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A behind-the-scenes look at comedy filmmaking featuring conversations with creators about their craft in a converging digital media landscape. Expect to hear from a varied group of industry professionals (writers, directors, actors and more) who shed light on their unique creative process. New episodes bi-monthly on Tuesdays.

A behind-the-scenes look at comedy filmmaking featuring conversations with creators about their craft in a converging digital media landscape. Expect to hear from a varied group of industry professionals (writers, directors, actors and more) who shed light on their unique creative process. New episodes bi-monthly on Tuesdays.
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New York City, NY

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A behind-the-scenes look at comedy filmmaking featuring conversations with creators about their craft in a converging digital media landscape. Expect to hear from a varied group of industry professionals (writers, directors, actors and more) who shed light on their unique creative process. New episodes bi-monthly on Tuesdays.

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@ucbcomedy

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English


Episodes

Nate Dern – From Screen to Page

9/17/2017
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Nate Dern is the senior writer of Funny or Die and the former Artistic Director of the UCB Theatre. He's now also a published author with his book of essays, Not Quite a Genius, available in stores now. He stopped by UCB Comedy to chat with Nate Russell about his rise from comedian to author, what his process is like as an editor at Funny or Die, and his recent move from NY to LA. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast...

Duration:00:51:38

Dan Erickson – Making an Indie Movie

9/2/2017
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Dan Erickson (UCB, Blue Bloods) is in the studio this week! Dan recently completed his first full-length independent feature and as a follow-up to our book club, he's chatting with Nate about his process in comparison with Reed Martin's guide to indie filmmaking, The Reel Truth. We get into the nitty gritty of licensing, music choices, distribution, and the festival circuit. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:54:04

Alyssa Limperis - Seizing Your Goals

8/13/2017
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Writer, Performer and Stand-up Comedian Alyssa Limperis (Conde Nast) chats with host Nate Russell about how her father's recent passing motivated her to pursue her career goals. Alyssa produces video content for Conde Nast's digital platform, The Scene, and performs standup across the city, including the recent staging of her one-woman show, No Bad Days. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:34:35

Rachel Roderman - Being Nimble

8/6/2017
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Producer Rachel Roderman (Bustle) joins Nate Russell in-studio to chat about her UCB Digital team Brinkman and their latest and final release, Trolls. She explains how working for an ad agency has made her a better producer, and describes ways to keep a high production standard even on low-budget projects. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:55:35

Lee Chin - Connecting Your Crafts

7/31/2017
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Writer, performer and editor Lee Chin joins host Nate Russell in-studio to chat about his departure from The Flama, how his work as an editor influences his pitches and timing as a performer, and his latest project for digital outlet Mas Mejor. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:42:33

Career Tracker Week 14

7/23/2017
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This week is our latest Career Tracker check-in! Host Nathan Russell sits down with writer, editor and talented multi-hyphenate Megan Stein to discuss her work and chat about the journeys of our filmmakers: Nic Stanich, Mehdi Barakchian, Marla Black and Ben Russell. From new jobs to potential development deals, each filmmaker has a path worth following. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:01:10:04

Trevor Williams - Freelance Directing

7/16/2017
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Trevor Williams is a director, filmmaker and actor, and one third of New York-based production company Pig Apple. His credits include ESPN, MTV, Comedy Central, IFC, and Nickelodeon. This week he and host Nate Russell chat about freelance directing as part of a collective, how to get the best out of actors, the similarities between editing and sculpting, and his thoughts going forward after completing his award-winning short film, The Jane. This week’s episode was made in partnership with...

Duration:00:55:03

Kelley Quinn and Chris Burns - Where Values Meet Comedy

7/9/2017
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Chris Burns and Kelley Quinn (UCB) are the creators and stars of the web series Straight Marriage. This week they sat down with Nate to chat about how they've infused their personal values into the production process, how they see the series evolving over time, and how they balance their work as writers and performers with the needs of a self-produced project. This week’s episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:00:49:00

Comedy: Do It Live! Panel at #DCM19

6/26/2017
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What makes livestream comedy work (or not work)? This week we’re chatting with early-adopter comedian live-streamers Anna Roisman (The Unemployed Show), Carly Jane Hoogendyk (Play You Guys), and Eric Yearwood (Face Taze Live) to break down their creative process, offer insights on audience interaction, and generally nerd out about making comedy in this exciting new way. This week’s episode was recorded live (and of course livestreamed) from the #DCM19 Podcast Lounge, and made in...

Duration:00:53:10

Moujan Zolfaghari - Getting Staffed

6/17/2017
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Moujan Zolfaghari (The Detour Season 2 staff writer) is in the studio this week to talk about what it's like making the jump from comedy production work to getting staffed as a performer and writer on big projects. Moujan tells Nate how she established herself on a UCB Digital team, created industry connections while writing for MTV's Middle of the Night Show, and continued to stay true to her sense of humor and perspective as a Persian-American performer. This week's episode is in...

Duration:00:44:09

NYTVF & UCB Comedy - Getting The Most In Post

6/11/2017
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This week UCB Digital Podcast has teamed up with the New York Television Festival to bring you a panel discussion about the comedy editing process with some of the city's best editors and visual effects artists. Featuring Tessa Greenberg (MTV, UCB), Nick Mougis (Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City), Ed Mundy (Louie, Archer) and Ian Thake (NYTVF Director of Programming). This week's episode is in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration:01:03:52

Career Tracker - Week 7

6/4/2017
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It’s week 7 of UCB Digital’s new Career Tracker series, where we follow the careers of four emerging filmmakers: Ben Marshall, Marla Black, Mehdi Barakchian and Nic Stanich. For this week 7 check-in, we’ve got director Kris Knight in the studio to chat with us as we see how each filmmaker is doing, and where they're at on their paths as artists, comedians and creators.

Duration:01:13:02

Doug Moe - Writing A Comedy Book

5/28/2017
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In Part 2 of a crossover episode with the UCB Long-Form Conversations Podcast, Doug Moe and Nathan Russell continue their conversation about Doug's new book Man vs Child (available now!). They discuss how the project moved from one-man-show, to blog, and eventually to its publisher and book stores. Doug talks about the importance of being willing to ask people for help (without coming off desperate), learning how to write a book treatment, and how the book editing and publishing process...

Duration:00:56:02

Lisa Kleinman - Part Actor, Part Development Executive

5/14/2017
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Lisa Kleinman, Senior Director of Development at NorthSouth Productions, who started as a actor, scored her first writing/producing gigs without much prior experience, and just figured it out as she went. Her familiarity with the New York comedy scene gave her a huge Rolodex of talent to consult as a development executive. Along with host Nathan Russell, she talks about the importance of pitching original ideas instead of derivative ones, and advises up-and-coming comedians to focus on...

Duration:00:56:49

Tim Bierbaum - Making A Sh*t Ton of Short Form

5/1/2017
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Above Average director Tim Bierbaum talks about his scrappy, high-rep approach to creating short-form digital comedy. Tim started putting sketch videos online around 2005, in the early days of YouTube, and was not afraid of a rough final product, where the ‘soundtrack’ would sometimes just come from a tape recorder held next to the camera mic during takes. Since then, despite working on higher budget material, Tim’s pace has not slowed: he has put out around 60 videos per year since 2014....

Duration:00:54:39

John Braylock, James III & Jerah Milligan - Jumping Together

4/23/2017
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In this episode we speak with John Braylock, James III, and Jerah Milligan, co-hosts of the podcast Black Men Can’t Jump (In Hollywood), creators (along with James Carr) of Seriously.tv’s new web series Projecting, and members of Astronomy Club at the UCB in New York. They talk about the details of negotiating with a network, from pitch meetings to putting down deposits for a shoot from their own pockets before the contracts were finalized. They explore the benefits of working as part of a...

Duration:01:01:14

Career Tracker - Week 0

4/16/2017
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Starting with today’s episode UCB Digital Podcast will be tracking the career’s of 4 emerging filmmakers: Ben Marshall, Marla Black, Mehdi Barakchian and Nic Stanich. Every 7 weeks we will be checking in with them and tracking their progress as artists, comedians and creators. In week 0, we meet our candidates, begin to understand their individual career paths and hear their predictions for what the next episode may hold.

Duration:01:04:46

Chloe Smolkin - The DP

4/10/2017
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Our guest on Digital Podcast this week is Chloe Smolkin discussing her growth and process working in the camera department. From camera PA, to first assistant all the way to overseeing cinematography on features, commercials, documentaries, Chloe offers a look into her professional development as a director of photography or ‘DP’. Together with host Nathan Russell, they examine the importance of making oneself indispensable to the DP by not only delivering what they need but anticipating...

Duration:00:45:15

Keith Haskel - Man on the Street

3/27/2017
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Writer, performer, producer and filmmaker, Keith Haskel (The Chris Gethard Show, Improv Everywhere) joins UCB Digital this week to discuss his impressive body of work including Keith’s passion for unscripted comedy. An example of this being that literally even his wedding was captured while happening on the streets of NYC and became a viral video last year. Also, while examining Keith’s history with UCB digital team UCB1 and his own internet videos the conversation veers to the changing...

Duration:00:40:10

Soren & Jolles - Making It Work As A Comedy Duo

2/14/2017
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The comedy duo Soren & Jolles join the podcast to talk about their work, but more importantly, how they work together. Jessie Jolles and Tracy Soren, based in New York, are behind the series DIBS, have produced content for THINX, The New Yorker, FLAMA, and have been featured on Buzzfeed, TIME, The Huffington Post, and Above Average, among others. It turns out that their partnership looks a lot like a marriage: they have healthy disagreements, share a bank account, balance each other out,...

Duration:00:55:16