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.
JONALD JUDE REYES is the Artistic Director of Stir Friday Night. He is a writer, performer & Director from Chicago, IL, by way of Rutgers University (NJ), and extensive training from the Second City, iO Theater, the Annoyance, and the Chicago Dramatists. Jonald has performed in the Detroit Improv Festival, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and the Just for Laughs Festival (Chicago). As a Director, Reyes has been honored to be named as Chicago Reader’s Best of Stage Director (2016). He is an alum of DirectorsLabChicago and has been accepted into DirectorsLab New York at Lincoln Center Theater for 2017. His recent Directing credits include Splatter Theater (Annoyance), Fake Quotes Comedy (Second City), Blackfish the Musical (MCL Chicago), and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Stage 773). Jonald is an Associate Producer for the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the Women’s Funny Festival, and has Produced the Chicago Improv Festival in 2015. He works on the Steering Committee for DirectorsLabChicago and Stage 773’s Young Professionals Board. For more info, please visit www.jonaldjude.com
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.”
LOREEN TARGOS lets her Asian light shine with Stir Friday Night. She also performs stand up around Chicago and is a member of PREACH, an improvised spoken word movement. She is a graduate of the Second City and Annoyance Theater programs and is a current student at iO Chicago. Loreen has a dog named Wisła – yes, THE Wisła – and they love to recreate in the Great Lakes which remain shark-free in 2017 thanks to the heroes at Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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!
CLAUDIA IAO is super excited to be anywhere, but especially with Stir Friday Night! She also performs with Fire & Beer (The Annoyance Theatre’s house ensemble), as well as a few independent teams (Mrs. Housefire, Little Oprahs, PrettyUgly). She has trained at iO, The Annoyance Theater, and completed the Second City Conservatory Program. In her free time, she likes to eat cookies. Follow her @claudiayiao and/or claudiaiao.com. Stay perfect, everyone!
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.
JAVID IQBAL is a new father who has been restructuring his act to just be baby talk and hopes you are okay with that. He was featured in the 2016 Second City NBCUniversal Breakout Comedy Festival, & recently finished up a run with the Second City Training Center’s Musical House Ensemble “Infinite Sundaes”. Javid loves Stir Friday Night, his family (especially Jazmin & baybay Jamil), and sleeping with both eyes open.
ASSOCIATE STIR FRIDAY NIGHT MEMBERS: Kannan Arumugam, Kana Felix, & Ray Hui.