Jeff is from Iowa City, IA and graduated from the University of Iowa. He created and hosts The Mystery Hour, and also serves as the head writer. Jeff worked for The Late Show with David Letterman, and has appeared on Mad Men, We The People, and worked with Funny or Die. He has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade and The Skinny Improv, where he has performed since 2004. Jeff can be also be seen in numerous commercials.
Twitter handle: @themysteryhour
Chad Harris is a Springfield native who has studied, practiced and taught improv comedy across the country for over a decade. He is the creator of Fair City News, the Improvadors, co-creator of the Skinny Improv and comedic writer for The Mystery Hour. Harris also works as a commercial actor, writer, voice-over talent, host, event speaker and musician. He works in advertising during the day and enjoys being a husband and father of two. He has survived Y2K, the Great Recession and the Mayan Doomsday.
Twitter handle: @faircitynews
Tyler is a high school English teacher, specializing in the poetry of rap, facts about Ernest Hemingway, and wearing plaid. On non-Mystery Hour weekends he can be seen performing improv and/or stand-up comedy. Tyler has opened for Mike Birbiglia, Bo Burnham, and Loni Love, among others. Tyler created a stand up show held at The Skinny Improv. Sometimes he plays banjo, too. He has a twitter and a blog. He puts eggs on his BLTs.
Twitter handle: @tylersnod
Sarah Jenkins has performed improv and stand up for years. She performs in an improv show perfectly made for her — a literary improv show called Use Your Words. She is an advertising copywriter by day who spends her nights splitting time among her love of books, cat ownership, running, sort of playing the accordion, and (let’s just be real) lots and lots of Netflix. Her feelings about The Mystery Hour can best be expressed by Kenneth Ellen Parcell: “There are two things I love in this world: everybody and television.”
Twitter handle: @jenksie
Matt Allen’s a sometimes funny writer, actor and puppeteer for the always funny Mystery Hour television program. Matt has performed stand up across the country and has recently jumped into improv as well. Of the 24 hours he’s given each day he enjoys sleeping 7 of them, eating 2 to 3 times, breathing, and trying not to think about the vastness of our seemingly never-ending universe and our questionably trivial existence within it’s comic theater. He also has a cat he found in a trashcan
Twitter handle: @whoismattallen
Scott is an improvisor and writer who got his start at The Skinny Improv. Scott continued to hone those skills when he moved to Sydney, Australia. While in Sydney he was in several shows with national and world champion improvisors. Back state side Scott is a Mainstage cast member at The Skinny Improv and you can see him most Friday and Saturday nights. His guilty pleasure is fantasizing about being a famous rapper.
Twitter handle: @sckirchner
Jeff Jenkins is the founder and Executive Director of The Skinny Improv and graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Drama. Jeff is a graduate of the I.O. Training Center in Chicago, and has also studied with the Four Day Weekend Training Center in Ft. Worth, Tx and traveled the country with Isaac Improv. Jeff can be seen in theatre productions and commercials across the area and is also a speaker team building specialist. Jeff also co-wrote the sensation, Hamlet Versus Zombies that won Best of Show for the San Francisco Fringe Festival.
Twitter handle: @theskinnyguru
Danny has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Texas State University-San Marcos, is a graduate of the Groundlings, the Second City, and a soon-to-be graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade. He has appeared on television, in various commercials, and is one third of the sketch group, Tricycle Kids. Danny is currently in the cast of the Best Of Show at Second City LA
Twitter handle: @fineanddanny
Joe Swink was born in Fredericksburg Virginia and is a 13th generation Virginian. Swink graduated from Evangel University where he met his wife, Jannah. He spent 5 years training and performing with the Skinny Improv in downtown Springfield and was a regular fixture on the Mystery Hour. In late 2007, Swink said farewell to the Ozarks and moved back to the Mother of President’s, Virginia where he took a job as a technical writer for DHS. He currently works for DHS US-VISIT as a system engineer but often daydreams about doing professional improv again. Currently, most of Joe’s creative energy goes into performing the role of “Silly Daddy” for his daughter Elliott.
Nick Semar is currently an improviser/actor in Chicago. Nick performed with The Skinny Improv in Springfield from 2005-2007. Nick studied at iO Chicago where he performed on Harold teams and with the musical improv group The Deltones. He is currently an ensemble member with both ComedySportz Chicago and the full band improvised musical group Baby Wants Candy with which he has performed all over the United States and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Ediburgh, Scotland. He is also a cast member of the critically acclaimed musical parody “50 Shades! The Musical”.