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CBS has announced the 20 performers who will participate in its diversity sketch comedy showcase for 2020. The showcase will begin its six-show run on Jan. 14 at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles.Â
Beginning 14 years ago, the showcase was created to spotlight diverse talent, and it has developed into a hybrid comedy show with live performances and original writing. The showcase is attended by executives, showrunners, and casting directors from CBS and other networks as well as talent agents and managers from across the entertainment industry.
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To date, 418 multitalented actors have appeared in the showcase, with notable alumni including Kate McKinnon, Tiffany Haddish, Diona Reasonover, Justin Hires, Geoffrey Arend, Nico Santos, Nicole Bayer and Ego Nwodim. Recent performers from the 2018 and 2019 showcases have booked shows such as â€œAll Rise,â€ â€œBob Hearts Abisholaâ€ and â€œCarolâ€™s Second Act.â€Â
Here are the performers in the 2020 showcase:
Credits: â€œWild â€˜N Outâ€ (MTV), â€œGroup Therapyâ€ (Complex), host of â€œKeep It!â€ (Crooked Media), writer for â€œBig Mouthâ€ (Netflix)
Credits: The Groundlings School, Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles)
Carl Foreman, Jr.
Credits: Television: â€œSearch Partyâ€ (TBS), â€œJon Glaser Loves Gearâ€ (TruTV), â€œLate Night with Seth Meyersâ€ (NBC), â€œThe Followingâ€ (Fox)
Credits: â€œDecodedâ€ (MTV), â€œJimmy Kimmel Live!â€ (ABC), â€œTurning Pointsâ€ (CNN), â€œStandUpâ€ (NBC) and an upcoming show on Netflix.
Credits: Television: â€œGayme Show!â€ (Quibi), â€œThe Good Copâ€ (Netflix), â€œThe Get Downâ€ (Netflix)Â
Credits: â€œAmerican Housewifeâ€ (ABC), â€œBrian Reganâ€™s Stand Up & Awayâ€ (Netflix), â€œGreat Newsâ€ (NBC), â€œAngel from Hellâ€ (CBS), â€œThe Muppetsâ€ (ABC)
Credits: â€œThe Leftoversâ€ (HBO)
Credits: â€œThe Ballad of Whistlerâ€™s Creek,â€ â€œLegacyâ€Â
Credits: â€œModern Familyâ€ (ABC), â€œRizzoli & Islesâ€ (TNT), â€œCounterpartâ€ (STARZ), â€œDaybreakâ€ (Netflix)
Credits: â€œGriefâ€ (Short Film)
Credits: â€œPre-Existingâ€ (Web series), â€œThe Campaignâ€ (Web series)Â
Credits: â€œMission Unstoppableâ€
Credits: Television: â€œThe Kelly Clarkson Showâ€ (NBC), â€œCatfish Killerâ€ (Short)
Credits: â€œCamp Camp,â€ â€œAzteca Musica: La Academiaâ€
Credits: â€œMan With a Plan,â€ (CBS), â€œMapleworth Murdersâ€ (Quibi), â€œCrazy Ex-Girlfriendâ€ (The CW), â€œSingle Parentsâ€ (ABC), â€œBig Mouthâ€ (Netflix), â€œLaw & Order: SVUâ€ (NBC)
Credits:Â â€œWhat If Snapchat Filters Were Charactersâ€ (Buzzfeed, Snapchat Discover), â€œLetâ€™s Get Coffeeâ€ (Funny or Die), â€œGasX Commercial Parodyâ€ (Funny or Die)
Credits: â€œCrashingâ€ (HBO), â€œHigh Maintenanceâ€ (HBO), â€œThe Detourâ€ (TBS), â€œLittle Americaâ€ (Apple TV) â€œThe Special: Without Brett Davisâ€ (MNN)
Credits: â€œWork In Progressâ€ (SHOWTIME), â€œSouth Sideâ€ (Comedy Central)
Credits: â€œAwkwafinaâ€ (Comedy Central), â€œMysteries of Lauraâ€ (NBC), â€œSpongebob Squarepantsâ€ (Nickelodeon), â€œThe Promâ€ (Netflix), â€œDick Johnson Is Deadâ€ (Netflix)
Credits: â€œOpenâ€ (short), â€œBest Friendâ€ (short)Â
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