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CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase announces 2019 cast

The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, a staple for 14 years, will begin a run of six shows starting Jan. 15 at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles with its cast for 2019. Written by past showcase performers, the variety revue is well-attended by industry execs, and seen as a potential springboard for talent. Alumni include Kate McKinnon and Tiffany Haddish.

Following are the 21 performers participating in the 2019 CBS DIVERSITY SKETCH COMEDY SHOWCASE:

Name: Alex Ellis
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Education: BFA in musical theater from Elon University
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), The Groundlings, Allen Savage, Stan Kirsch Studios
Credits: Television: “Vampirina” (Disney) and “Hot in Cleveland” (TV Land). Film: “Moose.” Broadway: “Catch Me If You Can” (Original Broadway Company) and “On A Clear Day” (Original Broadway Company).
Name: Andy Bustillos
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (New York)
Credits: Television: BULL (CBS), “Divorce” (HBO), “Girls” (HBO). Film: “Carrie Pilby,” “Most Likely To Murder.”
Reps: Buchwald, JHA Management
Name: Anna Rajo
Hometown: Los Angeles
Education: BA, English, Tulane University
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles)
Credits: Sketch comedy: “If College Movies Were Honest” (College Humor), “You’re Not Edgy, You’re Just Lazy” (College Humor) and “Oh Boy, Free Crap!” (College Humor)
Name: Carolina Montenegro
Hometown: Los Angeles
Education: BA, theater arts performance, CSU Long Beach
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), The Idiot Workshop
Credits: Film: “Fred Needs a Friend.” Stage: “Untitled Communion” (Critical Mass Performance Group, REDCAT) and “An Odyssey” (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018).
Reps: British American Talent Management, LB Talent (Commercial)
Name: Chris Renfro
Hometown: Riverside, Calif.
Education: BA, drama, University of California, Irvine
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), The Groundlings
Credits: Sketch comedy: “Maude Night” (Upright Citizens Brigade LA house team). Off Broadway: “My Little Brony.”
Reps: JC Robbins (Management), Reign Agency (Commercial)
Name: Dan Lee
Hometown: North Potomac, Md.
Education: BS, finance, University of Maryland, College Park
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (New York)
Credits: Film: “Rough Night.”
Reps: Authentic Talent and Literary Management
Name: DJ Pryor
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Training: Kim Hardin workshop and Chris Berube’s improv class
Credits: Film: “Country Strong,” “The Konichiwa Kid” and “Message Read.” Commercials: Allstate and Jack Daniels. Web series: “The DJ Pryor Show” (via Facebook).
Reps: Dan Talent Group
Name: Emily Fightmaster
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Education: BA, women and gender studies, DePaul University
Training: Second City (Chicago)
Credits: Stage credits: “Gaslight District” (stage, Second City Chicago) and “New Kids on the Gracht” (stage, Boom Chicago, Amsterdam).
Reps: 3Arts
Name: Filip Jeremic
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Education: BFA, theater performance/acting, Ryerson University, Toronto
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (New York), The Second City (Toronto)
Credits: Television credits: “The Amazing Gayl Pile” (series, NBC Seeso) and “Cooks vs. Cons” (series, Food Network). Sketch comedy credits: “Maude Night” (Upright Citizens Brigade NYC house team) and “Characters Welcome”(Upright Citizens Brigade NYC house team).
Reps: Bleecker Street Entertainment
Name: Fray Forde
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Credits: Television: DYNASTY (CW), LEGACIES (CW), “Messiah” (Netflix), “The Florida Files” (FX) and “Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time” (special, Netflix). Film: “Daphne & Velma.” Festival: Just For Laughs 2017
Reps: People Store (GA)
Name: Katy Fullan
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Training: iO (Chicago), The Artistic Home (Chicago)
Credits: Shorts: “Company” (New Orleans Film Festival) and “She Keeps Me Young.” Sketch: “My Truth As I Know It.”
Name: Lou Gonzalez
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Education: BA, mass communications, Lehman College
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (New York),
Credits: Television: “Channel Surfing” (Viceland) and “Cop Show” (L Studio).
Name: Marc-Sully Saint-Fleur
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Education: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, N.Y.
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), The Groundlings, Ivana Chubbuck Studio
Credits: Stageplay: “Fat Camp the Musical”, “Les Miserables”, “Hair” and “Guys and Dolls”. Standup: The Comedy Store
Name: Mike Millan
Hometown: Bay Shore, N.Y.
Education: BFA, musical theater, The Hartt School
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (New York)
Credits: Television: “High Maintenance” (HBO). Broadway: “Escape To Margaritaville” and “Sister Act” (National Tour).
Name: Nikki Mckenzie
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
Education: BA, theater arts, Loyola Marymount University
Training: The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), Annie Grindlay (Los Angeles), Stan Kirsch (Los Angeles), Sara Mornell (Los Angeles).
Credits: Television: “The Joe Schmo Show” (Spike), “Fameless” (TruTV), “Forever” (Amazon), “House of Lies” (SHOWTIME) and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (Fox).
Reps: JC Robbins Management and Prestige Talent
Name: Rashawn Nadine Scott
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
Education: BA, theater arts, Western Washington University
Training: iO Theater (Chicago), The Second City (Chicago)
Credits: Television: “Shrink” (Seeso), “Empire” (FOX) and “Southside” (Comedy Central). Film: “Win It All.”
Reps: Gray Talent Group
Name: Rasheda S. Crockett
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Education: BBA, finance, Temple University
Training: The Upright Citizens Brigade (New York)
Credits: Television: “Talk Show the Game Show” (staff writer, truTV), “Adam Ruins Everything” (staff writer, truTV) and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix). Sketch comedy: The People’s Improv Theatre’s sketch comedy team “BoogieManja.”
Reps: WME and Seven Summits Pictures & Management
Name: Shukri R. Abdi
Hometown: Potomac, Md.
Education: BA, Latin-American studies and Spanish, Wellesley CollegeTraining: Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), iO West
Credits: Television: “Adam Ruins Everything” (truTV/CollegeHumor, digital), “Gerrymander Jewelry” (digital), “Tight 5” (writer/performer, WhoHaha) and “Black Card Revoked” (Head of Content/Supervising Producer, BET). Sketch: “Maude Night” (Upright Citizens Brigade LA house team). Stage: “Baby Wants Candy.”
Name: Tien Tran
Hometown: Erie, Pa.
Education: BS in biology, pre-med, Boston College
Training: The Second City (Chicago), Mainstage
Credits: Television: “Hot Date” (Netflix), “Easy” (Netflix), “Southside” (Comedy Central) and “A Legendary Christmas” (special, NBC). Web series: “Control Room” (Comedy Central) and “Studio B”.
Reps: Mosaic, CAA, Grossman & Jack
Name: Waleed Mansour
Hometown: Dexter, Mich.
Education: BA, mathematics, University of Michigan
Training: iO Theater (Chicago)
Credits: Web series: “And The Findings.”
Reps: Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, Grossman & Jack Talent
Name: Yasmin Kassim
Hometown: Perth, Western Australia
Education: BA, arts, University of Western Australia
Training: Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (NYC), The Groundlings
Credits: Television: “Neighbours” (AUS, Ch 10). Film: “Jungle” and “Guardians of the Tomb.”
Reps: Open Bar Entertainment, Active Artists Management

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