Alumni of the SHOWCASE include Emmy Award winners Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”), Diona Reasonover (NCIS), Justin Hires (MACGYVER), Geoffrey Arend (“Madam Secretary”), Nico Santos (“Superstore” and “Crazy Rich Asians”), and Ego Nwodim (“Saturday Night Live”), among numerous others.
"SHOWCASE is one of my favorite events and one I look forward to year after year. I’m excited for the entertainment community to see another group of talented actors perform original sketches."
EVP, Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion, Global Inclusion, ViacomCBS
We will announce at a later date this year’s performers as well as information on how to RSVP to watch the 2022 SHOWCASE.
2022 Creative Team
Executive Producer and Director
Tess Paras is an actress, writer and director based in Los Angeles. She directed and executive produced the 2021 ViacomCBS SHOWCASE and is an alumni performer and writer of the program. As an actress, Paras was a series regular on the Daytime Emmy-nominated Family Series “Just Add Magic: Mystery City” (Amazon). She recurred on “Just Add Magic” (Amazon), “Take My Wife” (Starz) and “Girl Meets World” (Disney), and is most recognized for her recurring role on the award-winning musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW) as Jayma Chan, part of television’s first Filipino-American family. Other recent film and television credits include “Good on Paper” (Netflix), “The Blackout” (Amazon), “Puppy Place” (AppleTV) and “Lucifer” (Netflix). Paras wrote and directed “The Patients,” a short film recognized by the Asian American Psychological Association for its advocacy of mental health awareness. She also wrote and produced multiple viral political comedy sketches for F-Comedy, the digital studio of the Fusion Cable Network. Paras is repped by Gersh (Talent & Literary) and Haven Entertainment.
Executive Producer and Associate Director
Tyler Davis is an actor, musician and director in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. He co-wrote and performed in the 2020 SHOWCASE, and was an editor, writer and producer in 2021. In Chicago, Davis starred in two mainstage sketch revues with The Second City Chicago and was a co-star and production consultant on the Showtime series “Work in Progress.” Currently, he directs commercials with TESSA films and is a member of the ViacomCBS ViewFinder Emerging Directors Program with Comedy Central. Davis is repped by DPN Talent in Los Angeles, Grossman & Jack Talent in Chicago, and managed by El Centro Management.
Executive Producer and Head Writer
Calvin Seabrooks is a Los Angeles-based actor and writer, originally from San Diego. Currently, Seabrooks can be seen recurring on “4400” (The CW). His other credits include “Games People Play” (BET), “Westworld” (HBO), “Dollface” (Hulu), “SwipeNight: Killer Weekend” (Tinder) and last year’s ViacomCBS SHOWCASE 2021. Previously, he was the creative lead at Comedy Central Digital. Seabrooks is repped by APA and SK Management.
Eddie Mujica is a Cuban-American writer, actor and Emmy-winning producer from Hialeah, Fla. An alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, Mujica wrote and performed in two critically acclaimed revues after traveling with The Second City Touring Company. His credits include the 2016 ViacomCBS SHOWCASE, Broadway Video’s “Más Mejor” and the 2019 HBO ACCESS Fellowship. His short film, “Dreamer,” was an Imagen Award finalist and named one of Vulture’s Best Comedy Videos of 2018 and “Uno Por Uno: The Cuban Missile Crisis” won Best Web Series at HBO’s NYLFF as well as Cine Sony’s “New Voices.” One of his pilots was selected to the 2020 NALIP Latino Media Market and is currently in development. Recently, he staffed on the NBC comedy “Connecting” and wrote/co-starred on the upcoming Peacock series “True Story” with Ed Helms and Randall Park. Mujica is repped by APA and Artists First.
Lauren Walker is a Los Angeles-based comedian and writer from Chicago. She has studied at the University of Illinois, The Second City, iO Chicago and the Annoyance Theater. As a Second City National Touring Company member, Walker traveled the country performing improv, sketch and standup comedy. Recently, she wrote for season 14 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the upcoming Discovery+ show “Book of Queer.” Walker also performed in the 2020 ViacomCBS SHOWCASE. Walker is repped by Haven Entertainment and Paonessa Talent Agency.
Laurie Magers is a writer and actor from the Bay Area of California. She began her writing career as a competitive poet, winning national and international poetry slams. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she trained at the American Academy of Performing Arts and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater where she was a writer, performer and director on “Maude Night, Characters Welcome,” and more. Magers was an actor and writer for the 2020 ViacomCBS SHOWCASE. Currently, she is a participant in the 2021 Sony Pictures Television Diverse Writers Program and has written for projects at VH1, Disney+, Comedy Central Digital, and more. Her favorite color is red, and her favorite food is crab legs. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Haven Entertainment.
Name: Andrea Lopez
Hometown: Washington, D.C. Education: B.A., television radio and film, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
Credits: Television: “Bring The Funny” (NBC), “Pop of The Morning” E! News (NBC)
Digital: “Did You See This” (Buzzfeed) Interesting Fact: During my mom’s pregnancy with me, the doctor told her she was experiencing a ‘vanishing twin’ which is when you are pregnant with twins, but one sac is dominant and absorbs the other sac when there aren’t enough nutrients. My parents joke this is why I have so many characters.
Name: Aline Mayagoitia
Hometown: Mexico City. Currently living in New York City
Education: BFA, musical theatre, The University of Michigan
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (New York), Second City (Chicago), Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Credits: Theatre: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation
Interesting Fact: In 6th grade I thought Chris Brown was an 8th grader everyone talked about.
Name: Calvin Seabrooks
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Education: BFA, musical theatre, California State Fullerton
Training: John Rosenfeld Studio, Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), Cal State Fullerton
Credits: Television: “Westworld” (HBO), “Dollface” (Hulu)
Stage: “Hairspray” Pacific Conservatory Theatre
Interesting Fact: Once upon a time I was in a boyband. We were on X Factor (USA) ... Simon did not like us.
Name: Ibanda Ruhumbika
Hometown: Athens, Ga.
Education: B.M., classical tuba, The Juilliard School
Training: The Juilliard School, Upright Citizens Brigade (New York), The Magnet Theater
Television: “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Stage: “Characters Welcome” (Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles), “Mess Hall” (Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles)
Interesting Fact: I’m a certified yoga instructor! I also own a lot of plants. I might have a problem.
Name: Jordan Mendoza
Hometown: Easton, Mass.
Education: Boston College
Training: WGAE “Made in NY” Writers Room
Credits: Television: Writer “Untitled Ziwe Fumudoh” (A24/Showtime Variety Series)
Stage: Creator/Host “Drunk Science” (Littlefield), Creator/Host “Art School” (Union Hall)
Digital: Creator/Host “Cry Battle” (Comedy Central), Creator/Star “Apologies” (Comedy Central), “My Guy Died” (Team Coco)
Interesting Fact: To learn how to cry on command for “Cry Battle,” (my competitive crying game show on Comedy Central), I took “breathwork for trauma” classes where I relived horrific memories from my childhood. It worked!
Name: Kausar Mohammed
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Education: UCLA (theatre/film/tv, international development studies)
Training: Upright Citizen’s Brigade (Los Angeles), Groundlings (Los Angeles), Lesly Kahn, Anthony Meindl
Credits: Television: “Carol’s Second Act” (CBS), “Black Lightning” (CW), “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Film: “What Men Want” (Paramount), “Little” (Universal)
Stage: Upright Citizen’s Brigade (Los Angeles), Maude Night’s “Emerald” and “Smokeshow,” iOWest’s “Laughtivism,” UCLA’s “Company,” “The Get Brown” (Upright Citizen’s Brigade Los Angeles and currently produced by Embassy Row)
Digital: Series lead on Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) “East of La Brea”
Voice Over: Lead on “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” (Netflix) and “Great Pretender” (Netflix)
Interesting Fact: I am part Hufflepuff/part Slytherin.
Laura de la Fuente
Name: Laura de la Fuente
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Education: B.A., english, University of North Texas
Training: ColdTowne Theater (Austin, Texas)
Credits: Stage: “Liz Behan: One Woman at Dusk” (ColdTowne Theater), “Latinauts” (ColdTowne Theater), “Martini Ranch” (ColdTowne Theater)
Interesting Fact: At 14, I was an NFL punt, pass, and kick Champion representing the Dallas Cowboys which means I am now and always have been, a lesbian.
Name: Lauren Walker
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Training: The Second City (Chicago), ImprovOlympic, The Annoyance
Credits: Stage: She The People (The Second City Chicago)
Digital: “Just Call Me Ripley” (OTV)
Interesting Fact: When I was about 9 years old, I took my brother’s pet turtle for a walk and lost it for an entire year before finding it under our porch.
Name: Morgan Jay
Hometown: Mahwah, N.J.
Education: NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Upright Citizens Brigade (New York)
Credits: Television: “Bring the Funny” (NBC)
Fun Fact: My dad was a chef, and I can actually cook pretty well.
Name: Natasha Behnam
Hometown: Orange County, Calif.
Education: B.A., film & television production / Minor, theatre arts, Loyola Marymount University
Training: Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles), The Groundlings Theatre and School, Studio 24/7, Loyola Marymount University
Credits: Television: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW), “Arranged” (POP TV), “Animal Kingdom” (TNT)
Film: “American Pie: Girls’ Rules” (Universal/Netflix)
Interesting Fact: My 5 closest friends all have IBS, and since being friends with them, I’ve also developed IBS, purely through association.
Name: Nicole Pasquale
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Education: B.S., liberal arts, screen & TV writing, The New School; Two-Year Conservatory Certificate, acting, The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) New York City
Training: AMDA, The New School, Upright Citizens Brigade (New York), Second City (Chicago)
Credits: Television: “The Undoing” (HBO), “Younger” (TV Land), “The Break with Michelle Wolf” (Netflix)
Film: “Snatchers” (Wolfman Christmas)
Stage: “WOKE AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show” (Upright Citizens Brigade New York and Los Angeles), “Asian AF” (Upright Citizens Brigade New York), “Lloyd Night” (Upright Citizens Brigade New York), “Crisis on Ski Mountain” (Annoyance Theatre New York), “Big Business Sketch” (Peoples’ Improv Theatre), “Hippolytus” (Off-Broadway), “Restless” (Old Vic New Voices)
Digital: “Unsung Heroes of Hollywood” (Above Average), “MTV’s Decoded” (MTV), “Mic Check” (Mic), “Ghost Wine” (College Humor CH2), “Women’s Tennis Grunting PSA” (Funny or Die)
Interesting Fact: My first job at age 13 was as a robotic dancer playing the “Thailand doll” in an interactive theatre experience called Enchanted World. Think a live-action “It’s A Small World After All” with the same level of creepiness.
Name: Sahib Singh
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Education: B.S., finance, University of Maryland
Credits: Digital: “As Seen on Adult Swim” (Adult Swim)
Interesting Fact: I have two pet poison dart frogs, Demetrius and Shaw, that I don’t tell anyone about because I’m afraid it’ll ruin my brand.
Name: Shannon DeVido
Hometown: Holland, Pa.
Education: B.S., music business, Middle Tennessee State University
Training: Upright Citizen’s Brigade (New York), The People’s Improv Theater
Credits: Television: “Insatiable” (Netflix), “Difficult People” (Hulu), “Delco Proper” (Comedy Central), “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central), “Nightcap” (Pop), “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC)
Stage: “Teenage Dick” (Public Theater), “The Healing” (Theater Row), “Bent but Not Broken” (Upright Citizen’s Brigade New York)
Digital: “Delco Proper” (Comedy Central), “Stare at Shannon” (YouTube)
Interesting Fact: I’ve sung the National Anthem in 10 Major League Baseball stadiums around the country, on a quest to perform in all 30.