Reviews & Accolades

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Olive & Mocha on WGA Hotlist

It’s an honor to be recognized by my union! Thanks, WGA for the shout out on a project I’m very proud of. You can read WGA’s full feature on us here. And you can see all 4 episodes on FunnyorDie at this link.   THE HOTSPOT Olive and Mocha Olive and Mocha is a Kickstarter-funded Web series produced and directed by Suzi Yoonessi and written by Molly Hale. The main characters, Olive and Mocha, are early teens effectively portrayed by young actors April Marshall-Miller and Sophia Laurelin. The series started as a TV development project for NBC. When the rights of ownership came back to the creators, four episodes were shot and then launched on YouTube. It currently can be seen on Funny or Die.

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Chemistry of Love Being Shown @ Hammer Museum

A short film I UPM’d for, “The Chemistry of Love” is being shown at The Hammer Museum’s Flux Screening series next Wednesday (2/3).  Join me and the director, Suzi Yoonessi, at the premiere of this charming film on the big screen. This short stars Charlene deGuzman and will be my third film shown at Flux.   HAMMER SCREENINGS Flux WEDNESDAY FEB 3, 2016 7:30PM The Flux Screening Series at the Hammer presents innovative short films, music videos, filmmaker retrospectives, and the most interesting visual work from around the globe. We celebrate the new year and the 9th year of Flux at the Hammer with a program that includes the Los Angeles premieres of Sight Unseen by Joel Knoernschild, Suzi Yoonessi and Charlene deGuzman’s The Chemistry of Love, Terri Timely’s Input/Output, and AG Rojas’ To Üfor Skrillex & Diplo feat. AlunaGeorge.   Special guests joining us for the evening include filmmakers Joel Knoernschild, Johan Renck, AG Rojas, Suzi Yoonessi, and Terri Timely.   The evening will also include new music videos for David Bowie, Tame Impala, Miike Snow and more. Filmmaker presentations and a courtyard after-party, with DJ set by Marlon Fuentes, will follow the screening.

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“The Chemistry of Love” = almost 2 million Youtube hits!

A short I UPM’d on for Super Deluxe, “The Chemistry of Love” has reached over a million hits on their Youtube Channel which you can view here. Actors Ginny: Charlene DeGuzman Max: Morgan Krantz Voice Over: Kara Noble Hot Guy: Craig Coyne Delivery Woman #1/ Cafe Woman #1: Rachel Leone Cafe Woman #2: Nodira Khasanova Delivery Woman #2 / Cafe Woman #3: Molly Hale Delivery Man / Cafe Man: Tristan Walczak Cafe Man #2: Tilt Tyree Crew Writer/Producer: Charlene DeGuzman Director: Suzi Yoonessi Producer: Molly Hale 1st AC: Matt Berbano 2nd AC: Lauren “Renni” Pollock Gaffer: Ben Goldberg Grip: Ben Cumming Production Designer: Kay Lee Art Director: Nino Alicea Art Assistant: Nodira Khasanova Art Assistant: Rachel Leone Art Assistant: Tilt Tyree Wardrobe: Natalia Barzilai Hair & Make-up: Pavy Sound: Tristan Walczak PA: Tilt Tyree Editor: Kyle Kogan Title Design By: Cassie Miggins Color Correction: Harris Charalambous

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“Olive and Mocha” wins FunnyorDie’s first comedy competition: Make ’em Laff

My short film “Olive and Mocha” won the first ever FunnyorDie comedy competition through the LA Film Festival, Make ’em Laff. Suzi Yoonessi and I are very excited for the opportunity to produce a second short with FunnyorDie as prize for winning.   KPCC interviewed Suzi for “Take Two” wherein she speaks about winning, breaking into the comedy world and not having kids.   You can see the full article and listen to her interview after the jump.

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“Kountry Krock” gets world premiere at the Hammer Museum

On August 14, I was honored to have my second short screened as part of the infamous Flux Series at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California. Curated by Jonathan and Meg Wells, the night showcases filmmakers from all over the world. We were in good company and for the presentation segment of the evening, co-writer Bryan Irzyk and I performed an original sketch as the stars of the short, Lynn and Jack Hands.

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I Won Again!

I’ve won two stand-up competitions in two weeks! I hate to toot my own horn, but “TOOT!” This time, though, I did have to share first place with Haley Boyle. But sharing first place with another funny lady is no hardship. Not only is Haley  very, very funny but she can also lift me which made me feel like a dainty flower (for one of the first times in my life). If she’s my company, then I’m in good shape. We won a little cash, we get to do a set somewhere else and honestly, it’s just nice to know that I’m not the only won (pun intended) who thinks my jokes are funny. I want to thank everyone who came out to the show. Super fun!  

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“3 Days” Gets Recognized!

Last week I was in NYC to produce Mary Birdsong’s one woman show: “3 Days in the Tub.” We got some props from Timeout NYC: time out ny – critics’ pick And a few bloggers: www.ControlGeek.net – At Joe’s Pub last night, I saw the remarkable Mary Birdsong‘s new piece 3 Days in the Tub. It’s rough (I think this was only the second time the piece was in front of an audience) but there’s a lot of rich material there, and Birdsong is a prolifically creative, remarkably multi-talented tour de force, singing, acting, and impersonating everyone from her own mother to Judy Garland. Joe McGinty, who I’ve seen about 1000 times in the Losers Lounge (lots of my Losers photos here) was in the band, which was excellent. Birdsong is a great singer, and I hope she will add more music to the show, and I hope that this piece (with a bit of shaping) will find a future life. www.beaconpass.com – I have a feeling that if your mother sat in a bathtub, fully clothed, for three days, you too would have a lot of material. You’ve probably seen Mary Birdsong before — as a correspondent on the Daily Show, or as Deputy Kimball on RENO 911. Named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of “Hollywood’s Top 10 Talents on the Rise” and having just been presented with a Theatre World Award, it’s only a matter of time before Birdsong becomes a household name. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch Birdsong’s recent New York romps — including Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, & What I Wore and Tales of the City – then do yourself a favor and see her newest treasure, which combines comedy and live music with unbelievable family dysfunction. Don’t miss it, fool!

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The critics LOVE Kimberly Akimbo!!

From the New York Times! From the CT Post! From the North County News! Even this lady liked us! Read the full articles below. Playing a Game of ‘Who’s the Adult Here?’ By ANITA GATES Published: March 11, 2010 One question has to be going through audience’s minds during “Kimberly Akimbo” at the Schoolhouse Theater: How old is Ruth Reid? Ron Marotta (IM)MATURITY The cast of “Kimberly Akimbo” includes Ruth Reid, Israel Gutierrez and Brian Hotaling. For once, this is a question an actress would want you to ask — or at least wonder about. Ms. Reid plays Kimberly, a typical teenager in many ways. She pouts when her father is late to pick her up. She kind of likes Jeff (Israel Gutierrez), the shy classmate who works at Zippy Burger. Playing Dungeons and Dragons, she adores the gore. (“They tore out my throat. Cool!”) Kimberly’s problem is that she has the body of a 60- or 70-year-old woman. The cause is not a wacky brain transfer like the one in “Freaky Friday” or in “Prelude to a Kiss.” It’s not a child’s wish granted too soon like the one in “Big.” It’s an honest-to-goodness disease similar to progeria, one that causes children to age at four and a half times the normal rate. Average life expectancy is 16, and Kimberly has just reached that birthday. Would that the shadow of death were her only problem. David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote “Kimberly Akimbo,” which was presented by the Manhattan Theater Club in New York in 2003, knows that no one’s life is simple and that human beings aren’t always that nice. (Consider his other work, like the Pulitzer Prize-winner “Rabbit Hole,” which focused on parental grief over a little boy’s death.) This simultaneously sweet and biting production, ably directed by Raymond Munro, keeps the comedy coming, but it never lets us forget that Kimberly’s parents are seriously deranged. Or maybe they’re just painfully immature. Pattie (Molly Hale) and Buddy (Brian Hotaling), with their cutest-senior-class-couple names, are probably about half their daughter’s apparent age. Buddy drinks too much and spends a lot of time reflecting on how much excitement he has missed, like seeing the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, by becoming a husband and father. But at least he tries to grasp the nobility of adult life: “Most guys are just guys who work, right?” he says, speaking into a tape recorder to his second, unborn child. “There’s no shame in that.” Yes, Pattie is pregnant, and she callously predicts, “This one is going to be perfect.” Pattie also has bandaged hands because of carpal-tunnel surgery, Thorazine in the medicine cabinet and, by Act II, a broken leg in a huge cast. She carelessly announces that she’s sure she has cancer and is going to drop dead at any moment, when it’s really Kimberly who isn’t long for this world. By comparison, Pattie’s sister, Debra (Mollie O’Mara), a black-sheep type who has been secretly living in the local library,…

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Peapod Squad wins third Beanpod title!

The Peapod Squad, the improv troupe I started in college, is still going strong. So strong in fact that there’s now a second troupe on campus. This year the Peapod Squad won it’s third Beanpod title, a coveted college improv title. I’m so proud of these guys. I’ve been back to teach improv there many times over the years and I am always impressed with how smart, funny and ready to learn they are. It does not surprise me that they won again. See the official Clark bulletin below or read here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peapod Squad wins 3rd Beanpot improv title Thursday, March 4, 2010 he Clark University Peapod Squad took first place at the 2010 College Beanpot Improv Tournament, held Feb. 24-27 at ImprovBoston. Peapod competed against eight other area college improv teams to win first place, the third Beanpot title for the squad. Members of the Peapod Squad are Andrew Ninnemann ‘10, Kaylie Curran ‘10, Sarah Jette ‘10, Milo MacPhail ‘11, John Nolan ‘11, Danny Zeliger ‘11, Ian Michaels ‘11, Julian Kronick ‘12 (of Leominster), Laura Flynn ‘12, and Vicki Grogan ‘10. Individually, MacPhail won the Breakout Player award. The tournament is conducted in a Theater Sports-style competition, with teams going head-to-head, being scored individually according to Story, Skill, and Entertainment. This year’s tournament featured a “Goon” judge, who was allotted 15 points per round to give out as they saw fit, according to things they liked about the scenes. Peapod won the competition in the final round against Fairfield by playing a long-form version of a game (with the working title of “The Morality Game”) created by the Squad, in which the team went through the scenario of the way a character’s life would pan out if they made one moral decision over another. The team received a perfect score for this final game, bringing in the win. Peapod was coached at this year’s tournament by Impro Boston cast member Jenna O’Brien of Flaming Awesome, an IB house team. This year’s other contestants included Fairfield University; Northeastern University; MIT; WPI; Brandeis University; Boston University; Boston College; and Gordon College.