St. Louis native BJ Lange currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is actively involved in the improv community as both performer in various groups, including his two-man comedy duo, Tacklebox Improv, and instructor, at The Improv Trick, 3-2-1 Acting Studios, and The Second City Hollywood, where he leads the Improv for Veterans Program. BJ also teaches at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts Acting Conservatory and coaches the high school’s Improv Club.
After entering the theatre world through high school, college, and community performances, BJ soon found his way into radio, landing a role as the stunt boy on the nationally syndicated Steve & DC Radio Network. He continued to parlay this experience into further voiceover work. In order to further hone his abilities once settled in Los Angeles, BJ completed several improv programs, including iO West (formerly improvOlympic West) and Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre LA. He is a graduate of The Second City Hollywood Conservatory additionally completing the long form improv and musical improv programs. He has also studied at The Groundlings School. Naturally, this background in theatre performance, voiceover, and improv has been invaluable as BJ has moved into hosting duties for both live and televised events, including Maxim’s Spring Break in Panama City Beach, GameRiot for MTV2, X-Games BMX Jams, LG National Texting Championship, Mobile World Cup, and the Simon D Tour Live! presented by ABC Family. As host of the Monte Carlo movie tour, BJ worked with Disney star Selena Gomez, and he has also participated in corporate hosting, leading the “Meet Your Makers” late-night talk show event for Electronic Arts at the GameStop Managers’ Conference. BJ has appeared on MTV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central and recently performed at the Alaska State Improv Comedy Festival and Improvaganza! Hawaii Festival of Improv.
Two-time testicular cancer survivor BJ’s passions outside of “Yes, and”-ing, include beatboxing, riding motorcycles, aviation, barbecuing, and extensive volunteer work. A retired USAF Reserve medic and pilot, BJ proudly volunteers as a Public Affairs Officer for the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. He is an accomplished aircrew member and a graduate of the Air Force and Coast Guard’s National Search & Rescue School, and he has received a number of service awards, including the Presidential National Disaster Relief ribbon (with Valor) and a “Find” ribbon for his search & rescue work. Some of BJ’s active-duty military service decorations include the Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon.
Finding a way to combine his passion for performing with his devotion to service, BJ is an athlete, mentor, and ambassador in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, serving also as a comedy coach teaching improv as part of the resiliency programs. He is a member of the Veterans of Comedy, Veterans in Media & Entertainment, and the American Legion, and a cast member of DIAVOLO Dance Theatre’s Veterans Project, which recently performed at the Kennedy Center.