We have a lot of old members missing from our alumni page. If you are an alumni or know of anyone from Without A Net past, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you and reconnect!
Carissa Redfield ('18)
As a new member of the cat enthusiast club, Carissa is thrilled…What? An improv group?…Why would you need a net in the first place?…Oh well, I can dig it. All right. As a lover of laughter and generally making stuff up, Carissa is excited to be a new addition to Penn’s finest comedy group. When she’s not laughing at how funny she is, Carissa enjoys the hobbies of a 70-year-old woman (part of growing up in Carmel, California, a town of old people and dogs). So yes, she does enjoy knitting, misplacing her glasses, driving as though she shouldn’t have a license, reminiscing about times she really can’t remember, and discussing l’essence de la vie with felines. She also has a thing for languages, Cheez-Its, and logic puzzles, and will probably be pursuing careers in any or all of those three fields.
Jonathan Serota ('18)
Four score and seven years ago (1996?) Mrs. Serota brought forth on this continent and the northern part of Long Island, a new child, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that no sandwich should go uneaten. Jonathan "Winston Churchill" Serota is his name and all the things you have heard about him are true. Born and raised in New York, Serota epitomizes every Long Islander at Penn. He is the kind of guy that your #grandma wants you to meet, mainly because his personality is that of an 80 year old vaudevillian man. He is not a huge fan of exercise, unless it involves walking from his bed to his fridge. The most pivotal moment of his life was on October 12, 2003, when he first tried French Onion Soup. In his free time he likes cheese and Beyoncé, as well as Presidents. Finally, after his Bar Mitzvah in 2009, Jonathan accepted his manhood and decided to set out to change his name in so his initials would be JFK. Change still pending.
Michaela Reitano ('18)
Michaela was born and raised in Philadelphia: 215 represent, yo. She entered this world in August of 1996 into a psychotic Italian family, so yes, she usually does eat pasta every day. Sometimes twice a day, depending on the phase of the moon and the direction of the wind. If her plan to become the editor of The New York Times doesn't pan out, her dream is to one day be voted off first on America's Next Top Model. However, the only job she's managed to get as of yet was the one given to her by her parents, working in a gelato shop and dealing with difficult people. So until she finds herself on the path to fame and burning glory, she's perfectly content living her broke college life with an old British novel in one hand and a Toaster Strudel in the other.
Tyler Burke ('17)
Academy Award Watcher Tyler Burke was born in 1995 in that city they call Los Angeles as the second of three boys. He emerged from the womb ready to wreak his vengeance on the world. However, after learning that the world had not yet wronged him, Tyler decided vengeance was not really necessary. Since birth, he has done many things, including going to UPenn and other things of that nature. Growing up in California, Tyler was exposed at an early age to both the magic of the entertainment business as well as many harmful pollutants. On any given day, Tyler can be seen around campus taking part in various shenanigans like forgetting to do homework, dancing while ironing clothing, making friends, making frenemies, and doing what is asked of him. In his free time, Tyler likes to be a really “chill” “dude” that’s really “cool” and “good at talking to girls,” although his likes are often replaced by the reality of the vast collection of good shows that are on Netflix. He cannot play the piano, but can play dead. Tyler camps sometimes. Of all 50, Tyler’s favorite shade of grey is black. His dream is to become a child television star turned short lived pop singer turned contestant on a celebrity game show. His nightmare is to become anything else in life.
Sofia Demopolos ('17)
Sofia Demopolos woke up one morning in a suburban Pennsylvania slum with total amnesia. All she had in her possession were the clothes she was wearing, some half-eaten string cheese in her back pocket, and a Penn ID. From these items she pieced together that she was A. Not a nudist, B. A connoisseur of the finer things, and C. Waitlisted by Princeton. Other than these facts, she has no idea where she came from or what happened before August 22, 2014. She suffers from sporadic flashbacks which reveal tantalizing glimpses of her former life, but she hardly feels motivated enough to investigate the images. She fills the void of her missing childhood with ungodly amounts of bad coffee.
Jake Levitt ('17),
On April 24th the year of our Lord 1995 Jake Levitt was born. Affectionately known by friends and family as J-Love for his striking physical resemblance to J –Lo (Jennifer Lopez), he was born in the back of a Winona High-Wheeled Wagon while his family forged West into the previously undiscovered land of Western Massachusetts. After forging west past the bare, lifeless wasteland that is Worcester, the Levitt family arrived on an undeveloped plot of land along the Connecticut River and decided to name it Northampton after Kanye West’s, soon to be born, heir apparent North West. Since an early age Jake pledged his life to Ultimate Frisbee, Improv Comedy and mediocre academic achievement. His dedication to these (and a full scholarship for Ultimate Frisbee) landed him a spot at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently in Without a Net.
Artem Nurlat ('16)In Soviet Russia, biography writes you! Fortunately, Artem Nurlat is not from Soviet Russia. He missed out on being born during Boris’ reign by a paltry three years. (Why couldn’t his parents have "met" sooner?) Instead of being part of the last Soviet generation, he ended up being born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Yeah, the place Borat made fun of. His parents obtained a visa to immigrate to the United States, and Artem allowed them to take him along. For thirteen years he lived in Massachusetts, and on the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month of the year he received his acceptance letter to the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides somewhere in Philadelphia, and aspires to become a mad scientist. His interests include acting (poorly), dancing (poorly), singing (poorly), laughing, eating, and solving differential equations. He wishes to one day learn French, and move to Europe; whereupon he will become an homme sophistiqué, yelling at pigeons and sipping a cappuccino while regretting his life decisions.
Gabriel Jimenez, ('15)
Gabriel hails from the clean air and fresh landscape of the Los Angeles suburbs (no not the valley -__-). With parents from Puerto Rico and Mexico, Gabnel is happy to identify as a Mexirican to provide token cultural diversity to Net’s otherwise bland existence. Although this little stint in Net is just a stepping stone until Gabnel can reach his full potential by dominating the gospel choir music industry. One can dream, right? *He apologizes to all of his hallmates for the quad shower blues resonating from the bathroom at awkward moments in the day.* When Gabnel is not chugging beer kegs, swooning lovely ladies, and getting his swoll’ on at Pottruck, he tries to fit in a couple hours of Glee and Sing-off episodes or sporcle sessions. If only the first three didn't take up all his time? In summation, Gabnel is seemingly enthralled to be a part of Net and hopes that one day his flyering skills will match that of Faryn. Seriously you have to see her in action!
Jacob Kornman, ('15)
Faryn Pearl (C'14)
Jacob was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Upon his birth his parents decided to make a big move and settle down in West Hartford where they raised him for two years. They then decided he wasn’t a good enough baby so they had two more kids. He turned out OK. Now he goes to Penn where he is learning grownup things like humanities and economics. He is unsure about his future, but he loves the film Back to the Future, and Back to the Future II, too. He has gone to the gym several times in his life. He is an avid film fan and player of words with friends. He doesn’t really like Nickelback but he doesn’t understand why everyone is so angry with them. He is very handsome, which he knows is definitely true because his mother tells him he is. His outlook on life can be compared to Max Fischer’s from the movie Rushmore. “I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life.” For Max Fischer, it was going to Rushmore. For Jacob, it’s eating ice cream.
an alternate universe where everything was horribly, horribly
inaccurate, Faryn Pearl was not raised in New Jersey, where she would
not have grown up as a precocious theater and humanities geek in a
cruel, mathematical world. She would not have come up with a brilliant
plan to rig “Cash Cab”. She would not be a pocket-sized bundle of fun
and joy and rainbows, would not have an unhealthy obsession with drag
queens, would not give motivational speeches at 3 o’clock in the
morning, and would certainly not enjoy pina coladas while getting caught
in the rain. She would not gorge herself on strawberries like a
malnourished guinea pig. She would be Ellen Page. This universe is such
Natalie Riemer (W'14)
Natalie hails from the land of big hair, rodeos, and longhorn cattle. That's right, she's texan y'all! Well sort of...her family is actually from Boston and she was born there and lived there till she was 10, but no big deal because she has accepted the status of southern. She also seriously wishes that she could live in a film from the Lauren Bacall Era...How to marry a millionaire for instance. She did all kinds of musicals growing up where everyone starts singing the same song and doing the same dance at exactly the same time. She was a radio Disney DJ...so basically her life was High School Musical minus Troy Bolton and perfect hair 24/7. When dreams of fame and riches didn't work out in LA (not that she ever went to LA or tried) she decided to come to Wharton and learn to make money in a much faster and dirtier way. Come on. You have to admit Charlie Sheen in Wall Street was sexy...I wonder if he knew he was on his way to "winning" way back then! She absolutely loves these Without a Net comedy clowns and is so honored to create magic every night. And now a preview of her acceptance speech at the oscars...."Uh [a few whimpers] Uh [tears break out into a little laugh] Thank you to the academy, thank you mom for telling me all men can't be trusted, thank you Dad for being a man I could trust, thank you NETTERS for making me laugh twice a week while attending the toughest school known to man...you were my solace."
Alex Pleet (MD'14)
Alon Witztum (MMP'14)
Hi, are you the public?...yeah it's nice to meet you too. It's my first time doing OKCupid so I'm a little nervous haha. Let me just start by telling you a little bit about myself, i guess...or should you go first? I guess it doesn't really matter. LOL, I'm having such a good time with you already...Okay I'll go first. I'm from Springfield, MA. I went to undergrad at Brown, but don't hold that against me. j/k LOL. I love people-watching and am rarely in the mood to be serious. My best friends, who you'll totally have to meet soon, would describe me as a "fire in the kitchen," if you know what I mean! lolololol. I currently go to UPenn medical school, but totally don't be freaked out by that. I'm not one of those super weirdo cut-throat grad school boys. hahaha. My last girlfriend cheated on me, so if this is going to be real, DON'T SCREW WITH ME! lolcatz. Frankly, I've been reading your profile everyday for the last week and I think we're perfect for each other...can you believe we both love tropical fish!? What are the odds? Kinda like 1 in 92 if you are only counting Penn students, lol. And I could totally get into rock climbing, so we could spend even more time together. Wait...where are you going...why are you leaving? We haven't even had our soup yet. I ordered your favorite - clam chowder.
Come back...OH I'M MAKING A SCENE!? YOU'RE MAKING A SCENE. YOU KNOW WHAT, I KNEW THIS WOULD NEVER WORK.
As the resident British improviser, Alon has been coaching the rest of Without A Net to improve their British accents...it has not gone well. After discovering he liked improv at the tender age of 16, Alon continued making stuff up until he turned 20 at which point he decided to take a break and relax while studying Physics at the University of Warwick. He didn’t survive long without improvising and used his few free hours to set up the Warwick Improvised Theatre Society and was an extra in a small film called Harry Potter. Alon wanted a change of scenery, and to start paying for healthcare, so he moved to Philadelphia to study Medical Physics here at Penn. After a year without improv, he noticed a few typical withdrawal symptoms such as improved grades and having time to sleep. Luckily Without A Net has fixed all that.
Jonah Meyerson ('13)
spent his formative years growing up in a quaint little town known as
New York City. Praised far and wide for his renowned punctuality, Jonah
was given not one, not two, but three graduation hat stickers for his
near-perfect attendance in Mrs. Goldberg’s 2nd grade class. A compulsive
liar, Jonah has excelled at everything he has ever attempted. Carly
Simon once wrote a song about Jonah. Jonah is even set to co-star in
"The Unofficial Bar Refaeli Sex Tape," though the project is currently
in pre-production. Jonah first became interested in comedy when he told
a joke to a girl on the playground. This joke was so funny that the girl
immediately burst into tears of laughter. It was internal laughter. But
external crying. And it was less of a joke and more of Jonah asking her
Caroline Claflin (MFA '13)
Caroline Claflin was born Caroline Alice Claflin in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the first month of 1987. She was then swept away to Massachusetts, where she lived until the age of 18. Although she doesn't remember seeing the city of Harrisburg, Caroline imagines it is something like Oz or the rugged mountains of Wyoming.
Caroline--an only child--was given free reign over all of the stuffed animals, afternoon tv programming, and food on the bottom half of the refrigerator without competition or protest. Her social skills lacking, Caroline enjoyed staying at home after school and drawing. At age 7, her favorite things to draw were dragons and cats in dresses. At 25, she prefers drawing large lumpy animals that resemble middle-aged men and people in improperly-fitted clothing.
When she was 7, her ideal occupations included paleontologist, grave digger, and animator.
At 17, Caroline first tasted an egg.
At 22, she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Animation.
At 24, she began her MFA at UPenn (woop woop shout it loud 2013)
She currently lives with her fiancé, Alex Pleet (see Alumni page) and her real boyfriend, their cat Teddy Roosevelt.
She has still not yet dug a grave or discovered a dinosaur.
Lucy Wolf ('12)
up as one of Seattle's urban private school elites, Lucy has experienced
enough hipster coffee shop cigarette smoke to last her through the 4
years she spent on the inferior (read: West=best) coast. Schooled
predominantly in effective recycling and how to share, Lucy brought her
wide range of skills to the Net monarchy as the Queen. An extensive knowledge of country song
lyrics and her cute-floppy-puppy demeanor drew Net to her, and vice
versa. Her singular hope for the future is to raise dysfunctional
Italian speaking children with Joseph Lawless.
Joseph Lawless ('12)
Socialized in a culture of spiked hair and flashy,
tanned breasts, Joseph remembers his fondly years on the Island of
Staten. He revels in the popularity of the land mass he calls home and
has sworn to always kiss anything with a tape-up (tongue is always an option –
please call if interested). Raised at the knees of
Mussolini-loving foreigners who availed to him the beauty of the Jersey
Shore (before you liked it, he promises), he speaks dirty Italian
constantly to his closest friends in vain, seductive efforts. He
has eaten more pasta than you, which is probably best in everyone’s
opinion. Fashion forward always, he has recently invented,
designed, and exported (at surprisingly pleasant rates – frame the
recession as a game of participation!) matching, sparking hood-thongs
for him and his cure, Lucy Wolf. When they wear them, expect to catch
your reflection in their cheeks.
Sarah Stoecker ('11)
Sarah spent most of her childhood years in Greenwich, Connecticut, this
fact is often challenged when she can't quite explain the difference
between "beer pong" and "Beirut" or when she complains about her one
lame trip to Nantucket. To be fair, she didn't quite embrace the sporty,
sun-kissed culture cherished by so many Greenwichians, preferring
vintage to Vineyard Vines and David Bowie to Dave Matthews. While Sarah
curses the day she decided not to apply to film school, she found a
sweet spot for herself on Penn's campus as an active Cinema Studies
major, a whiny script writer, and a lazy improviser. You were most likely
to find her slaving away at the Cinema office, brainstorming new places
to buy soup, or drinking far too much coffee as she tried to write a
screenplay. Sarah was happy to call herself Without a Net's Director, and
even happier when Joe Lawless called her the Queen.
Anthony Levy ('11)
is from Oregon. He would like to teach you how to pronounce that, you
east coast pig. His father is Jewish, his mother Catholic, and his dog
is black. So if you ever get offended about a joke he makes about those
groups--don't worry, he's cool. Stemming from the psychological trauma
of being fat in middle-school, Anthony bases his self-confidence on the
positive feedback he receives. So even if you think he is lame, don't
tell him. He'll only get worse. Never confident in his improvisation,
Anthony thinks the only reason the others keep him in Net was so that
they have something to laugh about at those meetings he knows they have
after practices to which he's never invited. C'mon guys. Lay off.
Laura Keene ('11)
Born and raised in the dusty, merciless mountains
of New Mexico where the tap water is tequila and tacos are currency,
Laura Keen learned to shoot before she could spell. She accidentally
wound up at Penn after her donkey got lost and so decided to stay
a beef and cigarette-scented semester in Buenos Aires spent observing a
culture of fancy free public groping, Laura was back and thrilled to be
reunited with the saucy Net gang. Her future plans involve unemployment
and worldwide fame, in no particular order.
Molly Mitchell ('11)
Molly Mitchell hails from
Portland, Oregon but was raised in Philadelphia. She loves wizards, sorcery, mystical beings and
money. After 4 years in
the NH woods, 3 months in the Hong Kong Mountains, and many hours spent alone in her room she has realized that she
is her #1 fan. After college Molly plans to pursue otherwordly connection as
well as regain funding for her bio-geological research foundation, Jurassic
Potential (...they live!).
Nicholas Stevens ('11)
parents... lived in Japan… frequently orders the soup of the day. Swearing Seattle is the modern day Atlantis, he
often spends his time spreading the lore of the Northwest’s legendary
city. In his hay day, this former cub scout would be seen waiting for the
Sonics to return and making sure that Hummus didn’t go out of
business. Someday, Nicholas will become conscious of his ridiculous
height and appetite. Until then, he wants to be Jack from Avatar.
Kendra McCoy ('11)
David Polsky ('85): a Mask and Wig member who put the one-act/group together along with
Ilana Long ('86): a Bloomers member who worked with David to create the group
Jim Carpenter ('86?)
Carolyn Ikari ('87)
James Stahl ('87)
Greg Elin ('87)
Dana Herman-Covey ('88)