2012 Hosts

Doug Powell has been writing and performing comedy around Washington DC and Baltimore for over a decade. As a storyteller, Doug has performed with such professional groups as Washington DC’s Speakeasy Collaborative, Story League and Baltimore’s “Humiliated” showcase. As a stand-up Comedian, Doug has performed all over the country from his beginnings in Washington DC and Baltimore to the Friars Club in Beverly Hills. As a comedic songwriter and veteran recording artist, he has released four comedy albums as well as numerous ringtone albums with DC-based Hahaas Comedy. This year, Doug’s song “The Night N’Sync & Backstreet Got In A Fight” was selected as a finalist in an international songwriting competition. 2011 marked the release of his latest stand-up album/DVD “I Am You An Hour From Now,” recorded live at the Frederick Cultural Arts Center by Fool Martyr Productions and Hahaas Comedy. As a ringtone artist, Doug’s work has had millions of downloads internationally on websites such as iTunes and myxer.com. Doug can currently be seen performing near his home in Baltimore and the surrounding areas and his work is featured frequently on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Raw Dog Comedy Station.

Mikael Johnson

Mikael Johnson is a native of Middletown, Maryland, who started studying acting and improvisation at the Maryland Ensemble Theater (MET) in downtown Frederick. Initially, Johnson split his time between the MET and Washington Improv Theater (WIT) in Washington, DC. While doing scripted work for the MET (The Underpants, Wonder of the World, Betty the Yetti, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Law of Return and Beyond Therapy), Johnson was performing as an ensemble member of WIT’s Jackie, along with several independent projects including the group “Bipolar” who took home the 2010 top prize for WIT’s annual Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament (F.I.S.T) that included over 60 improv groups. Additionally, Johnson has established himself as an extremely sought after teacher and director in the area of comedic improvisation, teaching several classes for WIT, as well as directing many different groups.

Johnson has been living in Washington, DC for the past 5 years, performing in the area on a regular basis, doing improv, stand-up comedy, sketch, story-telling and theater. While in DC, he broke into the theater scene with the American Ensemble Theater (AET), playing in Christopher Durang’s Why Torture is Wrong and The People Who Love Them and David Mamet’s Bobby Gould In Hell.

For the past 3 years, Johnson has been devoting his focus to his 2-man improv troupe ShawnMikael(s), who have been regulars in the DC area, calling the DC Improv their “home” theater, while performing throughout the country at various improv festivals, including the Cap Fringe Festival (DC), Charleston Comedy Festival (SC), Baltimore Improv Festival, Harrisburg Improv Throwdown (PA), Kansas City Improv Festival, and Philadelphia Improv Festival in 2012.

This is Johnson’s 6th year participating with 72 Film Fest and he couldn’t be happier to be working with Clark and Doug again. He’d like to thank his fiance Amy for all her love and support.