Mary Theresa Archbold and Pat Shay
Mary Theresa Archbold is an actor, dancer, storyteller, and singer. She has performed everywhere from Minnesota to Off Broadway. Her face can be seen bopping around on a few commercials and TV shows. She has improvised for iO Chicago, where she met Pat, as well as, The Second City and Magnet Theater. Her semi-autobiographical show Jazz Hand: Tales of a One Armed Woman started at Fringe NYC (Outstanding Actor Award) toured the country and eventually an invited performance at The Kennedy Center. It makes her giggle that a sketch comedy show is in the National Archives. The short film of a sketch of it was a finalist in The NBC Shortcuts Festival (Best Actor Award). This led to storytelling which she has appeared on NPR's This American Life, The Moth Mainstage and Radio Hour, as well as, many shows around town. She is so happy to launch Funny Parents Show and Podcast.
Pat Shay moved to Chicago in the 90s to train with Del Close, starting off a grand adventure in American improv. He is one of a very few improvisers to have played on House Teams and/or touring companies of IO Chicago, UCB, The Second City, and The PIT. With his wife, Mary Theresa Archbold, he created Jazz Hand - which, as a short film, got to the finals of the NBC Shortcuts Festival, and as a sketch show, got them invited to perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Media credits include Late Night with Conan O'Brian, The Blacklist, and the part of Dr. Schwartz in the MTV (Other) series Shortcomings.