My name is Alison Flierl (Alie for short). My goals remain the same as when I was five: to be a mermaid and a writer. I co-created the hit web series "TV Guide Letter Theater," have a new entertainment podcast (available on iTunes, called "2 Degrees of Alie") and I work at #Conan.
I’m really excited because I’m going to the Austin Film Festival for the first time this year! I am a “second rounder" for their screenplay competition for an original comedy pilot I co-wrote with Scott Chernoff (known to many of you as the co-creator of our web series TV GUIDE LETTER THEATER).
I am thrilled to be a part of such a fun event, and honored to be in the top 10% for the screenplay competition. And I LOVE Austin. Hoping I will see a lot of my #ScriptChat pals there too. Let me know if you guys are going.
Picture of Scott (my co-writer on script) and I when we wrote a thank you letter to TV Guide Magazine for our web series cheer.
In this episode, I interview two guys I would describe as “fucking hilarious,” Steve Agee and Scott Chernoff. They are both writer/actor/comedians with many amazing credits to each of their names (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Tom Goes To The Mayor,” “Two Broke Girls,” to name a few). Steve and Scott are old friends who first met taking classes at the legendary improv company, Groundlings. They talk about what it was like to be in Groundlings, and what it was like to get “kicked out” of Groundlings and how that ultimately led them to their careers. We also talk about other topics from Steve Martin to “Three’s Company” to getting paid to watch TV.
STEVE AGEE’S BIO
STEVE AGEE is an actor, writer and comedian whose comedy career began with stand-up and taking classes at The Groundlings. Steve’s writing credits include JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, THE ANDY MILONAKIS SHOW and various Channel 101 productions. Steve’s acting credits includes dozens of appearances on film and TV from co-starring on THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM on Comedy Central to the feature film SLEEPING DOGS LIE to recent shows such as ‘TWO BROKE GIRLS and HAPPY ENDINGS.
SCOTT CHERNOFF’S BIO
SCOTTCHERNOFF is a writer, actor and comedian who currently creates comedy videos for CONAN on TBS. Beyond Conan, Scott has also appeared multiple times on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM, and THE LEGEND OF NEIL, as well as Tim & Eric’s TOM GOES TO THE MAYOR on [adult swim], THE DISH (Style Network), the movie “Fred & Vinnie,” and commercials for the likes of AT&T, KFC, IHOP, T-Mobile, ABC, and other important acronyms. Scott has written/directed dozens of videos for adultswim.com, ComedyCentral.com, CHANNEL 101, SuperDeluxe, JibJab, and MTV-Italy, plus his current web series TV GUIDE LETTER THEATER with rising podcast star Alison Flierl. Jokes told daily on Twitter @ScottChernoff.
Remember being a kid and coming back to school and having to write an essay about what you did over the summer? I used to love that stuff, since I liked writing from a young age. So I decided it’d be fun to write a post about what I did over my weeklong April/May hiatus, since I’ve been in a productive phase/mood recently. I can’t promise it will make for an interesting read, but it’ll be fun for me to look back on down the road.
It started with me and Jessica Cope (known on Twitter as @Jessacope and my co-blonde for our blog Two Blondes Walk Into A Blog) attending a panel that was part of the fun, amazing event LA Comedy Shorts. A pilot we had co-wrote had made semi finals as part of the festival. I would highly recommend attending LA Comedy Shorts. We had a great time and met some cool people.
The rest of the week was followed up with a lot of yoga, hiking, swimming, piloxing and not one, but two day trips to the beach. There is nothing like lying on a beach in Malibu on a sunny day, watching dolphins swim by to re-affirm your love for living in LA. Sure, there’s traffic, some pollution, skyhigh real estate prices (even in a down market), guys who drive Hummers, and plastic surgery nightmares, BUT you also get palm trees, beautiful sunsets, amazing scenery, drives on Muholland and watching dolphins swim by while staring at scenery such as this:
On the productive side of things, both my husband and I submitted our own separate projects/features to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. We both have been working on features that we really believe in, but we both have a lot to learn about filmmaking and screenwriting, and hope to be given the chance to learn. Whatever happens, it was nice to have a deadline to motivate us. And putting the package together for my project, really helped my sharpen me focus on what I need to be thinking about and working on with the script in the next few months. For any of my Scriptchat pals, I would highly recommend imposed deadlines for getting your butt in gear.
Another fun project I’ve been working on is starting up a podcast. It will be called 2degreesofalie (like my Twitter handle) and I’ll be intereviewing a bunch of cool people working in showbiz who have some great stories. I recorded my first podcast this week with Scott Chernoff and Steve Agee, who are both writers/performers with some great comedy credits to their names and who met and performed with The Groundlings. Some of you may also know Scott as my “TV Guide Letter Theater" co-hort. Scott and I are hoping to release a 3rd season of "TV Guide Letter Theater" within the next few months. We recently wrote a pilot about a fictionalized version of Steve Agee that still has us laughing. And are close to finishing another script as well. Yay for productivity! Anyway, more info on the podcast will be coming out soon-ish.
I’m also ALMOST done with a new web series, which will be starring my mom, Shirley. Yes, that’s right, my mom. She’s pretty hilarious, though not always on purpose. I hope people find it as funny as I do. Just yesterday we got a animated opening for the series from the talented Pierre Bernard (you can find his site here). I can’t wait to show all* of you (*the 1-3 people who took the time to read this rather long-winded blog post). I also got to see Pierre’s work in an art show this weekend at Gallery 1988. It was a really fun collection and one of my favorites (besides Pierre’s of course) was the following tribute to Keyboard Cat (that video made me laugh for days):
The other important element to any vacation (even one spent at home) is food. Mostly I ate pretty healthy. I’m in love with kale recently. Yes, kale. It’s fantastic. I am all aboard the kale train. For a sweet kale treat, try this Kale Spinach Pear Smoothie. There may have also been some ice cream and some good seafood, and last, but not least, sushi. I LOVE sushi. And I discovered a new amazing dish at Katsu-Ya in Hollywood. I wouldn’t call it healthy, but I would call it delicious. I can’t remember the name, but luckily I took a picture. It was bascially like the most amazing mozzarella stick you’ve ever eaten, but plus it comes with delectable crab inside. Yum.
Also, I was lucky enough to attend a Cinco De Mayo party that included tequila (naturally), fake mustaches, giant hats of assorted colors, tacos, ping pong and karaoke (I sang terrible renditions of “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Jessie’s Girl” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”
Well, that’s about it. Thanks to anyone who read all the way to the end of this post. :)
If you’re reading this and have seen “TV Guide Letter Theater,” you probably already know more than enough about Scott and I. But we’d love for you to learn more about the wonderful, talented and hard working people who helped us make Season One of “TV Guide Letter Theater” happen. So this a LONG overdue shoutout to our production team
MICHAEL TWIGG - PRODUCER/DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Michael Twigg is a promising American humorist who enjoys performing, writing, and producing comedy. He’s also needlessly tall and just barely handsome. Seriously, one zit and he’s no longer handsome. Michael resides in Los Angeles and New York.
BRENTLY HEILBRON - MUSIC (ALONG WITH SHANE HAAS)
Cheap thrills. Epic Comedy. Sexy Ukulele. The strange but true bio of Mr. Brently Heilbron
The Austin Chronicle has called Brently “one of the most innovative and prolific comics out there.” According to the LA Times, he’s a “bizarro comedy heartthrob.” Born and raised in the Lone Star State, he has opened shows for Paul McCartney, Robert Schimmel, Daniel Johnston, Rudy Ray“Dolemite” Moore, the UK’s Mighty Boosh, and Mini-Kiss to name a few! He has just completed work on Woody Allen’s“Gianni Schicchi”which earned him several mentions in the online rag, Defamer. He can also be seen on this season of “Friday Night Lights”. Studying at the University of Texas under a James Michener Grant in playwriting and over the contempt of his department. Brently’s student-penned musical “Hooray For Gregory Peck’s Ass!” made it into a 2004 biography of the actor, gaining a cult following and a kind, sarcastic word from the Gregory Peck himself.
His word-for-word rendition of R. Kelly’s stanky epic“Trapped in the Closet” has gained a cult following and press in the New York Times, Village Voice and more. He won a YouTube award for writing/performing the theme on the viral“Ask A Ninja” and his music has been heard on NPR, Jimmy Kimmel Live and more. The web series “Brently & Mrs. Gould” debuted on the first season of Channel 101 and chronicled the comic adventures of a young man and his 88 year old comedy partner. It’s pretty cool beans.
Upon his death he would like to buried in a piano case because that’s what all the morbidly obese hip kids are up to.
VERONICA YUROVSKY- PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE
Veronica Yurovsky is very happy to be a part TV Guide Letter Theater since it has ‘theater’ in the title and her family will now think that her occasional unemployment between gigs is a classier pursuit, but mainly because she got to work once again with the wonderful people of the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, where she interned for far longer than required. Veronica also interned the required amount at several film development companies, and PAed, among others, on The Bachelor and Pierre Bernard is Unemployed videos. In her spare time, Veronica studies improv, writes for the proverbial drawer (who is, proverbially, very supportive), and refers to herself in third person.
Ross Luippold attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied TV/film and edited the country’s largest student humor magazine, the Texas Travesty. After college he interned at The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and he now he works for The Huffington Post’s Comedy page in New York City. Like most idiots, he tweets way too often.
That’s who I have bios for so far, but here’s a complete list of our credits and everyone who helped out with Season One. Thank you guys and gals!
Directors/Writers/Readers - Alison Flierl & Scott Chernoff Producers - Alison, Scott, Michael Twigg Music - Brently Heilbron & Shane Haas Directors of Photography - Michael Twigg & Sammy Primero Editor - Scott Chernoff Singers/Dancers - H. Chris Brown, Karen Daniels, Harv Popick, Rod Shreckengost, Bruce Schroffel, Jane Edith Wilson Production Associate - Veronica Yurovsky Production Assistance - Ross Luippold, Kenneth Jackson, Jeremy Slome, Arthur Tong Special Thanks - Morgan Locke, National Comedy Theater, Janah Adickman/Delish Your Dish and of course TV Guide!
Season Two of TV GUIDE LETTER THEATER will be coming soon! :)