The Color Collective

The Color Collective is a variety show that showcases people of color filled with musical acts, stand-up, sketch comedy and more! Every month, we give our unique take on the world around us and entertain like no one else can. The Color Collective: “The color doesn’t matter, just the comedy”

Lawrence Abbott

Lawrence Abbott is a writer/producer originally from New Jersey. After studying film at Howard University, he completed the sketch program at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York City. While there he created ‘The Damned Truth’, a podcast/sketch video platform, where he wrote/directed live shows in the NYC Sketch Festival, Bad Theater Fest, UCB theaters, PIT theater and Magnet theater. After moving to Los Angeles Lawrence hosted ‘The Damned Truth:Live, a live comedy variety show at the Inner Sanctum in addition to writing for UCB ‘sketch cram’ and performing stand up at ‘Cool Thanks’. He went on to produce a bunch of silly live video content for Buzzfeed like ‘Zombie Talk show’, ‘Don’t Wake Grandpa’,‘Ask a stoner’ and ‘Honestly Speaking’. Lawrence now writes/directs sketches for video sketch team ‘Nightpantz’, writing/producing a comedy web series ‘In Passing’, writes for live sketch team ‘Color Collective’ and writes for live late night comedy news show ‘The Night Cap w/ Stacy Rumaker’.

Sean Michael Boozer

Sean Michael Boozer is a multicultural actor and writer born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Eng Lit, Sean Michael considered going to law school until he worked for an attorney. This experience promptly sent him into stand-up then Improv and eventually LA. Since moving to LA, Sean Michael has long running MainStage shows at The Second City and iOWest as Greene Boozer Elixir and stage has provided a Drama Critics Circle Award, Fringe Show and Improv Actor honors.

Sean Michael is a The Second City Directing Alumni and Teacher and also a fancy TV Academy Member, SAG-AFTRA Delegate and Reluctant Producer. “In between gigs” Sean Michael taught high school and is still a big advocate of children and arts education, mentoring with Young Storytellers, which provides underserved public school students the opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance. Sean Michael continues to teach at the SAG Conservatory at AFI.

A few highlights…

Television – Sean Michael is in APPLETV’s DR DRE PILOT VITAL SIGNS,  Sean Michael and EMMY AWARD WINNER MICHAEL CHIKLIS tortured a suspect on THE SHIELD, kept FINOLA HUGHES and KATHLEEN GATI as Cpt. Devane and Dr. Orecht from killing each other in my surveillance van on GENERAL HOSPITAL, helped ED O’NEILL crack a case on LA DRAGNET with EVA LANGORIA.

Film – Sean Michael has had the honor of being directed by both legendary comedy director, EMMY AWARD WINNER, JOHN LANDIS and WGA and GOLDEN GLOBE Nom. DAVID O. RUSSELL.

Stage – Sean Michael is the winner of Drama Beat Newspaper’s IMPROVISER OF THE YEAR and a Drama Critics Circle Award  and FRINGE SHOW Honors.

Training – Sean Michael has been fortunate enough to study with not only some of the best working talent (actors and directors) but also those who are great teachers; WENDY DAVIS (Army Wives), MARY STEIN (Grinch, MIB2) and two-time EMMY WINNER LARRY DRAKE (L.A. Law).

Brandon Burkhart

Brandon Burkhart is head writer for the topical late night show The Night Cap with Stacy Rumaker and a writer/performer with The Color Collective at the Pack.

He studied Theatre Arts at St. Edward’s University in Austin and sketch/improv at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC and LA and he’s worked with numerous ridiculously-named sketch/improv groups that are now lost to the sands of time. Other credits include winning the Moth GrandSLAM storytelling championship, writing topical jokes for morning radio DJs, and writing for the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase.

In his spare time, Brandon enjoys rooting for his hometown San Antonio Spurs, reminding people he’s half-Mexican, and complaining that his Echo Park neighborhood sure has changed a lot since he moved there in 2011 (but seriously, that new artisanal coffeehouse across from Guisados is kinda bougie).

Corinne Chooey

Corinne is originally from San Francisco and has studied at The American Conservatory Theater, East West Players Conservatory, and UCLA’s School of TFT. She began her improv training at The Groundlings and is a graduate of both UCB and The Pack Theater’s improv programs. A past participant in Fox Broadcasting’s Television Diversity Writers Program, Corinne studied sketch comedy at ACME and was a weekly performing sketch company member for over three years.

Currently, Corinne performs with The Color Collective at the Pack Theater and Cold Tofu Improv, the nation’s oldest Asian American improv theater. She also has a weekly live streaming comedy talk show, “The Cathedral and Young Bum Show,” on the Bidchat network. Recent theater credits include “Rose and the Rime” at Sacred Fools Theater and “LA Views: CriminalEyes” at the Company of Angels. Corinne is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. www.corinnechooey.com | @corinnechooey

REPRESENTATION: The Osbrink Agency, BAC Talent (Management)

Yo Frank

Yo Frank is a writer/comedian born in San Francisco, raised in Japan, got 9 to 10 nationalities and generally a confounding person (for now) with a confusing name. He got his Theatre degree from UC Berkeley and Dramatic Writing MFA from NYU Tisch Asia and can generally be found arguing loudly on Facebook and splitting sides (with laughter, on most days) on stages. He is entirely too excited to be part of Color Collective, if such a thing was possible.

Brando Gipson

Brando is an all-around Entertainer/Artist from Chicago with a passion for Pop Culture and Film. He’s currently collaborating with various theaters, directors and actors for the purpose of starting his own production company.

Paulina Laurant

Paulina is an actress, comedian and writer originally from Portland Oregon. So therefore, she was born a hipster. It was already running through her veins before Californians thought it was cool. She started pursuing a career in comedy after realizing she could make people laugh and when people told her she was too loud and needed to shut up for once. Paulina went to Portland State University to pursue a BA in Business because her parents forced her, but then she realized how stupid college was and how much money she was wasting. So she decided she’d rather do what she loved and invest her money on that instead. When Paulina isn’t acting in independent projects and commercials around Los Angeles, she can be seen performing weekly with her all female improv house team Belligerent, and every first Saturday of the month with her sketch team, The Color Collective. Paulina is currently represented by Mavrick Artists Agency and managed by The Robb Company.

Atif Myers

Originally from DC, Atif Myers is a comedian whose style of comedy is as unique as his background.Born to Moroccan and Jamaican parents, Atif fell in love with stand up as a child. He started doing stand up in 2008, and hasn’t looked back. He has made audiences laugh all over the world. He has performed in numerous cities across the world.Such as New York, Los Angeles, and Seoul, South Korea. In 2009 named Maryland’s funniest college student. Atif was also named one of the Rising Stars in the 2013 Arab Comedy Festival. In 2014 Atif was a finalist in the World Series of Comedy, and a finalist at the San Diego Comedy Festival. Atif was a semifinalist in TBS’s funniest college student, and has performed with Whitney Cummings, Tim Meadows, and Judah Friedlander. He is also a regular at the Laugh Factory Comedy Club, and The Icehouse Comedy Club.

Maria Felix Oviedo

Maria Felix Oviedo is a producer, writer and performer who has always called California home except for one terrifying stint in Florida.  After earning a degree in Psychology, she started studying improv and sketch at iO in 2012 and peaked during an unlisted show at an improv festival.  Since then, she’s been roped into producing and performing for The Night Cap with Stacy Rumaker and The Color Collective.

Royce Shockley

Royce Shockley is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. Born in Philly and raised in Jersey, he brings a unique, edgy voice to his comedic performances. Moving on from the world of politics, where fast thinking and “creative storytelling” is a must, he has translated those skills in performing improv and sketch comedy at the Pack Theater and a budding acting career. At the Pack, he is a former member of the house sketch team 100% Stuff, who has performed all over Los Angeles, as well as at festivals in Austin, TX, San Francisco, and the LA Scripted Comedy Festival. Currently, he performs with the musical improv group The Live Sessions, writes for The Night Cap with Stacy Rumaker, and is producer of the new show The Color Collective You can also find him making cameos in various shows around the Pack Theater frequently. Royce formerly was the House Manager for the Pack Theater and was a valuable part in helping the theater grow into one of the must-see comedy venues in Los Angeles.

Anne Yatco

Anne Yatco is an actor, writer, and performer from Morris, IL. She earned her BS in biomedical engineering from Marquette University (yes, really) and her MFA in acting from the California Institute of the Arts. A former forensic scientist (yes, really), Anne took a hard left turn into the comedy world, studying at the former iO West and at the Pack Theater.

Onstage, Anne has appeared in theatrical productions across LA, in Edinburgh, and in Beijing; she was most recently seen in Bloodletting at the Kirk Douglas Theater. She has done voiceover work for various commercials, video games, animation, and for live-action properties. When not performing, Anne is dedicated to her lifelong mission to find the perfect glass of Rosé.

At the Pack Theater, Anne can be seen on house improv team Belligerent, house sketch team Royale, and in monthly sketch shows The Bacchus and Lady*Like. She also writes and performs with former Pack show The Color Collective.