THE CAST

Diana Varco

Playing Jane Funktard

Diana

Diana Varco is a student of UCB and Groundlings as well as a member of That’s What She Said improv group, who hosts a weekly improv jam and showcase for female performers called the ‘Lady Jam.’ She loves vegetables, red wine and all things sparkly. Diana recently finished the first 4 seasons of Breaking Bad (yea, she knows she’s reeeallly late to the Breaking Bad fan club) so please don’t pull a spoiler alert for seasons 5 and 6….she’s also behind in Mad Men too – yea, she knows it’s the final season – back off people!!!! She is up to date on Game of Thrones. 


David Kerns

Playing Mary Funktard

David

David Kerns is a comedy producer, actor and comedian based out of LA. When he is not producing comedy sketches and segment pieces for The Pete Holmes Show and CollegeHumor, David is performing at UCB Theater, iO Theater, The Clubhouse and other LA comedy venues, doing scripted as well as improvised comedy, sometimes with puppets and often while singing. 

Susan Sassi

Playing Elizabeth Funktard

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BIO

Susan Sassi is a writer, actress, singer, and self producing artist currently spending as much time as her health allows, immersing herself in the Los Angeles comedy scene, watching comedy shows, taking sketch/improv classes,  and performing with her improv troupes Insert Here and Momgerie.  Previously, under the name Susan Rankus, she was a Dorothy Haas Acting Apprenticeship at the prestigious Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia where she had the pleasure of understudying the roles of Biddy/Mrs. Joe in Great Expectations and the joy of performing on their main stage as ensemble in Damn Yankees, Dori in School House Rock, and The Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchet in A Christmas Carol.  She produced and starred in the Pizza Man, nominated for three Midtown International Theatre Festival Awards, as well as short film Previous Tenants, which was an official selection of the Big Apple, New Filmmakers, and Twin Rivers Film Festival, where it won Fifth Place. Susan produced Outroverted and her comic One Woman Show, Renaissance, at the 2007 Midtown International Theatre Festival where it played to sold out houses every night and was nominated for Best One Act.  Some of her favorite roles include: Alice in Pizza Man, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Caliban in The Tempest, Rita in Sisters, Bertie in the Club, Lady Elaine in Avalon, and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods.


James Ross

Playing Mr. Blubberbutt

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James Ross is a comedian/actor/writer based in Los Angeles. He has been performing and acting for over 20 years. He attended Cornish College of The Arts’ Theatre Program in his hometown of Seattle and has been training in improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade since 2007. Because of his love of singing and musical theater his focus of the past several years has been on Musical Improv; performing with such teams as Dance Magic Dance (Puppet Musical Improv), Friends With Trampolines, and HOARSE. He has trained with greats like Eliza Skinner and Tara Copeland of UCB’s Diamond Lion. Some of his past credits include Matt Besser’s original musical “Freak Dance: The Forbidden Dirty Boogaloo”, “King of Kong: The Unauthorized Musical” (based on the hit documentary), “Neverending Story- The Half Hour Musical”, and “Boston Boys”. He can also be seen often flexing his nerd muscles at the “Tournament of Nerds” (a comedy debate show). He has performed with the Tournament at San Diego Comic-Con, SF Sketchfest and you can catch it the third Saturday of every month at UCB.
He is very excited to be making his Fringe debut as part of “Victorian Courting & Zombies” re-uniting with his musical director from “Boston Boys” Bryan Blaskie. He is also a karaoke champion and loves Mr. T and the Seattle Seahawks.

Blake Hogue

Playing Mr. Bingsley

Blake

Blake has appeared on the TV shows How I Met Your Mother, Raising Hope, 90210, and The Soup, as well as the films The Benchwarmers and On That Note, and in several national commercials. He’s currently an improviser and sketch writer/performer at iO West, on the Harold team The Dilemma and the sketch team The Mutiny. He also coaches improv and sketch teams including the iO house sketch team It’s The Cops! and runs Sketch Pool, where a new sketch team is created each month to put on a brand new show each week for 4 weeks. He’s also a performer with Story Pirates and volunteers with The Young Storytellers Foundation. He has a BFA in Acting from Univ. of MN Duluth, which was a good experience but maybe money poorly spent.

Kat Palardy

Playing Ardelia Goatsturd

Kat Palardy

Kat is so excited to be “dustin’ off the ole tappers”! She used to do a lot of musical theatre before crossin’ the Mississippi to CHASE THAT PAYPAH. Credits include First Wives Club:The Musical at the Old Globe Theatre, Pride and Prejudice: The Musical at the Eastman Theatre, and more recently Brooklyn 99, The Pete Holmes Show, and Get ‘Em Tommy for Cartoon Network. Insider VIP invite-only stuff is at KatPalardy(dot)com.

 

Graham Beckett

Playing Alfred

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Graham Beckett was born in Woodland Hills in the oddly lauded, San Fernando Valley. His father was born in Lincoln, England and his mother from the San Fernando Valley. Both parents were from broken homes, and sought the refuge of artistry, his father pursuing screenwriting and his mother pursuing painting in the Venice art scene during the 80’s. An apparent contradiction, his parent’s strongly demanded a regimented lifestyle dedicated to becoming a doctor, at worst, a lawyer. Graham spent the first 25 years of his life aggressively studying to become a lawyer, the lesser of two evils, a career more foreign to him than an alien’s job. After eventually becoming an entertainment attorney for a large law firm in Century City, Graham, realizing the futility of becoming an actor at a law firm, quit and pursued the core of who he was, comedy. Since 2008, Graham has been performing in the indie comedy world, initially with a two-person duo, The Terrible Twos, that performed at the Improv, and throughout the city. Graham performs sketch throughout LA, improv, and anything funny. He trained at the Westside Comedy Theater in 2006, Playhouse West from 2008-10, and more recently, UCB. And his future will be amazing!

Manny Hagopian

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Manny Hagopian
Manny is a Los Angeles writer. He writes and performs with the iO West Mainstage sketch team Clive Rice! as well as writes and composes for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. His musical, Tonya Harding The Musical, is playing at UCB. Past musicals include, Boston Boys: The Musical, Back To The Future 2: The Musical, Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth (A Breaking Bad Rock Opera). 

Greg Goodness

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Greg Goodness

Greg writes and performs for the sketch troupe IT’S THE COPS!, which performs live on the iO West main stage. He also hosts weekly podcasts on Maria Menounos’ AfterBuzz TV Network. A graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch-writing program, he’s currently studying at The Second City conservatory.  In case you were wondering, yes, he does own a VHS copy of “Pootie Tang.”


Kat Radley

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Kat Radley

Kat made her stand up debut by competing in Rooftop Comedy’s National College Comedy Competition, where the public voted her into the Final Four, landing her a spot in the prestigious Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival. Since then she has made multiple appearances in the Out of Bounds, Laughing Skull, and the Women in Comedy Festival. She was a finalist in the Magners Comedy Festival and the World Series of Comedy. She was personally invited to perform in Tom Arnold’s Laughing with the Stars and has graced the stage of the world renowned Caroline’s on Broadway in New York. Her talents extend beyond stand up into improv and sketch, which she performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Westside Comedy Theaters in Los Angeles. Kat earned the attention of media and audience alike at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston where she took home the Friars Club Audience Award and was named a “Comic to Watch” by Time Out New York. She currently hosts her own Internet talk show, “A Chat With Kat.”


Christina Nannos

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Christina Nannos graduated from Denison University in 2012 with a BA in Theater and now resides in Los Angeles. She is a SAG/AFTRA actor. You can see her performing improv at iO West as well as her 1940s comedic, singing lounge act “Freedom Fillies”, which she co-writes and stars in. She creates comedic, music parodies on YouTube and Funny Or Die, and is also writing and recording her own original music.