|Posted by Jon Lannen on December 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM|
Queerbots is Denver's only LGBT improv comedy ensemble. The cast is made up of Sarah Kirwin, Jon Jon Lannen, Michelle Marlowe, Chris Parente, Ashley Scroggins and Britt Swenson, all seasoned gay and lesbian actors.
"The Queerbots address such issues as same-sex marriage, gay parenthood and lesbian sports via audience suggestions while incorporating random videotaped comments from Hollywood stars," like Melissa McCarthy. This show opened to a sold out house at Denver's Hamburger Mary's in September 2014.
The bots are back starting January 10th, 2015. The Queerbots are slated to perform at Hamburger Mary's, every second Saturday of the month, beginning in 2015. To visit the website, click here. For tickets, please click here.
Jon Jon Lannen performs in Queerbots regularly. Queerbots is not produced by Jon Jon & Co.
Get to know the Queerbots! The performer bios are below.
Sarah performs and teaches improv regularly at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She has been voted Colorado’s Best Female Improviser and OUTstanding Gay Comedian/Improviser. Sarah has performed nationally at numerous festivals including the Chicago Improv Festival.
Jon Jon Lannen
Jon Jon is a writer, actor & director living in Denver, Colorado. Jon Jon has been performing improv comedy for over ten years. He formerly co-founded and ran FORK Productions, along with executive produced the Denver Improv Festival. Lannen has performed and taught in improv festivals across the country, including Chicago, Colorado Springs, Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Oklahoma City. Jon Jon Lannen currently owns and operates Jon Jon & Co. and is the author of the award-winning book, The Giraffe That Taught Me How To Laugh. Jon Jon won Denver’s Next Improv Star Season 3 at the Bovine Metropolis. He was also named OUTstanding Local Entertainer and OUTstanding Author two consecutive years. Lannen is also adjunct faculty, teaching improvisation, at numerous schools throughout the state
Michelle regularly performs, directs, and produces improvisation in Denver. She also teaches improvisation at the Bovine Metropolis Theater. When not making up scenes in the moment, she occasionally dabbles in scripted acting.
Chris studied improv at Chicago’s Second City, under the direction of Martin de Maat. He’s spent nearly 15 years performing in shows and festivals across the country. Chris also keeps busy in his day job, where he works as a television anchor and entertainment host for Denver’s KDVR (Fox31) and KWGN (CW2). His broadcast work has garnered five Emmy Awards for outstanding performance. Chris can also be seen weekday mornings at 10am on Fox, as host of Colorado’s “Everyday” Show. He’s interviewed hundreds of actors, singers, and celebrities. His two favorites remain: Robin Williams and Kermit The Frog.
Ashley is a native of Colorado who has been performing her entire life. Her talents growing up ranged from vocal to instrumental to theatrical. She sang, played, and acted her way from elementary school through college. Ashley also has a passion for education. Although her love of teaching and learning has brought her to pursue a PhD that has not stopped her from performing. Ashley was introduced to improvisation at a young age playing alto saxophone in her middle school jazz band, but she really fell in love with the art form in her quest to learn more about vocal jazz. She has studied voice with both local and Grammy award winning artists, and has picked up some beat boxing skills along the way. Ashley found improvisational acting as a young teacher in Denver. She has trained with many local and national improvisers, and regularly plays on multiple long-form and short-form teams in the Denver area as she has for the past several years. Ashley does not limit her improvisational skills to the stage. She has had the pleasure of teaching improvisation to many of her middle school students, and she uses it in her work leading adults in professional development. Ashley is a Jill of many trades who enjoys the excitement, adventure, and whimsy captured through the relationships only characters of an improvised scene can bring.
Britt has finally given up her Olympic dreams so now she has a lot more time for comedy! YAY! She is loving her Queerbots and is also a member of Dishwater Blondes. Ms. Swenson has written and starred in her own one woman show as well as “Misfit The Musical” where she played a high school nerd. Britt has also trod the boards as a stand-up comic in NY and LA and was in the Groundlings Sunday Company writing and performing weekly sketch shows in LA. She’s lovin’ Colorado.