40 Under 40: Zach Atherton

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“I want to help Provo become the clean comedy capitol of the world.”

ImprovBroadway • Owner • Provo • Age 30

Ready for some funny business? Zach Atherton founded ImprovBroadway in 2014, Utah’s only comedy school — and one that boasts 150+ alumni. When they’re not living the Covid life, ImprovBroadway produces 400+ family-friendly comedy shows a year. And talk about art imitating life: During Covid, ImprovBroadway raised $20k in a Kickstarter campaign to produce a movie musical about the struggles of comedians during quarantine. Atherton earned a Juris Doctorate and Master’s of Public Administration from BYU, and when he’s not on stage, he’s behind the scenes as a writer at the viral ad agency, The Harmon Brothers.

CHILDHOOD DREAM “I wanted to be on ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ or ‘Saturday Night Live.’”

DREAM MOMENT “Our TV show with Dry Bar Comedy.”

ULTIMATE DREAM “To see more family-friendly comedians make a real living from comedy. Let’s uplift the whole world.”

MASKED + ANSWERED

MASK MOJO Avengers assemble! Atherton’s love of Marvel superheroes led to this comic perfection.

QUARANTINE IN A NUTSHELL “Sucked-but-caused-a-lot-of-growth-and-adaptation-and-ultimately-made-me-and-my-business-better. (That’s a compound word.)”

QUARANTINE HIGHLIGHT “Waking up and starting work without having to leave my bed.”

QUARANTINE LOWLIGHT

“Seeing businesses, mine included, take a huge financial hit.”

QUARANTINE TAKEAWAY “Amazing work can be done at home in our pajamas with kids screaming in the background.”

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