Moonshot

Moonshot is a Pack sketch team that can be seen the 1st Sun. of every month at 8pm at TPT Sketch Night.
They also really like to be called Squash.

Moonshot is:
Jonathan Farach
Fernando Funes
Victor Lopez
Harris Markson
Shalimar Malimban
Alli Ramirez
Giuseppe Restreppo
Baldev Sandhu
Renata Shaykhedinova
Valerie Vasilas
Mike Hughes
Sara Clarke-Chan
Kristen Tojo

Sara Clarke-Chan

Sara Clarke-Chan is originally from Louisiana, but she also lived in New York City for several years. This is is a fact she wants everyone to know. The special water that makes the pizza crust good, the smell of the subway on an August afternoon, those hotdog places that all sell papaya juice for some reason? You get it. After moving to Los Angeles, Sara started a now-defunct twitter account dedicated to making fun of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She created the web series Fake Geek Girls and studied at Upright Citizens Brigade and the Pack Theater. She is a writer on the Pack house sketch team Moonshot as well as the former iO house sketch team The Truce. She has a degree in Anthropology which she has never used.

Jonathan Farach

Jonathan Farach is a writer/performer from Miami, FL.

Originally having majored in Computer Science, Jonathan’s life took a sharp turn when he came into his Advanced C++ Programming class and realized that being good at pirating movies does not translate into coding computer subsystems. He left the revered Miami Dade College and begun taking improv classes at a local theater. From there, Jonathan also started performing stand-up and has been doing so for several years now.

His skill set includes vigorously cleaning the living room once a month and planning more efficient ways to clean it next time.

He owns a lantern.

Fernando Funes

Fernando A. Funes is a big brown man who loves comedy, and he’s been doing it for nearly 10 years as a writer, performer, and director.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, he has studied improv and sketch at Endgames Improv, Spectacles Improv Engine, and The Pack Theater.

Fernando has performed in hundreds of improv shows in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, and even South America.

He has worked very heavily with Spectacles Improv Engine and The Improv Collective in Orange County as player, producer, mentor, director, and community leader.

Fernando performs with the Pack House Sketch Team “Nightchurch” every 3rd Sunday of the month at 8pm. He also performs on “Snack City” every Monday Night at 8pm for Rude Mondays, the weekly showcase for Pack House Improv Teams.

A copywriter by day, you can follow Fernando on instagram @fernandoafunes where he publishes a poem everyday. If you need to contact Fernando directly, you can email him at fernandoafunes@yahoo.com

Mike Hughes

Michael Hughes can be seen on stage at the Pack Theater on the fourth Wednesday of each month with the house sketch team “Slackjaw”, and on the fourth Thursday of each month improvising with “A Very Special Episode”.

Mike has written for NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” and for AXS TV’s “MOCKpocalypse”, and writes jokes daily for the radio prep service the Complete Sheet, so there’s a good chance you heard his work while driving to your job this morning. Mike is the co-executive producer and director of the award-winning topical sketch comedy show “Top Story! Weekly” at iO West in Hollywood, and has directed well over 300 sketch shows.

Mike started out in comedy as a member of the sketch group “Haja Fresh”, which also included Simon Helberg of “The Big Bang Theory”, “Drunk History” creator Derek Waters, and Ben Hoffman, better known under his alias country singer Wheeler Walker Jr.

Mike has studied at most of L.A.’s leading comedy schools, including UCB, Groundlings, Second City, the Pack Theater, and the Nerdist School, and has other degrees from fancy schools that he sometimes uses as well.

Victor Samuel Lopez

Victor is a writer and actor living in Los Angeles. TV acting credits include: “Southland” (TNT), “New Girl” (FOX), “The Night Shift” (NBC), “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central), “Modern Family” (ABC), and “Benched” (USA). Victor wrote and directed the sketch show UNTOLD STORIES OF WEST COAST GANGSTA RAP, currently running at The Pack. Victor is currently a Writer/Performer on The Pack Theater House Sketch Team, MOONSHOT! Victor was a writer for the UCB Maude team EASTWOOD. Other UCB credits include SKETCH CRAM, BEST OF UCB SKETCH, SKETCH SHOWDOWN, and THE GAME OF THRONES CASTRATION SPECTACULAR. Victor was a member of PARTY BUTT, one of the first House Sketch Teams at The Pack, back when the theater was called MSW. As a child, he was a series regular on the Nickelodeon sketch show “All That”. He is 1/2 of the sketch/improv team PEDRO Y VICTOR, with his dad, television’s Pedro Lopez.

VO AGENT: Arlene Thornton – Arlene Thornton & Associates – voiceover@arlenethornton.com
THEATRICAL AGENT: Elmer Blanco – Avalon Artists Group – elmer@avalonartists.com
MANAGER: Gary Ousdahl – Advanced Management – gary@advancedmanagement.tv
COMMERCIAL AGENT: Laura Soo Hoo – Reign Agency – laura@reignagency.com

Shalimar Malimban

Shalimar is an actor, singer, writer and improviser hailing all the way from the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. She has studied improv on full scholarship at iO West, The Groundlings, Second City and is a UCB Diversity scholarship recipient. At The Pack Theater she has studied sketch writing and is part of house sketch team Moonshot. She obviously hates comedy.

She is a National gold winner in Forensics Speech and Debate with her Program of Oral Interpretation on “Happiness.” Speaking of happiness, she is a former Disneyland cast member and could have been seen dancing around the main streets of Mainstreet.

Credits include sketch shows at Second City, improv house team Excelsior! at Second City, and Hinge the dating app. You can find her hustling around town to any one of her three improv teams, swing dancing and/or stuck on the 101 freeway getting to one of those places.

Commercial Representation: BBA Talent, Christine Tarallo (818) 506- 8188

Harris Markson

Harris was born and raised in the Mile High City of Denver, CO. Go Nuggets!

You’ve probably seen him around town, dressed up in tights pretending to be a super hero at kids’ birthday parties. Actually, you probably haven’t. Unless, you like, go to a lot of kids’ birthday parties.

You can see him on Modern Family as a flying monkey. Also, you can hear his voice as various cops and murderers on the podcasts Serial Killers and Unsolved Murders.

He has gone through the sketch and improv program at The Groundling’s as well as the improv program at UCB.

He loves comedy and is thrilled to be a part of the Pack!

Representation:
Shelley Pina, Golden Pineapple Management, (818) 333-5071

Mike Gerard, Esprit Talent, (888) 405-8901

Alli Ramirez

Born and raised in Southern California, a mom of twins, and able to laugh at life, Alli Ramirez has been acting since high school. She attended CSU:Fullerton where she studied Classical theater, Musical theater and Shakespeare. She completed the UCB Improv program and has been a part of two successful indie teams, Monster Party (winning IO West’s first scripted festival) and Its Past My BedTime with Topher Harless. Tired of waiting for her prince writing charming to come along, she has devoted the last few years to becoming a better writer and standup comedian. She has had the great fortune to be on stage and work with some of the most talented up and coming writers and actors in this industry and this year is NO DIFFERENT. She had many choices but she is happy to call the Pack Theater her home. See her and the sketch team MOONSHOT on the first Sunday of every month!

Follow the fun: @AlliRRamirez

Giuseppe Restrepo

Giuseppe Restrepo is an actor/writer from Los Angeles, California. (This is very rare) Growing up in the Echo Park and Lincoln Heights areas respectively, he was exposed to a lot of gang influence early on. Despite this, he somehow always managed to  be the nerdiest kid in his neighborhood. Since he was never cool,  he decided to take an improv class and fell in love with it. He went on to go through the improv program at the now defunct IO West, as well as taking improv and finishing the sketch program at The Pack Theater. He has a degree in Television, Film, and Media studies. He worked hard for it, and now uses it to work for free on various indie projects. Giuseppe is super stoked to be performing on his first sketch team “Moonshot” every first Sunday of the month. One day he hopes live on the moon and start a family there. 

Baldev Sandhu

Baldev wants to understand the big questions in life. He also wants to know where his keys went. The comedy falls somewhere in the middle.

After borrowing more money than he could realistically pay back, Baldev got a degree in Film & Television from Boston University and now lives in Los Angeles, where film students go to die.

Baldev has written and directed projects with his film school pals for Brova Comedy, performs stand up everywhere from dive bars to comedy clubs, writes and performs with the sketch variety show Color Collective, and is now a writer and performer with the new house sketch team, Moonshot.

Renata Shaykhetdinova

Renata Shaykhetdinova performs stand-up, sketch, improv and character in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Moscow. Her jokes went viral on Reddit, Imgur, Chive and College Humor. Renata’s main comedy influences are Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Swift, Brian Regan, and Amy Poehler.

Valerie Vasilas

Valerie migrated to Los Angeles from Phoenix, seeking like-minded liberals, improv and good vegan food. She originally found her way into improv because she thought she invented it. Upon accepting that she, in fact, did not invent improv, Valerie went on to take classes at iO West and The Pack Theater.
Valerie is a director, producer, actor, improvisor, sketch writer, voice-over artist, day-dreamer and mover and shaker, not in any particular order. She has taught improv workshops all over the country. She also heads up a volunteer teaching group at the Good Shepherd Shelter, where teaching artists teach improv and storytelling to kids residing at the shelter.

Valerie enjoys eating kale, the potato (in all of its forms) and burritos.

You can follow Valerie (and her cat, Oliver Cladwell Twist) on all social media channels @ThisIsValerieV. You can see her performing sketch comedy with her group Moonshot, on the first Sunday of every month at 8 PM at The Pack.