The very successful TV show, Search Party, draws its precedence from everyday situations in real life. The comic style has been described as a dark comedy as it satirically highlights issues that most find difficult to talk about. It was created by Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss, and Michael Showalter. The first two seasons were distributed by TBS but it was announced in October 2019 that it has been moved to HBO Max with the third season set to be released in 2020. The first and second seasons have been well received and hold 100% and 96% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes with generally favorable reviews.
The series follows the life of Dory Sief, a New York City resident, and her friends as they go in search of a college acquaintance of Dory who has suddenly disappeared. It also highlights the struggles of an everyday woman. Search Party Cast includes some of the most talented in the genre of comedy.
Search Party Cast – The Actors and Actresses Behind The Comedy Series
Alia Shawkat as Dory Sief
Alia is the daughter of film producer – Tony Shawkat and is known for her versatility. She is an artist who loves to paint and has participated in several gallery shows. She features as the main character in this series whose life seems to be moving at a slow pace. Besides being stuck in an unfulfilled relationship, she is also stuck at her degrading job as a personal assistant to a rich housewife. When her college acquaintance goes missing, it gives her a new sense of purpose to find her and she invites her friends to help her with the search.
For her role, she won a Gracie Award for Breakthrough Role in 2017 and has previously won a ‘Young Artist Award’ for her outstanding performance in the series Arrested Development which also earned her a SAGA nomination.
John Reynolds as Drew Gardner
He is an upcoming actor who began his acting career in the Annoyance Theatre, Chicago. He has featured in Stranger Things (2016- present) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019). His role as a member of the Search Party Cast is one of the most prominent he has had in his career and he features as the very boring boyfriend of Dory who joins her in the search for Chantal.
Meredith Hagner as Portia Davenport
Meredith’s screen debut was in As the World Turns (2008-2010) which earned her a Daytime Emmy Awards nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2009. She has received lots of praise for her portrayal of Portia, the shallow but lovable narcissist actress who is surprisingly good at getting information. Her character is flighty and desperate for the spotlight. In 2016, her portrayal of Portia was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of their “20 Best TV Characters”
John Early as Elliott Goss
John is an established comedian and actor. He studied acting at New York University and has been described as one of the best parts of this TV series. Asides his role as Elliot – a gay, self-diagnosed narcissist who is good at detective work.
John appeared in the film Fort Tilden and in 30 Rock as Jenna Maroney’s son. John has a variety show “Literally Me” with which he tours around the country. He also hosts a monthly event called Showgasm at the Ars Nova, New York City.
Brandon Micheal Hall as Julian Marcus
Brandon studied drama at the Juilliard School, New York City, and graduated in 2015. He began to act immediately after he graduated and has had a lot of successful opportunities. Asides from his role in this series where he features Dory’s ex-boyfriend. He has a main role in the TV Series God Befriended Me and has featured in films like Monster Party, Lez Bomb, The Airport Run.
Other actors that make up the Search Party Cast with less prominent and recurring roles include Clare McNulty who features as the missing Chantal Witherbottom appearing in 12 episodes. Ron Livingston also appears as Keith Powell, appearing in 9 episodes while Jeffery Self featured as Marc – Elliott’s on and off boyfriend – and appeared in 9 episodes.
Phoebe Tyers appeared in the show as April, Dory, and Drew’s Neighbour, in 7 episodes while Christine Taylor appeared as Gail (Dory’s wealthy boss) in 6 episodes. Tymberlee Hill also had a role in the show as Joy (a police detective) in 5 episodes.
Others include Jay Duplass who featured as Elijah in 5 episodes, Judy Reyes as Deb (Keith’s ex-wife), Christine Ebersole as Mariel Davenport (Portia’s mother), and Griffin Newman who featured as Gavin Rolf (Chantal’s ex-boyfriend) appearing in 2 episodes.