Bio

Daniel Anderson is a software developer in Chicago with a passion for all things improv.  In college, he double majored in computer science and studio art while performing with and presiding over the campus improv and sketch comedy troupes Scared Scriptless and St. O’Laugh.

Since graduating in 2012 he has continued to pursue his passion in both improv and art.  In improv he has studied at the famed iO and Second City  theaters as well as performed in house teams at the Gorilla Tango Theater and One Group Mind.  He is also a member of independent improv duo the Flower Shop Bangers.  He has also continued his artwork which has been displayed at such art shows as The Pancakes and Booze Art Show and at RAW Artists Chi Town. You can view his resume here.

All for a Punchline is his web comic, his company, and his passion. He produces it by going to improv shows and taking pictures. He then sorts through the photos, picks one or two that he likes and then puts them into Adobe Illustrator to hand trace them with a pen and tablet adding any props and costumes that he sees fit.

If Dan could ever sustain himself with prints or other creative endeavors as well as afford this, he would travel the country visiting improv theaters in as many states as possible making comics in each of them.  At this same time, he would interview the founder of the theater and get the inside scoop on how the theater came to be.  Maybe I will be collecting donations for this someday, but for now you can keep your money in your pockets.

This trip would also be a research study for myself on how I can start my own improv theater.  I have not decided where this theater will be.  It could be in my hometown of Chicago, but that would be adding to an already overly saturated improv city.  I am open to suggestions of cities where this would work.

Media

OC Dweeb Podcast – Listen to him talk about his favorite cartoons, improv, sketch, and his upcoming projects on the podcast OC Dweeb.

SDI Podcast – Listen to him talk to Donald McNair and Sam Carlyle on their podcast SDI about his beginnings in improv, how he came to make All for a Punchline, and his experiences as an improviser in Chicago.

Independent Ink Interview – Independent Ink is a great blog promoting the work of independent comic artists. You can read an interview I did with them here.

Raw Artist Showcase – Check out this video of him at the RAW Artist showcase at the Double Door in Chicago.  Video is courtesy of RAW videographer, Anthony Rizzo.