TOP 10 COMEDY Screenplays of 2018

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

STORYCOMEDY 1st Scene Reading: THE FRANCHISE by James Grayford
November 2018

STORYCOMEDY 1st Scene Reading: SUPERFAN by Harry Greenberger
November 2018

ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene Screenplay: THE SIDEKICK RULES by Chris Warner
August 2018

ACTORCOMEDY 1st Scene TV Screenplay – CHARACTERS
February 2018 Reading
by Chris Harris
ACTORREMOTELY WORKING – Comedy TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Bill Baber

ACTORDELIVER ME PIZZARIE – Best TV Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Anne Luong

FEATURE Film Screenplay – POOP MOVIE
March 2018 Reading
by Byron Erwin
STORY1PG. SHORT Screenplay: FIGHT CLUB REBUTTAL by Matt Schutt
October 2018

ACTORBURSTING FOR A BREAK – 1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay
May 2018 Reading
by Kelly Lamphaer Dash

STORY1PG. SHORT Screenplay: LEXY WOOS AMBER by Matt Schutt
October 2018

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: August 2018 Comedy FEEDBACK Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

BEST PERFORMANCES: NORMAN PINSKI COME HOME

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: EAT JEREMY

BEST MUSIC: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterEAT JEREMY, 10min, UK, Comedy

festival posterNORMAN PINSKI COME HOME, 15min., USA, Comedy

festival posterMR. NICE GIRLS, 11min., USA, Comedy/Web Series

festival posterTHE BIRTHDAY PARTY, 21min., USA, Comedy

festival posterTHE OUTER BOROUGHS, 29min., USA, Comedy/Supernatural

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There is an episode about this festival in our archives as we talk about the audience and all the great films we showcased at this event.

The theme of the August 2018 COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Comedy Duos”.

Each film was about two characters driving both the comedy and the plot.

The last festival event of the summer is always the hardest to get a sold out crowd because either people are away, or they want to stay outside in the gorgeous weather. Nevertheless, we had a great crowd to watch our “Dark Comedy” festival in Toronto.

This was our 6th comedy festival of 2018, and 2nd in Toronto. These are always fun events because they are intended to make us laugh. The twist of this festival was there was a dark tone to each film. Well suited for our generally “artistic” Toronto audience. They all seemed to have a great time too.

The team of Kierton Drier & Mary Cox are superb. They keep turning out great event after great event.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

COMEDY Festival Testimonial – June 19, 2018

Screenplay Submission: 

Many thanks for the time you spend on the script and for the feedback you wrote.

I like the synopsis a lot, you got the story very well summarized.

I also think that you got some very good points for consideration. I truly think that they could help to improve the script.

You’re not the first one who mentions the stage. It’s definitively an area I have to consider and research.

Many thanks for your time and effort. I appreciated it a lot.

  • From M. Gentinetta

 

TV PILOT COMEDY – REMOTELY WORKING, by Bill Baber

Genre: Comedy

This sitcom web series pilot features five quirky diverse millennials who work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working. (Single-camera TV-14)

CAST LIST:

Anna: Alicia Payne
Nav: Tim Paul McCarthy
Akihiro: Scott McCulloch
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Phil: Rais Moui
Kate: Jane Smythe
Chloe: Lara Amersey

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your TV Pilot screenplay about?

This is the pilot episode of the Remotely Working web series that satirizes our online world.

In the Pilot: Phil thinks the team’s conference call is audio only…. but it isn’t!

In the Series: Five quirky diverse millennials work remotely for an international tech corporation. They struggle with online meetings, living on the road, and working from “wherever.” Each lone wolf must cooperate with the others, or everyone will be fired. Meanwhile, none of these independent co-dependents has a personal life that is even remotely working.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a TV show?

43% of global workers try, at least once, to work remotely. We hope there is an audience who will laugh at the inherent tensions in being a “professional” while fumbling with your laptop or phone in a bedroom, car, coffee-house, hotel bar, or many other inconvenient places. Plus, everyone knows, but won’t admit, that a virtual relationship lacks something essential. Can you truly love someone you can’t smell?

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Millenial satire.

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

Silicon Valley, Brockmire, Entourage, Veep, Twilight Zone.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

My creative partners (Scott Crosby and Dan Douglass) and I have worked on this particular script for seven months.

Thank you for the honor of a performance reading of our script.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written the first season of Remotely Working (eight episodes) and six feature screenplays.

7. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Hotel California.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

It could not exceed 15 pages, so that meant: chop, chop, rewrite, and chop.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My wife and kids. Serving on the City Council in my town of La Mesa, California.

10. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

The opportunity for a performance reading is priceless. The initial feedback was helpful and we made many of the suggested changes.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I have tried all the major platforms and Film Freeway is the best.

12. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you can complete a screenplay, you have done something others only dream about. If your art is never read, or never produced, you still have made art.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

COMEDY TV PILOT 1st Scene Script Reading – CHARACTERS, by Chris Harris

Genre: Comedy

After his New York acting dreams are sabotaged by his “evil stepmother,” Jason, a young 20s brown kid, is forced to take the only acting job available to him, becoming a prince in a sketchy Tampa theme park. In true Florida fashion, Jason learns “The Most Magicalest Place Ever,” delivers the best of Florida, from pedophiles and meth-heads, to sassy homosexuals with vendettas. Jason must learn to navigate these choppy waters if he wants to be an actor and survive as a Character.

CAST LIST:

Princess 1: Andrea Meister
Kangy Kangaroo: Rob Notman
Russell: Sean C. Dwyer
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Izzy: Charles Gordon
Jason: Jarod Terrell
Princess 2: Kerrie Lamb

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about an idyllic 20-year-old who leaves behind his country upbringing to become an “actor” at a low rent Florida theme park.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This would definitely fall into the dark comedy category.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a tv show?

I don’t think there are many shows out there like “Characters.” Aside from the fact that the leads are all people of color and that it takes place in a raunchy theme park, through the dirty jokes and sassy quips, I try and examine real issues. At the end of the day, though, I feel like it’s just a fun show, with a unique voice, that’s dirty but has heart. I personally would love to see more shows like it.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Whimsically deplorable

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

I’m a nerd, so it’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

On and off for the last 6 months

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve honestly lost count. I’m always writing something, leaving it, and coming back to it. I’ve been writing stories since middle school and haven’t really slowed down since.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

It always fluctuates depending on my mood. It can range from classical, to rap, to rock, etc. While writing this tv pilot though, the song that was most inspiring to me was the theme to the Disney Spectromagic Parade. Again, I’m a nerd.

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I think they were the same obstacles most writers face. The whole debate: Is it good enough? Is the story worth telling? Self-doubt is the true foil of any work, and there were times where I almost let it stop me. Also, I work full time as a nurse and have a family, so time constraints forced me to work at a much slower pace than I would have liked. All in all, though, I was able to work past these issues and finish a project that I am really proud of.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about travel. I love to hop all over the world and experience different cultures and see what things are like beyond my backyard. Also, I am very passionate about my family. I come from a very large family, and all these crazy people who share the same bloodline as me, have definitely influenced me as a writer. I like to try and spend time with them whenever I can. They drive me crazy and keep me grounded. It’s kind of the perfect relationship.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

FilmFreeway has been amazing! It makes searching for and entering competitions so easy. I would be lost without them.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I loved the fact that this festival was dedicated to comedic writing and had specific entry for TV Pilots. So many festivals are jumbled with screenplays and pilots together or drama and comedy together, etc. It was nice that this one was specific to what I wrote.

I found the feedback tremendously helpful. It opened my eyes to some of my pitfalls and helped solidify the things that came together well. It was instrumental to my rewrite and helped me write an even better pilot.

 

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffol – http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

2017 COMEDY TELEVISION Screenplays (11)

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORTV THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – JOYTON SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Ian Bradburn

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – RICK & MORTY
August 2017 Reading
by Daniel Richardson

ACTORANIMATION TV PILOT Screenplay – CHICKEN COP
July 2017 Reading
by Bryan Cahill

ACTORFEMALE TV PILOT Screenplay – JUNKED
June 2017 Reading
by Alice Dennard

ACTORLGBT TV PILOT Screenplay – THE UPSIDE OF OVER
October 2017 Reading
by Dan Hass

ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
March 2017 Reading
Written by Marc Mulcahy

ACTORLGBT WEB SERIES Screenplay – LITTLE SISTA
March 2017 Reading
Written by Charmaine Bingwa

TV PILOT Screenplay – DOWN WITH THE BUREAUCRACY
January 2017 Reading
Written by Dimitry Pompee

TV SPEC Screenplay – MODERN FAMILY “Relax, I Got This”
January 2017 Reading
Written by Edward Pronley

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS
April 2017 Reading
Written by Matthew J. Gonzalez

ACTORFAN FICTION TV PILOT Screenplay – THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
April 2017 Reading
Written by Richard Mueller

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

September 2017 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

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ACTORTV THRILLER Best Scene Screenplay – JOYTON SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Ian Bradburn

ACTORSHORT Screenplay – BREAKDOWN
September 2017 Reading
by J. Logan Alexander

ACTOR1pg. COMEDY Short Screenplay – CLEAN BEAT
September 2017 Reading
by Bernhard Riedhammer

ACTORCOMEDY Short Screenplay – TWITS
September 2017 Reading
by Alison McGrath

festival posterINGENUE-ISH, 10min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterSUITCASE, 13min, France, Comedy
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festival posterBAGGAGE, 17min, USA, Comedy
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festival posterUNICORNLAND, 7min, USA, Comedy/Webseries
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festival posterMANEKI-NEKO, 12min, USA, Romance/Comedy
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festival posterLAST NIGHT WAS A MISTAKE, 15min, USA, Romance/Comedy
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festival posterONE PER PERSON, 10min., Canada, Animation/Comedy
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festival posterOUR CRAPPY TOWN, 8min, USA, Animation/Comedy
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ACTORSTAGE PLAY BEST SCENE – VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW
September 2017 Reading
by Bree Katz

 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox