Comedian Bill Chott Leading CMU Improv Workshops

Public performance to follow three weeks of fun

February 16, 2017

Actor and comedian Bill Chott, a Central Methodist University graduate from 1991, is currently leading comedy improv workshops on the Fayette campus, which will culminate in four improvisational presentations.

The shows will run Thursday, March 2 to Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. in The Little Theatre on the Fayette campus.

During the improv workshops, which began Feb. 13 and will continue until the shows’ performances, anyone—students, faculty/staff, public—is welcome to come join the fun and learn a bit of improv from Chott.

The workshops are Monday–Friday from 3-6 p.m. in the Philips-Robb Recreation Center’s multipurpose room. Chott’s wife, Samantha, CMU class of 2011, is helping him teach the workshops.

Chott is best known nationally for his role as Principal Hershel Laritate in the long-running Disney sitcom “The Wizards of Waverly Place”; however, his primary work has been in film and on live stage, primarily in improvisational comedy.

He appeared in films The Ringer, Galaxy Quest, The Rum Diary, and the recent Marshall, the Miracle Dog.

After graduating from Central with a BA in communications and theatre, Chott honed his craft in Chicago at Second City, ComedySportz, and IO Theatre. He now teaches improv in Los Angeles and St. Louis at his Improv Trick school.

Chott has been on numerous television programs through the years. Most recently, he has been in segments of the television series “This is Us” on NBC and the upcoming John Lithgow series “Trial and Error,” also on NBC.

He has been awarded Best Improv coach at the INNY Awards for his work at The Improv Trick school and was awarded Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his work as Fred Mertz in I Love Lucy Live on Stage.

CMU students and faculty who are currently active in the workshops include Dr. Mark Kelty, professor of theatre arts; Jenny Barnett (sophomore nursing major from St. Louis); Nickie Foland (senior communications major from Fayette); Karlie Noll (junior theatre arts major from New Cambria); Clarice Fels (sophomore environmental science major from Springfield);

Tom Gilson (senior communications major from Fayette); Maria Araiza (sophomore theatre arts major from Columbia); Abby Wimberly (sophomore theatre arts major from Independence); Parker Johnson (senior computer science major from Richmond); Emma Wyble (junior early childhood education major from Columbia);

Ben Kixmiller (freshman theatre arts major from Prairie Home); Hunter Atterbury (senior business major from Keytesville); Katie Roberts (senior theatre arts major from Wildwood); Breilly Roy (senior marine biology major from Trenton); and Charles “Drew” Wood (freshman pre-major from Jefferson City).

The cost for the performances is $8 general admission, $5 for CMU faculty and staff, and free to CMU students with identification, and can be bought at the door.