Ken Jeong drops by and Zoe Chao laughs uproariously with Zach Woods on set of The Afterparty

The cast of the Apple TV+ murder-mystery sitcom The Afterparty were seen thoroughly enjoying each other’s company on set this week.

Zoe Chao laughed uproariously while chatting with her co-star Zach Woods near one of the trailers in Santa Clarita, California.

A top-flight cast has been assembled for the upcoming second season, including Ken Jeong, who was spotted wandering across the set the same day.

Several of the actors were decked out in elaborate period costumes, including not only Zoe and Zach but also Vivian Wu.

Ken, Zach and Vivian are all new additions to the cast for season two, while Zoe has been a regular on The Afterparty since the show began.

A formidable array of actors has been part of the series since season one, including Tiffany Haddish, who leads the cast as a detective trying to solve a murder.

Sam Richardson, who is beloved by Veep fans for his role as the sweetly naive but hyper-competent Richard Splett, is also one of the principal cast.

Parks And Recreation alumnus Ben Schwartz, The Mindy Project actor Ike Barinholtz and James Franco’s brother Dave Franco could all be seen on season one.

Season two, meanwhile, will include such names as the dashing English comedian Jack Whitehall and the scene-stealing I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser.

The eponymous afterparty takes place following a high school reunion, and turns out to be the site of a murder that dominates the rest of season one.

In a narrative flourish similar to the iconic Japanese whodunit Rashomon, the audience sees the events of the same party play out through the eyes of multiple different characters, each of whom has a different version of what happened.

The Afterparty was created by Christopher Miller, who is best known for his work in collaboration with Phil Lord.

As a team, Lord and Miller directed the 2012 movie 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and they were also the duo behind The Lego Movie.

Season one debuted on Apple TV+ this January and concluded in March, with filming on the follow-up season now underway.

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