Artistic Associate

Jill Bernard – Minneapolis, MN

Since 1993, Jill Bernard has performed with ComedySportz-Twin Cities and is their Director of Education, and was a member of the 2004 ComedySportz World Championship Team. Jill has performed in over 17 states and two provinces, and was seen by millions teaching improv on MTV "Made." She is the winner of the 2005 Chicago Improv Festival Avery Schreiber Ambassador of Improv Award and the author of "Jill Bernard's Small Cute Book of Improv."

Her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, has been featured at improv festivals such as the Chicago Improv Festival, the Toronto Improv Jamboree, Philadelphia's Female Funny Fest, the ComedySportz World Championship, and the Courageous Mongoose Festival in Bowling Green, KY.  Drum Machine is a one-person unscripted structure featuring scenes, monologues and songs accompanied by the mad beats of the Zoom-Rhythmtrak 123.  The show is an epic historical musical based on suggestions from the audience. From a punk persona launch pad, Bernard switches back and forth between characters with stunning virtuosity.

Jill is a purveyor of the Minneapolis style of joyful improv.  She believes in playing out in front of your headlights where it's scary and anything could happen, and being perfectly happy there.  Her teaching style mostly consists of clapping her little hands and saying, "Yay!"  Everyone knew how to improvise when they were seven years old, the world just beat it out of us in the meantime; which means a little positive reinforcement may go a long way in teaching us to be naughty again.