Featured Talent

Sherman Edwards

 SHERMAN EDWARDS was named 2012’s ‘Best Stand Up Comic in Chicago’ by the Chicago Reader and has been a featured performer at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival in Chicago, The Del Close Marathon in New York, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and other notable clubs and theaters around the US. Born and raised in Virginia but currently residing in Chicago, he can be found doing stand up, theater, improv and he can be seen on HBO GO's “Single Long” and FOX’s “Empire”. Please click on the attached link to see Sherman's act in action: https://youtu.be/bDKSSZMIVwM.  

Known for: Stand-up, improv comedy, sketch comedy andTV and Film actor.

Warren Phynix Johnson

WARREN PHYNIX JOHNSON is Improv Unlimited's Artistic Director.  His credits include:  The Second City’s National Touring Company, RedCo.; The Second City(Theatrical) revue; “The Second City Does Baltimore”, Crossbreed Comedy with Laugh Factory’s house team, “Bastards Of The Underground”, Improv Unlimited Corporate Comedy Shows, “Bastards Of The Underground at iO Chicago.  He was an ensemble member in McDonald’s Corp’s only traveling improv show: America’s Next Success Story.  Click here to see Warren's Comedy Reel!  


Christopher Bell

CHRISTOPHER BELL is an actor, mime, magician, improvisor, entrepreneur  and founder of Improv Unlimited over 16 years ago.  

Chris' credits span the last 35 years and include both television and stage credits, including teaching his trademark magic effect "The Incline" to Michael Jackson for his concert tour in the early 90's.

In addition to show business, Chris has been the CEO of Bell Communications and currently runs the operations for Improv Unlimited.

Matt Chiaramonte


MATT CHIARAMONTE is a Chicago comedian who's made a name for himself performing at clubs and shows in Chicago, as well as producing Crossbreed Comedy, a monthly variety show for the last 5 years. His sharp writing and comfortable stage presence helped Matt become a finalist in the 2017 Laughing Devil Comedy Festival in NYC. The Chicago Tribune awarded him the "Jerry Seinfeld Award for Observational Humor,"

Rob Wilson


ROB WILSON was a cast member of Second City's Black History show as well as one of their 2017 Bob Curry Fellows. He is an ensemble member of Baby Wants Candy and has toured the nation. He has performed at the NBCUniversal Break Out Comedy Festival, The NYC International Fringe Festival  and can be seen on NBC’s "Chicago Fire" and FOX’s "Empire."

See Rob's stand-up act here:  https://youtu.be/plgSH3gJLwY 

Amy Niko Schwartz


AMY NIKO SCHWARTZ performs at Zanies Comedy Clubs​ ​and​ is currently a producer and performer on Booth Comedy Hour at the Elbo Room. She was a writer and ensemble cast member for Outside The Box at Laugh Factory Chicago. She currently is a improv cast member at Crossbreed Comedy at the Laugh Factory and co-host on B.A.D. Waves Radio on que4.org