Meet The Cast
Kirk Novak (he/him)
Kirk Novak has been writing and performing monthly with the Burbs, a Ruby LA house sketch ensemble, since they were formed in 2015 when the theater was at first confusingly and later embarrassingly named after Nerdist. In between random shows and the occasional comedy festival appearance with the Burbs, Kirk has acted in numerous internet comedy shorts for various channels, including one that went kind of viral because it was coincidentally named after something that is apparently a fetish. Kirk has also earned real folding money acting in several commercial, television, and film productions that he is not certain have ever been exhibited in any way, shape, or form, including the 2016 children's feature 'Undercover Princesses' where all his scenes were reshot with a totally ripped guy named Adam before it was released. Kirk also wrote a web series named 'Dicks' that won an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series in 2017. Thank you for reading.
"Dr. Linda Alpacino" and "Jo"
Nelinda Palomino (she/her)
Nelinda grew up in the small beach town of Bradenton, Florida and moved to LA where she was accepted into the USC School of Cinematic Arts. A classically trained actress, Nelinda studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and even performed on the Shakespeare's Globe stage. She has trained at UCBLA and Nerdist School . She’s a writer and performer of the The Ruby LA house sketch team The Burbs who has performed sketches all around town and even out of state in Portland. She also produces one of the longest running indie improv show called Catsby with her improv team Catbath!. She spent several months writing for the CBS Diversity Showcase. Also, her podcast Historical Hookups was part of the WhoHaha Creators Lab. And she was a finalist actress in the Nosotros Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam presented by NBC where she came in as one of the top 3 actors for audience choice.
"Stanley" and "Don Kring, the Doll King"
James Oliva (he/him)
James Oliva is the writer/creator/director of the psychedelic noir audio drama podcast What's The Frequency? In addition, he has appeared in many other podcasts as a voice actor. Most notably as the voice of Michael Tate on the audio drama podcast Greater Boston, Robert Montague on Tides and Scott Sweet on 1994 and Azrael on Minefire. He's also had guest appearances on ars Paradoxica, The Strange Case of Starship Iris, Alba Salix, Lake Clarity, Big Data, Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, Oakpodcast, The Haven Chronicles, and Radiation World. He has also worked as director audio drama podcast Land Whale Murders written by Jonathan Goldberg.
Honora Talbott (she/her)
Honora is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and actor. She started out doing sketch comedy and her feminist and socio-political sketches were featured five times in Huffington Post, twice in Bustle, along with US Magazine, the A.V. Club, The Nerdist, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Pop Sugar, Cosmopolitan, and more. Her comedy thriller short "We Know Where You Live" (NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finalist) played at 5 Oscar Qualifying Film festivals and streamed on HULU. Her documentary short "Vote Neil"(TRIBECA, AFI FEST) was licensed by NBC News and Revry. Her newest satirical sci fi short film "FEMPIRE" (AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL, DANCES WITH FILMS) was licensed by GUNPOWDER & SKY's sci fi label DUST. She's currently an MTV First Time Directors Initiative Finalist and in post production on her newest dark comedy short "B Word."
"Lauren Bandstand," "Creepy Doll Voice," and "Children"
Lauren Bancroft (she/her)
Lauren Bancroft hails from the great Northeastern territory of New Hampshire. After cutting her teeth on standup in the thriving New England comedy scene, Lauren made the leap to Los Angeles. Since that fateful day, Lauren has spent the last 8 glorious years as a writer/performer with her sketch team The Burbs, a group of lovable scamps who she plans to create with until the end of her days.
"Ryan Erickson" and "Children"
Ryan Pigg (he/him)
Ryan is an actor and comedian in Los Angeles. He's the co-creator and co-host of 'Historical Roast', which can be seen at The Comedy Store and on Netflix. Ryan's on the sketch team 'The Burbs' and has created numerous other comedy shows over the past decade on stage and online.
John Pingel (he/him)
John Pingel is a podcaster, streamer, and host living in Los Angeles. He's the co-host of "That Wrestling Show" which can be see on ThatHashtagShow's various platforms. John has a long running Doctor Who podcast entitled "PODcastica", as well as many other podcasts that can be found via the Night Of The Living Geeks podcasting network.
Kimberly Truong (she/her)
Kimberly Truong is an LA-based writer, comedian, and real-life freak from Florida. You may have seen her perform at Upright Citizens Brigade LA, Comedy Central Stage, The Second City Hollywood, iO West, The Nerdist Stage, and Flappers Comedy Club. In January, you can see her sketch team duo, Arroz con Pho, perform at the 2023 San Francisco Sketchfest. In addition to making it out of Florida somewhat intact, she’s also proud of the following: She was listed as one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021 by the International Screenwriters' Association, was a finalist for the 2020 NBC Writers on the Verge fellowship, and was the grand prize winner of the 2020 Table Read My Screenplay short scripts competition. When she’s not making stuff up, she’s dreaming of Chow Chow puppies. When she’s not doing that, she’s probably forcing her teenage siblings to watch her favorite TV shows instead of "that nonsense on TikTok". When she’s not doing that, she’s probably watching videos of Chow Chows on TikTok.
Bill Posley (he/him)
Bill was a standout in the CBS showcase in 2017 and then was a new face at Just For Laughs in Montreal. He won the Off Broadway Award for Best solo show in 2020 and most recently won the audience award at SXSW for the feature film he wrote and directed. Which will be in theaters this Halloween. He is a Co-EP level writer who has been on hit shows like Cobra Kai and The Neighborhood. He is now writing the new Ferris Bueller Movie for Paramount and currently writing on and set to act in the upcoming season of Fox's Welcome To Flatch.