Membership in The Playwrights Union

What an honor! I've been invited to join The Playwrights Union, which is a collective of theater artists writing for stage, tv, and film, who provide a community of professional and personal support for each other in Los Angeles. Membership is limited to thirty playwrights and "extended to those who demonstrate dedication and ambition as writers, as well as a spirit of generosity toward their colleagues." 

I look forward to working with and being inspired by these talented and prolific writers. A huge thanks to the membership for the inclusion.

"Open House" in Two Upcoming Festivals!

Perhaps you're reading this blog from a homey spot in Hamilton, Ontario. Or maybe you're perched someplace lovely in Perth, Australia. It's possible you're wishing you had something new and truly fun to look forward to. What a crazy coincidence: y'all are in luck!

My short film "Open House" is an official selection in The Hamilton Comedy Film Festival (Oct 1-3, 2015) and Australia's 18th Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival (Oct 23-25, 2015 in Perth, plus a tour throughout Australia in 2016)! Both these festivals promise nothing but hilarity and joy. And don't we all need just a bit more hilarity and joy right now, for heaven's sake?

Yes. Yes, we do.

If you're able to attend either of these fun-fests, please clap and cheer extra loudly for "Open House" -- the quirky little short that could!  (And if you happen to be able to attend both these festivals, you are the focus of my extreme jealousy, so, congrats!)

On IFC's "Documentary Now!" Thursday Sept 10!

Take a look at the trailer for the "Documentary Now!" episode 4, "The Eye Doesn't Lie" with Fred Armisen, Dale Dickey, and featuring my exquisite eye shadow:

That little neckerchief bit on the blouse was detachable, y'all. They do not make them like that anymore. And by that I mean I think they are not allowed to make that "fabric" from so many 2-liter Pepsi bottles anymore. Like, it might be against the law now. But, still. DETACHABLE.

Be sure to watch Thursday, Sept 10 on IFC. Only two more episodes in this first amazing season of the show!

Guest Starring in New Sitcom

Just shot a Guest Star role in an upcoming sitcom, to be aired early 2016! More info to come as soon as I'm allowed to share it.

Sorry to be so cagey, but honestly those lawyer types scare me, with their NDA paperwork and their manicured nails and their driverless cars... okay, part of that might have been a dream. But I definitely booked the job, and had a great time on set. That part was real. More soon.

Top 7% in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

Out of 7,442 scripts submitted to the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, I'm happy that my screenplay "Twang" made it into the top 7%. I feel fortunate that not only do I feel like my writing has improved (last year, a different script of mine was in the top 20%), but that I'm lucky enough to receive validation about that feeling from such a prestigious organization. 

"Twang" is the story of a 30-something divorced mom from rural Tennessee whose life is spinning out of control, who secretly returns to a fledgling career she abandoned long ago as a Nashville country music singer.

I'm eager to dig back in, re-write it with helpful comments from the Fellowship readers in September, and improve the script. Next year: finals!

Meanwhile, congrats to all the scripts and writers going to the next round!

#3 in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

#3 in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

In what Screencraft called "perhaps the most extended deliberations in ScreenCraft’s history," the judges selected my comedy screenplay "Maxed" as the #3 best comedy script in their 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest. I'm thrilled and honored to be recognized in such a large and distinguished field, and I've never been happier about shouting "I'm #3! I'm #3!"

What's "Maxed" about? When the son of an ex-hacker-turned-corporate-drone gets kidnapped, the unlikely hero must implant an experimental (and evil?) programming chip to get his boy back. It's a quirky take on that action/kidnapping/vigilante-style genre, which I love AND love to mess with.

Big thanks to all the judges in the contest!

Winner of FunnyorDie's "Make 'Em LAFF" Comedy Showcase!

Winner of FunnyorDie's "Make 'Em LAFF" Comedy Showcase!

As part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, selected ten short comedy films as finalists in the "Make 'Em LAFF" Comedy Competition and Showcase. I'm thrilled to announce that my short film "Open House" was selected as the winning short comedy film!

It was a great evening at LAFF, with some hilarious stand-ups and the screening of a few of the other amazingly hilarious finalist short films. A big thanks to everyone at and the "Make 'Em LAFF" selection committee!

Appearing on IFC's "Documentary Now!" with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader

Appearing on IFC's "Documentary Now!" with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader

Look for me in the clever new docu-parody series "Documentary Now!" on IFC, starting August 20. Created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers (and directed by the brilliant team of Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono), the comedy takes on a different style of documentary in each episode. Dame Helen Mirren is the "host" of the series!

I'll be appearing in Episode 4 (newly re-titled "The Eye Doesn't Lie")  playing Marjorie Yoder. I'm not sure of the episode's exact air date yet (possibly Thursday September 10?), but there are only 6 episodes in the whole series, and each one is going to be amazing, so don't miss any of them!

Performing in "A Little New Music" on Wednesday June 3!

I'm looking forward to singing Brian Woodbury's hilarious song "People Person" at the acclaimed L.A. musical theater series "A Little New Music" on Wednesday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available here (they sell out quickly).

Hosted by Tony-winner Daisy Eagan and Jordan Kai Burnett, "A LITTLE NEW MUSIC is a fast-paced hour of the best new or unheard musical theater songs out there. Whether it’s a recent premiere from an established writer or an undiscovered tune from a promising up-and-comer, our mission is to entertain with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse." And who doesn't want their finger on the pulse? I mean, where else should that finger be?

It all takes place at Rockwell Table & Stage (1714 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027, in Los Feliz). It even has its own theme song!  Should be a fun night, please join us!

2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest Quarter-Finalist

One of my comedy feature screenplays, "Maxed," is a quarter-finalist in the 2015 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest!

What's "Maxed" about? When the son of an ex-hacker-turned-corporate-drone gets kidnapped, the unlikely hero must implant an experimental (and evil?) programming chip to get his boy back. (I've always thought those kidnapped-kid/action films were perfectly set up for an oddball comedic take, so I took it.)

Thanks to the folks at Screencraft!