Bluff City Liars

Memphis Improv Comedy

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Bluff City Liars was formed in late 2017 as a project between four friends hoping to explore long form improv comedy – at the time a very rare commodity in Memphis. Quickly, the group felt the spark of inspiration catch fire, and Bluff City Liars was formed.

Over time, the troupe has has grown both in size and in fan base. We run multiple monthly shows and offer workshops. We’ve also been signed as an associate company at TheatreWorks, and we’ve even produced a show featuring Kevin McDonald of Kids In The Hall.

We provide high octane, interactive, and innovative laugh-out-loud comedy with a flair for both spontaneity and spectacle. But we also aim to build the improv community of Memphis with our free workshops and open-to-all jams.  See a show, or try the art for yourself – either way you’re helping us grow the comedy scene of the Bluff City.

upcoming events

November 12, 2012

Live Entertainment: A Pre-recorded Special

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Meet the liars

Brandon started doing improv in college as part of Mississippi State University's Lab Rats Comedy in 2012. Years of learning, playing, and leading in Starkville ignited a passion that he would carry back to Memphis after completing his degree. After a brief hiatus, Brandon joined the Memphis Improv and Sketch Collective and played with MISC for two years. As an effort to further explore long form improv, Brandon co-created Bluff City Liars in 2017. Since then, Brandon has acted as director for BCL, plays in the long form cast, and hosts Improv Underground each month downtown.
Brandon McAninch  
Director, Producer, Player
since 2017

Brandon started doing improv in college as part of Mississippi State University's Lab Rats Comedy in 2012. Years of learning, playing, and leading in Starkville ignited a passion that he would carry back to Memphis after completing his degree. After a brief hiatus, Brandon joined the Memphis Improv and Sketch Collective and played with MISC for two years. As an effort to further explore long form improv, Brandon co-created Bluff City Liars in 2017. Since then, Brandon has acted as director for BCL, plays in the long form cast, and hosts Improv Underground each month downtown.

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Mike Degnan  
Producer
since 2018
Player since 2017

Mike has been doing comedy for Memphis Audiences for almost 15 years and thinking he's funny for almost twice as long. Starting in standup, Mike joined The Wiseguys Improv Troupe in 2009 and then would go on to co-create and star in WKNO-TV's "Professor Ghoul's Horror School", becoming Memphis's first "horror host" since Sivad. While he is thankful for the laughs of audiences and the work he's been a part of, what he is most thankful to have gotten from doing improv is his relationship with his wife Ashley, who first saw him on stage in 2009 and started dating him in 2014. He wishes this bio had jokes in it too.

Michelle
Michelle Mathewes  
Producer
& Player since 2019

When Michelle was little, she wanted to be a soccer champ, reality TV star, and Big Bird. It is now only through improv that she can hope to achieve these dreams. Michelle joined the group (and the improv stage) in June 2019.