Blackout

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Inspired by the notorious writing styles of The Second City and The P.I.T, Blackout is a brand new sketch comedy group comprised of writers working around the clock to present hilarity in a 60 minute show. As improv is Blackout’s main tool for writing, each sketch will feel as organic as a improvised scene and will leave you wanting more

“Their brand of humour combines the ultra-contemporary with a good dose of clever absurdity, they are pretty darn funny indeed.”
VUE WEEKLY

“Blackout has some of the shortest and funniest setups and executions I’ve ever seen live…this should be filmed and preserved immediately!”
THE EDMONTON JOURNAL (Fish Griwkowsky)

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Current Cast
Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Artistic Director, Actor, Writer

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Artistic Director, Actor, Writer

Derrick joined the cast of Rapid Fire Theatre in 2016, but his love for improv begun when he enrolled in his first RFT workshop in 2012. Since then, he has also had the wonderful experience of workshopping with Grindstone Theatre, the Foote Theatre and performing in Edmonton’s 2015 Fringe Festival. In the summer of 2014, he also completed a series of The Second City’s improv and sketch writing intensives in Chicago, Illinois. Upon his return from Chicago, Derrick co-founded Blackout, a improv-based sketch comedy group. Currently, he is the Artistic Director for Grindstone Theatre’s Blackout and a cast member of Sorry, Not Sorry’s Thunderprov!, a longform improv troupe. When he isn’t on stage, Derrick can be found at Lift Interactive working as a web designer, and a semi-professional foosball player.

Jason Halbauer

Jason Halbauer

Actor, Writer

Jason Halbauer

Jason Halbauer

Actor, Writer

Jason has been involved in improv for nearly two years after a long history of assuming other people think he’s funny. In fact, it was at a Rapid Fire Theatre workshop put on by Kevin Mcdonald (of Kids in the Hall fame) that the idea for a sketch group was born between Jason and a few others. The group grew, morphed and later shrunk before becoming the glorious mass of hilarity it is today. Jason spends his days working as a Producer/ Writer for Dinner Television and doing whatever he can to promote great local charities and arts projects.

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Actor, Writer

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Actor, Writer

Born and raised in Ireland, Liam has been living in Edmonton since 2008. For the last two years he has taken improv workshops at Rapid Fire Theatre and became a member of Blackout Sketch Comedy in late 2014. Liam is co-founder of a local Edmonton business, Alberta Industrial Containers Ltd. and when not writing with Blackout likes to run in the river valley, play soccer with a local Irish Canadian team or golf extremely badly.

Michael Conway

Michael Conway

Actor, Writer

Michael Conway

Michael Conway

Actor, Writer

Mike is your typical nice guy who lives in Edmonton and likes improv. His main talent is trying to impress people, which naturally led to his involvement with Blackout. By day he recruits students to a local university, and on most night he can be found planning his wedding, or, when all else fails, watching lots - and I mean LOTS - of Netflix.

Nicole English

Nicole English

Actor, Writer

Nicole English

Nicole English

Actor, Writer

In search of new adventures and theatrical thrills, Nicole ventured forth into the world of improv via yegDND in March 2013 and was most recently seen in their Edmonton Fringe production of yegDND: Improv Edition. Nicole is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and holds a BA Honours Degree in Acting (Musical Theatre). She is also the recipient of the Spotlight Casting Directory’s award for the UK’s Most Promising New Actress (2003). Previous performance credits include: Mother Swan/Maureen/Lowbutt (Honk! the Musical), Kate Monster/Lucy T. Slut (Avenue Q), Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Maureen Johnson (Rent), and Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street). Nicole is also the Edmonton Producer for Terry Shane Murder Mysteries and is excited to be part of Grindstone Theatre’s 3rd Season of The 11 O’Clock Number. Nicole loves theatre and has done everything from singing high Cs to wielding a nail gun on many a set. Sometimes she does this at the same time...

Sharon Uppal

Sharon Uppal

Actor, Writer

Sharon Uppal

Sharon Uppal

Actor, Writer

Sharon began taking improv workshops in 2012, where she fell deeply in love with outrageous character work and the world of improv. She joined the cast of Blackout Sketch Comedy in 2014 and Rapid Fire Theatre in 2015. Sharon is a Chartered Accountant that works with small businesses. When she is not working or doing improv Sharon enjoys reading, and spending time in the kitchen. Sharon also performs with Sorry Not Sorry’s Thunderprov, a long form improv show.