San Jose's Hottest Sketch Comedy Group

The Roughhouse is a sketch comedy group based out of San Jose, CA. They have brought their quick-witted, fast-paced, and sometimes absurd humor to the Bay Area since 2012.


Jimmy Snell

Jimmy is an actor, writer, and improvisor based out of the Bay Area, California. He has studied at ComedySportz San Jose since 2009, and is a member of their house team, as well as a founding member of their house sketch team Laughingstock Sketch Co. Jimmy has performed with various companies around the Bay Area, including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, City Lights Theatre Company, and The Gaslighter, and is a founding member of The Roughhouse.

Marisa Hankins

Marisa is a multi-talented performer in San Jose, and she loves being a part of The Roughhouse. She was a founding member of the Laughingstock Sketch Co. Currently, she is performing on the house team at ComedySportz San Jose. Her work has also been featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (’02, ’05), and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Ben Stephens

After inspiration and training from The Second City, Annoyance Theatre, ComedySportz, and Upright Citizens Brigade, Ben co-founded the Made Up Theatre in Fremont to share his love for comedy and improvisation with the Bay Area. As an improvisational acting coach and teacher, Ben has led improv classes for teens and adults, as well as been contracted to perform improv comedy shows and facilitate team building workshops for many organizations throughout the Bay Area.

Drew Simchik

Drew has been improvising with ComedySportz San Jose since 2002 as a player, instructor, and referee, and began writing and performing with The Roughhouse in 2014. He made his Bay Area light opera debut that same year in the title role of the Stanford Savoyards' production of The Mikado. When not onstage, Drew works in the tech industry as a user interface designer.

Jon Snell

In 2013, Jon made his debut in The Roughhouse’s The Spook Show. He is thrilled to be returning to the company, this time, as both a writer and performer. In addition to his comedic endeavors, Jon’s love of animals has inspired him to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.

Cole Bridges

Cole is excited to be writing and performing sketch comedy with The Roughhouse. He began his sketch comedy career as a writer for The Laughingstock Sketch Co. in 2012. Cole is also a member of the house team at ComedySportz San Jose, and has performed in countless short-form and long-form improv shows.

Kyle Ames

Kyle is a native South Bay performer with a passion for creative work. He is currently a performer on the house team at ComedySportz San Jose. Since 2007, Kyle has also worked as an accomplished caricature artist.

Upcoming Show

The Spook Show

The Spook Show

Are you afraid of SPOOKS? Can you handle TERROR? For one night only, The Roughhouse invites you to an evening of chill-arious sketch comedy. Featuring sights so ghoulishly funny and delightfully macabre, you just might laugh yourself… to death! We DARE you to watch - THE SPOOK SHOW.

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