Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski hails from the great state of Virgina, the Mother of Presidents, where he attended the venerable College of William and Mary. He first began improvising as a member of W. & M.’s troupe I.T., and moved to Chicago with a B.A. in Theatre, and an intent to become a serious actor. That quest was sidetracked after his first improv class with Charna Halpern at the Improv Olympic, and forever abandoned after studying for a year with the great Del Close, the guru of longform improv comedy. It was at iO Chicago that Craig first met and worked with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico, in various groups and teams, including Mr. Blonde, Faulty Wiring, Baby Wants Candy, Close Quarters and The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny. Craig coached many teams in Chicago, including the long-running Frank Booth, and directed such shows as JTS Brown. Craig has taught for iO Chicago and iO West since 1995, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Guest Appearances

Backstage at the Rush Concert: Live from Largo

Paul F. Tompkins once again welcomes the wonderful real people of Los Angeles AND the internet to a LIVE episode of Spontaneanation recorded at the world-famous Largo at The Coronet! This week, Paul’s special guest is Thomas Lennon of Reno 911! and The Odd Couple. They…


Science Fair

Paul F. Tompkins is the one that welcomes YOU to the special land of SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Paget Brewster of Community, Criminal Minds, and The Thrilling Adventure Hour! They chat about what kind of food related 28th amendment she would add to…


A Dental Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona: Live from Largo

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes Los Angeles AND the internet to the first LIVE episode of Spontaneanation recorded at the world-famous Largo at The Coronet! This time Paul’s special guest is actor Colin Hanks of Orange County & Fargo! They chat about why Colin chose to wear the outfit he had on that…


A Superyacht

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all travelers to the shores of Spontaneanation! This week he is joined by special guest Elizabeth Reaser of The Twilight Saga and Mad Men! They chat about what Elizabeth likes the most about herself, the compassionate noises she…


A Secret Society

Paul F. Tompkins once again welcomes you all to Spontaneanation, and this week he is joined by special guest Jason Ritter of Gravity Falls and HBO’s Girls! They chat about Kurt Cobain being Jason’s hero growing up, how reading a Choose Your Own Adventure…


A Denny's Parking Lot

Welcome all in podcasting land to Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins! Paul chats with his special guest Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, Thrilling Adventure Hour) about her favorite snack as a latchkey kid in Arizona. Then, special guests Craig Cackowski, Matt Gourley and…


Rule of Three's!

Totally Laime #248October 31, 2014

He's a mega talented improvisor and actor - we especially adore him on Drunk History - the charming CRAIG CACKOWSKI is here to discuss overcast dreams, why he's rockin' an Ultima, his thoughts on foreign exchange students and what it was like…


Craig Cackowski

Join Kevin as he sits down with actor Craig Cackowski (Drunk History, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) as they discuss his transition from drama to comedy. Craig chats about the lectures he received from Del Close on the hey day of improv comedy, his…


Bonus Cut: Walkabout

improv4humans #28.5May 29, 2012

In this bonus cut, Bob Dassie, Rich Talarico, and Craig Cackowski, of the improv troupe Dasariski, show us that abandoned kids don't always replicate Lord of the Flies. Just be sure to keep your pants on.


My Hometown Sux

improv4humans #28May 24, 2012

Bob Dassie, Rich Talarico, and Craig Cackowski make up the philosophically influential improv troupe Dasariski and they are here on improv4humans to reveal some of the secrets in their attics. As improvisers, they are just and fair and will definitely make whatever…

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