John is an actor and performer trained at the Improv Olympic in Chicago. Soon John can be seen starring opposite Alia Shawkat in the TBS series Search Party and in the Matt and Ross Duffer Netflix series Stranger Things, starring Winona Ryder. John’s other credits include the Gillian Robespierre’s upcoming FX pilot starring Jenny Slate, Aziz Ansari’s Master Of None, and Netflix’s The Characters. At Improv Olympic, John performed with Carl & The Passions. He was also a frequent performer at The Annoyance’s Holy Fuck show, The Upstairs Gallery, and a part of the Second City Touring Company.
Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers are currently in production on Search Party, a TV series which they created, wrote and are co-directing for TBS. Previously, the pair co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Fort Tilden, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Sarah-Violet and Charles also wrote for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp on Netflix and season two of Mozart In The Jungle on Amazon, which won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series. Bliss and Rogers attended NYU Tisch School’s Graduate Film Program together. Bliss attended Oberlin College and is originally from Brooklyn, NY; Rogers attended St. Edward’s University and is originally from the Texas-Mexico border.
Michael Showalter is an actor, writer, director, and producer. He is a founding member of the New York based comedy groups The State and Stella. In 2001, he co-wrote and starred in cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer with Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler, among many others. In 2005, Showalter made his feature length directorial debut with The Baxter, starring Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux, and Elizabeth Banks. In 2009, he co-created the Comedy Central series Michael and Michael Have Issues with Michael Ian Black. He also co-wrote and produced the 2014 film They Came Together starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in 2014. In 2015, Showalter co-created and starred in the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which reunited the entire cast of the original film for an eight-episode prequel.
In 2016, Showalter directed and co-wrote Hello, My Name is Doris starring Sally Field, released by Roadside Attractions. Showalter will direct The Big Sick, produced by Judd Apatow and written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. He is Executive Producer on the upcoming TBS series Search Party starring Alia Shawkat. Showalter co-created the series with Fort Tilden writer/directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.
Meredith Hagner recently shot the female lead role in the indie film Folk Hero & Funny Guy with Alex Karpofsky and Wyatt Russell. She made her Sundance debut in David Cross’s Hits, and she has also appeared in Simon Helberg’s We’ll Never Have Paris, Whit Stillman’s Damsels In Distress, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, and the forthcoming SXSW sensation Creative Control.
On television, Hagner is one of the series leads on the new TBS series Search Party and is also currently recurring on HBO’s Veep. She was a series regular on Men At Work on TBS, FX’s Lights Out and had a recurring role on Royal Pains. Among numerous guest star roles, Meredith’s favorites have been on Louie (as Jeremy Renner’s mellow girlfriend) and The Following (as a particularly deranged killer).
Among Hagner’s first acting jobs was the role of Liberty, an angry and confused teenager on As The World Turns for which she was Emmy nominated.
Originally from North Carolina, Hagner now lives in Los Angeles and loves writing and playing folk music.
Brandon Micheal Hall
Brandon Micheal Hall was most recently seen guest starring in the hit Comedy Central series “Broad City”. Other television appearances include: “The Characters” (Netflix; opp. Paul Downs); “Unforgettable” (A&E), and the CBS pilot “LFE” (opp. Melissa Leo). Select Theater: Angels in America (dir. Lila Neugebauer), By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (dir. Lucie Tiberghien), A Clockwork Orange (dir. Alex Sharp). Training: Juilliard Drama Division, British American Drama Academy and South Carolina Governor School of the Arts and Humanities.
Success arrived early for Alia Shawkat and she continues to establish herself as a highly sought after young actress in both film and television. 2016 continues to be a big year for Shawkat with leading roles in two films: Netflix’s original film Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday produced by Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow and the indie thriller Green Room alongside Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Sir Patrick Stewart. She is currently in production for the new TBS’ dark comedy series “Search Party” which was selected as part of the Official TV Selection for the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.
She recently wrapped production on Mike Mills’ indie family drama 20th Century Women opposite Annette Benning, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning. Her other upcoming films include Clea DuVall’s directorial debut The Intervention opposite Cobie Smulders, Jason Ritter, and Natasha Lyonne, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Paramount Pictures later this year and Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut Paint It Black, based on the book of the same name by White Oleander author Janet Fitch.
In the past few years, Shawkat has been seen in a slew of much anticipated film projects including: Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby (which she co-produced), the comedic indie horror The Final Girls, Max Landis’ Me Him Her, The Driftless Area opposite Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel, Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Carnies, Night Moves opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning and The To Do List written and directed by Maggie Carey.
Shawkat is well known for her role as “Maeby Funke” on the Emmy award winning cult comedy series Arrested Development, which recently returned with all new episodes of Netflix. She was recently seen on the small screen recurring on HBO’s Getting On and guest starring on Comedy Central’s breakout comedy Broad City.
John Early is a comedian who recently created and starred in his own episode of Netflix’s The Characters. He’ll be appearing in the film Neighbors 2, The Disaster Artist opposite Sharon Stone, the upcoming TBS comedy Search Party, and a mini series for Vimeo with frequent collaborator Kate Berlant.
His previous credits include Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Love, Animals, Broad City, High Maintenance, Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, 30 Rock, and the indie features Fort Tilden (SXSW Grand Jury Prize) and Other People (2016 Sundance opening night film). He was a writer on season 4 of truTV’s Billy on the Street.
Early is an Artist in Residence and Comedy Curator at Ars Nova, where he hosts the monthly variety show Showgasm. He performs a live sketch show Hey™ with Kate Berlant, co-hosts a weekly stand up show at Cake Shop, and has been part of numerous comedy festivals including Just For Laughs, South by Southwest, Riot LA, Treasure Island Music Festival, and Festival Supreme. He was named one of Time Out New York’s Top Ten Comedians of 2015.