Launch Party Host
Pete Bergen is a DC based comic and actor. He can be seen at clubs and theaters all over and has opened for touring headliners Chris Coccia, Jim Short and Bobcat Goldthwait. Pete is also a Faculty member at Washington Improv Theater and has completed the curriculum both there and at The Upright Citizens brigade Theater in New York. His team, The Score, can be seen all over the DC area and at festivals throughout the country.
72 Film Fest Saturday Night Host
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. Johnson then took the prize home again this past 2013 competition with his team, “Thunderball”.
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 6 years, performing in the area on a regular basis, doing improv, stand-up comedy, sketch, story-telling (Speakeasy DC) 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 4 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, Philadelphia Improv Festival in 2012 and headlined this year’s District Comedy Improv Festival.
Recently, Johnson has started work writing a graphic novel, along with illustrator Lou Myrtle, and is aiming to put up his first full-length play at 2014’s Capital Fringe Festival