Ben Burris

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Founding Member

In college Ben was a part of Clemson University’s improv troupe, Mock Turtle Soup, from 2007 to 2011. He performed all four years, and for two of those years he was a player-director, leading workshops and directing monthly improv shows as well as an annual sketch show. College is also where Ben first tried stand-up and worked on the tragically short-lived Rapscallion humor quarterly. After graduating, Ben moved to Greenville and teamed up with Harrison, Jason U., and Meg to form Alchemy. In the first 3 years of Alchemy, Ben served as Assistant Aritistic Director, coach, and instructor off-stage while performing weekly with Local Legends and several house teams. For the next year or so, Ben is on hiatus splitting his time between his wife in London and his job as an electrical engineer in Alaska.

With Mock Turtle Soup and Alchemy, Ben has taken workshops with instructors from around North America including the Annoyance, iO, Second City, Relapse, BATS, Impatient Theater Company, JaCKPie, Magnet, UCB, the Peoples Improv Theater, and DSI Comedy Theater, Hoopla Impro, and The Urban Yeti. He’s also taken workshops in sketch, improv, storytelling, and freestyle rap with Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall, Jimmy Carrane from the Annoyance and Improv Nerd podcast, Kevin Allison from The State, and Douglas Widick and Kaila Mullady of North Coast (respectively). In 2014 he performed in Festival All-Star Jams with performers from around the east coast including Richmond, Toronto, Boston, and New York (UCB, Airwolf). In early 2014, Ben took a trip to New York City to perform hip-hop improv with members of North Coast in a show called Southern Heirs. Before his hiatus, Ben could be seen every week in Local Legends and occasionally in other teams like Slimprov, Hardworking Men doing Hardworking Improv, Listeners Like You, and Bens with Frenefits. Ben can still be seen in his infrequent brushes with film and video projects.