Current Artistic Director of One Group Mind, a first-ever comedians union
Current Artistic Director of The Titanic Players, the only 2-time winners of the College Improv Tournament
Current Artistic Director of The Comedy Clubhouse, the highest rated comedy club in Chicago.
Former iO coach, 6-year iO house team performer
Former understudy for Keegan-Michael Key at Second City
Former member of the Second City Outreach and Diversity Company
Original play, Wishin' Control, was a critics pick in Performink.
Original Toasted was the Chicago Reader Nine Places for Laughs in 2019 (and beyond) and a Must-See Show from The Torch.
His Comedy Venue was a finalist for the Chicago Readers Best Venue for Stand-up in 2019, named a Best Comedy Club Near You by Urban Matters, and a Top 13 Comedy Club by Time Out Chicago.
Coached over 2000 comedians with my students continuing successful careers on The Office, Community, Arrested Development, SNL, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Mindy Project, Man Seeking Woman, Last Man on Earth, Key and Peele, Parks and Recreation, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the Ellen DeGeneres show, to name just a few.
Can be seen performing regularly with the critically acclaimed team Tricky Mickey at the Comedy Clubhouse.
"Abdelsayed has assembled a solid cast of performers with extensive experience in the sketch & improv community. Their commitment to object and character work makes the play easier to follow. With so many scenes and characters to pay attention to, the actors utilize different voices, physicalities, and mannerisms for the audience keep track."
Jonald Jude Reyes, PerformInk
I write a unique form of a play which I like to call a Theatrical. A theatrical has approximately 8 performers playing over 100 characters in a single, full length play. Rather than traditional costumes, sets, props or traditional scene queues, my theatricals use long-form improv technique to get from scene to scene. These techniques allow a theatrical to take an audience through a range of emotions in quick succession and relies on their imagination to accomplish more than what could be done with traditional staged limitations.
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