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This local comedian brings his roots to Chicago’s legendary improv comedy theater

Courtesy Jordan Savusa/Facebook

Sketch comedy is a series of short, amusing scenes or vignettes performed by comedic actors. It's featured in television shows like Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall. Here in Hawaiʻi, it was popularized by local group Booga Booga and Rap Replinger in the 1970s. Sketch comedy continues to be part of our entertainment scene because of acts like Da Braddahs and places like Improv Hawaii.

One of Hawaiʻi’s current sketch comedy breakout stars is Jordan Savusa from Leeward Oʻahu. He’s a resident stage actor at The Second City, the legendary comedy theater in Chicago. Celebrated alums include SNL legends John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Tina Fey and Gilda Radner. Savusa was home on vacation and took time to talk about his comedic roots and aspirations with The Conversation. If you’re in Chicago, consider stopping by the legendary comedy theater to catch a show.

This interview aired on The Conversation on May 5, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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