Meet The Players

Dave Wright

Dave is an actor/director/producer with over 25 years experience in the DC area. He created the Last Ham Standing comedy show in 2003 and has been performing monthly at the Tally Ho Theatre since 2008. In addition, Dave is the regional director of the Murder Mystery Players and prefers long walks on the beach and baking banana bread.

CeCi Sigmund

CeCi Sigmund has been active on the DC Improv scene for over 15 years. She has a degree in Theatre Performance from VCU, and began working with ComedySportz, and Gross National Product Comedy Group in 1995. She recently joined ranks with Last Ham Standing and Off The Cuff Comedy and is loving every minute of it!

Jjana Valentiner

Jjana is a Taurus. She likes her dog Stretch, Kai Ryssdal’s voice and doing improv, but not necessarily in that order. She knows a lot about Shakespeare, making crazy good appetizers and being a cowgirl, but not necessarily in that order. If you laugh at her jokes she will give you a hug...or a baked good if you’re opposed to hugs. No judgement here.

Steve Heaton

Steve has been a professional improv comedian since the age of 17. He is the co-founder of improv and sketch hybrid Off The Cuff (OTC) and a Last Ham Standing headliner. Since 2002, he has taught the "art of the funny" through OTC's comedy workshops in the NOVA area.

David Sly

David Sly got his first introduction to improv in the 7th grade and has been pursuing it ever since. He started doing shows professionally after high school and co-founded the improv & sketch comedy group Off The Cuff (OTC). In addition to headlining for the Last Ham Standing show since 2008, David has performed for several other professional groups in the greater DC area as well as directed student and adult aged improv troupes. Dave currently continues to teach the OTC improv workshops in the NOVA area and despite wicked rumors about him, he is NOT a fanboy of the Twilight film series.

Matt Hartman

Matt has been performing in the DC area for the last ten years. He has performed with several local improv groups including DC ComedySportz, Murder Upon Request, DCUP, J Street Comedy, and of course, Last Ham Standing. In addition to these performances in the DC area he has appeared in various festivals across the US including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and others. Matt has also been in various community theater productions in the DC area and multiple award-winning short films and web series.

Julie Garner

Julie Garner has been performing with Last Ham Standing since its birth in 2003. She has also performed with 5 other DC area improv groups. Julie is professional actor as well, working with locally with The Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Constellation Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Imagination Stage, Faction of Fools, Molotov Theatre and Lean and Hungry Theatre. She has traveled with Cirque Voila! and the KimTom International Clown Festival, and has many film and commercial credits. Julie teaches a variety of acting class at both Imagination Stage and The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.

Stephon Walker

Stephon Walker is a member of Actors' Equity and has been a professional actor and performer in the Washington, DC area for more than 30 years. He holds a B.A. in Acting from Pennsylvania State University.

He's been seen off-Broadway with the comedy troupe Shakespeare's Skum, and in a wide variety of roles including: the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Mercutio inRomeo and Juliet, all at the New Dominion Shakespeare Festival; Jesus inGodspell; Juror 11 in Twelve Angry Men,and has been in several productions at the acclaimed Imagination Stage.

In addition to being the founder of Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, Stephon is, along with Steve Wannall, part of the Pickled Punks BIG MAGIC and Completely Mental shows.

Steve Wannall

Steve was a founding member of Last Ham back in the early twenty first century. He met the other founding members while performing Murder Mysteries and children’s theater. In addition to his appearances with Last Ham, Steve has worked with DC Comedy Sportz, Imagination Stage, The Maryland Renaissance Festival, and a host of other venues. Steve is also a founding member of the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, the percussion troupe the Drum Runners, the musical duo Predictable Funk, and is a member of the hit comedy troupe Shakespeare’s Skum. Steve’s favorite color is green, he loves root beer and poker, and when he gets excited he tends to turn into Vizzini from the Princess Bride.

Bob Garman

Bob Garman holds an M.F.A. in theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.F.A. in directing from Brooklyn College. He performs magic, comedy and hypnosis each season at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Bob also teaches Theatre at South River High School in Maryland.

Shawn Westfall

Shawn Westfall has taught, directed and performed improvisational comedy for more than 12 years with a number of professional improv troupes. The exclusive teacher of improvisational comedy at the DC Improv for more than four years, Shawn teaches classes in beginning improv, advanced short-form and long-form improv, as well as improv workshops focusing on character, long form, and non-traditional improv techniques.

Todd Etter

Todd Etter has performed comedy improv for over 20 years, getting his start at Comedy Sportz DC in 1991. He has performed in improv festivals in Miami, San Francisco, Charleston, and Philly as part of DCUP (District of Columbia Unscripted Players) featuring shows with giant chickens and snarky ventriloquist dummies. He co-wrote and starred in the improv mockumentary Yes And, which has received glowing reviews from everyone that was in it.

Garrett Hill

Garrett Hill is an 18 year old college student and youngest member of the Last Ham Standing troupe. Garrett began performing at the age of 11 and began improvisational performing at the age of 14 as part of Heritage High School’s troupe “Random Sample.” Having taken the OTC workshops taught by Last Ham headliners Steve Heaton and Dave Sly, Garrett transitioned into a leading role with “Random Sample” and graduated to performing with Off The Cuff as of May 2012. Garrett hopes to continue performing for many years to come and to spread improv culture wherever he may be.

Carleigh Graves

Carleigh caught the improv bug in high school, where she performed in the Potomac Falls group S.O.F.A. and later joined Steve Heaton and Dave Sly in Off The Cuff. Carleigh then moved on to long form improv, studying at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and performing in many a blackbox with Classic Bad Boy. She's excited to get back into the short form game with old friends and new.

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