Thunderdog

Thunderdog is a Sunday night sketch team at The Pack Theater. They also like to be called The New Teamers. You can see them the 4th Sunday of every month at 8pm at TPT Sketch Night!

Thunderdog is:
Mike Abbate
Gretchen Burnton
Katie Dahlson
Becca Greenberg
Vinnie Lacey
Caitlin Linden
Andrew Mena
Derek Scully
Andrew Ramirez
Sarah Cho
Andrew Lee
Melissa Panganiban
Matt Ware

Mike Abbate

Mike hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest suburb of Lake Oswego, OR. He graduated with a construction management degree from the University of Washington and then built skyscrapers in San Francisco. One day, on a whim, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. Catch Mike performing sketch with his Pack Theater team Thunderdog, getting silly at The Clubhouse with his indie improv team, and posing in a Hollister ad (lol). He trains at Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop and has completed UCB’s improv program. Oh, he also randomly has an active real estate license if you need somebody to sell your house.

Mike’s LA Casting Profile:
https://www.lacasting.com/michaelabbate

Gretchen Burnton

Hi I’m Nancy, a 400-year-old ghost who cursed Gretchen. I’m here now to tell you stuff about Gretchen (because I’m nice and well, uh, bored).

Gretchen is a writer & performer from Phoenix, Arizona. She studied Journalism and Public Relations at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Gretchen has many half-baked projects under her belt that you, too, can be a part of. Do you love the idea of a cool t-shirt business, a failed teen dream website or a dessert drive-thru, then talk to Gretch TODAY. Also feel free to ask her about one of her unfinished pilots and maybe she’ll even want to collaborate on her next one with you.

Gretch is still taking comedy classes around town and YA! she still has a lot to learn! But her comedy is much like that frozen dinner you popped in the microwave— It’s just warming up.

 

You can catch Gretchen at the Pack Mondays with her improv team Snack City, every 4th Sunday with her sketch team Thunderdog and every other weekend eating at Applebee’s. (And you can see me, Nancy, that cool humble ghost, when I want you tooOOooOo! Will Gretch be cursed forever?? Let’s find out!) See you around!!! 🙂

Sarah Cho

Sarah Cho is a writer, director and performer with an MFA in Playwriting from University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. In addition to the Pack’s house sketch team Thunderdog, she currently writes for L.A.’s topical news sketch show Top Story! Weekly at ACME Comedy Theater and performs with her Mainstage team Popular Science at The Improv Space. She loves the rad community that comedy provides, having performed at Green Gravel Comedy Festival, Laugh Riot Grrrl Festival, and written for LA Scripted Comedy Festival and the Sunday Sketch Show at iO West. She’s also the recipient of Iowa Arts Fellowship, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from Kennedy Center. Cho enjoys long, in-depth conversations about life over a good slice of pie so let’s get to it, folks!

Katie Dahlson

Katie is a southern California native, dude. She earned her B.A. in creative writing from UCLA, then spent two years making ends meet as an expat in Italy before moving to the bay area for a job in the tech industry. When even Facebook’s free food couldn’t fill the void, Katie decided to give her first real love, the art of comedy, an honest go. She soon moved back to LA to pursue it full time. Most recently Katie was a writer for the 2018 CBS Diversity Showcase and a finalist for the 2018 Just For Laughs New Faces: Characters Showcase. Currently, you can find her performing every 4th Sunday at the Pack Theater with her house sketch team, Thunderdog.

Drew Francis

Drew Francis is a dentist by day and comedian by night. A lot of people might wonder, “why pursue comedy after becoming a dentist?” The truth is, helping people is rewarding but charging for it gives him anxiety. But that still doesn’t answer the question, why comedy? Other than believing he’s funny, when he was in dental school coming up with exit strategies, he told his classmates his plan to be like the doctor in “The Hangover.” “Yea right,” they said. Well, challenge accepted.

Becca Greenberg

Becca Greenberg hails from Philadelphia, PA, where she was born weighing one and a half cheesesteaks. She moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to be a Comedian/Writer/Actor and so far it’s been pretty good. She does sketch and standup all over LA wherever she is allowed to, mostly at The Pack Theater where she performs on her Sketch Team Thunderdog on 4th Sundays and with the coven of The Bacchus every third Saturday of the month.

Vinnie Lacey

Vinnie Lacey is a writer/performer/producer living in LA, via Chicago via DC via South Florida. Vinnie is a co-founder and former Executive Director of the Chicago Fringe Festival. Vinnie doesn’t drink coffee. Vinnie once wrote a show about his gastrointestinal system. Vinnie believes in the power of comedy, and also networking. Vinnie knows LA doesn’t care bout nuthin, but has decided that’s part of its charm. Vinnie is delighted for you to see Thunderdog live at the Pack Theater.

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee is a writer and sometimes performer living in Los Angeles. After graduating college, he jump started his writing career by working as a budget analyst for the New York City government.

He’s written for Live From Here (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion), the NBC Scene Showcase, and also one of his specs won its category for Final Draft’s Big Break contest.

He’s excited to write for the very cool team Thunderdog at the Pack Theater.

Caitlin Linden

Caitlin Linden used to do *comedy in **Chicago but now she does it ***here.

*improv, sketch, characters, clown, standup, song-writing.

**Second City House Company, iO Harold teams, Annoyance showcases, improv and sketch comedy on a cruise ship, blah blah, blah.

***UCB, The Lyric Hyperion, The Clubhouse, The Ruby, people’s yards, and here at The Pack with her sketch team, Thunderdog!

Andrew Mena

Andrew Mena is an actor, writer, podcaster, illustrator and human burrito emoji hailing from San Diego, California. He studied theater & playwriting at UC Riverside and has trained at UCB, The Groundlings, iOWest, CSZLA, The Second City Hollywood and The Pack Theater. He can be seen in The Pack house sketch team Thunderdog on the 4th Sunday of each month as well as on youtube in his indie-sketch group The G-Squad 6 and at live improv performances with his two man groupThe Puffy Vest Brothers with Tauri J. Miller. He produces the podcast Ride or Dice, a Sci-Fi comedy RPG adventure, available bi-monthly on iTunes.

Melissa Panganiban

Melissa is a Los Angeles (more like, Alhambra) based writer who is originally from the Bay Area. She has studied sketch writing at The Pack and iO West theaters. She is also a writer and performer in the all-women of color sketch team Illuminaughty By Nature. She was a founding member of former Pack house sketch team Slackjaw, and can currently be seen on Thunderdog.

Derek Scully

Derek Scully is a writer, performer, and filmmaker from North Carolina. He’s performed sketch and characters at The Pack, UCB, ACME Theatre, and iO West. He also hosts a weekly improv show with his indie team at Skiptown Playhouse called Mutually Assured Destruction.

Videos he’s made have been featured by The Washington Post and Funny or Die. He also currently voices a talking cartoon book named ZooMooPedia, who teaches kids about the world. You can see Scully at The Pack every fourth Sunday with his sketch team Thunderdog.

Actors Access: resumes.actorsaccess.com/derekscully

Matthew Ware

Matthew Ware has been a sketch comedy writer since 2014, after he finished film school and moved to LA. He has been on house teams at The Ruby LA (formerly The Nerdist, since 2015), ACME Theater (formerly with iO West, since 2017), and The Pack Theater (since 2017). He also produced the wild and popular official LGBTQ+ sketch show at iO West called Mike Pence’s Big Queer Nightmare from 2017-2018 and helped write for live stream shows on Nerdist’s Alpha channel, like Women’s Fake News. He also likes to film sketches and edit documentaries for his youtube channel.