Original cast members announce they will be leaving ‘Studio C’ for new project

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The 10 teammates and one referee (producer) of Studio C hit the viral goldmine with “Top Soccer Shootout with Scott Sterling,” which came out in November 2014 and quickly became the sketch comedy group’s top-viewed video of all time. Top row from left: Jeremy Warner, Jared Shores, Natalie Madsen, Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Stephen Meek. Front row from left: Adam Berg, Matt Meese, James Perry, Stacey Harkey. (Photo by MaryLyne Linge/Utah Valley Magazine)

The 10 original cast members of “Studio C” announced Thursday they would be leaving the BYUtv sketch comedy show to work on a new project together. With the cast’s departure, BYUtv is looking for new actors and writers for the show.

“On behalf of the entire founding cast, we thank BYUtv for giving this crazy idea a chance and putting the weight of its powerful platform behind it,” said Matt Meese, the co-creator of “Studio C” who originally pitched the idea to BYUtv. “We worked as hard as we could over the past six years to bring accessible family comedy to an underserved audience and decided this was the right time to create something on our own. We can’t wait to see a new generation of ‘Studio C’ talent developed and strongly believe ‘Studio C’ is the perfect platform for undiscovered comedic actors and writers.”

While the majority of the cast is leaving the show, they will continue with the program through the live New York recording in August, which will wrap up live recordings for Season 9.

Since it launched in October 2012, “Studio C’s” unique content and comedic style has gained a loyal and diverse national fan base. BYUtv’s YouTube channel views have increased from 500,000 in season 1 to over 1 billion today, with individual sketches being shared across a range of digital platforms.

“Studio C” premiered its first episode in October 2012 with the goal to create comedy sketches that families could enjoy together. Since season 1, BYUtv’s YouTube channel views have increased from 500,000 in season 1 to over 1 billion today.

“Studio C” was on the cover of Utah Valley Magazine following the success of the sketch comedy group’s first Scott Sterling skit went viral. And, not to brag, but Utah Valley Magazine even made a cameo in the Season 6 premiere (see here).

“When we created ‘Studio C,’ we couldn’t have scripted any better its path to success,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv, in a press release. “We believed there was a market for sketch comedy both kids and parents could enjoy together. The founding cast enabled us to prove this concept beyond our expectations, igniting an amazing fan base and market for family comedy.

“We are incredibly grateful to these 10 founding cast members of ‘Studio C’ and excited for them as they spread their wings and pursue new opportunities outside of BYUtv. We are equally enthusiastic about the opportunity ‘Studio C’ has created to find, develop and share new talent in the family sketch comedy space.”

There are three remaining featured cast members who joined “Studio C” for season 8: Tori Pence, Dalton Johnson and Aaron Fielding. BYUtv is looking for new actors and writers to fill the vacant spots left by the original cast. Learn more about the opportunities with “Studio C” at byutv.org/studiocsearch.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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