Hugs and Pullups Alumni:


Philip Buuck is proud of the accomplishments of Hugs and Pullups. While he enjoyed his time in college studying theatre in New York City, it wasn’t until his senior year that he discovered the joy of improv, and impulsively moved to Chicago immediately after graduation. He has been heightening that decision ever since, he is a graduate of the iO Theater, with studies at Second City, and the Annoyance Theaters, as well as acting coursework at Act One. Philip also enjoys playing guitar, watching the Cubs, and going home to his native Indiana.



Jared Swiecicki was born and raised in the great state of Michigan, however he now calls Chicago home. He received his degree in Integrated Public Relations from Central Michigan University, where he performed in a number of theater productions and was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honorary Theater Society. While at Central Jared was also an Irene Ryan nominee. He is a graduate of the iO Theater, and a proud founding member of Hugs and Pullups. When not on stage Jared enjoys sports, beer, and Mixed Martial Arts.



Joe Von Bokern hails from Boulder, CO, and is proud to be a founding member of Hugs and Pullups. A graduate of the University of Colorado‚Äôs theatre performance program, and is graduate of the iO Theater. Joe came to Chicago in 2007 to pursue a career in performance and is proud to have since worked with many talented Chicago companies and artists. When he’s not on stage, he enjoys contributing to the popular theatre blog Playbills vs. Paying Bills, watching cartoons, and cheering for his beloved Colorado Rockies.