With well over ten years of improv experience, Darrin is no veteran to the improv scene. In a moment of clarity he chose to take an improv class to strengthen his performance as a singer songwriter and it has been history from there.

Darrin began his training at ComedySportz San Jose in short and long form and rose to the ranks as a player/host and eventually taught with the company. On another whim he moved to Southern California where he continued his training ComedySportz Los Angeles and at iO West (formerly Improv Olympic.) At iO West he was a member the house Harold teams “Daniel Day Lewis & the News”, “XOXO” and “Captain”. In addition he has been a proud member of several independent groups throughout the years; “Stuck In The Attic”, “Beth's Pants”, “Dandy Goldblacki”, “Brash & Daring”, “Dorkepella – An Acapella Musical”, “Extra Strength” and “This is Magic”.

He continues to perform with various groups that are listed below, has coached several shows and runs the improv training at Write Act Reparatory Theater. Catch him in one of the following shows!

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Starting off with a single suggestion, the group will engage in honest slow scenes while allowing the undetermined form to emerge as the improv pushes forward.

Starring: Tiffani Ann Mills, Joy Allen, Tom Christensen, Matt Keene, Justin Uretz, Darrin Yalacki


In addtion to performing improv, Darrin also coaches and directs shows. If you are interested in a workshop or coaching please feel free to contact darrin via the contact page!

Operocka is a live improvised Rock Opera in the vein The Who’s Tommy, Rent, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Based on one simple suggestion, the group improvises a Rock Opera in which 99% everything is sung. And it’s not just boring songs… we’re talking rock and roll.

Born out of iO West Operocka premiered at the LA Improv Festival in July 2009. Since the premier they have performed at various venues throughout LA including iO West, M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater, Jive Joint, Mustaches and Mai Thais, and Loyola Marymount University.

If you have not yet seen Operocka this is a show you cannot miss! For more information visit

Improvised Music: Eric Schackne

Directed by: Marion Oberle

Starring: Anne Gregory, Molly Hawkey, Ronnie Karam, Tim Jennings, Genevieve Jones, Darrin Yalacki, Hanna LoPatin , Matt Rocheleau

LA improvisors all with one thing in common: they are all from the great state of Michigan. Americas High Five shows you how Michiganders do it. So come check out the show and have yourself a pop!

Starring: Jaime Moyer, Paul Natonek, Katie Ward, Darrin Yalacki, Josh Mattingly, Hanna LoPatin, Tim Wrobel

OUTe is Los Angeles’ premier GLBT improv comedy team. Yes, we are 100% gay and very willing to prove it. The cast consists of veteran improvisers and alumni from IO West, UCB, Second City and the Groundlings.

Starring: JP Karliak, Michael Bellavia, Jessie Birschbach, Parvesh Cheena, Ronnie Karam, Todd Ritz, Darrin Yalacki

These three veterans and teachers of iO will walk you through relationship based improv with their signature form. This is a must see show for student and lovers of improv. You won’t wanna miss it.

Starring: Karen Graci, Aaron Krebs, Darrin Yalacki

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