Caitlin Durante

Program Director

Caitlin is a writer, comedian, former Hooters delivery driver, and current Program Director at NerdMelt. She is the creator, producer, and co-host of Luck of the Draw, and she also hosts the NerdMelt open mic. Caitlin is pretty good at making guacamole and really good at quoting Back to the Future. @caitlindurante

 

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Nolan Fabricius

Stage Manager | Artist

Nolan Fabricius is an Illustrator, animator, game designer and is allergic to cats. He is from Kansas.

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PR & SOCIAL MEDIA 

H. Alan Scott

PR & Social Media Coordinator

H. Alan Scott (@HAlanScott) is a writer and comedian. He contributes regularly to MTV, Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Daily Dot, xoJane, OUT, Splitsider, Somecards, and his Mom’s Facebook wall. He’s produced numerous shows at NerdMelt, including #Chemocation, about his wicked experience with cancer and chemo. Oprah said his name. He’s single.

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HOUSE MANAGERS

Matt Burnside

House Manager

Matthew has been with NerdMelt since the beginning. No one has called his podcast This Is Rad! “genius” or “a sensual nirvana.” He occasionally goes outside.

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Brad Gage

House Manager | Performer

Brad is a writer, performer, and Taco Bell enthusiast who hosts and produces the long-running NerdMelt show SketchMelt. He is a member of the sketch group Family Sandwich and has trained through the UCB and Groundlings improv/sketch programs.

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John Ungaro

House Manager

John Ungaro has been a NerdMelt community member since 2011 when the showroom’s first open mic, “Matt Mira’s Day Off”, premiered. He has since gone on to intern at the showroom until he was made a House Manager in 2013. John produces Stonecutter’s LA, a free Simpsons trivia show with special guests, at NerdMelt. Lastly, John is also a stand up who’s preformed many times at the theater.

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Alex Jacobs

House Manager

Alex Jacobs is a filmmaker and high-functioning video game addict from Madison, WI by way of Chicago, IL. You can see some of his work at alexjacobsmakesmovies.com. He loves octopi & hates mayonnaise.

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Katherine Leon

House Manager

Critically acclaimed writer, musician, surfer, and none of the above. 

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Jake Robinson

House Manager

Jake is a producer of SketchMelt at NerdMelt, a photographer and may or may not be British. Expect stuttery rants that don’t go anywhere. @thejerobinson

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TECHNICIANS

Zac McKeever

Tech Coordinator

Music. Work. Surf. Sleep. Eat. Repeat.

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Beowulf Jones

Tech | Producer

Beowulf Jones produces and hosts RISK! LA (www.risk-show.com). He is Canadian, and would like to see pictures of your cats.

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Kyle Clark 

Tech

Kyle Clark is a stand up comedian from Simi Valley, California. He started as a NerdMelt intern in 2011 before becoming part of the tech crew. He also co-hosts the NerdMelt Open Mic and Stonecutters LA. You can listen to his comedy album Pizza Night here or listen This is Rad the podcast he does with fellow NerdMelt employee Matthew Burnside.

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Edward Salazar

Tech

Ed is a writer, comedian and sound guy! He hosts ‘Seems Legit’ monthly at NerdMelt and gives high fives every Wednesday at ‘The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.’

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ADVISORY BOARD

Chris Hardwick

Founder of Nerdist Industries, the host of Comedy Central’s @midnight, AMC’s Talking Dead and The Nerdist podcast, Mr. Chris Hardwick. @hardwick

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Hannah Kyle Crichton

Hannah Kyle Crichton served as Program Director of the NerdMelt Showroom from September 2014 to November 2015. Hannah currently works for Just For Laughs Montreal as a Programming Consultant and as a freelance producer. @hannahhhkyle

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Danielle N. Kramer

Danielle N. Kramer served as Program Director of the NerdMelt Showroom from May 2012 to September 2014, and has had a supporting role with the space since it’s beginning. Danielle specializes in producing live events and is a development and talent coordinator for comedy film and television programming. Produced comedy shows include An Evening with… series, Booze CruiseSketchMeltThe 5th Annual Summahfest. Curated art exhibitions include The Mr. Show ShowUnder The Bed: A Real Horror Show, and Kids In The Hall | Kids On the Wall.   @DanielleNKramer

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Emily V. Gordon

Emily V. Gordon is a former therapist and current writer, producer, and podcaster. She served as the Program Director for the NerdMelt Showroom from April 2011 to June 2012, and has been the booker and producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (the Wednesday show) since its inception in 2010. She is also an Executive Producer of the TV version of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Comedy Central.   @thegynomite & @meltdown_show

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Aaron H. Baker

Aaron H. Baker works in TV and comedy and has been with the NerdMelt Showroom since it opened its doors in 2011. He studied film and television at Columbia College Chicago as well as sketch comedy at The Second City Chicago. He wrote and performed in one of NerdMelt’s longest running house shows, Booze Cruise, and he produces the An Evening with.. series and the B-movie comedy show, Horrible Movie Night. He loves Danzig, Ghoulardi and skateboarding.   @AaronHBaker

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INTERNS

Tiffany Aleman

Tiffany Aleman is a comedian from Florida. Ask her about her obsession with Peter Sellers.

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Paul Goetz

Paul is an actor/writer from St. Louis, Missouri and, despite the negative connotation, if he had a gerbil he would name it Goebbels. Cuz that’d be cute.

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Arion (≈Orion) James

Illustrator, Animator, Hyperbolic Prognosticator.

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Loretta Underwood

Loretta is a transplant from Northern Idaho. Actor, director, improviser, dog enthusiast. You can find Loretta watching music videos or dancing solo in the back of the NerdMelt Showroom. Twitter/Insta/Snap: heyheyloretta

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Kelly Hodgson

Kelly is a writer/comedian/procrastinator from Richmond, VA. After attending school in New York City she moved to LA, visited Meltdown, and never left. She currently lives in the store’s vents and only comes out to work shows, attend Nerdist School classes, and talk to people about missing her cat. Mostly she’s ‘just figuring it out.’  Twitter: @CheeseWizzard  |  Instagram: KellyH49

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Jenny Chalikian

Jenny is a stand-up comic out of Boston. She enjoys cartoons, her tiny cat prince, and amateur falconry.

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Matthew Solomon

Matthew Solomon (aka Matthew aka Solomon) is an actor and over-all art geek, and is thus required by law to not know much about anything.

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Marc Rodriguez

Marc Rodriguez says, “hey buddy”.

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Kimmie Lucas

Kimmie is a writer, a ukulelist, and is probably watching 30 Rock at this very moment.

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James Nevada

From the coal mines of Pennsylvania, James is the half-proud, mostly-tired father of a pup named Lucious. When he’s not making sure Lucious doesn’t poop all over the house, James enjoys making films and taking pictures only in hopes to get more followers on Instagram.

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Ike Flitcraft

Ike hails from a Springsteen fever dream near the picturesque “Exit 2″ area of Southern New Jersey. He spent a considerable amount of time in Nashville where he began performing sketch and improv. Currently he can be found in the greater Los Angeles area writing, performing and handing you DELICIOUS sodas in the back of his favorite place, the NerdMelt Showroom.

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Gordie Earle

Gordie = Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Jeff Mangum x Zelda / Magic Hat. He makes films and puts them on www.gordieearle.com.

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Becca Greenberg

Becca Greenberg hails from Philadelphia where she was born weighing one and a half cheesesteaks. She moved to LA to be an Actor/Writer/Standup Comedian and so far it’s been going pretty well. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baby animals and witchcraft.

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Alvin Lam

Alvin likes to talk to Alvin in the third-person while Alvin writes awkward bios about Alvin. Alvin doesn’t like to be grabbed by the chipmunk. Unless you’re a predatory, tax-exempt, orange lasagna.

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Sierra Katow

Sierra primarily likes to laugh. She performs stand-up and tries to write funny things, but most of the time she stresses about squandering away her computer science degree. www.sierrakatow.com

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