COLD TOFU'S CORE PERFORMING CAST
Jully Lee | Artistic Director
Jully began her career training with COLD TOFU in 2004 and was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. After her first performance with Cold Tofu in the sketch comedy show TELEMONGOL, Jully was offered a co-star role on Reno911! (Comedy Central). Since then, Jully has gone on to work in theater, television and film and has received critical acclaim for her performances in more than 25 productions onstage. Jully also teaches drama and improv and has directed with Cold Tofu, Company of Angels, On Stage and Screen (USC), East West Players, and Bethesda University of California. She also tours with the children's theater company We Tell Stories.
Jully enjoys mimicking family and friends, making sure servers get tipped generously (but appropriately) in large groups, and spending time with her 4-yr old bamboo plant.
Michael C. Palma | Associate Artistic Director
Since starting with COLD TOFU in the summer of 2001, Mike has had a thrilling time laughing and making stuff up with his cohorts. After having started out as a musical theater artist, and actor, Mike has since found a fun home in the world of "make it up as you go along" and has happily lived there ever since!
When not performing with the gang at Cold Tofu, Mike is a professional photographer, working for AMPAS (Oscars) and Disney. In his (abundant, always free and available) free time, Mike is also a wedding and portrait/commercial photographer, with the unique distinction of photographing a particular asian world leader, whilst having his fly down during the shoot! Ask him about it when you come to a show. His most recent shoots can also be found via Instagram @mpalmaphotography.
Doreen Calderon | Core Performer
Originally from Chicago, Doreen has had the privilege of performing during the “Golden Era of Improv” while working with the The Second City Touring Company, iO Chicago, UCB (before it was UCB), and Boom Chicago (in Amsterdam). She studied under John Favreau, Charna Halpern and yes, Del Close. She was a toddler, of course. In L.A., after two years of stand-up, she graced the Cavern Club stage multiple times starring in “Movie Musical: The Musical”(reenacting her triple threat one-person Helen Keller show) and “Invincible: The Legend of Billie Jean” (elbowing her way through wigs, taffeta and drag queens backstage). For fun, she sang rock & roll harmonies in the cover band, Brando’s Pants.
Most recently she’s been cast in TV shows on the CW, FOX, NBC, ABC, as well as national commercials and film. She’s got some serious stuff on her resume too, but Cold Tofu is comedy, folks!
Corinne Chooey | Core Performer
Corinne is originally from San Francisco and has studied at The American Conservatory Theater, East West Players Conservatory, and UCLA's School of TFT. She began her improv training at the The Groundlings and is a graduate of UCB's improv program. Her studies continue today at UCB and the Pack Theater. A past participant in Fox Broadcasting's Television Diversity Writers Program, Corinne studied sketch comedy at ACME and was a weekly performing sketch company member for over three years.
Currently, Corinne performs with COLD TOFU and the Pack Theater. She also has a weekly live streaming comedy talk show, "The Cathedral and Young Bum Show," on the Bidchat network. Recent theater credits include "Rose and the Rime" at Sacred Fools Theater and "LA Views: CriminalEyes" at the Company of Angels. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
Tony Kim | Core Performer
Tony started off in stand up comedy in 2011, studied at Groundlings and LA Comedy Connection, and trained in acting with Michelle Danner Conservatory and Sam Christensen Studios. He's been busy. He loves acting, improv and is the self-titled funniest man alive in his body. Currently, Tony is a member of a weekly sketch comedy group, performing guest spots for April's Fools improv group, performing for plays or the camera, and loves to pet dogs. Being in front of a camera, or on stage gives him happy feelings. Also, as a member of the Historical Theater Foundation, he volunteers as a docent giving funny tours of some of LA's oldest landmarks.
In conclusion, Tony Kim is helpful, friendly, driven, and is also a romantic. Hiking, reading, Tai Chi, and biking are amongst some of his most treasured ways to live life.
Tiffany Mualem | Core Performer
Tiffany, a Jersey native, is stoked to be a part of Cold Tofu! She began her career training classically as a singer and performing, singing and dancing in musicals. Later she trained at The William Esper Studio in NYC where she graduated from their two-year intensive Meisner program. Improv: UCB (Advanced Study), The Second City and currently loves performing with her indie teams Shazaam! and The Drop Out.
Credits include: local and regional commercials, feature and short films as well as local and touring theater. Tiffany stars as leading lady Sam in The Frame, a mind-bending feature film written and directed by mastermind filmmaker Jamin Winans. The Frame is released worldwide and you can find it on Amazon Prime.
Peter Pasco | Core Performer
Peter Pasco is from the Bronx just like J-LO. After appearing in various music videos he got his big break as a Fly Girl on "In Living Color." Then broke out with what Rogert Ebert called a "star-making perfomance" as Selena Quintanilla in "Selena."
Seriously, Peter graduated from NYU then moved to LA and has worked in TV, commercials, and film. In 2016 he was nominated for Ovation and Stage Raw Awards for his work in the LA premiere of "My Mañana Comes." He is also a working finalist at the Actors Studio. Yes, THE Actors Studio. He is also a proud main company member of Comedy Sportz LA, LA's longest improv show. He loves water slides, brooding, and free parking.
Victora Tate | Core Performer
Victoria Tate was born and raised in New York City, a place where walking was accepted and at one time the NY Knicks were thriving. She now lives in Los Angeles where she is an actress, improviser, and a writer of dramatic and comedic screenplays. She studied Meisner at the William Esper Studio in New York and improvisation at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Pack and The Groundlings Theaters here in in Los Angeles.
In her free time Victoria loves to watch revival movies at LACMA, go on hikes around the city, and contemplate getting an Apple watch. Spoiler alert: she got one. Victoria lied a lot as a child. Some say it was a problem. Others might say it was good improv training. Now she gets to make stuff up on stage and the best part is she doesn’t even get in trouble. She is thrilled to be a part of Cold Tofu and the creative community they foster.
COLD TOFu FEATURED PLAYERS
Emmett Ferguson | Featured Player
Emmett first took an acting class that involved improv after graduating with a B.S. in Biology and fell in love with the craft. He is currently pursuing an MBA at the Jack Welch Management Institute.
Emmett has trained at The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade, and various acting schools. He also performed in a circus in college, currently produces less comedic projects on YouTube, and has been in a variety of independently produced shorts and commercials.
Angelie Meehan | Featured Player
Angelie hails from Arizona, where she studied and performed improv at The Torch Theatre and National Comedy Theatre Phoenix. She was a cast member and writer for First Friday Night Live, a live sketch comedy variety show in her hometown of Phoenix. Angelie has also studied improv at The Groundlings in L.A. You can also find comedy content she has created on her YouTube channel, The Angelie Vaudeville. Currently, Angelie is a featured player for Cold Tofu and a writer for Fil-Am Creative’s YouTube comedy channel. She can also be found improvising at various improv jams at Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset’s Inner Sanctum.
This ASU alumna enjoys eating/taking pictures of delicious vegan food, working out when possible, creating video content, singing in her car, watching The Bachelorette/The Bachelor, grocery shopping, and putting weird Snapchat filters on her face.
Kurt Yamamoto | Featured Player
Kurt has been training with Cold Tofu since 2010 and is the current CTN Coordinator. He has performed in mainstage shows and with Cold Tofu's Ensemble cast.
His hobbies include surfing, skateboarding, playing guitar and acting. He has understudied in theater productions including SUN SISTERS at Company of Angels and CHING CHONG CHINAMAN with Artists At Play. He performs in a Beatles cover band THE FOB FOUR and has performed at the Nisei Week Festival and has also opened for Cold Tofu's mainstage shows. You can catch him in the ocean, at a skatepark, or onstage performing improv and playing guitar.