On May 6th, 1986, France dropped nuclear test bombs on the small island of Moruroa. Several thousand miles away, a child was born in a midwestern hospital.
I am a Professional Funnyman. What does that mean, you ask? It means I have been making short films for the better half of my life. I have also been known to grace the stage 2-3 times a week as an improvisational comedian. To complete my comedy Hat Trick, I hale from Kansas, the heart of the midwest (where you have to have a sense of humor to get past the excruciatingly dull surroundings). This means I'm not only funny, but super exploitable!
As stated above, I have been making short films for quite some time. The bug bit me when I was in High School, and I haven't looked back. I attended the University of Kansas for Film Studies, but also minored in African American Studies. Basically, I need to get a job with Spike Lee or I'm pretty much screwed. During my time at KU I made over fifteen shorts, as well as acting in quite a few more. After college I took a brief creative hiatus, or "bout of depression", but have since been reinvigorated in my passion for entertainment.
My biggest draw has always been timed festivals. Making a short film in merely 48 hours (sometimes only 10!) is not an easy task, but it breeds wonderful results. It gets the creative cogs turning. Sure, not every film looks as great as it should, but damn it, you made a film!
On the hottest weekend in August 2013, I wrote and directed a short for the 48 Hour Film Project in Kansas City. We won "Best Director", "Best Use of Character", "Audience Choice Award", and "Best Film". We went on to compete against the other city winners from around the globe at a festival called Filmapalooza. From that, 14 films were selected to go on to screen at Cannes Film Fest. We were one of only 4 American films to be taken to France.
Since returning from France, I have won countless awards, been the team leader on two international 48 Hour Film Project collaborations, and jumpstarted our production company Beached Whale Productions!
During my freshman year at KU, I helped a few friends to start the first Improv group sponsored by the university, STITCH TACTICS. We occasionally performed in small spaces around the campus. Once all the founding members had graduated, we moved our home base to Kansas City's very own Westport Flea Market. Performing between 2-4 saturdays a month, we were semi-successful. After the gentlemen running the group had moved to way better cities I took over the group. Under my tutelage, we won the 2010 Improv Thunderdome (nine teams enter, one team leaves!).
In early 2013, STITCH TACTICS disbanded. A sad day, but made a bit better by a 3 person team I was put into, THE BODY TYPES, which won the 2013 Improv Thunderdome. I then joined KC's premier Short Form Improv theatre, COMEDY CITY, and quickly rose in the ranks. Performing and/or hosting up to six shows a week, I have grown quite a bit from the kid in STITCH.
On Sunday afternoons I host SERIOUSLY PLAYFUL: OPERATION SHOW; a tournament style competition for High School improvisors. As of June 2014, I am now also a member of KC's only Long Form theatre, KICK COMEDY THEATER.