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Search Party Season Two Cast Bios

Search Party Season Two Cast Bios

Alia Shawkat
"Dory"

Success arrived early for Alia Shawkat and she continues to establish herself as a highly sought after actress in both film and television. She will soon be seen in the highly anticipated second season of TBS’ breakout hit genre-bending mystery comedy Search Party. The show, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival as part of the Official TV Selection category, was called one of the Best TV Shows of 2016 by Vanity Fair, Vulture and BuzzFeed. Shawkat received critical praise for her performance as the show’s lead “Dory.” The LA Times raved “It's Shawkat, with her non-standard corkscrew hair and glorious profusion of freckles, who drives the show, bringing an intensity into Dory's most unfocused, unsure moments” and GQ Magazine added “Shawkat, naturally, is peerless as Dory. In a career littered by real, vulnerable roles, Dory is probably her best work yet.”

Shawkat recently wrapped production on an independent film Duck Butter, which she co-wrote with Miguel Arteta and executive produced alongside Arteta and the Duplass Brothers. The film follows two women (Shawkat and Laia Costa), who dissatisfied with the dishonesty they see in dating and relationships, decide to spend 24 hours together hoping to create a new way to create intimacy. She will next be seen in the indie biopic Blaze where she stars opposite songwriter and musician Ben Dickey.  The film directed by Ethan Hawke, tells the story of country and western songwriter Blaze Foley. Hawke co-wrote the script with Sybil Rosen, adapting Rosen’s memoir Living in the Woods in a Tree. Shawkat plays the writer, who was Foley’s longtime girlfriend and muse.

Shawkat’s career began at the age of 11 with her feature film debut as a young Iraqi child in David O. Russell’s Three Kings opposite George Clooney. She was most recently seen starring opposite Janet McTeer in Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut Paint It Black, based on the book of the same name by “White Oleander” author Janet Fitch. In the past few years, Shawkat has been seen in a slew of much-anticipated projects including: Netflix’s Original Film Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday produced by Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow and indie thriller Green Room alongside Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Sir Patrick Stewart. Her additional feature credits include: Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, Clea DuVall’s directorial debut The Intervention, Adam Green’s Aladdin, comedic indie thriller The Final Girls, Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby (which she co-produced), The To-Do List, The Oranges opposite Allison Janney, Oliver Platt and Hugh Laurie, Cedar Rapids directed by Miguel Arteta, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It opposite Ellen Page and Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival,among others.

Well known for her role of “Maeby Funke” on FOX’s Emmy Award winning cult comedy series Arrested Development, Shawkat recently revisited the role with all new episodes of the series for Netflix. The show will return to Netflix for a fifth season in early 2018. This Fall, she recurs on Amazon Studio’s critical-acclaimed comedy Transparent. Shawkat was recently seen on the small screen guest-starring on the Emmy nominated Drunk History, IFC’s Portlandia, Comedy Central’s Broad City and in a recurring role on HBO’s Getting On.

Born in Palm Springs, CA, Shawkat currently lives in Los Angeles.  Off screen, she is a talented jazz singer, pianist and accomplished painter and illustrator. Shawkat’s art can be viewed her website MutantAlia.com

 

John Early
"Elliott"

John Early is a comedian who plays Elliot in Search Party on TBS. He wrote, created, and starred in the critically acclaimed miniseries 555 for Vimeo with frequent collaborator Kate Berlant, directed by Andrew DeYoung. He also wrote, executive produced, and starred in his own episode of Netflix's The Characters. John has appeared on TV in Wet Hot American Summer, 30 Rock, Broad City, Difficult People, High Maintenance, Love, Portlandia, Haters Back Off and Animals, and in the films Beatriz at Dinner, Other People, Neighbors 2, Fun Mom Dinnerand Fort Tilden. He will soon appear in the film The Disaster Artist opposite Sharon Stone, and was a writer for Season 4 of Billy on the Street. While in New York, he was an Artist in Residence and Comedy Curator at Ars Nova, where he hosted the variety show Showgasm. He performed his solo show Literally Me (4 time New York Times Critics' Pick) to sold out crowds at Joe's Pub and The Bell House, and co-hosted a weekly stand up show at Cake Shop. John currently hosts a monthly variety show in Los Angeles at The Satellite. He has performed stand up at various comedy festivals including Montreal's Just For Laughs, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Pemberton, Treasure Island, Outside Lands, Riot LA, and Festival Supreme. John was also named one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2017. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee and is a graduate of the Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts NYU.

Meredith Hagner
"Portia"

Meredith Hagner plays “Portia" on TBS' Search Party, a role Rolling Stone called one of the 20 Best TV Characters of 2016. She also recently recurred on Veep for HBO. She has also been a series regular on Men at Work for TBS and FX's Lights Out, as well as a recurring guest on USA's Royal Pains. Among her other guest-star roles, Hagner's favorites have been on Louie, as Jeremy Renner's mellow girlfriend, Odd Mom Out and The Following, as a particularly deranged killer.

In film Hagner appeared as the female lead in the indie film Folk Hero & Funny Guy, with Alex Karpofsky and Wyatt Russell. She was named one of Indiewire's "Ten To Watch" following her Sundance debut in David Cross's Hits, in which she gave what the New York Times called, "a note-perfect performance." Hagner also appeared in Ingrid Goes West, Whit Stillman's Damsels In Distress and Woody Allen's Irrational Man. Upcoming work includes Netflix's Set It Up.

Among Hagner's first acting jobs was the role of Liberty, an angry and confused teenager on As the World Turns, for which she was nominated for an Emmy®.  

Originally from North Carolina, Hagner now lives in Los Angeles and loves writing and playing folk music.

 

John Reynolds
"Drew"

John Reynolds is an actor and performer trained at the Improv Olympic in Chicago. John was most recently seen starring opposite Alia Shawkat in the TBS series Search Party and in the Matt and Ross Duffer Netflix series Stranger Things, starring Winona Ryder. John’s other credits include Gillian Robespierre’s FX pilot starring Jenny Slate, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, and Netflix’s The Characters. He also stars in the Comedy Central web series, Sunset Peak. At iO, John performed with Carl & The Passions. He was also a frequent performer at The Annoyance’s HOLY FUCK show and The Upstairs Gallery, and was part of the Second City Touring Company. Upcoming, John can next be seen in the second season of Search Party and Dan Gregor's film Most Likely to Murder. John is based in New York.

 

Brandon Micheal Hall
"Julian"

Brandon Micheal Hall was recently named one of Variety's Top Ten Television Stars to Watch for 2017 for his breakout performance in the ABC comedy The Mayor. Starring in the title role of the show from Executive Producers Jeremy Bronson and Daveed Diggs, Hall has also earned ‘one to watch’ raves from Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, People and IndieWire. This Fall, he will also be seen in the highly anticipated second season of TBS’ critically acclaimed series Search Party.

On the feature side, Hall recently wrapped on a leading role in Monster Party, for Automatik, and will next be seen in the indie Lez Bomb, opposite Bruce Dern.

While still a student at Juilliard, Hall landed the lead on the CBS pilot LFE, opposite Melissa Leo. Since graduating, he has guest starred on the hit Comedy Central series Broad City, Netflix's The Characters, opposite Paul Downs, and A&E's Unforgettable. On stage, he starred in the world premiere production of Transfers, directed by Jackson Gay.

Hall has trained at the Juilliard Drama Division, the British American Drama Academy, and the South Carolina Governor School of the Arts and Humanities.