Tacklebox kicks off the fun on stage where two long time friends and improv partners get advice from someone in the audience (advice they wish they had when they were young). With this suggestion, Josh and BJ open up to each other and the audience by sharing a true and personal story that they have never told each other before. From those stories, chaos (hopefully controlled) ensues and scenes emerge with various characters and connections to the advice and stories that were just shared.

BJ Lange, Josh Tariff
Los Angeles, Calif.


Tacklebox will perform in the 7:15 p.m. block at the HCC Mainstage Theatre on Saturday, August 10.



Tacklebox began performing together out of the late iO West Theater (formerly improvOlympic West) in 2012 and have gone on to perform in theaters and festivals all around the country including the Alaska State Improv Festival, Improvaganza: The Hawaii Festival of Improv, The Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival, The San Jose Improv Festival, Omaha Comedy Festival, The Baton Rouge Comedy Festival and many more.

Josh Tariff is a Longmeadow, Mass. native who earned a BM in Percussion at the University of Akron, and an MFA in Multi Focus Percussion from CalArts. Josh is an alum of iO West and uses his improv training as a professional host/performer. He was the longtime host of the famous competitive Los Angeles improv show “The Cagematch,” as well as hosted several Sports and Wrestling programs for AfterBuzzTV where he received worldwide notoriety and millions of audio downloads. An avid pro wrestling personality, Josh has been seen across the southland in various wrestling promotions. Josh’s voice has been heard on commercials for CarGurus and he has been seen on various films and TV shows.

BJ Lange is a St. Louis, Mo. native and retired US Air Force medic. He is a conservatory graduate and instructor at The Second City, having also completed Second City’s musical and long form programs, and is an alumni of UCBTLA and iO West. BJ has been seen on MTV, Comedy Central, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He currently serves on the artists council for the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) and is the comedy coach for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s wellness and resiliency team which uses improv comedy and play to help wounded warriors and their caregivers heal. Josh & BJ have taught improv and performance workshops for youth and adults in topics over short form, long form, hosting and vulnerability. They’ve also taught college and corporate leadership workshops.