Meet the current ensemble:
AVERY LEE has studied at The Annoyance, Second City, and iO, where he performs with Trash Daddiez. He also performs with 98.6, and produces a show at Underground Lounge at least four times a week. He is represented by Grossman & Jack. He is the Executive Director of Stir Friday Night.
DACEY ARASHIBA writes and performs sketch comedy with Stir Friday Night and Awful People, and sings in a punk rock choir called The Blue Ribbon Glee Club. He sometimes writes music for shows he’s in; notably, an ode to Jeppson’s Malört. In a previous life he was a professional musician, and has a metal song 17 minutes into “D2: Mighty Ducks Two.”
JONALD JUDE REYES is a writer, performer, & Director from Chicago, IL. As a graduate of Rutgers University (NJ), he went on to learn from Second City Training, iO Theater, the Annoyance, and the Chicago Dramatists. He has performed with various comedy troupes, including Stir Friday Night, Mind Spinach, and Old Smuggler. Jonald has performed as part of the Chicago Improv Festival, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and the TBS Just for Laughs Festival. As a Director, Reyes has been honored to be named as Chicago Reader’s Best of Stage Director (2012, 2013, & 2014). He is also an Associate Producer for the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and Chicago Improv Festival. Jonald is also the Artistic Director of his own production company, the Mental Notion Society (est. 2010).
LOREEN TARGOS performs sketch and improv comedy with Stir Friday Night. She has studied improvisation at Second City and Annoyance Theater and studied acting at Black Box Studio. She is also a graduate student studying public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Tenants Organization.
RAY HUI is from New York City. He performs with SFN and writes/performs solo sketch around town. Previous credits include Bat-Hamlet (Cornservatory Theater), Fancy Woman (iO Theater, Chicago Sketchfest ’13, ’14) and Radio Television Theater Hour (Public House Theater). Last year, he directed the Ladies of Stir-Friday Night for the 2015 Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and a one-act play for Triple Feature at The Annoyance. His favorite bands are Weezer and The Gaslight Anthem.
SCOTT HANADA is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, iO, and Laughtrack Theater Company in Honolulu. He has improvised from coast to coast, as well as back home in the 50th state. In case you’ve gotta ask, he moved here for the weather. You can see him on stage with Stir Friday Night and The Collage, or giving tours at The Museum of Science and Industry. Mahalo and aloha!!!
TJ MEDEL is a Jersey native that studied theater at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He’s toured as a spoken word artist for 10 years, and has performed at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Madison Square Garden, The Green Mill, The Revival, iO, Annoyance, and Second City. TJ is also a member of The Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble, Theater Unspeakable, the hip-hop collective Elephant Rebellion, and the improvised rap group Rapture. In 2015 he was a Second City Bob Curry Fellow, and he is represented by Stewart Talent.
BROOKE MONTOYA is a professional character actor, comedian and writer, based in Chicago since 2009. She attended DePaul University and has graduated from the Second City Conservatory, iO, and The Annoyance. Over the past few years, Brooke has graced just about every comedy theater in Chicago with her written and/or improvised work. Brooke performs regularly with Stir-Friday Night, Chicago’s premier Asian-American sketch group, and with Fire & Beer, the house ensemble of The Annoyance Theatre. She is the creator and producer of “In Any Language”, a variety show featuring silent and multilingual performance. Other credits include Ingebor in Splatter Theater, Lethal Action Force at iO, and Caliber at ComedySportz. Currently, Brooke is cultivating her newly-found talent for storytelling and burlesque performance. Find her on Facebook and on Twitter (@brookeym3) to find out where she will be next!
ANNELYSE AHMAD is so grateful to have found a creative home with Stir Friday Night! Currently an understudy for The Second City’s e.t.c. show, she recently made her Equity debut as LEELA in the world premiere of Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Global Health from Northwestern University and loves nerdy science jokes! Annelyse is a member of SAG-AFTRA and represented by BMG. Keep in touch at annelyseahmad.com
LOUISE LOEB hails from New York. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, as well as iO’s Improv and Music Improv programs. She currently studies at Comedy Sportz’s Professional School of Improvisation. When not on stage at night or slaving away as a lawyer during the day, Louise enjoys playing the violin and pranking/scaring unsuspecting targets and then laughing at them. She is also easily amused by small animals.
KANNAN ARUMUGAM has written and acted in four sketch revues with Stir-Friday Night. He performs sketch as a solo act as well and has done so in shows like The Second City’s Diversity Showcase and The Revival Theater’s Revival Hour. He can also be seen performing improv comedy as part of the ensemble of both The Playground Theater and The Under The Gun Theater. Kannan has trained in improv at The Annoyance and in clown theater at 500 Clown.
CHRISTINA SEO graduated from the internationally esteemed School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in Writing. She found herself in Chicago by way of a small beach town in LA. Her background in the performing arts has deep roots in improvisation. You can find her performing with Stir Friday Night and Lady Crush all over Chicago, and occasionally all over the country for various comedy festivals.