Stephen Wilder

Executive Producer, DJ, and Improviser in Denver, Colorado

Hello! My name is Steve (Stephen), and I do stuff with improvisation, performance, and Burning Man shenanigans.

EXEC PRODUCER: I work for The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show as CTO, Co-Executive Producer and performer, since 2007. I am Lead Digital Architect for The Virtual Detective since 2020, with 1000+ shows performed worldwide.

IMPROV: I've been performing and teaching for 28 years, across the country and internationally. I am the founder and CTO of RISE Comedy (formerly Voodoo Comedy) in Denver, Colorado, started in 2011. I am the founder and director of Hit and Run: Musical Improv, Colorado's longest running improv show, started in 2006. With the opening of Voodoo Comedy (now RISE Comedy) in 2011, I am proud to have helped the Denver and Colorado improv communities evolve and grow to be much more inclusive and diverse, an ongoing process which continues to this day.

CORPORATE: As the most experienced corporate improv instructor in Colorado, I have personally designed and taught dozens of improvisation workshops for companies such as Apple, Adobe, Comcast Xfinity, Chipotle, DaVita, Dell, Ernst & Young, Google, Microsoft, Vail Resorts, and many more. I am honored to have been chosen as the keynote speaker for the 2021 RMHA conference in Black Hawk, CO.

BURNING MAN: I am the webmaster and content herder for Apogaea, the Colorado regional Burning Man event. I am sound lead for XPAT ALIEN, a veteran Burning Man day camp. I volunteer my time and resources with many different burn projects in CO and elsewhere.

OTHER STUFF: I am an ordained minister through the ULC and Church of the Sub-Genius. I once auditioned for the Muppets. My Bacon Number is 2. I once had an entire box of fireworks go off under my chair.


“Stephen delivered his improv workshop as part of our strategic quarterly planning meeting recently. Wow! What a delightful surprise! His unique blend of professionalism, authenticity and energy allowed our team to really open up and create teamwork at a whole new level. You’d be smart to use his talents to up level your organization!”

- Brianna Bryson,Covered Insurance Solutions


“We booked Steve for a night during a two day training at our company, and he blew us out of the water with his professional, timely, and fun activities. It was a great way to build comradery while also teaching principles of improv that translate well into the corporate environment!”

- Leah Nielson, FOCUS

  • Education
    • Second City Hollywood
    • iO West Hollywood
    • New College of Florida
    • University of South Florida
    • Kathleen Senior High School
Steve Wilder’s positive energy and enthusiasm brought our team together like few organized off-sites have with our team. Through a short survey taken before the class, he weaved together a masterful two hour program that really brought out the human element in a way that left its mark long after our departure on that day! Thank you Steve Wilder and RISE Comedy!
Rob Malara, Apple Computer
Steve Wilder did a superb job putting on a improv work shop for my team and I. Steve’s infectious energy and enthusiasm for what he does was truly inspiring. My team did not know what to expect coming in to the workshop. Leaving the workshop every single person was talking about how much they enjoyed the experience. The workshop was so fun, educational, though-provoking, empowering and funny! My team is better because of RISE Comedy, Steve Wilder and his message!
Patrick Borus, Chipotle Mexican Grill
During our staff in-service week, Steve came to join Hope Center for his workshop on "Communication and Listening." Within the first few minutes, I could tell that our staff had put down their walls, and were open to the experience. We laughed and bonded, and truly had an amazing time learning to communicate in a low risk setting using fun and creativity! We cannot wait for another opportunity to work with Steve and to continue building our community!
Tamara Moore, Hope Center
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