James Mastraieni

James Mastraieni has been performing live comedy for two decades at UCB, Second City, iOWest. A freelance writer’s freelance writer, he’s written for Florida Girls, Comedy Central, funnyordie and a bunch of internet stuff. He also has 20,000 hours of teaching and directing comedy and is the founder and director of The Shared Experience Studio.


James studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse where he also taught improv. He is currently a faculty member at iO West and can be seen at his computer “writing” a lot.

Guest Appearances

December 21, 2023

Happy Fraud Friday! This week, we revisit our episode with comedian James Mastraieni where we first learn the epic tale of a Dallas bank robber who fooled authorities throughout the 90’s dressed as a cowboy.

September 13, 2021

What’s poppin’ con-gregation? This week, comedian James Mastraieni joins us to discuss the epic tale of a Dallas bank robber who fooled authorities throughout the 90’s dressed as a cowboy. Plus, a mother of three sues a woman who used her children as props in a crowdfunding scheme generating hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Research by Kaeyln Brandt







April 22, 2020

Please enjoy this compilation of some of the best scenes from 2019! These performances feature James Adomian, Horatio Sanz, Jessica McKenna, Jon Gabrus, Joel Spence, Alex Fernie, Sean Conroy, Dhruv Uday Singh, James Mastraieni, Matt Newell, John Gemberling, Andy Daly, Don Fanelli, Laura Willcox, Will Hines, Lennon Parham, Katie Dippold, and Dan Lippert. Let these humons know you love them on improv4humans!

November 18, 2019

We back at it, Con-gregation! This is Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci kicks back with comedian, writer, and podcaster James Mastraieni (Too Effin’ High, Florida Girls) to talk about the curious case of the Instagram marijuana fraudster who dupes would be customers into buying weed that will never appear.

Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera







This episode is brought to you by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/scam).

April 10, 2019

Sean Conroy, Dhruv Uday Singh, James Mastraieni, and Matt Newell join Matt Besser for scenes about cool improvising nicknames, the Pope’s most attractive ring, and a pioneer in dildo doctoring. Later, they visit the first ever roadkill-to-table restaurant, and 911 severs ties with a prominent superhero.

September 23, 2016

Welcome back to The Acapodcast with your hosts Mike Mazlowski (Ryan Meharry), Sketch Pazinski (Matt Newell), Dan “The Tuba” Kozlowski (James Mastraieni), and Sherman Munster (Lauren Lapkus) aka The Treble Cleft Palates! Mike, Sketch, Dan, and Sherman are all roommates with the dream of their acapella group hitting it big. They’ll all share what steps they took this week to get their name out there and give it all they got as they practice some solo acapella songs. Later, Traci Reardon stops by to offer acapella advice to her Twitter followers in another edition of “Help Me, Rhonda.”

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