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We are

Rare Form



Cleveland's Own

We are Rare Form


Rare Form, Cleveland’s own professional improv comedy troupe, has been performing together since 2014 under the tutelage of former Something Dada member, Jimmy Green. Most of us are CLE natives, whereas all of us are either current students or alumni of Tri-C, CSU, and/or CWRU. Lately, we have been taking over the Cleveland improv scene, performing at Forest City Brewery, Wilbert’s Food & Music, and even Hofbrauhaus! When we're not on stage, you might find us enjoying a long walk on the beach or holding hands in solidarity. We would like to thank and dedicate our success to our fans, Don Mitri, and our late mentor and friend Jimmy Green.


To act as a catalyst for comedic culture in Cleveland


Jon Horton

As the founder of Seattle’s {breakout} improv, cast member of Dallas’ Locked Out Comedy (now ComedySportz Dallas), Cincinnati’s Basement Dwellers and Highly Improvable, and performer of one man improv shows, Jon Horton comes to Rare Form as their new director. In Seattle, his {breakout} group was known for their innovative concepts including {girl meets boy}, a long form show made up of short form games, {reunion}, a show where the characters are named by the audience and his one man show, The End, where he had to justify a life through making the audience members of the cast. Jon moved to Cleveland in 2016 to begin work as a Senior Producer with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as his continuing work announcing Roller Derby (including two World Cups) and college sports on the ESPN networks. Jon has been in the improv scene since 2006 when he he first took a class from noted Seattle improviser and actor, Matt Smith on combining improv techniques with writing. Over the next two years in Seattle, he trained under Matt and later Unexpected Productions. In the spring of 2008, Jon began his improv journey in earnest when he joined the education program at Jet City Improv. Continuing from there, Jon received training from some of the best in the business, honing his craft before striking out with his own group!

*as of November 2018

Jon Horton, Director of Rare Form


Member + Lead Deadpan Artist  /  Aziz Ghrabat
Member + Director of Social Media & Community Engagement  /  Chloe Michelle Smith
Member + Artistic Director  /  Dan Rand
Member + Projects Manager  /  Gordon Hinchen
**NEW** Member + Assistant Marketing Director  /  Hannah Pempus
Member + Director of Swag  /  Joseph Alicea
**NEW** Member + Keeper of Good Juju  /  Joseph Lewis
Member + Managing Director /  Jon Heus
Member + Lead Ukulelist  /  Katie Huskey
Member + World Renown Beard  /  Matthew Lenczewski
**NEW** Member + Associate Artistic Director  /  Michael Rajko
Member + Director of Marketing & Executive Brand Developer  /  Nicholas Smith
**NEW** Member + Lead Guitarist  /  Ryan Devitt Tobbe
Honorary Member  /  Easton Gunn Smith


Sketch Team

Writer Gordon Hinchen
Writer + Filmographer /  Jessica Halas
Writer + DirectorJon Heus
Writer /  Joseph Lewis
Writer /  Kevin Ballou
Writer + Filmographer  /  Travis Gilkerson

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We are a traveling professional improv comedy troupe and can do improv literally anywhere.

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Perform With Us


Interested in joining our team and becoming a member of Rare Form? Please submit your resume, head shot, and cover letter to rareformimprov@gmail.com with the subject line "Request for Audition". In your cover letter, please include how you believe you stand to advance us, Rare Form, in our endeavors and serve to further, not merely aid, in our mission. Thank you!

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