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With greatest respect and appreciation, we honor these pillars of the ImprovBoston community who have left us all too soon. You will be missed but not forgotten. Thank you for the many laughs.
Barbara Kremen was a walking smile on the ImprovBoston stage. She was an active member of Active Ingredients, a house team at ImprovBoston and a student of Dana Jay Bein's Standup class. She was the founder of Improv Incubator - a meet up group based out of Cambridge (actually based out of an empty classroom at Lesley, where she worked her magic). She created a space for people who were interested in exploring or even just trying out the craft of improvisation. Through her work and inspiration, through her endless positivity and laughter she gave people the confidence to take the first step into the spotlight.
She volunteered her time and passion for the pure joy of the art and bringing folks together. She loved making people smile and making people feel welcome. While it may sound cliche, Barbara truly saw the best in everyone. She inspired us to have more fun with each other and in front of an audience.
On September 10th 2016, Barbara lost her battle with cancer. She fought the hard fight for 2 long years along side her lovely doting husband Jason Baker, her ever-loving mother and father Phyllis and Stanley Kremen, and her brother Scott and sister Lori. In October 2016, she was honored with the IB Awesome Award.
Barbara, thank you for embodying the spirit of ImprovBoston and for sharing your awesomeness with us, all too briefly. We love you Barb.
ROGER ERIC HARD
1956 - 2012
Roger Hard was one of the Founding Cast Members of ImprovBoston, and he performed with the group from about 1982 to 1987. Roger was an extremely versatile and talented improviser and an audienc favorite. He was known for his intelligence, lightning quick wit, hilarious facial expressions, and dozens of impressions and zany characters that he could create on-the-spot. Some favorites include Game Show Host Art Phlem, Seth the Appliance Salesman, and Dr. McCoy (Star Trek).
Roger's love of comedy started as a kid, when he was a fan of Mad Magazine and the popular sketch-comedy TV show, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in". He drew comics, hosted radio shows, wrote plays and screenplays and made films. Roger was High School Valedictorian in Northfield, Vermont, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After college, he began a long career as an Officer in the US Air Force, where he was a Satellite Communications Expert. While stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, he joined the Original Cast of ImprovBoston, performing at nightclubs around town such as Satch's (Copley Square, Boston) and Ryle's (Inman Square, Cambridge).
Post-ImprovBoston, Roger continued to work as a Satellite Communications Expert, eventually in the private sector, and also worked part-time as a radio host at several stations in New England, including WRNX in Amherst, Mass. and 105.1 The Peak in Killington, VT. For the last several years of his life, Roger was a Math and Science Teacher in Vermont, while studying for his Masters degree in Education.
Roger died on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2012 after a long battle with Colon Cancer. A few days before he died, several original cast members of ImprovBoston were able to visit with him (in person or on the phone) to remember the good old days. Roger is survived by his family, including a son.
You can read Roger Hard's official obituary from the Rutland Herald.
View our video tribute to Roger.
THOMAS M. "TC" CHEEVER
TC Cheever, raconteur and bon vivant, was an inspirational force for the entire ImprovBoston community. Those who knew him well could not help but share in his unhindered enthusiasm and deep, energetic passion for the theater. In addition to ImprovBoston, TC was known for his love of karaoke, typography, the Red Sox, the Beatles and U2, craft cocktails and showtunes. He loved road trips and the Amtrak, and always dreamed of taking a transcontinental voyage on the Queen Mary. His greatest passion and accomplishment was his three children, Annabelle, Theo, and Harry, the guide stars by which he set his course through life.
TC’s passion for performance and humor developed at an early age. He was a fixture on Wakefield High School's educational access TV, WHS-TV Channel 16 with his show, Trivia Live! The show’s live, spontaneous format showcased his quick wit, remarkable sense of humor, and encyclopedic knowledge.
His other passion in high school was his study of Latin. He attended many National Junior Classical League Conventions, and it was here that he met his friend and kindred spirit Hal Rather, whose untimely death from leukemia at the age of 22 would inspire him to run the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2004, an event he considered one of his greatest accomplishments. Members of the ImprovBoston community will join together to run the Disney Marathon in TC’s honor in January 2014.
TC arrived on the improv scene in 1992 when he joined the troupe Renegade Duck, and was an active member of the IB community beginning in 1999 with Musical Improv Company. His troupe Chaos Theory produced a number of shows including an early improvised version of What the Dickens?! and Your Town, an improvised version of Our Town, with Margaret Ann Brady, Steve Auger, Kara Gelormini, Josh Pritchard, Cheryl Singleton, Joy Begbie, and Jenney Cheever. He was a co-director of TheaterSports with Bobby Smithney beginning in 2004, and performed in Just a Minute, inspired by the BBC radio show, with Joy Carletti, Ilene Fischer, Josh Pritchard and Cheryl Singleton in 2004; and The Pitch, an inside look at sitcom production with Greg Wymer and Matt McLaughlin, in 2005. He co-wrote What The Dickens?! and An Evening With Ladley & Craig with Adam Brooks, and was a frequent contributor to Boston News Net. He co-wrote Lube! with Deana Criess in 2010, and the two co-produced the popular anti-Valentine’s Day show Thorns from 2009-2012.
He passed away following a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the age of 43. He is survived by his father Thomas, his brother Daniel, his three amazing children and their mother, Jenney, and his partner Gillian Mackay-Smith.
Donations in TC's memory may be made to the TC Cheever Family Trust.
View our video tribute to TC.