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Kumail Nanjiani, Ilana Glazer, and more join Issa Rae for Clueless live-reading at Clusterfest

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Just when we thought we couldn’t be any more stoked for Clusterfest, along comes the full cast lineup for this year’s live-readings of ’90s faves Clueless and Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion. As previously announced, the former has enlisted Insecure’s Issa Rae for the role of Cher, originated by Alicia Silverstone in Amy Heckerling’s beloved teen rom-com. Joining Rae is an amazing ensemble that includes Kumail Nanjiani as Josh, Amanda Seales as Dionne, Ilana Glazer as Tai (I’m sure she’ll do Brittany Murphy proud), and Chris Redd as Murray.


Equally exciting is the live-reading of Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion, which will be headlined by drag superstars Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova as Romy and Michele, respectively. Peaches Christ will fill the shoes of Janeane Garofalo’s Heather, with Nicole Byer playing various supporting characters and Guy Branum serving as narrator.

And the fun doesn’t stop there: As announced in March, Comedy Central and Superfly’s annual event will also feature top-tier comedic talent like John Mulaney, Chelsea Peretti, Tig Notaro, and Leslie Jones, along with podcast faves like R U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME? and My Favorite Murder. Musical guests include Courtney Barnett and Japanese Breakfast—just in case you needed another reason to get tickets ASAP.


More details for this year’s live-readings of Clueless and Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion can be found below. Full lineup and tickets can be purchased at the Clusterfest website.

Clueless Live Read

To celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of Clueless, Clusterfest will bring together five-star comedic talent to remind fans how much they miss, or lived through, the ‘90s. 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. The Clueless experience will come full circle with a guest musical performance from Jill Sobule singing her hit “Supermodel” from the film’s soundtrack. Miss this? As if. The cast includes:

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 Live Read

Festival goers will find out who invented Post-its and who is the Mary and who is the Rhoda at the Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion Live Read, with music from the soundtrack performed live by San Francisco’s Brickhouse. We hope you enjoy the show, and we hope your babies look like monkeys. The cast includes:

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

Music: Brickhouse


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