LAUGH AMBASSADORS


Hope England

FOUNDER + CEO

Hope England is the founder, CEO and Chief Laugh Ambassador at Humor for Hope. She is an activist, comedian, rebel, psychotherapist and non-profit entrepreneur. She’s also a pioneer of using improvisational comedy and humor to promote healing, build resilience and help navigate loss. 

Hope has a wild love for the world and is a fierce crusader for equality, awakened action and the transformational power of compassion. She is making it her mission to leave this world better than how she found it.

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Jessica Antes

CURRICULUM COORDINATOR

Jessica Antes is a writer, comedian, and improviser from Chicago. She received a B.A. in Film and Video from Columbia College, and is also a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory, Comedy Writing Program, Music Improv Conservatory, and Dramatic Improv Program as well as iO’s Improv Program. She currently performs at iO with her team Uh-Oh, as well as her sketch comedy group, Just the Tip, The Comic Thread, and American Girlz. She has taught improv, film making, and sketch writing at the Second City Training Center, The Revival Theater, and The University of Chicago Lab School. She is a 2015 Chicago/Midwest Emmy nominee for Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air: Writer, and also acting in the Emmy-award winning pilot episode of After 30. When comedy isn’t consuming her life, she likes to hang with her boyfriend, Hobbes...we mean dog! Her DOG Hobbes! 

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Katie Tyner

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Katie always thought she would be a doctor. After realizing she didn't quite have what it took (apparently, C's in chemistry won't cut it), she turned to the natural second choice: comedy. She graduated with her BA in theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University and then made the move to Chicago with hopes of being the next Amy Poehler. Shortly after beginning her study of improvisation, she met Hope and they immediately became friends. When Humor for Hope was born, Katie knew she wanted in. Both of the worlds she saw herself in had collided and created a beautiful marriage. She is able to offer help to those who are suffering and use her natural talents in a way that benefits others. And she gets to work alongside her best friends. She's so grateful to be able to live out her dream job. Katie still does independent performances throughout Chicago, including iO, Second City and The Crowd. She also still does C-worthy college chemistry work.