The Katydids are a six member ensemble of some of Chicago’s best up and coming performers whose names all happen to be derived from Katherine.  In addition to improvisation and sketch comedy, they are known for creating and producing successful short videos, some of which have been featured on such sites as The Huffington Post, MTV, Perez Hilton, Smosh, Cosmopolitan, Italy's Vanity Fair, College Humor, and The Chicago Sun Times.  They are also actors, writers, and executive producers of the popular web series, TEACHERS. Collectively, the women have performed for The Second City Touring Company, Broadway in Chicago, and TBS' Just for Laughs.  In addition to theatres throughout Chicago, The Katydids have appeared at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City and at iO West in Los Angeles.They are based out of iO Chicago (formerly Improv Olympic) and their improv is coached by The Second City Mainstage alumnus Anthony LeBlanc.

Anthony Leblanc
is from Beaumont, TX. He got his start with his group Boxaganga while obtaining a degree in Computer Science and Physics at Loyola University New Orleans. He wrote and performed in two Second City Chicago Main Stage Reviews; "America: All Better" and the 50th anniversary "Taming of the Flu". He has directed several shows and groups over the last 6 years including two Second City Outreach and Diversity Ensemble shows. He hopes that working with the Katydids helps him one day realize his dream of working for NASA, programming A.I. computer systems. He thanks his family and friends…and of course…Stephen Hawking.