Curtis Needs a Ride is an award-winning improvisational comedy troupe based out of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, that has delighted audiences since 2006.

With a mixture of improvised and sketch comedy, Curtis Needs a Ride, often know as CNAR, uses their years of experience in previous comedy shows, comedy festivals, video races and commissioned videos to create an energetic and intellectual brand of humor. 

Sometimes we perform for audiences that want to just sit back and laugh. And other times we lead groups in team building workshops or corporate training days that let everyone get a hands on feel for what it is we do, and more importantly, why we do it.  


     Who are we?

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Austin Hines

Born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, Austin has been studying improv for over ten years. He graduated from TCU in '05 with a degree in TV/Film and has been working in entertainment ever since.

Austin is represented as an actor by The Mary Collins Agency in Dallas and can be seen in commercials for brands like McDonald's, The Texas Rangers, Samsung, T-Mobile and Taco Bueno. 

Photo Credit: Rachel Clary

Michael Flusche

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Michael began performing comedy at the age of 17.  In college, he directed and performed weekly with TCU’s Senseless Acts of Comedy.  Michael has hosted events for dozens of companies since 2004.

Michael has won awards for writing in the Dallas 48 Hour Film Race (2011) along with the Dallas 24 Hour Film Race (2008.)  He has penned the scripts for CNAR mini-series such as “Doug and Flu,” “The Reuniter,” and “Professional Development” along with his own stand up routines. 


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Ricky Anderson II

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Ricky is an avid film maker, writer, and comedian. During his college years Ricky performed and taught improv through TCU's Senseless Acts of Comedy and Loose Ends.

World-renowned as the YouTube celebrity Stewdippin, Ricky was chosen to attend the prestigious Youtube Creator's Institute in Chicago where he learned the ins and outs of everything social media.

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Steve Rupp

Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Steve began performing comedy in 2004 at the ACME Comedy Club. In 2006, he moved to Fort Worth and later took the position of President for TCU's comedy troupe, Senseless Acts of Comedy. Steve has performed over 1,000 shows and has received numerous fine arts awards for acting and comedic writing. Steve has spent 2 years studying improvisation at the legendary conservatories in Chicago, The Second City and iO. 


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Grayson Howe

Born in Los Angeles, California, Grayson has worked as a professional comedian for the last twelve years.  In 2011, he joined the cast of Four Day Weekend where he served as the show’s director of training by leading workshops across the country.  He soon became the head writer for the televised sketch comedy show Small Time.

Grayson now brings his professional experience to Curtis Needs a Ride along with his unique style of animated comedy.  He can also be seen regularly as a live comedy correspondent on the CW morning show Eye Opener.  Grayson is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.