Improv Comedy in Buffalo NY

Buffalo Improv House is the premiere improv, sketch, and alternative comedy company in Western New York. We've been teaching classes and putting on shows since January 2022, and after two years of renting rooms at almost a dozen different venues, we are extremely excited to be opening Buffalo's only theater dedicated to improv, sketch and alternative comedy!

Our goal is to be the force behind the improv comedy scene in Western New York by providing world-class improv instruction, by producing high-quality and incredibly fun improv shows, and by being a pipeline connecting Buffalo with the international improv comedy scene. Our teachers are excellent and our growing community is very cool, welcoming, and wildly creative.

Have questions about who we are, how to get involved, or about a class? Check our FAQ or send us a message at email@buffaloimprovhouse.com

Our team

DAN REITZ is the founder and creative director of Buffalo Improv House, a Buffalo native, and a 24-year veteran of improv comedy. In New York City he was the musical director or featured performer with several popular improv comedy shows, including the award-winning Your Love, Our Musical, Baby Wants Candy, and Blank! The Musical. He has been featured on multiple episodes of the Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast starring Zach Reino and Jessica McKenna, and he wrote a couple songs with Robert Smigel for Leo, the recently released kids movie by Happy Madison productions and Netflix Animation. Before the pandemic he taught improv and ensemble comedy at Sarah Lawrence College, was on the faculty at the Magnet Theater, and performed weekly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the People’s Improv Theater. He's also a trombone player who does stuff.

ANNIE MOOR is a veteran of the Magnet Theater in New York City, where she was a beloved fixture for over eight years. In Buffalo you can see her with Buffalo Improv House, ComedySportz, and Unscripted at the Road Less Traveled Theater.

CAITLIN STEITZER has been performing, studying, and teaching improv for over 25 years if you can believe it. Before moving to Buffalo she could be seen performing regularly at the Magnet Theater in NYC, around the country at festivals with her indie team Honey, and hosting comedy variety shows at ABC NoRio and around Brooklyn. Weirdly enough, she is also a licensed clinical social worker, and has used improv throughout her career to build community and foster confidence in people from all walks of life. Her research on the connections between social group work and improv theater was published in the Journal for Social Group Work and presented at the 2010 International Association for Social Work with Groups Annual Symposium. When she was still in graduate school, Caitlin designed and implemented the Diversity Program at the Upright Citizens' Brigade Theater in NYC, one of the first of its kind in the country. As a social worker, she spent over 8 years at the nationally renowned Center for Family Life (CFL) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and taught improv to maybe a gajillion people throughout all five boroughs. When not nerding out about improv theater she can be found hanging out with her dog and her husband, riding her bike, or creating dance music playlists.

DIEGO MARTINEZ has been performing and coaching improv and sketch comedy since 2010. He has studied across various theaters in Atlanta, Georgia and New York City and has performed all over the United States, Canada, and the internet. Diego has also tried out for every NBA team, but has been told he is too good to play in the league

TODD BENZIN is a Buffalo born and bred actor and improviser. Todd got his start in improv with ComedySportz Buffalo, and moved on to a long run with the Eclectic Improv Co. He is a Conservatory graduate from the prestigious Second City in Toronto and currently is a member of improv duo Babushka and Hour Town improv ensemble at Road Less Traveled Productions (RLTP). Todd has had the opportunity to teach several workshops at local high schools and through the Alleyway Theatre Education program. He has also appeared at Kleinhan's, the Kavinoky Theatre, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Shea s 710 Main Street, the Irish Classical Theatre, RLTP, the New Phoenix, the Ujima Theatre, Subversive Theatre, Theatre of Youth, and MusicalFare, where he was nominated for two Arties for Supporting Actor in a Musical. He has also appeared on film in The American Side  and as a voiceover artist in several video games including the Magicka  series.

ANTHONY SALERNO has been performing and teaching improv comedy for over six years. He graduated from Dallas Comedy House's improv school in 2016 and taught their Level One through Five classes while performing on their house improv team. As a teacher, Anthony thrives on welcoming diverse backgrounds and relieving life's stresses through laughter and silliness. Originally from Buffalo, he's super excited to join Buffalo Improv House and help foster the growth of the local improv community.

JIMMIE BYRD is an actor and entrepreneur based in Buffalo, New York. His credits include Shakespeare in the Park, Buffalo Improv House, ComedySportz, and the Road Less Traveled Theater.