I was born in Los Angeles, I moved to Eureka California when my dad wanted to start a radio station in Humboldt County and that’s basically where I grew up.
My largest role models are Groucho Marx, John Lennon, Albert Einstein, and Captain Katherine Janeway of the Federation Starship Voyager. Groucho through his quick wit and fun personality, John through his music, Einstein for his intelligence and also because he looks a lot like my dad, and Captain Janeway for her unwillingness to break her code of conduct in the face of the Borg, Species 8472, and being light years away from home.
I loved performing since I was in kindergarten where I got to play radio raccoon the raccoon DJ.
I first got involved in improv last year at my school where Judith Searcy taught me. My improv resume is pretty short. I started last year in NYCDA where I was taught the basics from Judith Searcy, I then started taking the Sunday classes with Tom Soter at SNI, after that I was allowed to do the shows, and this year I founded my own improv troupe with my friend Chris London called the Unemployed Actor’s Guild. We recently performed our first show at the PIT. I have also been taking the Carol Schindler classes which have helped out a great deal. I love doing Sunday Night Improv, I think I learned more from being in SNI then I did from my class at school, not to mention it’s a lot of fun.
My most challenging improv moment would have to be outside one of my shows; a few girls came up to me and asked me if my show would be funny I replied “yes” so they said “well prove it do something funny right now.” My most rewarding improv work was definitely a show I did a few weeks ago when my family came to town. It wasn’t my best show by any means, but I got to perform for my family who aside from a few garbled YouTube clips have never seen me do improv before. I’ve done a lot of theater back home.
Since I’ve moved to New York, I have done seven student films, and I just recently shot a reel with a full crew. If possible I hope to get paid doing this. I can’t say I’ve had a truly terrible improv experience yet… and hopefully it will stay that way. The only thing I really get from it is attention, adrenaline, and some of the best memories of my life.
SEE ALEXANDER BERKOWITZ IN SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV ON JUNE 10th and JUNE 24th at 7 P.M.!