Pants Labyrinth Improv - Meet Melissa Hoadley 

In about 2013, in the delicious basement of UCB Chelsea, Melissa discovered improv. Although she’d seen BOOM CHICAGO in Amsterdam years earlier, watching ASSSSCAT at UCB was the first moment she thought about doing improv and subsequently vowed (in a very Disney villain way) to come back in one year and take classes. Which she did! after dipping her toes in the improv waters initially with Shut the Front Door Improv, in London, Ontario. Since then she’s not only studied at Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC, but also Second City Chicago, and been lucky enough to take workshops with some of the best improvisors in the world. 

Melissa cites Amy Poehler & Tina Fey, Lucille Ball, Melissa McCarthy, and Woody Allen as comedic influences. Her favourite improvisers are:  Tara DeFrancisco, Shannon O’Neill, Tami Sager, Connor Ratliff and Amy Poehler. Within Pants Labyrinth, Melissa thinks she is known for “playing mean moms” and says the greatest thing she’s learned in improv is “not to be afraid”

Outside of the improv world, Melissa is a pretty giant literature nerd who enjoys beating people at jeopardy, Dana Scully, and drinking on Patios. 

Which historical figure do you most identify with: Virginia Woolf

Which historical figure do you most identify with: Virginia Woolf


How lucky am I to get to improvise with my improv idol?! (In defrancisCO) 

How lucky am I to get to improvise with my improv idol?! (In defrancisCO

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Just a couple of ladies out on the town dressed as the Golden Girls

Just a couple of ladies out on the town dressed as the Golden Girls

Improv Education:

8/2017 - Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) - NYC - 201 - Alex Dickson 

8/2017 - Detroit Improv Festival - MI - The first 30 seconds - Joe Bill

8/2017 - Detroit Improv Festival - MI - Improvise Like A Married Couple - Craig and Carla Cackowski

8/2017 - Detroit Improv Festival - MI - Musical Improv - Shulie Cowen & Laura Hall

6/2017 - Improv Retreat - WI -  Length Doesn’t Matter (or Make Short Form Great Again) - Nathan Jansen

6/2017 - Improv Retreat - WI - The Improviser Knows Everything - Zach Ward

6/2017 - Improv Retreat - WI - The Inside Story - Janna Sobel

6/2017 - Improv Retreat - WI - Red Light District - David Christopher

8/2016 - Detroit Improv Festival - MI - Strong Initiations - Steve Kleindler

8/2016 - Detroit Improv Festival - MI - Power, Originality, Voice - Laura Eichorn

8/2016 - Detroit Improv Festival - MI - Power Improv Characters - Joe Bill 

6/2016 - Improv Retreat - WI - Mischief Making - Nathan Jansen

6/2016 - Improv Retreat - WI - Being a dream Partner - Jill Bernard

6/2016 - Improv Retreat - WI - Characters Workshop - Craig Uhlir 

6/2016 - Improv Retreat - WI - Improv to Sketch - Ryan Archibald

2/2016 - London, ON - Long form from Short form - Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzuto 

2/2016 - London, ON - Making a Musical- Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzuto

9/2015 - Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB) - NYC - 101 - Brennan Mulligan

6/2015 - Second City - Chicago - 101

2014 - Shut the Front Door Improv - London, On - 101 - 104 (x2)