The finalists have been announced for the 2019 edition of Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, our short form pitch program presented by Tubefilter. Our five projects and their teams are:
Mary Gallagher and Brian Kiley, Be My Therapist
John Trowbridge and David Bluvband, Elon Musk: Galaxy Defender
Robert Watson and Andrew Lamb, A Gay Victorian Affair
Jana Peck and James Madge, Madge and Peck
Gary Curtis, Becky Harris, Money In The Bank
About the teams and their projects:
Be My Therapist, Mary Gallagher (Co-Creator) and Brian Kiley (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: After their therapist dies, two patients take turns being each other’s (completely unqualified) therapists.
Bios: Mary Gallagher is a comic, actor and writer. In 2018, she had her national television stand-up debut onThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert. A sitcom actor from shows such as How I Met Your Mother and Friends. She recently wrote her first screenplay “That Sex Thing“ with “Horrible Bosses” writer, Michael Markowitz.
Brian Kiley has been a writer for Conan O’Brien for over 25 years. He’s been nominated for 16 Emmys and won one. (Conan requested he give it back) As a stand-up, he appeared 7 times on David Letterman, 4 times on The Tonight Show and 12 times on Conan and has his own Comedy Central special. He lives in Studio City with his two beautiful novels.
Elon Musk: Galaxy Defender, John Trowbridge (Co-Creator) and David Bluvband (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: In the unthinkably distant year of 2020, Elon Musk lives on Mars fighting intergalactic enemies who wish to destroy earth and the people Elon has sworn to defend.
Bios: John Trowbridge is a comedian based in NYC. John currently writes for the reboot of All That on Nickelodeon. John was a staff writer on Franchesa and Show for Comedy Central and Sketched, an animated pilot that he also starred in. John was selected for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year for his show Riverdale Live,a hyper sexual reimagining of The CW’s Riverdale.
David Bluvband is a comedian/filmmaker born and raised in NYC. He started studying improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in NY in 2006, and has been performing there ever since. David is best known for playing the Human Fish on TruTV’s The Chris Gethard Show and for playing Virgil, one of the record store guys on the Emmy award winning series The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel on Amazon. His other TV credits include recurring roles on Broad City and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as well as appearances on The Detour, Difficult People and more.
A Gay Victorian Affair, Robert Watson (Creator) and Andrew Lamb (Director)
Synopsis: A Gay Victorian Affair is a gay fantasia of historical homosexual hanky panky. Set in Victorian England, the series follows Lord Reginald and Lady Vanessa Favershum, a gay man and lesbian woman who enter into a marriage of convenience in order to keep their true desires a secret –and then they help each other hook up. It’s Downton Abbey meets Queer As Folk as Reginald and Vanessa manoeuvre through sexual escapades and dangerous secrecy, knowing that the slightest slip up could cause their entire world to come crashing down.
Bios: Born in St. John’s and raised in Victoria, Robert is an award winning playwright, actor, standup comedian and fragrance aficionado extraordinaire. A Harold Award recipient for his contributions to the Toronto theatre community, Robert received a 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding New Play for The Money Tree and again in 2017 for Birds of a Feather. A graduate of George Brown Theatre School, Robert has in the past year been an up and coming comedian in Toronto’s standup scene; his prem-iere recording can be found on Queer and Present Danger (Live), available on Itunes.
Andrew Lamb is the Artistic Director of Roseneath Theatre and Theatre Awakening in Toronto. Andrew spent five seasons as the Director of Education at Tarragon Theatre and was part of the 2009 Director’s Lab at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York. Andrew serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.
Madge and Peck, Jana Peck (Co-Creator) and James Madge (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Comedy duo James Madge and Jana Peck have created a blistering sketch-comedy series about midlife and the real shit-pile it can be. Madge and Peck is a sophisticated, dark, grounded comedy designed by grown-ups, for grown-ups. It’s comedy with a life under its belt.
Bios: James Madge is an actor, improviser, and former journalist of 18 years. After getting laid off (the first time) from his right-wing newspaper job, he began studying in earnest at Toronto’s The Second City. Since then he has performed sketch, stand-up, appeared in over 80 television commercials, and an increasing number of television series.
Jana Madge began her acting career with voice over work for commercials over 25 years ago. She’s an actor, improviser, and writer as well as an award winning advertising copywriter. She’s appeared in commercials for clients like Ikea, WalMart, Tassimo, McDonalds, Home Depot, Tim Hortons,and Fallsview Casino just to name a few.
Money In The Bank, Gary Curtis (Creator) and Becky Harris (Producer)
Synopsis: A glorified background actor moves back to his small hometown in New Jersey after running out of money and never getting his big break in LA.
Bios: Gary Curtis is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, and writer who uses his charm, intellect, and out-of-the-box thinking to win over audiences. Gary started acting and gained internet popularity performing in more than 30 Buzzfeed videos, some which he helped write. For his first solo project, Gary created a web series titled Diary of an Insecure Boyfriend, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. Gary can be found regularly performing on comedy shows in Los Angeles.
Becky Harris was born and raised in New Jersey, and since embarking on her entertainment career inLos Angeles she has been a comedy/political writer for Current TV, assistant director at the Public Theater,as well as a viral video lead producer at BuzzFeed for 5 years.
Don’t miss this awesome pitch event! Beyond the Box: Playing It Short takes place, Wednesday, July 24 2019 at 3:45 pm in the Inspiration Room, Doubletree by Hilton Montreal. Beyond The Box is presented by Tubefilter. Admittance to the pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. Click here to purchase your pass today.