COMEDY / TELEVISION
THE QUARTER UPDATE
Northwestern's "Weekend Update"-style show; Creator, Director, Executive Producer and Writer
***WINNER of the COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS 2019 (Variety)***
***Watch this clip from the College Television Awards to see our team announced as the 2019 winners of the Variety category!***
After my tenure as host of The Blackout (below) was over, I still wanted to be able to help the organization and create with some of my favorite collaborators. So, I created "The Quarter Update," which is modeled after SNL's Weekend Update and applied to the Northwestern campus, with one show each quarter. This quickly became a great way to make use of the crew, which after my year of hosting grew to 150 people.
This was also an outlet for me to showrun a program in the specific field I’m maybe most passionate about. Working for variety television, especially the kind that makes commentary to help improve the lives of its viewers — that’s the sweet spot.
The first show we released was immediately well-received on Facebook, gaining the most traction of any of our web releases to that point. We knew we’d made something special.
Northwestern's Late Night Talk Show; Host, Director and Writer
"The Blackout" is Northwestern's popular late night talk / variety show. When I was selected to host, I was humbled and honored. For a year, I directed, wrote, starred in and generally created three shows worth of content, with a particular focus on optimizing everything for social media and digital channels, specifically within our Northwestern audience. What came out of it is definitely some of the work I'm most proud of — running the writers' room, we had an opportunity to bring disparate corners of our college community together, as well as make commentary on the school that we all attend. It was an incredible product of passion and solidarity, and I had a blast serving as host.
(*Note: all videos were posted on Facebook initially, where they have substantially higher view counts. The Blackout's YouTube account acts more as an archive, and also provides much better external links than the Facebook account does.)
THE BLACKOUT: Sketch acting / PROMOS
THE BLACKOUT: TAPED SEGMENTS
THE BLACKOUT: LIVE SHOW MONOLOGUES
THE BLACKOUT: LIVE SHOW SEGMENTS
NORTHWESTERN SKETCH TELEVISION
Taped sketch comedy network; Actor
Northwestern Sketch Television (NSTV) is a huge operation, with an awesome budget and massive crew. However, the actual core of the creative team is small and mighty. I was thrilled to be cast as an actor in the NSTV cast my sophomore year, and have participated every year since.
(*Note: all videos were posted on Facebook initially, where they have substantially higher view counts. NSTV's YouTube account acts more as an archive, and also provides much better external links than the Facebook account does.)
"Inside the Woods"
This sitcom pilot was written by students at Northwestern, and was backed with a very generous budget thanks to the project's executive producer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I played a principal role, Griffin Windthorpe, "class president and resident nice guy" who ends up being the main antagonist.
THUNK A CAPPELLA
Northwestern's oldest a cappella group
Since being selected as a member freshman year, I've had the pleasure of performing with THUNK from venues on campus to those in Cape Town, South Africa. Along with singing the lower voice parts from tenor through bass, I've personally been featured in national publications — like "Live for Live Music" (here) and "College A Cappella" (here) — for my solo performances and vocal percussion, as well as my original cover arrangements.
"MY DEAR LAURENS"
I'm not a big "Hamilton" buff, but I took a class on the musical in the context of its actual history at Northwestern and one of the final assignments was a creative one, to write the musical's missing track. Most students wrote poems or raps, but I decided to really run with it. When I posted it to YouTube to share with the class, it took off, and has since collected upwards of 35,000 views.