Ben Brinton
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Ben Brinton

Actor / Podcast Producer
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Ben Brinton is a "Quick Wits" member for over 10 years now. He’s also apart of several Salt Lake theater and film community as actor/musician/props maker/baker/bar-hand/fight choreographer/ and vocal/guitar/acting teacher. His credits includes: Romeo and Juliet, Mad Pirate and the Mermaid (MA). Utah credits include: Taming of the Shrew, Cabaret, Caroline of Change, West Side Story, Footloose, Assassins, Evita, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Enchanted April,Two Rooms, Knock your Socks Off, Laughing Stock (OBT), Off the Wall (Ogden), Quick Wits, and Off the Cuff (Cedar City).
Blake Heywood
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Blake Heywood

Actor / Graphic Designer
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My name is Blake True Heywood. Many years ago, contrary to popular belief, I was born. Shortly after, I was making people laugh and have been ever since. I've been a part of Quick Wits for 29 years and an active member for the past 3. When I’m on stage I feel like I’m flying and that’s why I never go skateboarding. I’m currently the President, founder, co-founder, sultan, and king of BTrue Design, my own personal freelance graphic design company. Check out my stuff, and if you like it I can probably brew up something for you too! It could happen! I dedicate all my shows to my wife Breckon and two sons Britain and Brigham. My family is the real bomb diggity! They make me laugh a whole bunch. I’m eternally grateful for them! They are my precious! So, that’s me! I laugh. I design. I love me my fam. Eat it!
Bob Bedore
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Bob Bedore

Actor / Owner
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Bob has been called the Godfather of Utah Improv. He formed "Quick Wits" in October of 1994 and has been performing steadily with the troupe nearly every weekend since then. He teaches improv whenever he can and has two books on the subject. Bob has spent many years of constant performing in such mediums as Theatre, Radio, Television, Commercials, Stand Up, and even a few Movies. Bob hosted a live children’s show on KSL for two years with Eric Jensen (Operation Fit Kids) and still shows up on the small screen from time to time.Bob was a founder of the Off Broadway Theatre and continues his love of theatre by sitting on, and helping out, with different theatre boards in Utah. He is an award winning instructor of various theatre techniques and is sought out by high schools for his "Theatre Combat" training. When he’s not doing theatre is happy to play with his kids and try to get some writing done. He also sleeps in a Cryogenic Chamber to keep his youthful appearance. No one knows exactly how old he is, but his performing has spanned five different decades.
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Brittney Nielson

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Brittney Nielson
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Brittney is a female. She is sometimes funny. It is for these two reasons that she continues to get stage time. Outside of the Quick Wits world she also been sighted with Troops that must not be named. As far as we know, when she isn't on stage here she evaporates back into the ether. Actor, Singer, Writer, Podcaster, Cartoon look-a-like and Bacon enthusiast.
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Cameron Stewart

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Cameron Stewart
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Cameron started playing "Quick Wits" in 2000 primarily to celebrate our survival of Y2K and pick up on chicks. Successfully a year later, he married his favorite chick and had four children, one on purpose.Self-annointed as "Quick Wits" most handsome player, he takes that responsibility very seriously, by striving to get more pale, body hair, and "flesh cushion" as he’s matured. Cameron’s other personalities sneak out from time to time, including Harold Winthrop III, lovable Spencer, Jonny Goodfellow, Professor Lampart, and Manuel. He loves him some Newlywed Game, Accents, Caruso, Pickup Lines, Missing Shakespeare, and Mousetrap. However, don’t ever count on him to lead in a song, so that everybody wins."Quick Wits" has always been Cameron’s release from playing grown up (give or take) and business tycoon (give or take) during the week. "Quick Wits" has also been the dysfunctional family he’s always dreamed of, but couldn’t legally have.
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Collin Williams

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Collin Williams
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Born into a biracial family, Collin quickly realized he had to embrace diversity or go crazy. Choosing the former (the jury's still out on the crazy part), he learned to make fun of his differences while developing a unique brand of standup. Collin's clean (yet slightly dark*) humor manages to artfully touch on areas usually considered taboo without becoming dirty or offensive, letting him cover topics that most are afraid to tackle. Since hitting his first open mic at Seattle's Comedy Underground when he was barely 17, Collin has come a long way. He has played all over the West from comedy clubs to colleges and even a stadium. His humor proves irresistible to audiences, earning him a nomination as one of Utah's top comedians and various other accolades. Catch this rising young star so that one day, you can look back and say "I saw that guy before they found out he was just plain crazy".
Drew Keddington
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Drew Keddington

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Drew started performing with "Quick Wits" in 1999 at Off Broadway Theatre. Besides Bob Bedore, Drew has been performing with "Quick Wits" longer than any other actor. The challenge of a new style of acting is what drew Drew to the improv stage. In spite of being inherently shy, Drew really knows how to draw a crowd. Just don’t ask him to be funny off stage! Drew taught theatre arts at Realms of Inquiry private school, and has directed numerous types of productions throughout Utah. Drew draws laughs with his quirky unrefined style of acting, and never takes acting too serious, after all what is serious about making people laugh!? As Drew draws upon almost 15 years of "Quick Wits" memories the one memory he says stands out the most is when Drew along with Bob Bedore and Russ McBride brought the house down as they won an improv competition performing a game called Rock Opera. Their performance was described as though "they mashed a performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and old school Guns N’ Roses together." As always Drew would like to thank his two number 1 fans Natalie and Ericka.
Jacob Harenberg
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Jacob Harenberg

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Jake did not do theatre in high school; in fact he didn’t grace the stage until the ripe year of 2008. He was "scenery" in Much Ado about Nothing. He has been perfecting his art of transforming into bushes, shrubbery, and other such topiaries since then.Jake has been doing improv for about 7 years, so he’s kind of a lightweight compared to all these amazing performers at "Quick Wits". He is glad to call this stage home and hopes to continue his shenanigans here until his... well dying day is a big commitment... let’s just say the foreseeable future, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Jason Wild
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Jason Wild

Actor / Podcast Director
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Jason is the local creeper. His van has no windows, but always has a free candy sign on the side. When you come to "Quick Wits", walk in pairs. Jason can sense fear and is always lurking in the shadows.
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Jesse Markus

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Jesse Markus
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Jesse has been studying and performing Improv for about 6 years; He’s been with "Quick Wits" for just over 1. He’s been involved with several teams around the Utah Valley, including The Outtakes, Push My Button, The Jesters Royale and Faux Pas, the team he captains with Hayden Wilson. He hopes to be doing Improv far into the future and is always excited to perform with new teams as well as meet new people in the Utah Improv community!
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Joel Hilton

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Joel Hilton
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Joel has been a fan of "Quick Wits" since the late 90s. He was finally able to join the troupe in the summer of 2001. Since that time, he graduated from BYU, got married and created offspring – all because of his amazing improv skills. Joel is a Pisces, and his favorite improv games include Hecklers, Jip-Parody, Bucket of Water, The Newlywed Game, Accents, Murder Mystery and Foreign Movie Dub. He believes that Mouse Trap was invented by sadists, and Scene in Reverse hurts his head. He is also intimidated by singing games. If there were a color to describe Joel, it would be turquoise. He hates pineapple. He loves movies, Halloween and his family.**Not necessarily in that order.
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Jonathan Tate

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Jonathan Tate
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Jon improvs. Jon lifts weights.
Jourdan Dixon
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Jourdan Dixon

Actor / Web Developer
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When Jourdan isn't on stage or playing piano he's busy being a nerd in a much more traditional sense. He's a Business Intelligence Developer, the Web Developer for Quick Wits Comedy which includes everything from the website to the QWapp and codes for fun aside from all that. He loves learning. Of course in improv, music and computer science but has even gone on wilderness survival courses and challenges, learned how to tie fishing flies, wrote "Pirates of the Caribbean 2: The SeaQuel" in 2006 for Desert Star Theatre and even learned calligraphy. When he finds something he wants to know, he pushes to make it happen.
Lauren Bradley
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Lauren Bradley

Actor / Event Coordinator
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Improviser. Actor. Emergency Room Nurse. Adventurer. Camper. Bare foot roamer. Dog whisperer. Voracious reader. World traveler. Wanderlust haver. Video gamer. Zombie slayer. Short order cook. Tattoo enthusiast. Knitter. Laugher. Day dreamer. Quick Wits fan since 1995!
Melissa Singleton
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Melissa Singleton

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Melissa is a Storyteller, an Artist and a Clumsy Romantic. She is afraid of Velociraptors and if she summed up her life in one line she would die of embarrassment. Melissa moved to Salt Lake in 2007 and is thrilled to be part of the Improv community here. Melissa has performed Improv for over a decade with Comedy Sports, Family Jewels, Off the Cuff, And Go!, Quick Wits, and Laughing Stock. She has a Theater degree from SUU, has taught, directed, designed, and costumed theater all over Utah and is a motivational speaker for Women’s groups. She will do anything for a two-dollar bill, doesn’t know the words to any song but she is hailed among nations for being able to turn a Styrofoam cup inside out--without breaking it, of course.
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Michael Haycock

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Michael Haycock
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Michael has been doing improv for a little over 7 years. Slightly obsessed with improv Michael gets involved with many other teams in the valley including Logan out Loud, The Antics, Hot Toddy, The not PC players, Off the Cuff, and basically anyone that will let him be in a show. He is one of the captains of Faux Pas and loves teaching and coaching improv on top of playing. A special thanks to the Quick Wits fans who bring a great energy to every show! We couldn't do what we do with out you.
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Rob Ferre

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Rob Ferre
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Rob Ferre, a Salt Lake City Native, has been with "Quick Wits" since 2011. Prior to Quick Wits, Rob has been improvising for over 15 years, with groups such as Comedy Sportz in Provo, and Off the Cuff in Cedar City. Rob is a full time entertainer with his own DJ business and will make it his job to keep you laughing.
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Talitha Hanks

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Talitha Hanks
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Talitha has dreamed of being a Quick Wit since she went to a show in high school like 15 years ago...wow she is getting old she just realized. She is also uncomfortable bragging about herself, but that being said, she is pretty awesome. She sings, acts, models, and mothers her 5 kids in addition to being funny. She is married to the less-famous-albeit-hot-ginger Tom Hanks. She founded the wildly popular Improv group "Laugh Out Loud" at BYU and has played for a few other troops before finding her home with us. Her favorite stage role was Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors with the best director ever, Bradford Garrison. You can see her modeling glasses on her cable tv commercial, and she also appeared on Fox's American Idol three different seasons! She thinks that's enough said...until her new tv show comes out but that is still hush hush 😉 When you come, you should laugh at her or she will throw poopy diapers at you.

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