Todd caught the improv bug in 1985 while playing a rabid pig in an improvised scene in his drama class. He did sketch comedy through college in the early 90s and was influenced by Keith Johnstone’s book Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre while coaching a drama club overseas in Malaysia.
While working for the AD Players in the late 90s, he co-founded Mission Improv, a short-form comedy troupe performing after regular shows on weekends at the AD Player’s theater.
In 2004 Todd joined Vagabondage, an improv troupe performing regularly at PJ’s on W. Gray. There he met MacArthur Antigua, a recent import from Chicago, and Mac introduced Todd to long form style improv. Mac, Todd, and fellow Vagabondage improviser, Lou Gonzales then split off to form Massive Improv, Houston’s first long form troupe. Todd performed, taught, and toured with Massive until 2008. Massive produced the predecessor to the Houston Improv Festival, the Improv Smorgasbord in February of 2007. It featured six teams from Houston and the surrounding area and established the collaborative tone for the first Houston Improv Festival 5 years later in 2012.
Todd currently performs with Station Theater’s Youngbloods, takes improv classes all over, and spends the rest of his time and financial resources fixing up his 60+ year old home in Houston’s 3rd Ward with his wife and best friend, Shondra Marie. He loves bicycling, reading public domain novels, and harassing his cats – Blackstrap and Molasses.