Stelios (person or character; pronounced 'Stel-ios', not 'Steel-ios'). Meaning 'from the stars'. Tells it like it is, you pig. Known for talking and walking and wearing clothes (even in bed; they're called py-ja-ma-s). Often heard shouting 'bring a character!' just before a show. Once sat in Kitt, from Knight Rider. Grew up in Greece, though not responsible for the current state of its economy. The smallest of the saints (though debatably the loudest), we ask 'is he trying to compensate for something?' You be the judge, pig.
Designer, photographer, writer, improviser, director. Professionally makes things happen. Sam has been performing with ComedySportz in the UK for seven years, and actually improvising for around five of them. Moving elegantly between Geneva and Manchester, he now makes things up with lots of people in many countries. It has proven to be a mind-expanding experience.
There are 2 Sams in the Saints. Why? Well, 3 would have been too many. Who was there first? Who’s the chicken? Who cares… Not my Saint, not my problem. Sam is doing research at the University of Geneva. Rational by day, irrational at night, but I guess always trying to make sense out of the unknown. Or not. He will be happy to pick your brain, especially if you are a mouse. Yes, his accent is french. Ça vous dérange? You can also find him on stage for science-theater related work with The Catalyst and for the TEDxLausanne conference.
John is from Canada. He always has his fellows Saints in stitches. Not when he does improv; when he says "about". He is also a lawyer. Normally, this would be a liability, but his fellow Saints very much appreciate it whenever he helps them beat the rap. Today, John works full time as a public speaker and presentation skills trainer for business executives throughout the world. He is the co-creator of RHETORIC, a board game about public speaking. (Watch out, Monopoly!) John loves his wife and two daughters, traveling, languages, cycling, skiing and his almost 20-year-old tabby. He remains committed to turning his fellow Saints into hockey fans. Ice hockey fans.
While I would like to write a silly biography for Teohna, she is currently off saving the world, and frankly, deserves all the praise she gets. When Superman goes into a phone booth, Teohna is who comes out. Currently helping to stop people being shot at in central Africa, she makes the world a better place.
Steve Pavis is the magician you don't see on stage. While the rest of us jump around, failing to be embarassed at things we should be embarassed about, he is the flawless technician making it all sound like it is professional. If you're at a show, look at the small booth near the stage. He'll be there, smiling. We love him.
As a child, Viki was very concerned about developing a sense of humor. She continues to attempt to spend as much time around funny people as possible, in hopes that it one day may still happen. The other Saints gently encourage her in this pursuit (and try to encourage her to spell "humor" with a u). Born and raised in New Jersey, in a Hungarian family (double nationality means double the fun!), she first discovered improv as a very shy 8th grader with her troupe "Almost a House". At university, despite her best efforts, no improv troupe took off, so she moved to the improv capital of the world - Geneva, Switzerland - to find one. When she's not improvising, she works at a philanthropic foundation. Or is onstage performing with - gasp! - a script.
Katt Cullen invented the cat. Because she is modest, she changed the name before she released it on to the market as an open source, freely adaptable product. She also is a fully trained medic for sloths.
Before moving to Geneva, Robert (aka 'Bob', 'Rob' 'Robbo', 'Bobster' plus other variations ad infinitum) lived for a long time in London, a small, picturesque village in southern England known for its boundless apple orchards, endless supplies of thick, sweet honey and permanent sunshine. He has been improv-ing for almost four years now and when he can be bothered to learn lines, also performs on stage with the Geneva English Drama Society and acts in short, but brilliant films. If not performing, he tends fill his time worrying about the state of English cricket, though has long given up the hope of being selected for the national side. He also has a job, and was once spotted apparently doing some work, though this claim remains unsourced.
Lianne is the Renegade Saints' resident Southern Belle, hailing from North Carolina, the land of sweet tea, Southern charm, and obesity. She will attempt to convince you that "y'all" has a valid place in the English language. Lianne started doing improv when she came to Geneva two-and-a-half years ago and got into it because she was new in town and needed friends. Her initial efforts to strike up conversation and friendships with random individuals on the bus were mostly rebuffed. Improv seemed like a good Plan B. Her favourite game is Mime Translator: an expert is interviewed, with two translators providing simultaneous 'mime' interpretations of the conversation. She thinks improv is a great way to let loose after a day spent being a super serious adult.
Pablo became part of the Saints after they saw him performing in a freak show as the “Spaniard with a Job”, a role that earned him both critical acclaim and several hot meals, after less successful incarnations as “Man with Somewhat Comically-Shaped Kneecaps” and “Husband Who can Almost Pull Off the Double-Denim Look”.</p> <p>Pablo has been described as having a beard and surprisingly smooth wrists. But things were not always this good. He has had to fight his way to the top, every step of the way, against all odds; with predictable results. However, thick-skinned and without any sense of self-worth, Pablo has managed, through sheer luck and despite a lack of natural ability, to become a tolerable human being.