Viacom CBS has announced the 15 performers starring in the 2022 “Showcase” event.
“Showcase,” an annual variety comedy show spotlighting up-and-coming performers, has served as a launching pad for the careers of numerous stars, such as Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”), Ego Nwodim (“Saturday Night Live”), Nico Santos (“Superstore”), Drew Tarver (“The Other Two”) and Nicole Byer (“Nailed It!”). Formerly a live theatrical production attended by executives, casting directors and talent agents across the entertainment industry, this year’s Showcase will be a pre-filmed hour of sketch comedy shot on location in Los Angeles.
The 15 performers featured in the 2022 “Showcase” are: Afsheen Misaghi (Charleston, W.Va.), Allison Reese (Mesa, Ariz.), Anna Garcia (Beverly Hills, Mich.), Anosh Michael McAdam (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), Austin Antoine (Laurel, Md.), Bri Giger, Carey Cox (El Paso, Texas), Dickie Hearts (Newport News, Va.), Glo Tavarez (Kissimmee, Fla.), Jordan Stafford (Detroit, Mich.), Lureena Cornwell (Pawtucket, R.I.), Sahana Srinivasan (Dallas, Texas), Shuang Hu (Tianjin, China), Sibel Damar (Charlotte, N.C.) and Steve Han (Gainesville, Fla.).
“These 15 multitalented artists, under the leadership of our exceptional creative team, have put together a laugh-out-loud show that we are delighted and proud to share with the industry and beyond,” said Claudia Lyon, CBS Entertainment executive vice president of talent and casting, in a statement. “It moves us to think of all the time and creative energy they dedicated to this year’s “Showcase,” which functions as a platform to amplify their voices and demonstrate what they are capable of when given the access and opportunity. We know their passion and work ethic will lead to bright futures, and we look forward to fostering these professional relationships for years to come.”
The 2022 “Showcase” will take place virtually via a live-streaming event on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Wednesday Feb. 9. Tess Paras will direct and executive produce, while Calvin Seabrooks serves as executive producer and head writer. Tyler Davis serves as executive producer and associate director, Eddie Mujica as producer and Lauren Walker and Laurie Magers as consulting producers.
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