Meet The Troupe

Blue Blanket Improv is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to give back to the community through our high school scholarship program and by donating free tickets, special event performances and improv workshops to other non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you want to inject some improv into your event, please contact us.   

Marc Samuels

Marc has studied & performed improv from grade school through college and beyond! His studies culminated in performance gigs with The L.A. Connection (in soCal) and Second City (in Santa Monica). After dabbling in TV production, film (with Mr. Bill), training monkeys in the Middle East, traveling about aimlessly and becoming lost in the swirling stew we call "life," he eventually settled down in the happy-go-lucky field of medicine as an Occupational Therapist. Marc ran free improv workshops in San Francisco before founding Blue Blanket Improv in 2001. When not working or performing, Marc enjoys kayaking, horse back riding, biking along the coastal trail and being a father.

Steve Ketchpel

Ushering in the Improv 2.0 era, Steve Ketchpl has joined Flickr, Gabbr, and Zooomr in the Great Ultimate Vowel Drop. Stvvv first made his mark on the improv movement in college, receiving many imaginary standing ovations. Fortunately for us, he now finds himself a member of Blue Blanket Improv. 

Brian Ogata

Brian is sweet as honey but you'd never know it from the dastardly characters he conjures up on stage! When he's not improvising before a live audience, Brian enjoys helping people overcome their fears of public speaking, teaching debate to high school students, and producing films.

David George

David the engineer spends his days convincing management that he is knowledgeable about trendy tech buzzwords. Designing AI quantum blockchains for 4D virtual reality is obviously a gateway to improv comedy. David also enjoys running, kayaking, and almost any activity that does not require sitting in a cubicle.

Steve Fogel

Steve grew up in New Orleans, finished his education in St, Louis, moved to Denver, and is now still growing up here in the Bay Area. He started getting bored telling the same stories to his children over and over, and found more fun for him and them by embellishing and making up new twists and turns. He fell in love with improv when it was included in an engineering leadership retreat, took lessons and workshops for a while, and has hosted a weekly improv jam in person and on zoom since 2007. Steve continues to hone his skills making things up with engineering management and improv on stage.

Sabrina George

She did not provide a bio so I made this up...

She grew up living on a boat in the Half Moon Bay Harbor and still eats live fish she catches with her hands off the shore. In her spare time she trains stray cats to ignore people.

Saylor Murphy

Aren Sperinde

Xander Samuels

Charles Ireland - 2023 Scholarship recipient

Dominic Katout - 2023 Scholarship recipient