Comedy Meets Culinary

7:30 PM Friday, February 17th
7:30 PM Friday, March 17th
7:30 PM Friday, April 14th
7:30 PM Friday, June 23rd

Dinner and a show — The best night out in Hackensack! Featuring hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Eastwick College’s Culinary Arts Program, paired with a healthy dose of Howdy Stranger’s improv comedy.

Eastwick College
Oak Banquet Hall
250 Moore Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(Park near the entrance in the lower lot)

Hackensack PAC

8:00 PM May 19 & 20
8:00 PM June 2 & 3
8:00 PM October 13 & 14
8:00 PM November 10 & 11

Save the dates! Howdy Stranger has several shows lined up at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center. If the building is completed, these will be some of the first performances at the new Hackensack PAC on Main Street! If not, we’ll be at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center at 39 Broadway.

About the Show

What to expect: Howdy Stranger performs improv comedy in two parts. The first half of the night features interactive improv games popularized by the tv show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Bring your best ideas and shout them out to inspire EVERY scene.

In the 2nd half, Howdy Stranger will perform a long form set. Witness a world unfold as characters and storylines are spontaneously created all from a single audience suggestion!

NOTE: Howdy Stranger shows are family-friendly, but parents are cautioned there may be strong language and themes unsuitable for young children.

Open Mic Night in Hackensack

7:00 PM Thursday | February 16th
7:00 PM Thursday | March 16th
Members from Howdy Stranger host an Open Mic Night at Hackensack’s Johnson Public Library on the third Thursday of every month. Each show features a special guest performer, after-which local artists are invited to share their talents or try out new material. This event is open to anyone in the arts, including comics, poets, actors, musicians, singers, dancers, jugglers, and more!

Sign-up at the door. Performance time is based on the amount of participants. Join us for a fun night of eclectic entertainment and support our local artists!

Johnson Public Library (Downstairs in the auditorium)
274 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Howdy Stranger has performed at:

The Rosen Performing Arts Center, The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, The Magnet Theater, The PIT (People’s Improv Theater), Gotham City Improv, The Creek and The Cave, The Producer’s Club, The Player’s Theater, Under St. Marks Theater, Urban Stages, The Workshop Theater Company, The Tank, The Crossroads At Garwood, The Bushwick Starr, Zora Art Space, Matchless, The Triple Crown, The Irish Times, Bogota High School, and The Village Lantern

Festivals and Tournaments we’ve rocked:

The Arena Improv Tournament, 2012 (WINNERS)
Summer Improv League, 2011 (WINNERS)
The Arena Improv Tournament, 2011 (3rd place)
The Arena Improv Tournament, 2010 (2nd place)
The Providence Improv Festival, 2013
Spring Up The Creek, 2011 and 2012
SITE Fest! 2011

Workshops and Classes

Improv Workshops

Howdy Stranger offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced improv workshops. Utilizing interactive games and exercises, our classes emphasize teamwork, communication, creativity, and confidence. It’s serious fun! Our workshops are perfect for school drama clubs and professional theater groups at any level.

Corporate Training

Howdy Stranger also offers corporate workshops for team-building training sessions. Experience how the power of “Yes And” can increase team support and enhance communication skills between employees.

Contact Ryan Huban for more information and rates at or call (201) 724-0636.


“As sales people we run into a lot of very different and unique situations. Each rep that we have has to be very dynamic with each situation. Howdy Stranger came into our office and was able to get even the shyest of guys up and out of their shell. Everyone had a great time and each rep was able to take one or two things away to use in their professional life. This is now the second time we have worked with this group and it will be our biggest net revenue year ever. We will be using them again in the future and would recommend them to anyone.”

– Seth Brombacher
Regional Vice President, Power Home Remodeling Group

“I had the pleasure of working with Howdy Stranger for our private improv class. I run a sales team that is structured around being comfortable with one’s self. Sometimes my guys can feel a little shy and uncomfortable in certain professional situations. Howdy Stranger was able to get some of the shyest guys to do the wackiest of things. The time flew by and before we knew it the class was over. Everyone had an amazing time and the team has never been closer before. I would recommend this class for every sales team or if you and some friends want to have some fun. I look forward to coming back this year.”

– Sean Meehan
Sales Consultant, Power Home Remodeling Group

“I’ve been a theatre professional for over 25 years. It’s been a long time since I learned SO MUCH in a class that was new and challenging. Improv teaches indispensable tools for actors – and normal people, too! Ryan is a gifted teacher, the kind of nurturing guy who makes jumping off a cliff seem like the best fun ever. I had a blast.”

– Maren Sugarman
Educator, Performing Artist

“Thank you for taking such great care of our students during Hudson County Theatre Day. Your kindness and compassion for them as young artists truly shines through. I have received positive praise from every participating school that their kids had the best time at your improv workshops, while also absorbing new information that they can apply. You were a rock star and I tremendously appreciate your time.”

– Danielle Miller
Theatre Arts Teacher, Hoboken High School

“Ryan helped my troupe beyond measure. We received patient and high energy attention from him. His criticism was always constructive and his warm-ups were something we desperately needed. We’ve already decided to have him back. He will definitely be a game changer (pun intended) for your team.”

– Andrea Prendamano
Improviser, The Wizards of Odd

“Taking the Improv 2 class with Ryan Huban at ATC Studios has been a great experience that I have looked forward to every week. Ryan is a brilliant instructor who is able to handle a diverse group of students despite varying skill levels. He creates a judgment-free classroom that eliminates intimidation from inexperience; instead, the class feels safe for learning, exploration, and discovery. It is evident that Ryan is very thoughtful in choosing specific improv exercises that build off one another. Moreover, he excels at providing clear and individualized feedback without shame or condescension. He listens and responds well to questions and is willing to spend extra time to make sure his students progress. I highly recommend you take his class. If nothing else, you’re guaranteed a good time and hardy laughs.”

– Dr. Dan Lin PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

“I just finished Ryan Huban’s Improv II Class and it was such a positive, fun and life changing experience. Ryan structures the class with games and exercises to help tap into your inner creativity, to work well as a team and to develop your listening skills in order to be a better team player. We started as individuals but by the end of the 8 weeks, we were a real team. Everything came together for our final performance and we all had a blast. I’m hooked now and want to keeping going!”

– Susan McDonald
Independent Professional Entertainer

“I recently attended your ‘Improv Games: Playing to Perfection’ workshop at Kean University and would just like to say how much I enjoyed it. My improv partner and I took your class about an hour before we had to actually compete in Improv Pairs! The exposure to the foundation of a successful improvisation scene really helped, both skill-wise and with our confidence. Thanks to you guys, we got a Superior rating for Improv Pairs! Thank you so much for that workshop! You were essential in our success.”

– Alessandro Bonet
New Jersey State Thespian
Egg Harbor Township High School

“Thank you guys for an unbelievable workshop a couple of weeks ago. With your help and guidance, Bogota High School did well at the 2011 New Jersey International Thespian Society Festival. One pair of students got a Superior rating, while another pair took home 3rd place in the state wide festival! We will definitely be looking forward to next year and having you guys do another workshop!”

– Mike Boris
International Thespian Society director
Bogota High School

“Thank you for the stellar workshops you presented this past weekend! I have heard the most wonderful things about you from the kids (and adults) who attended. I appreciate your time and preparation in offering your expertise to all of our students, and I know they join me in thanking you as well!”

– Barri Weinstein
New Jersey State Thespian Workshop Coordinator
Vernon Township High School

The Strangers

Ryan Huban
Founder | Performer | Workshop Leader
Ryan has studied improv comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Magnet Theater, and Armando Diaz Studios. He has appeared on stage as a stand-up comic and performed in countless improv shows over the years, with groups that include “Out of Order” at Dover Little Theater, “Flea Flurkus” at The Magnet, and currently “Fury” at The PIT. Ryan founded Pratt Institute’s comedy club, “Up Top Playerz,” where he taught improvisation and produced and directed comedic plays. Before all this, Ryan used to be involved with community theater, but he kept changing his character’s lines to make them funnier. Improv has satiated Ryan’s discord with playwrights.
Charone Frankel
Originally from Oakland, California, Charone has resided in New Jersey for the past ten years. She is positively addicted to improv and has studied at various theaters in New York including Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Magnet Theater, Annoyance Theatre, and Reckless Theatre. She also loves music, cats, and murder mysteries.
Mick Murtha
Mick was bit by the performing bug in fifth grade, when his portrayal of a drunk during his first day of drama club elicited a huge reaction. After doing theatre all through high school, Mick took a very brief eight year break from performing before discovering improv, first with Death By Improv in Central Jersey, now with Howdy Stranger in the North. Mick has since performed up and down the east coast, and workshopped with such awesome teachers as Megan Gray, Zach Ward, and Armando Diaz. In addition to improv, Mick was a member of the movie-riffing team, Very Incredible Movie Theater 4, and is lead vocalist for Lightning Bolts Of Pain, a comedy/rock supergroup from a distant future where rock-and-roll has been outlawed and music is the weapon. He lives in Fords, New Jersey, with his lady love and an adorable idiot of a cocker spaniel.
Dreena Moran
Dreena is a singer/songwriter, comedian, and writer from Northern New Jersey. She has studied comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and The Peoples Improv Theater in New York City. She is a former member of the sketch comedy troupe, Cows Come Home, and has performed in several award-winning short films featured in The Sparrow Film Project. In her downtime, Dreena likes to raid chocolate shoppes and remix commercial jingles.
Mike Brown
Performer | Workshop Leader

Mike began his comedy career in 2005 as a Philadelphia Phillies “Phanstormer,” performing on-field sketches for the crowd. He founded The Mike Brown Solo Improv Extravaganza and was a member of improv teams, “Trapper John” and “Ha-Prov.” He studied at The PIT and The Magnet Theater, and has taught improv at The University of Oxford, John Jay College, and guest lectured at The Living Room Lecture Series at Lincoln Square. Mike currently coaches college improv teams at The University of California at Berkeley. He has appeared on Gossip Girl, Law & Order, Cupid, and Mercy, and has performed domestically in Improvaganza: The Hawaii Festival of Improv, The Boston Comedy Arts Festival, The Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival, Unscripted New York, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, The Del Close Marathon, and internationally at The Toronto Improv Festival, The Bush Live Theater in London, and The Merlin Theater in Budapest, Hungary. He believes that live comedy should be enjoyed with friends and he attributes his love of comedy to his father.

Peter Kendall
Peter graduated with a BFA in Acting from Montclair state university. Recent works A Christmas Carol ( Christmas Present), Sherlock Holmes and The Hound Of The Baskervilles (Sherlock), and performing improv with his own group Off Topic. On film he has recently played The Joker in Smile: A Joke of Two Faces, and can be seen in the upcoming indie feature Vermilion. He would like to thank both of his parents and especially his mother for their love and support.

About Us

Howdy Stranger is a professional improv comedy group based out of Hackensack, New Jersey. Our live performances feature a series of interactive theater games, popularized by the TV show, “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” Every scene is completely made up on the spot. Audience members shout suggestions to inspire the choices our improvisers make. It’s a high-energy theater experience like you’ve never seen. Come to our next show and be part of this wild, spontaneous fun!

“It takes creativity, talent and skill to perform a full evening of improv and to keep the audience laughing and involved. Howdy Stranger has it all!” – Kathleen Kellaigh, Artistic Director of ATC Studios

“Howdy Stranger is pure fun. They are improv comedy at its best and the audience was enthralled by their clever use of audience suggestions!” – Meryl Budnick, Arts Director at the Rosen PAC, Wayne YMCA

Visit the Shows Page to view our performance schedule.

Our shows are family-friendly, but parents are cautioned there may be adult themes unsuitable for very young children.


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