9:27am PT by Kate Stanhope
New 'MadTV' Cast Unveiled for CW Revival
The CW's MadTV reboot has lined up its new cast.
The news comes two months after the network announced that it was bringing back the former late-night sketch show, which aired on Fox from 1995 to 2009 and helped propel several of its original castmembers (Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein and Orlando Jones, among others) to stardom.
In addition to the eight new castmembers announced Wednesday, familiar faces from the original series are set to guest-star in various episodes to reprise their beloved MadTV characters.
“MadTV is all about the cast and their characters," executive producer and showrunner David E. Salzman said. "We have double-barreled strength — an amazing new cast of eight, plus fan favorites from our original 14 seasons who will also appear on our new series for The CW.”
Salzman exec produces with Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery, with Telepictures producing. The MadTV revival premieres Tuesday, July 26, at 9 p.m. on The CW — the first time the sketch show will air in primetime. The CW previously hosted a 20th anniversary reunion special for the series last year, and old episodes of the series are available on The CW Seed.
Meet the eight new castmembers below:
Carlie Craig is an actress, comic, singer, improviser and impressionist whose impressive credits include producer/performer on YouTube star Todrick Hall's MTV docuseries as well as USA Network’s First Impressions with Dana Carvey.
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.
Jeremy D. Howard is known for his larger-than-life characters and improv skills. He has been in several independent films and has appeared in several commercials. An athlete and former choir director, He participated in the CBS Diversity Showcase earlier this year.
Amir K is well known for his stand-up comedy appearances around the world. Born Amir Kamyab, he is an Iranian-American performer who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and Jerks with Cameras, in addition to a role in the Academy Award-winning film Argo.
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. A cast member in the 2015 CBS Diversity Showcase, her past acting credits include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Drunk History.
Piotr Michael is a versatile impressionist, improviser and actor. A regular contributor to “The Howard Stern Show,” he is known for his impersonations of celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump. His voiceover work includes Disney’s Wander Over Yonder, Conan and Real Time with Bill Maher, as well as video games Final Fantasy, Call of Duty and Warcraft.
Michelle Ortiz 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 and Life in Pieces.
Adam Ray is a comedian/actor best known for his roles in The Heat and Spy. He is also featured in the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters as the voice of the iconic character Slimer, and currently co-hosts the new TBS comedy game show Separation Anxiety. His comedy sketches have garnered over 30 million views on YouTube and Funny or Die.