Jacob Wysocki: Improv comic on a ‘Terri’

Youth Impact Report 2011: Up Next

Starring opposite John C. Reilly as the title character in the Sundance coming-of-ager “Terri,” Jacob Wysocki got the opportunity to show off the skills he’d been honing since he discovered improv during high school.

“I was in a company called ComedySportz, which is a group in Hollywood that does outreach to high schools in Southern California and teaches them improv,” he says.

After graduating, Wysocki figured acting simply wasn’t a tangible career, so he decided to get an English degree but kept performing improv on the side, through which he was discovered and cast on ABC Family’s “Huge.”

“That opened the doors for me to continue doing this,” he says. “It’s all a very lucky genesis. I was in the right place at the right time, and I was prepared when the time came — that’s the way I like to look at it.”

Since “Terri,” Wysocki worked on Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut “Fat Kid Rules the World” and continues to do improv with sketch comedy group Bath Boys. They regularly post sketches on YouTube and are currently working on their first feature film, “Boner Police.”