HISTORY

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SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS:
• Matt Higbee (iO Theater)
• Jen Kuhle (The Holograms)
• Kim Scarfe (The Last Laugh Comedy Theater)
• Kat Gotsick (iO Theater, CSz Chicago)
• Josh Feemster (iO West, Groundlings)
• Claire Wilcher (Blarf)
• Jon Colby (Dudesical)
• Clay Sander (WNEP Theater, The Second City)
• Tori House (Victoria's Secret Show)
• Jeremy Mahr (Sketchville)
• Bob Kelly (Tubbs & Kelly Present)

PAST MEMBERS:
• Nate Klaus (2012-15)
• John Hannon (co-founder, 2011-14)

 

Timeline

2011
Wisenheimer was founded in 2011 by Leslie Mitchell, Jeff De Leon, and John Hannon with the intent of bringing quality long form improv comedy to the Quad Cities area. They debuted on Wednesday, December 14th at The Establishment in The District of Rock Island, IL.

2012
The show runs every Wednesday for a year, slowly building a loyal following with each passing week. In April, Wisenheimer has a featured article done in the Quad-City Times. The following month, Nate Klaus joined the cast as the show expanded to four members.

2013
In January, The Establishment launched the Late Night Studio Series, where Wisenheimer was moved to a permanent residency with shows the first Saturday of every month. That month, they also produced a second show, Side Project, which featured a local celebrity as a special guest monologist.

2014
John Hannon performed his final show with Wisenheimer in May. Frequent guest performer Brent Tubbs subsequently joined the cast the following month.

2015
At the 2015 ComedySportz World Championship in June, three members of Wisenheimer were featured performers during a live recording of Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane as well as two members representing the Quad Cities in the championship match. That same month, Nate Klaus performed for the final time with Wisenheimer, and the troupe then opted to return to its original 3-person format. In November, Wisenheimer made their festival debut at the C-U Improv Festival in Champaign, IL.

On Saturday, December 5th, Wisenheimer formally announced the launch of Wisenheimer: The Podcast at their 4-Year Anniversary show.

2016
Wisenheimer is an official selection to the Green Gravel Comedy Festival in March, the Big Des Moines Improv Festival in April, the Detroit Improv Festival in August, and the Crossroads Comedy Festival in October.

2017
Wisenheimer is an official selection to the Third Coast Improv Fest in Nashville, TN. They also retain their residency at The Establishment for the newly rebranded The Late Nite Shows.

2018
Following numerous guest performances, Jen Kuhle officially joined Wisenheimer in April growing the troupe back to four members.