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What makes comedy funny??? We’ve assembled a panel of actors and writers from some of your favorite shows to answer this question.
Scott Rogowsky, named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet by Time Magazine, is quickly making a name for himself across the media landscape. Whether you know him as the host of the wildly popular live mobile game show HQ Trivia, or have streamed one of his two shows currently airing on Verizon’s Go90, “Start Talkin’” and “Weird World of Sports,” he is seemingly popping up everywhere. Prior to joining HQ, Scott co-hosted the ABC Primetime series “Would You Fall for That?” with Nick Watt and Sasheer Zamata.
In addition to his on-camera work, Scott has hosted his own live, late-night-style talk show, “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky,” since 2011, where he has interviewed over 400 celebrity guests, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Steve Buscemi, Sarah Silverman, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Amy Sedaris, Nick Kroll, Paul Dano, Matt Groening, Kevin Nealon, Reggie Watts, Dick Cavett, Jim Gaffigan, Dan Rather, Janeane Garofalo, Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, and many more.
Scott has also produced “Debate Wars” for Seeso and “Crowd Goes Wild” on Fox Sports 1, and has written for “The Onion News Network” on IFC and “Onion SportsDome” on Comedy Central. He has produced, written, and/or starred in viral videos including “Mother’s Day Lie Detector” (17 million YouTube views) and the “Fake Books on the Subway” series, which has been viewed over 200 million times across YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
Scott resides in New York City. Isn’t that interesting?
DIANE NEAL accidentally began modeling at 16 when her older sister secretly entered her into a contest she ended up winning. Soon after, Diane began living and working as a model all over the world, eventually landing full-time in NYC. Eventually quitting modeling to act full-time, Diane attended Atlantic Theater Co Acting School and UCB while also intermittently studying archaeology, her primary passion, abroad. In the early 2000’s, during TV Pilot season, comedies were cast AFTER dramas. So, if you booked a drama…no comedy for you! That’s how Diane ended up spending the next two decades playing very serious characters on the world’s most popular shows – NCIS (Abigail Borin), NCIS: NOLA, The Following, White Collar, Suits, to name a few. She is best known for her starring role as Casey Novak on Law and Order: SVU which she played for nearly ten years. When her filming schedule allowed, Diane would take any opportunity to jump back into stand-up comedy, performing in LA, NYC and Vegas.
Sunita Mani is an actress, dancer, and comedian most uniquely recognized for her gyrations in the viral music video “Turn Down for What,” as a member of the comedic dance troupe, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and as ‘Trenton’ on USA network’s MR. ROBOT. Sunita currently plays ‘Arthie’ in the Netflix original series GLOW, as well as ‘Fatima’ in the CBS All Access series NO ACTIVITY. In features, Sunita can be seen in DON’T THINK TWICE alongside Mike Birbiglia and in the upcoming CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME with Melissa McCarthy and WINE COUNTRY starring Amy Poehler. Sunita has guested on network television shows like BROAD CITY (Comedy Central), SEARCH PARTY (TBS) and THE GOOD PLACE (NBC).
Timothy Michael Cooper is a writer-director based in Brooklyn.
Last year, he wrote and directed the short comedy “Lemon,” starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Noah Bean, and Jenn Lyon, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was one of the most-viewed short films on Amazon Prime, and was licensed by and shown on United Airlines. Plus, it won Best Short Comedy at last year’s Adirondack Film Festival!
He wrote and directed the digital sitcom “Concierge: The Series,” starring “Saturday Night Live’s” Kate McKinnon, which was nominated for the first-ever Writers Guild Award for New Media. And he wrote the feature “Away From Here,” starring Nick Stahl, Alicia Witt, and Ray Wise, now available on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
Timothy has directed multiple staged readings for the Writers Guild of America East at Lincoln Center and the New School. Most recently, he directed the staged presentations of the Made in NY Writers Room’s inaugural class’s top comedy and drama pilots, in conjunction with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
For the past five years, Timothy has been a member of the writers’ room for the Writers Guild Awards, writing material for comedians like Lewis Black, Colin Quinn, Larry Wilmore, Michael Ian Black, and Amber Ruffin.
He was named a 2018 IFP Screen Forward Lab Fellow for his newest comedy TV series, one of 12 projects selected worldwide for development in the yearlong incubator. He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America East, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers’ Workshop, the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, and the WGAE Softball Team. Timothy is currently developing multiple pilots and features for a variety of production companies.
Ben Warheit is a writer and actor living in New York City. He has been writing for Late Night with Seth Meyers since the show’s beginning and previously wrote and directed for The Awesomes on Hulu. His popular animated web series Waco Valley went on to become a half-hour pilot for Comedy Central, and was then selected “Best Pilot to Not Go To Series” by Fake Magazine. It starred Adam Scott, and you would have loved it. On screen, Ben can often be seen on Late Night playing himself as well as many other roles including Seth’s nephew Derrick. You can also see him in the upcoming Todd Phillips film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Ben Warheit hails from Wilmington, Delaware and got his bachelors degree in Neuroscience at the University of Delaware. He likes Delaware. He likes to say “Delaware.” He thinks you should say it, “Delaware.” Before working in film and television, Ben worked in a heroin research lab at the Columbia University Medical Center, and then in Japan, for Softbank, designing affable American personalities for companion robots.