EbonyEssenceJet was created when six female, African-American improvisers saw a lack of their voice in the Chicago improv community. Five of the women had either gone through or were going through professional improv training at prestigious institutions when they realized that typecasting and stereotypes in sketch comedy was an issue. EbonyEssenceJet was created as a group for exploring thoughts, ideas, and viewpoints in improv without thinking about the actor's outward appearance. Ebony Essence Jet is Ashley Bland, SaLesha "Lele" Mason, Kimberly Banks, and Briané Goodrum.
The story of Melissa?! isn't a story of women nor improv groups. It is a story for everyone who has felt a part of something magical. Coming from all corners of the world to Los Angeles, Melissa?! bonded over their love of improv craziness, fart jokes, sexual innuendo, and chalk art to form the best improv group IN THE WORLD!! Their talents combined produce a show like you have never seen. Melissa?! is Christina Lopez, Allison Reese, Marianne Smith, and Valerie Vasilas.