Stir-Friday Night! (SFN) is a 23-year-old Asian-American comedy group based in Chicago which specializes in sketch comedy and improv. Their mission is to affect the perception of Asian Americans, improve representation, and provide opportunities for minority artists. Through comedy, SFN seeks to create greater understanding and justice in the world.SFN has performed all over Chicago, including at Second City, iO, Annoyance, and Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre. Stir Friday Night has also toured and performed at festivals around the country. Some of our alumni include Danny Pudi from Community, and Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead. SFN is also a nonprofit theater company, specializing in sketch comedy and improvisation. The ensemble also provides touring shows and workshops for schools, companies, and organizations. For more info, go to stirfridaynight.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@stirfridaynight).
Dacey Arashiba writes and performs with Stir Friday Night, and sings in a punk rock choir called The Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Also, a family of peregrine falcons took over his apartment balcony for four years. BBC Nature camped out in his living room for 40 days, and shot a documentary to be released in 2018. In addition, he has a metal song 17 minutes into D2: The Mighty Ducks 2. None of this is made up.
Erica Geiser is an improviser and writer based in Chicago. She has trained at the Washington Improv Theater (WIT) in Washington, D.C., and at iO Theater in Chicago. Erica currently performs with Stir Friday Night and High Wasted, and has previously performed with the WIT Harold team Richie, and the indie teams Asian Moms and Happy Gilmore Girls.
Harrison Hapin is a member of Stir Friday Night, and an actor / improviser from the California Bay Area. He’s a graduate of the Columbia College Theatre program, and has performed at Silk Road Rising, Chicago Dramatists, Teatro Vista, and The Goodman Theatre. Harrison also enjoys performing around town with his improv teams, Human Resources and Almost Frisco. His favorite instrument is the Pacific conch shell.
Ray Hui occasionally performs comedy. Tonight is one of those occasions. He writes, performs, directs, produces videos, and sometimes does fight choreography. Ray has performed in four Stir Friday Night sketch revues, and in 2016, he was a recipient of the Second City Bob Curry Fellowship. You can follow him on Instagram @rayhui_.
Claudia Iao is super excited to be anywhere, but especially with Stir Friday Night! She also performs with Fire & Beer, The Annoyance Theatre house ensemble, and has trained at iO, Annoyance, Second City Conservatory, Acting Studio Chicago, and Vagabond School of the Arts. Credits include Toured: A Comedic Web Series, Gabby Antonio Smashes the Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy!, and Apartment 101. In her free time, she likes to eat cookies. Follow her on Twitter @claudiayiao.
Brooke Montoya is an actor, comedian, writer, storyteller, and burlesque performer in Chicago, and she has studied at DePaul University, Second City Conservatory, iO, and Annoyance. She performs with Fire & Beer, the Annoyance Theatre house ensemble, and is the creator and producer of In Any Language, a variety show featuring silent and multilingual performance. Her other credits include Ingebor in Splatter Theater, Lethal Action Force at iO, and Caliber at ComedySportz. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter @brookeym3