Thursday 3/28 10:00 pm

Characters, Characters, Characters is a new showcase for our community and the characters within them. Our top performers and just 5MINS each!
Hosted by Mackenzie Jaquish
Alice Fishbein
Danny Delano
Jackie Kraft
Allison Hout
Rebekah Rickards
& James Kriz


Characters is part of our series of original programming developed by our theater, for our theater!


Produced by The PIT & Sean Christian Taylor
Executive Produced by Ali Farahnakian


Sean Christian Taylor @schristiantaylor started producing original work with the renowned narrative theater group Voices of the South in Memphis, TN.

For 10 years the Peoples Improv Theater (New York, NY) has been home.

Sean received his BFA from the University of Memphis, where he teaches as a guest artist.

As a director and producer his work includes, Love is Live! NY’s newest hit dating show w/ Producers and Hosts Mackenzie Jaquish Erin Gonyeau and Olivia Benedict., Cantatore & Allen A Comedy Cabaret  staring Seann Cantatore & Reagan Allen, the solo show Kid In Church created by Timmy Hart Barron which has received critical acclaim at NYCSketchFest, Chicago Sketchfest and the LookOut Series at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

He is one former producer of Old School Sketch Show! one of the  longest running sketch shows in New York – with a rotating cast of New York’s best comedians.

Also as an artistic team member of The PIT, Sean’s focus is original Pit Programming like 2 Min Drill! Tv Sketch Show Audition Show, Unfinished Business, Free POC Series, Wolfs Lair, Characters, Characters, Characters! PITizens Showcase, Fresh Faces and Duel with founder of The PIT and Ali Farahnakian.

Director credits include, resident Sketch House Team – RunDMV. Guest Director of Road Pizza, Old School Sketch Show, TreeHaus: A Latent Coming of Age Story, Virginian Brides, and Back Door BBQ.

Sean also has developed new material for, Timmy Barron (Chicago, IL @timmyhartbarron), PitTv, Jen Clark’s Mein Kunt Kult and BoomShot Productions (New York, Ny, Nashville, Tn).

He is a founding member of improv and sketch groups Vivian Delano, OSSS B-Sides, Food Fight, Caldwell & Taylor, Blonde Roast, and RunDMV.

Seeking to amplify voices, and be an asset to developing new work!

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Ali Reza Farahnakian

Executive Producer

Writing and Auditioning for SNL

Ali Reza Farahnakian was born in Esfahan, Iran in the fall of ‘68. He came to America in the summer of ‘69. He is an immigrant. He is not eligible to seek the office of the presidency in America and is therefore a second class citizen in this country. Maybe that’s why he got into “comedy”. His teachers include Michael McCarthy, Charna Halpern, Del Close, Maryanne Thebus and Wynn Handman. He is an alumnus of ImprovOlympic, The Second City Chicago and SNL. He was a founding member of UCB and The PIT. He has acted at The Steppenwolf, BAM, and Playwrights Horizon. He has been in numerous TV shows, commercials, films and voiceovers. He has been doing this work for over three decades because he loves it and because it doesn’t seem like work. We started The PIT in 2002 in New York City.

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Mackenzie is a New York-based stand up comedian, improviser, producer, writer, and actor. 

Currently, Mackenzie is the lead producer at Pretty Funny Productions- a female led comedy collective she started in New York. The collective produces with comics and venues across the city and strives to put female voices at the forefront of every show. Through this collective Mackenzie has produced over 30 shows within its first year. 

Before moving to New York, Mackenzie worked in Canadian radio and television. She quickly became the youngest producer at Shaw TV and had her own 9 episode series produced through the network. From there she left to work at Corus Entertainment as a digital content producer and writer for their Country music stations. 

Since leaving Canada, Mackenzie has performed across the country. She has performed at sold out stand up shows in cities like Seattle, Philidelphia, Boston and Rhode Island. 

She has built a strong following in NYC  and you can catch her live at comedy theaters including Brooklyn Comedy Collective, Caveat, The PIT, and Asylum NYC’s show!