If you're cold, you're thinking about being cold. If you're thinking about being cold, you're not thinking about the game.
So stay warm.
Or go home.
Right before Conan packed his bags for the Tonight Show, I booked one of the last coveted stand-up spots on his 12:30 joint. After my set, I took the couch next to T.O. Told him to "scooch over."
Please enjoy more stand-up clips below. If you're at work, I warn you, they induce fits of guffaw and/or pee.
If working in the NIKE quad at Weiden doesn't turn you into a sneaker head, it certainly rouses you to invent LEGO-like shoebox furniture that neatly houses dozens of pairs of kicks in any spatially challenged boudoir. Behold the NIKE Kickstack. Each drawer with a custom inner lining that delivers inspirational messaging.
The year was 2009. America was deep in recession, Lada Gaga's Poker Face was riddled with tells and QSRs were pushing their value menus hard. Cue Wendy's Lessons in 3conomics. A campaign I invented, 3conomics promoted the three pillars of Wendy's value menu: taste, choice and, you guessed it, value. Directed by Chris Smith, the spots helped Wendy's stay ahead of the King and earned me a Golden Bagel at KSP.
We convinced Gary Cole to reprise Bill Lumbergh for the first time since he oozed from cubicle to cubicle in the original Office Space. Lumbergh is the living, coffee-sipping embodiment of how regular email can't keep up with the communications complexities of today's work place. What you need is HipChat.
When in doubt, I'd write an, "Mmmm, yeah..." and save the script every time.
Harry Bliss is an acclaimed illustrator and hilarious human being. I emailed him one day asking if he'd be willing to draw up some of my ideas. He said, "How did you get my email?" The rest is history. These are some of our collaborations, which have landed in publications including The New Yorker, LA Times, Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune.
The man, the myth, the advertising juggernaut. I wrote countless social posts for this award-winning rake. Here are just a handful.
Nostalgia is a valuable commodity.
At WK Portland, offbeat thinking was encouraged, leading my partner and I to create Nike Backyard, a line of branded game sets and swag that celebrated backyard sports like tetherball, horseshoes and badminton. Nike Backyard still rallied you to Just Do It, but at the pace of a Labor Day picnic. So much fun came out of it, from the home run derby handbook to the pre-grass stained custom T's. We drew the line at Nike Beer. Though never produced, W+K loved Backyard and featured the work in their "Wild Pitch" presentation to Nike.
Currently, I'm John Oliver's warm-up act on Last Week Tonight. Before John comes out, I run around engaging with the live studio audience, reminding them to laugh and have fun (as if they'd forgotten). Then I tell some jokes and talk to some of the more wide-eyed folks...
"What do you do?"
"I'm an actor."
"Cool, where do you wait tables?
"I detect an accent. Where ya from?"
"Amsterdam? Well HI."
"I wasn't saying hi. I was asking, 'Are you high?'"
And then I shoot t-shirts at them.
I've done this for The Tonight Show, Daily Show, Colbert Report, and countless other shows hosted by the likes of Marc Maron, Graham Norton, LL Cool J, Paula Abdul, Demetri Martin, Michael Ian Black and more.
I created the manifesto for "Tomorrow Wide Open" with my future in mind. Newly married with a kid, I had begun sweating about retirement, so working on this project felt supremely imminent to me. There was a lot of print/OOH, but I can't seem to track it down. Nice spot though.
It's fast, furious and fun. You're in a war room surrounded by social denizens, ready for a nip slip or Kanye to open his mouth. Response time needs to be swift. But first, make sure this 140-character post is art directed, fact-checked, spell-checked and Bit.ly'd before it goes live. I've overseen major, real-time social response events including the Oscars and Superbowl for Samsung as well as the Critic's Choice Movie and TV Awards for AMC. And I was a staff writer for the 2013 MTV VMAs at Barclay's.
SoBro (South Brooklyn) is a web series set in the trendy, child-riddled neighborhood of Cobble Hill. The show revolves around two 40-something dads, Matt and Craig, who struggle to advance their lives/careers despite being stunted, self-sabotaging man-children. Only now, the race is on to make something of themselves before their kids are old enough to recognize failure.
It's simple. This Father's Day, give dad the gift he'd give himself.
One of those gigs that makes you curse freelance. I come in and write a lovely little spot, and the in-house team traipses off to the Amalfi Coast for two weeks to shoot it.
I worked with these great guys at Phear Creative to come up with a 360° experience involving a playbook for guys who drink whiskey casually. Fun Fact: two of the scenarios from the TV came straight from my stand-up act. Each spot is accompanied by online bonus footage recapping the play. The sportscasters are fantastic. The campaign did very well.
Fun Fact: I DJ'd Peter Dinklage's wedding
I also write songs, play instruments, create soundtracks, curate playlists and sing. Though not for a living.
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