Claire is a writer on the Maude Team Bellevue and a former writer and of Everything Rabbits. Like TV's Family Matters and First Lady Betty Ford, she hails from Chicago. Back home, Claire began her training in improv and sketch with The Second City Teen Ensemble and Improv Olympic (iO). On her first trip to NYC, she shared one tiny hotel room with seven other improvisors for the Del Close Marathon (2006). She has also performed in Chicago Sketchfest and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. She is in the indie sketch group, Golden Baby. She has studied under some awesome people: Piero Procraccini, Billy Bungeroth, Susan Messing, Jason Chin, Jordan Klepper, Lee Rubenstein, Brandon Bassham, and Michael Delaney. She also went to NYU ('10) and specializes in Enthusiasm (general). Follow her on twitter (@clairecdowns)

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