Comedy webseries bows at live Laugh Factory evening

Scene from “Sick Day”

DIRECTOR ALEC PINKSTON and his writing partner STEVE SHIELDS debut their new comedy web series Sick Day, a satire of a morning talk show, with a screening and live standup June 25 at 8 p.m. at Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway.

Series costars Megan Gailey, Sherman Edwards and Mike Lebovitz, of Comedians You Should Know, who will perform.  Kenny DeForest hosts.

Gailey and Edwards play the anchors of the eponymous show-within-the-show, Lebovitz the weather man.  Gregory Holliman of Strangers With Candy plays the announcer, and Adam Bartley of Longmire plays the sports reporter.

According to Pinkston, “The show serves as a caricature of its competition similar to The Colbert Report parody of Fox News.”

“Switching the perspective while maintaining the structure of the genre, Sick Day delivers real news, sports and weather as well as a variety of lifestyle segments, but from an angle so warped and satirical that it doesn’t resemble anything seen on morning television before.”

MAJOR FUNDING AWARDS went to Kartemquin Films for two in-progress documentaries:  The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $75,000 for Maria Finitzo’s Living Revolution, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) awarded significant production funds to Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden’s Almost There.

Finitzo’s doc is about the impact of Bolivian socialist president Evo Morales’s seven-years-and-counting administration.

Bybicky and Wickenden’s six-years-in-the-making doc about outsider artist Peter Anton, slated for PBS broadcast next year. 

FORMER EBERT PRESENTS COHOST, Thignatiy vishnevetsky, and current contributor to and Fandor, is in production on the “medium length” romantic drama Ellie Lumme, starring Allison Torem, Stephen Cone, and Mallory Nees.

FEMI ADEBIYI AND TOM CALLAHAN premiere the first episode of their web series We Get Free, “documenting Chicago hip-hop pedagogy.”  Episode 1 covers the Kuumba Lynx Slam Team’s preparation for the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb poetry tournament.

PRODUCER CECILIA BRAVO-MITTMANN of Poverty Road Studios, shoots her debut feature Goodbye Guns this July.  It’s about a gun-loving 10-year-old sent back to his mother after his grandmother’s death, struggling with his stepfather’s return from war.  Scott Froemming is DP.  Photographer, Juan Martin Uranga.

Bravo-Mittman is the author of Sandstorms and Mirages, a book of  poetry that brings to light the untold pain brought to American families by war a half world away.

RAY DURAN is in production on the feature thriller Buckle Up Punk!, about a traffic safety instructor and his fiancée taken hostage by a gang of punks at an art gallery.  Andrew Weir, Bex Marsh, Nick Cardiff, and Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary star.  Writer-director Duran is producing with Jessi Pérez, Karla Estela Rivera, and Joy Valdez-Pappas.

COCK N’ BULL, the new short by Nathan Adloff (Nate & Margaret), premieres July 13 in the Wild Combination Shorts program at Outfest: LA LGBT Film Festival.  Danny Rhodes stars as a man recently dumped by his boyfriend, who invites over his best friend (Adloff) for an ill-fated night of prank calls.

HOUSE MUSIC DJ JAMES QUAKE of Quake Studios is in production on the feature film, video game and web series Project Fly, a Kung Fu hip-hop superhero epic set in the early 90s.  Len Howard stars.

PARRIS REAVES of Hawkfilmz Enterprize has four feature films in the pipeline: he continues production on Deacon’s Choice, a political drama starring Eugene Parker, Elizabeth Gray, Bridgette Shorter, and Shannon Matesky.  This summer he goes into production on R.U.N.  Then in the winter he’s slated to direct writer-producer Rick Nicolet’s Absolute, a producer/partner in Motion Picture Corporation, an L.A. production company.   

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