Comedy Central, the #1 brand in comedy, Superfly, the founders of Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands co-producer Another Planet Entertainment, today announced the Live Read castings for cult hits Clueless and Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion at Clusterfest in San Francisco June 21-23.
Issa Rae, Amanda Seales, Ilana Glazer, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Redd, Matteo Lane and Nicole Byers will star in two live read productions at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest this year!
Comedy Central’s Clusterfest is an annual wild comedy party, with unforgettable once in a lifetime shows that have never been seen, and will never be seen again. The heart of their #FearOfMissingOut inspiring lineup are the Live Reads. The Live Reads round up a bunch of comedy super stars to do table reads of an classic favorite comedy movies in front of an audience.
Live reads of Wayne’s World (with the stars of Broad City) and Spice World (with RuPaul) were major highlights of Clusterfest’s first two annual festivals in 2017 and 2018.
This year, Comedy Central announced they would be taking on two comedy classics– Clueless and Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion at the festival, and we’ve got the exclusive scoop on who is playing the iconic roles from each of the movies.
Clueless Live Read
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Clueless will star Issa Rae in the role of Cher originated by Alicia Silverstone with Amanda Seales playing Cher’s best friend Dionne. Broad City’s Ilana Glazer returns to the Clusterfest Live Read stage to play Tai. Cher’s step brother and crush, Josh will be read by Kumail Nanjiani, and Chris Redd will read as Dionne’s boyfriend Murray. Jaboukie Young-White is on board as Travis, Langston Kerman will play Elton. And the role originated by Dan Hedaya of Cher’s father Mel will be played by comedy icon, Sinbad. Taking on the roles of teachers Mr Hall and Miss Guist are Jeff Ross and Quinta Brunson. Janet Varney will narrate.
Whether you’re a Baldwin or a Monet, ditch the Loadies on the quad and check out Clusterfest’s Live Read of Amy Hecklering’s 1995 teen classic.
Cher/Alicia Silverstone: Issa Rae
Dionne/Stacey Dash: Amanda Seales
Tai/Brittany Murphy: Ilana Glazer
Josh/Paul Rudd: Kumail Nanjiani
Murray/Donald Faison: Chris Redd
Travis/Breckin Meyer: Jaboukie Young-White
Elton/Jeremy Sisto + Ensemble: Langston Kerman
Christian/Justin Walker: Arturo Castro
Mel/Dan Hedaya: Sinbad
Mr. Hall/Wallace Shawn: Jeff Ross
Amber/Summer/Miss Geist + Ensemble: Quinta Brunson
Narrator: Janet Varney
Music: Red Room Orchestra featuring special guest Jill Sobule
Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion
Comedy Central is also putting on a drag queen live read after the massive success of last year’s Spice World show feature fabulous drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova as Romy and Michele, with San Francisco legend Peaches Christ reading as Heather (originally played by Janeane Garofalo), and supporting roles filled by Matteo Lane (Sandy), Nicole Byer (Kelly), Rosebud Baker, and Guy Branum.
Romy White/Mira Sorvino: Trixie Mattel
Michele Weinberge /Lisa Kudrow: Katya Zamolodchikova
Heather Mooney/Janeane Garofalo: Peaches Christ
Sandy Frink/Alan Cumming: Matteo Lane
Christie Masters/Julia Campbell: Catherine Cohen
Cheryl Quick/Ensemble: Robin Tran
Kelly Possenger/Toby Walters/Ensemble: Nicole Byer
Lisa Luder/Ensemble: Rosebud Baker
Narrator: Guy Branum
Wildly popular, the Live Reads are dramatic staged readings of popular movie scripts, and past performances have included Spice World, Planes Trains and Automobiles and Wayne’s World. This year they will reach new levels of hilarity with must-see ensemble casts putting their spin on two film favorites.
Clusterfest continues to be the place for “first and only” fan experiences, including this year’s exciting Live Reads, co-curated by SF Sketchfest, where attendees will revisit beloved films that have impacted generations of teens and adults.
In addition to witnessing hilarious takes on these cult films, fans will enjoy performances from a stacked lineup of more than 60 that includes Amy Poehler & Friends, John Mulaney, Patton Oswalt, Issa Rae, My Favorite Murder, The Roots, Ilana Glazer, Courtney Barnett, and many more. Attendees will also have the chance to step inside immersive attractions from some of the most beloved comedy franchises, including FX’s Atlanta, Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers and Drunk History and iconic sitcoms Seinfeld and NBC’s The Office.
Single-day and three-day general admission, VIP and Platinum tickets are on-sale now exclusively via www.clusterfest.com. Single-day admission starts at $99, single-day VIP starts at $249.50 (Saturday VIP is sold out!), three-day general admission starts at $239.50, three-day VIP starts at $619.50 and Platinum, which is new for 2019, is $1,250. Platinum tickets come with all the exclusive access that comes with VIP, plus much more, including unlimited french fries – seriously. Ticket prices will increase May 6 at 12 a.m. PT. Clusterfest also offers a layaway payment plan for all ticket types that allows fans the option to purchase tickets now and pay later by splitting the purchase into multiple payments over time.
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