acted in several NYC off-Broadway productions. Currently, Richie can be seen performing with North Coast, SHADOWS & RapTime.

Steve Jeanty

Steve Jeanty is a Long Island comedian, writer and rapper who has been performing improv since 2011. He's learned from a ton different performers from UCB, PIT & The Annoyance. You can find Steve performing with his indie team, Ski Legend on every first Monday of the month at Dixon Place & with North Coast every Saturday at the PIT theater. You can also find Steve at any organic ice cream shop doing his damn thang.

Follow him on twitter @stevejeanty

Beatboxers…

North Coast works with some of the most talented beatboxers in the United States. Check out some of the beatboxers we work and travel with.