Alex has been an improviser, actor, comedian, teacher, and an almost-daily-shower-taker for over 20 years. He is elated for the opportunity to teach and perform improv comedy in Jacksonville.
Alex began performing improv when he was only 16 years old in the High School League at CSz Milwaukee, the original ComedySportz club. Later, after graduating from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Theatre-Education, he worked as a high school theatre teacher for 3 years before ultimately setting off to Seattle, Washington. This is where he opened and led CSz Seattle - home of ComedySportz Seattle. Under Alex's leadership, this troupe of Seattle artists grew from a small nomadic improv group to a community of comedy performers with a dedicated fan base and a brick and mortar venue, housing two theatres.
Alex also currently serves as President of the CSz Worldwide Executive Council. CSz Worldwide is the organization that licenses theatre companies to perform ComedySportz internationally.
David Bogan, a former Marine and die-hard Tom Petty fan, is an experienced veteran of improv comedy. He has taught and performed many styles of improv comedy for over 25 years. Starting in 1997, David performed and taught at CSz Milwaukee - Home of ComedySportz. After 20 years, in 2015 he relocated to co-manage CSz Seattle - Home of ComedySportz. He has performed in thousands of shows, and has also taught a vast number of individuals, teams, and organizations the art of improvisation and how the skills that improv training introduces can be applied to life, play, and work. Some applications include comedy entertainment, public speaking, science communication, corporate team building, and helping to manage anxiety.
David has also designed and facilitated Applied Improvisation training for a diversity of companies and organizations. His workshops center on making communication more collaborative, supportive, and effective both in and out of the workplace. Such past and present clients include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Amazon, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Way, Hershey’s, and many, many, more.
A Jill of several trades and master of some, Madelaine is one of the founding members of First Coast Comedy. With over 10 years of management, leadership, teaching and performance experience, she is beyond thrilled to be running this business with her husband, Alex.
Madelaine practically grew up onstage touring the United States with her musician mother. She has worked as a touring actor, musical theatre performer, and film actor. She’s also been teaching theatre to kids for nearly a decade.
In early 2021, Madelaine, Alex and Dave chose to make the leap to Jacksonville, Florida to make her and Alex’s dream of having a second improv comedy club a reality. They brought talented friends with them and founded First Coast Comedy.
Through 2021, she honed her improv skills under Dave and Alex doing roadshows before they found a space for the theatre. When she’s not performing or finding tasks to do around the theatre, Madelaine stays busy being the proud mama to Lucille Rose Grindeland, whose pictures you can see when you visit First Coast Comedy. Prior to this career, Madelaine has also been a professional wrestler (Vicky “The Captain” Dreamboat) and a 100 Ton USCG licensed boat captain. For a while she was also the sales assistant for Oregon’s most prolific Stinging Nettle salesman... Ask her about it.
You can follow her on social media for your daily dose of silly reels, copious amounts of baby pictures, wrestling clips, gym selfies and more: @vickydreamboat or @madgrinzz.
Steven is a skilled artisan cocktail maker with a with a knack for making even the most surly laugh, and he looks forward to mixing you the perfect drink for your evening of laughter at First Coast Comedy. He's also a dancer, romancer, and top tier Halsey fan, but don’t ask him his opinion of his name (Stephen) being spelled with a PH instead of a V…