Nals and Tess
are a creative, comedic duo that work with high energy, high stakes, grounded characters that come together in a complete theatrical piece in all story forms: theatre, film and television and live shows. The duo teams up to create, produce, and act in their projects with Nalini Sharma writing and Tessa VonderHaar directing.
Their goal is to create entertaining content that makes their audience laugh and move them emotionally. Before film making, they were audience favorites for years at comedy theaters in Los Angeles such as UCB, The Second City, IO West, The Pack Theatre and in their nation wide sketch comedy tours. Their live act, A funny thing happened on our way to India was a sold out hit.
Nalini is an actor, writer and comedian based in Los Angeles. Before stomping the grounds of comedy, Nalini was seriously studying science. Science thanks her everyday for switching paths. She began her career in acting and writing in NYC where she appeared in several award winning Off-Broadway/Regional productions. She was a company member at the Obie Award winning Flea Theater and The TE'A Project where she co-wrote the dark, humorous play, Home Front : a theatrical piece about veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan wars opening dialogue of the war experience to audiences of veteran and civilian communities alike. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she was hand selected by the legendary Steve Martin for his comedy writing Masterclass. She wrote Birdie & Blanche a series that was a Finalist for 2016 Sundance New Voices Lab. She wrote the pilot episode on a comedy series, Journey to 1M, with Studio 71 along with Emmy award winning writer, Mike Upchurch. Her half hour dark comedy TV pilot, Crooked, was a semifinalist for the 2019 Screencraft Writing Fellowship Award. She can also be seen in numerous Film, TV shows and commercials including NCIS, Modern Family, Shots Fired and more.
She is represented by Global Artists Agency and Brinda Bhatt.
Tessa originally hails from Ohio where she went to intercity schools and learned to survive by making people laugh through stories of her dysfunctional yet loving family. She continues to utilize those skill as a director, actor, comedian, and producer residing in Los Angeles. She's like any well-behaved Midwestern girl, she began training classically and received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Shortly there after she trained and performed at Second City Hollywood, where she got her start directing and writing. Tessa embarked on her career both in front and behind the camera creating, directing, and starring in original content. You may have seen her acting in front of the camera on Showtime's Shameless, ABC's The Middle, seen her in films such as Followed (Timur Bekmambetov) or heard her voicing a character in Netflix’s Motown Magic. Tessa has co-created Birdie & Blanche a series that was in the second round 2016 Sundance New Voices Lab, and Garbage a short film that was a 2019 HBO Women in Comedy and Amazon All Voices Official Selection. Tessa has directed dark comedic content such as web series Baes Welcome, a queer Broad City, and Harry, a hilariously heartbreaking tale of an LA clown. Tessa makes her film directorial debut with Wolf. Tessa loves exploring the complexity of human nature through film making and believes there is no better platform to make a healing impact on the world.
She is represented by Clear Talent Group and Gregg Edwards Mgmt.