We Are Thomasse: Sharing the Love

August 30, 2017


Valerie Lopez


Valerie Lopez


When you think com­e­dy cou­ples, you think Desi and Luci, or Burns and Allen, but we’re here to tell you that you should add Nick and Sarah to your list. I didn’t know them either until Ruby Will­mann, the Exec­u­tive Pro­duc­er of the Out of Bounds Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val sug­gest­ed I talk to them ahead of the fes­ti­val. After watch­ing video after video of their col­lab­o­ra­tions, we think you need to make sure that you keep an eye out for Nick Afka Thomas and Sarah Ann Masse, who col­lab­o­rate under the nom de plume We Are Thomasse.

The cou­ple met in New York. Masse was run­ning a pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny and a friend intro­duced her to Thomas. (The friend failed to men­tion that Thomas was an Oxford-trained actor.) The two imme­di­ate­ly became fast friends. Col­lab­o­ra­tions on sketch­es and char­ac­ters seemed to hap­pen read­i­ly. This, despite the fact that British and Amer­i­can humor (or should we say humour) dif­fer, and the fact than an ocean sep­a­rat­ed them after Thomas returned home.

The pair even­tu­al­ly real­ized that, not only had they fall­en in love with each oth­er, but loved col­lab­o­rat­ing and per­form­ing sketch and improv togeth­er in New York. In no time, We Are Thomasse was born. After find­ing a home for their sketch shows at iO West in Los Ange­les, the cou­ple decid­ed that they should head west to LA.

Their move has allowed them to pro­duce not only more sketch­es, but, start­ing about 2 years ago, releas­ing a new web video every 2 weeks. With their high pro­duc­tion val­ues, acer­bic wit, and unex­pect­ed col­lab­o­ra­tions (Jason Mraz any­one?), these videos have gar­nered over 10 mil­lion views between Youtube, Face­book and Fun­ny or Die. (And Masse, for one, hopes that by the time you read this the num­ber will be 11, or even 20 million).

Their sketch shows are high ener­gy, fast-mov­ing adven­tures, and we’re lucky we get to see them per­form twice dur­ing the 2017 Out of Bounds Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val. They assure us each per­for­mance will be large­ly made up of dif­fer­ent sketch­es, so you’d best make plans to attend both. And don’t for­get to wish Masse an ear­ly birthday.

They reg­u­lar­ly per­form at Sec­ond City Hol­ly­wood and you can catch them at these Out of Bounds Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val for these shows:

Web­site : http://​www​.wearethomasse​.com

Face­book: http://​www​.face​book​.com/​W​e​A​r​e​T​h​o​m​asse/

Nick Afka Thomas