UPDATE with full cast list: Jeremy Howard (CBS Diversity Showcase), Adam Ray (The Heat, Spy), Carlie Craig (Todrick), Chelsea Davison (These Girls), Amir K (Last Comic Standing), Lyric Lewis (CBS Diversity Showcase), Piotr Michael (The Howard Stern Show) and Michelle Ortiz (CBS Diversity Showcase are set as the new cast members for the CW’s revival of Emmy-winning sketch comedy series MadTV.
The network unveiled the cast today. The series premieres Tuesday, July 26 at 9 PM.
Like the original series, which aired in late-night on Saturdays, the revival will feature MadTV‘s signature pop-culture parodies and politically incorrect humor and star up-and-coming comedy voices. The new series also will acknowledge its past, featuring special appearances from returning cast members of the original series as hosts of each episode.
CW Revives 'MadTV' As Primetime Series
Here is the network’s descriptions of the new players:
Carlie Craig is an actress, comic, singer, improviser and impressionist whose impressive credits include producer/performer on “Todrick,” the MTV docu-series from YouTube star Todrick Hall, as well as USA Network’s “First Impressions with Dana Carvey,” where she went viral with her video “Celebrity Impressions by Carlie Craig.” She’s repped by Primary Wave Entertainment and Clear Talent Group.
Chelsea Davison is a sketch comedy writer and performer based in Los Angeles, known for her work on MTV, UCB and YouTube. She is currently a writer on the hit Comedy Central show @Midnight and was named a “New Face” at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. She also co-starred with Amy Poehler in “These Girls.”
Jeremy D. Howard is known for his larger-than-life characters and impeccable comedic timing. A master of improvisation, he has been in several independent films and played the lead in the movie “Hollywood Street.” In 2016, he participated in the CBS Diversity Showcase. This athlete and former choir director has a 3-octave range and has been a principal actor in numerous commercials. Howard is repped by JC Robbins Management.
Amir K is well known for his stand-up comedy appearances around the world. Born Amir Kamyab, he is an Iranian-American performer whose work is a combination of storytelling, character work and improvisation shaped by an uncanny range of accents and dialects. He has appeared on “Last Comic Standing” and “Jerks with Cameras.” He has also had roles in the Academy Award-winning film “Argo” and recently starred in the film “The Pyramid.”
Lyric Lewis is a member of The Groundlings Main Company and was featured in the 2015 New Faces: Characters showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. She was a cast member in the 2015 CBS Diversity Showcase. Her past acting credits include “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Drunk History.” She will be lending her voice in the upcoming animated series “SuperMansion” with Bryan Cranston.
Piotr Michael is a versatile impressionist, improviser and actor. He’s a regular contributor to “The Howard Stern Show,” known for his impersonations of celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump. He’s a popular voiceover artist whose credits include Disney’s “Wander Over Yonder,” “Conan” and “Real Time with Bill Maher,” as well as video games “Final Fantasy,” “Call of Duty” and “Warcraft.” His podcast, “The Mixed Nut Show,” features his impressions and characters.
Michelle Ortiz is known for her brazen and bold humor. She studied at the prestigious Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia and trained as a classical opera singer in Germany. Ortiz participated in the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase and the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase. Her television credits include “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “Life in Pieces,” and “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.” She is repped by Pantheon, Align Entertainment and attorney Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush and Kaller.
Adam Ray is a comedian/actor best known for his roles in “The Heat” and “Spy,” both starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by Paul Feig. He is also featured in the upcoming reboot of “Ghostbusters” as the voice of the iconic character “Slimer.” He currently co-hosts the new TBS comedy game show “Separation Anxiety,” as well as the popular podcast “About Last Night,” which has featured guests including Melissa McCarthy, Bob Saget and Whitney Cummings. His comedy sketches have garnered over 30 million views on YouTube and Funny or Die. He is repped by APA, Avalon Management and Ginsburg Daniels.
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