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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

Language:

English


Episodes

Michela Smith and Lucien Flores – Making Short-Form as a Duo

11/18/2017
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Michela Smith and Lucien Flores are a two-person production team often known as Loose Seal Productions. This week they're in the studio to chat with Nate about how they divide their work as creative partners, how they've found a home in the New York comedy community, and their recent project for Mas Mejor that got into NYTVF. They also take a moment to praise Google Docs, of course. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast...

Duration: 00:44:21


Zack Phillips and Madalyn Baldanzi – Writing a Pilot

11/13/2017
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Writer/comedians Zack Phillips and Madalyn Baldanzi are in the studio to talk about their recent fellowship in the Made in NY Writers Room, a program organized by the mayoral office of New York City and the Writer's Guild of America East. Zack and Madalyn tell Nate what it was like to be in a writers room that mixes drama and comedy, the valuable advice they've gotten from their mentors – creators of well-known, beloved TV shows – and what they plan to do next as the program wraps up. This...

Duration: 00:52:58


Patrick Cotnoir – Talent Booking

11/3/2017
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Our guest today is Patrick Cotnoir, talent booker extraordinaire for The Chris Gethard Show and formerly The President Show, as well as cherished UCBT stage shows like Asssscat 3000 and The George Lucas Talk Show. Patrick explains his method for booking guests big and small, and some tips and tricks he's learned in his career so far. He also tells Nate about his favorite guest experiences which include Mark Hamill and Kevin Bacon. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx...

Duration: 00:37:12


Career Tracker Week 28

10/29/2017
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It's the fifth installment of our Career Tracker series! What did our four makers – Ben Marshall, Marla Black, Mehdi Barakchian and Nic Stanich – accomplish in the last seven weeks? How did their lives change? Joining Nate in-studio to chat through each check-in is writer/director/performer Matt Starr, formerly (spoiler alert) an Above Average resident alongside Ben Marshall. This episode was created in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast...

Duration: 01:19:47


Making A Web Series That Works

10/22/2017
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This week, we've dug into the UCB Digital archive to bring you the best tips, tricks and nuggets of wisdom for making a successful web series. Host Nate Russell looks back at the best of our web content-creating guests: Jonathan Braylock, James III, Jerah Milligan(Seriously TV), Soren and Jolles (WhoHaHa, Elite Daily), Zach Broussard (MTV, BET), Marshall Stratton and James Coker (UCB). This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy...

Duration: 00:29:27


Hayley Kosan – Jack of All Trades

10/8/2017
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Hayley Kosan is in the studio this week to chat with Nate about what motivates her work as a multi-talented director, DP, producer and actor. Hayley was an associate producer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and directed the sketch comedy series Business Work, Horrible Insane Girl (IFC) and Straight Marriage (NYTVF). This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:51:55


Dylan Marron – Comedy for Social Justice

9/29/2017
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This week we're excited to have performer, writer and activist Dylan Marron in the studio to chat with Nate about his work for Seriously.TV and his podcast project Conversations with People Who Hate Me. Dylan explains the ideas behind his most popular video content which blends the worlds of comedy and internet culture with the overarching goal of social justice. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 01:03:31


Ally Pankiw – Bi-Coastal Directing

9/24/2017
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Canadian director Ally Pankiw stops by the studio this week to chat with Nate about her work as a director in not one but two cities: Toronto and Los Angeles. Ally was a writer on the series Schitt's Creek with Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, and recently directed the digital series Terrific Women for CBC. This episode was made in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast Network.

Duration: 00:56:48


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


Career Tracker Week 21

9/11/2017
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A new installment of our Career Tracker series! At week 21, our four makers are facing new challenges, successes, and some unexpected twists in their career paths. Join host Nathan Russell and filmmaker Alden Ford as they check in with our subjects Nic Stanich, Mehdi Barakchian, Marla Black and Ben Marshall on everything that's happened in their lives in the last seven weeks. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official house beer of the UCB Comedy Podcast...

Duration: 01:34:06


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


The Maker Book Club

8/27/2017
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UCB Digital presents its first-ever Maker Book Club episode! We read The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn't Know You Need To Know About Making an Independent Film, by Reed Martin. In this episode, Nate sits down with members of the UCB Comedy team Sophie Yalkezian, Matthew Torres and Sonya Saepoff to break down what they learned from the book and their thoughts about it, all while sipping a delicious Bronx beer. This episode was made in partnership with Bronx Brewery, the official house...

Duration: 01:01:34


Ryan Spears – Short Form Editing

8/21/2017
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This week Nate Russell sat down with freelance film editor Ryan Spears about his time editing digital shorts for SNL and leading the post-production team at Above Average. Ryan's now a freelancer and explains how he made contacts in the comedy world, how editing short form content has become a stronger career option over the years, and some of his favorite projects to work on, like Paula Pell's Hudson Valley Ballers. This episode was made in partnership with the Bronx Brewery, the official...

Duration: 00:59:54


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

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