Scott’s Lookalikes Wins A Development Deal at NYTVF

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"I'd like to thank my stylist who couldn't make it tonight as he's on tour with Mr. Bean."

“I’d like to thank my stylist who couldn’t make it tonight as he’s on tour with Mr. Bean.”

I got some incredible news on Saturday night. We were showcasing the pilot for our comedy Scott’s Lookalikes at the New York TV Festival last week. It’s a great festival where independent producers get to show their work to lots of the top TV networks. You may remember I’ve been there a couple of times before. Two years ago we pitched live on stage for $300,000. We didn’t win which might explain why I still have the same slightly ill-fitting tweed jacket two years on.

But this year we had a bit more luck.

After a week of screenings and meetings and lots of free Stella, the awards ceremony came around on Saturday night. The festival is unique in that TV networks are there offering development deals on the spot to their favourite projects. The very first one was offered by TruTV who I had met a bit earlier in the week. I had a good feeling about the meeting. They’re a fun network who are pushing to do more scripted comedy. They seemed to like the show and my ideas and I liked them. My heart was racing as they read out the name on the card.

“And the winner of the TruTV development deal is Greg Ash and Scott’s Lookalikes!”

I bounded up on stage and, dazed and confused, I bumbled a few words into the microphone. If that’s a dress rehearsal for the Oscars I’ve got no chance. I returned to my seat to high five the Scott’s Lookalikes team who were there with me. It was a surreal feeling. Development deals are generally hashed out in offices behind closed doors but here we were receiving one in front of hundreds of people.

The exact details are to be confirmed but basically it means we’ll be working with TruTV to turn Scott’s Lookalikes into a TV show that hopefully will be on screens. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I’m very excited about it all. I may even buy a new jacket.

A big thank you to the friends and fans of the show and to all the people who helped us make our pilot, and to the NYTVF staff who made it such a memorable week. More news soon. Read the full list of winners via the Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-york-television-festival-announces-383726.

‘Scott’s Lookalikes’ & ‘Tony’s Dojo’ Are Up For A British Comedy Award. Please Vote For Me!

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On Friday I received the exciting news that two of my comedy projects, web series ‘Scott’s Lookalikes’ and our martial arts sketch ‘Tony’s Dojo’, have been longlisted for ‘Best Internet Comedy’ at the British Comedy Awards this year. Those are the awards hosted by Jonathan Ross every year where British comedians get drunk and slag each other off. Sort of like The Oscars if they were sponsored by Fosters and invited Johnny Vegas along.

So by now you’re probably screaming “How the hell do we get Greg to this illustrious event?”

Well I need your help. The sketches with the most online votes by the end of this week will be put forward for nominations. You can have a hand in my destiny. So I’m humbly asking my readers, fans, friends and enemies to please visit the following two links post haste and click “Vote”:

VOTE FOR SCOTT’S LOOKALIKES and TONY’S DOJO.

Click the titles for the links and scroll down to Vote. It takes 2 seconds (1.5 if you’re quick on the old mouse like me), you can vote for more than one project, and there’s no Sign Ups or Naked Photo Uploads needed.  You’ll even burn calories.

If we get nominated for the awards, my cousin Chris and I promise to wear the Dumb and Dumber tuxedos to the event so what are you waiting for? Do it now and Don’t Delay.

We’re up against some big hitters in the comedy world, so to help spread the word, you might even post this little message to your social media to help our campaign:

“My friend Greg is up for a British Comedy Award for his internet comedy. Please take 2 seconds to visit these two links to vote for his projects and help him achieve his dream of getting heckled by a drunk Johnny Vegas: http://www.comedy.co.uk/bca/video/43 AND http://www.comedy.co.uk/bca/video/94. Thanks so much!”

VOTE NOW FOR SCOTT’S LOOKALIKES and TONY’S DOJO

Thanks so much! Fingers Crossed!

 

3 More Awards For Mr. Invisible

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It turns out they like Mr. Invisible in Puerto Rico! Thanks to Cinefiesta 2014 for rewarding our film and well done to the team on 3 more awards – Best Actor for Julian Glover, Best Script for Richard Sainsbury and the Audience Award for… everyone!

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I’ve wanted to go to Puerto Rico since I read Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘The Rum Diary’. If you haven’t read it you’re missing out. Don’t let the movie put you off. Thompson taught himself to write like Hemingway by copying out The Sun Also Rises over and over again. Maybe I should do that with Paul Thomas Anderson screenplays.

We Like Laughter – 3 New Sketches

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Cast & Crew of 'Special Delivery' - A New Sketch by We Like Laughter

Cast & Crew of ‘Special Delivery’ – A new sketch by We Like Laughter

I’ve just finished filming the 3rd of 3 new comedy sketches for We Like Laughter, the online comedy project that we funded at the end of last year through Kickstarter!

I’ve been in LA for the past month or so and was inspired by the people I was meeting out here to write 3 comedy scripts and get them filmed before I headed back to England. There’s something about the energy of this city and the people I’m introduced to that gets me excited to make things. 3 projects in 10 days was certainly ambitious but knowing that I was heading back to the UK early August was a good motivator to get them done. Here’s the lowdown:

1/ The first sketch is called ‘Doggy Style’ and is directed by my friend Ryan Turner who you may remember directed the music video ‘I’m Not Gay’ last year that did very well online. ‘Doggy Style’ stars me and Corrin Evans, and was shot by Leigh Underwood who filmed Scott’s Lookalikes. Ryan is editing it together now and I hope the results are going to be very funny. I don’t want to give too much away right now as to what the title might mean but I’ll leave it to your imagination. It’s grosser than you think!

2/ The second shoot was actually a more of a short film. It’s called ‘Special Delivery’ and stars my friend Sasha Feldman (Franco in Scott’s Lookalikes), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries and lots of major films). The short was inspired by my friend Sasha’s exploits as an actual Pizza Delivery guy and an idea we had when I suggested I go on a ride along with him.

Sasha and Tony as Mickey and Ramiro in 'Special Delivery'

Sasha and Tony as Mickey and Ramiro in ‘Special Delivery’

It was awesome to work with such a talented cast and I’m excited to edit it together. I’d like to maybe premiere it at a film festival as well as releasing it online so we’ll see how things progress.

3/ Then on Sunday we just shot ‘Hollywood Superstar’. In that one play an arrogant, British wannabe actor (which obviously wasn’t much of a stretch) who meets Lindsey Shaw (Pretty Little Liars) in a Coffee Shop and tries to impress her with the help of his bumbling Spanish assistant Javier played by friend Javier Aguayo (original character naming by me). We also have an appearance by Mario Revolori, Tony’s equally talented brother, proving that We Like Laughter is just one big incestuous family. The plot is equal parts awkward and ridiculous. I hope people will like my  character, even if he is a bit of a bastard.

More news soon. Laughter awaits. Thanks to all the backers who made them possible and don’t forget to keep up to date with all things We Like Laughter by liking/following us. Why Not Click Here Now -> Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s a photo of Lindsey Shaw and a fan from the ‘Hollywood Superstar’ shoot. I look sweaty and tired. She looks good. I made her wear the beret though so she’s now a member of We Like Laughter whether she likes it or not!

Lindsey Shaw and I on the set of 'Hollywood Superstar'

Lindsey Shaw and I on the set of ‘Hollywood Superstar’

 

Happy 4th of July – America Mega Montage

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A lot of Americans think that 4th of July is a sore subject for us Brits. But we celebrate it to. Our feelings on America getting it’s independence were similar to a parents’ when their unruly son finally goes off to college. There was sense of pride, relief and also trepidation of the damage he might cause. Many, many frat parties later we still love you!

In celebration of all things Red, White and Blue I cut together this pop culture montage. It’s 45 minutes long and is intended to play or be projected to the music of your choice. It contains many US heroes – Hulk Hogan, Kenny Powers, Pamela Anderson… Arnie!

I actually edited it together using Daft Punk as a tempo reference. But it goes equally well with Bruce Springsteen. Enjoy and feel free to share and play at your parties today!

 

 

Dubble: Things You Can Do For 99 Cents

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When we launched We Like Laughter one of our Kickstarter rewards was to get a commercial made by us for your product. Adam Scott (who I worked with at the Lomography store in London a few years back) was one of our backers and so I made this fun commercial in Portland for his new app. It’s called Dubble and allows you to mix photos you take on your phone with other people in the world to create double exposures.

It’s a cool idea and if you’re into analogue photography or just arty shit in general then you should really download the app and give it a go. Just after you watch and share the promo, of course. Thanks for taking a look:

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