noun: oddity [ od-i-tee ] – A remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
Welcome to Oddity Improv!
We are a non-profit organization that builds confidence, creativity and teamwork. Oddity Improv prides themselves on aiming for smart clean-ish comedy.
Founded by Chris Guerra and Kelsey Cooke, our team brings years of experience and expertise to the art of improv. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and passion with our students, fostering a vibrant and supportive community.
In addition to our exceptional classes, we are excited to announce the creation of our Improv Troupe. This platform will allow students and company members to showcase their skills in front of a live audience, further honing their craft and unleashing their comedic brilliance. Whether you aspire to pursue a professional career in improvisation or simply want to have a blast and explore something new, Oddity Improv is the perfect destination for you.
Meet the Founders
Chris was first introduced to theatre in high school. After graduating with his BFA from Pace University in New York City, he performed on and off-Broadway in shows including COMPANY (u/s Stephen Colbert, working alongside Christina Hendricks, Neil Patrick Harris, and John Cryer), AVENUE Q, SPAMALOT, and the Broadway National Tour of SISTER ACT. After moving back to LA, he pursued television and comedy, becoming a Main Company member of the historic improv and sketch comedy theatre: The Groundlings. He developed his idea for the “Roger Bastion” character while performing as Olaf in DCA’s “Frozen: Live at the Hyperion” for 4 years. He currently has almost 800,000 followers on TikTok, where he acts out Facebook Marketplace Nightmares. Other Film: Big Foot Famous, Hypocrite. Television: MODERN FAMILY, FOX Sports Shorts, Digital Sky, and national commercials: Wayfair, Verizon, Kayak, Coca-Cola and currently voicing “Paladin” in HEARTHSTONE animated shorts. IMDB: Chris Guerra , Instagram & TikTok: @chriswguerra
Kelsey grew up acting professionally in Hollywood, signing with her first agent at the age of 7. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Vanguard University, and pursued a Broadway, TV and Film career in New York upon graduating, working on shows like PAN AM (ABC) and ROYAL PAINS (USA). Her work eventually brought her back to Hollywood where she trained in improv at The Groundlings, UCB and Second City. Kelsey appeared in LIFE PARTNERS (Tribeca & Sundance Film Festival), BLACK NOVEMBER (Vivica Fox), BAD TEACHER (CBS) and THE VERONICA MARS MOVIE. In 2020 she Co-Founded “thisishardtoread” productions and is an award-winning producer, writer, and actor on the award-winning feature comedy/mockumentary film, RE-OPENING.