March 2018 COMEDY Stories, Screenplays, Short Films

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

Festival for Comedy-A FilmFreeway preferred festival:

 

ACTORFEATURE Film Screenplay – POOP MOVIE
March 2018 Reading
by Byron Erwin
ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay of the show TRANSPARENT
March 2018 Reading
by Marisaa Lessman

ACTORTV Best Scene Screenplay – WHAT THE HELL
March 2018 Reading
by Melissa Willis

ACTOR1pg. SHORT Screenplay
March 2018 Reading
by Marc Lalonde

ACTORMYSTERY 1st SCENE Screenplay – THE COLD SLEEPER
March 2018 Reading
by John Lucas Bowman

ACTORCOMEDY BEST SCENE Screenplay – OCCUPY WALLY STREETSKI
March 2018 Reading
by Mike Hoberg

 

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

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

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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

GLOW Season 1 – What the critics are saying about it!

GLOW96% critics love the show!

Critics Consensus: With spot-on 1980s period detail, knockout writing, and a killer cast, GLOW shines brightly.

Set in Los Angeles during the 1980s, an unemployed actress hopes to find stardom by portraying a female wrestler.
Genre: Comedy
Network: Netflix
Premiere Date: Jun 23, 2017

 

Netflix’s wrestling drama GLOW is funny, poignant, and wonderfully acted, but what makes it really interesting is how aware it is of its own contradictions.

June 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Glow is smartly written and the kind of character-driven TV that not only reflects our own messy lives but also those of the people we know, even if we’re not bouncing around a ring.

June 27, 2017 | Full Review…

To call it a feel-good hit would be a bit reductive and presumptive, but “GLOW” deserves all the love and respect thrust upon it. Sit back, turn it up, and enjoy.

June 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This new interpretation of GLOW… is packed with an excellent ensemble cast… sharp commentary on gender and racial stereotypes, and an awesomely ’80s soundtrack. It’s also just plain fun.

June 23, 2017 | Full Review…

One of the best things about GLOW is the sheer Eighties-ness of it all — it’s a sensory explosion of synth-heavy tunes, neon lights, high-cut leotards, hairspray… and even a robot which dispenses cocaine.

June 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

GLOW fully owns its campiness and its showy aesthetics, but it’s smart and subversive underneath the glitter.

June 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE – What the critics are saying about the TV show!!

All those detractors who accused it of “race-baiting” only proves why a series like this is so relevant and necessary. But Dear White People is not arrogant or deranged enough to think it’s got the answers. It’s simply asking the questions.

May 2, 2017 | Full Review…

mart, engaging new show, with exceptional cast, that gets better episode by episode – always a good sign.

May 4, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Dear White People is a pop culture-savvy, sometimes explicit, always entertaining look at that process. It’s the perfect series for young people negotiating a world where struggles over identity grow more complex every day.

April 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Dear White People does its job by furthering a vital discussion with interesting characters.

May 1, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The show is beautifully character-driven, weaving through romantic and platonic and unrequited relationships, while also highlighting those aforementioned multitudes of blackness.

May 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Yet despite all the right-on sloganising, there’s lively playing from an unfamiliar cast who create some intriguing characters, and the series may well prove worth pursuing.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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TV SPEC Reading of BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis” by Matthew J Gonzalez

Winning Screenplay – BOB’S BURGERS “Monstrapolis”
Written by Matthew J Gonzalez

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Elizabeth Morriss
LINDA – Daniel Chung
LOUISE – Tea Nguyen
TINA/GENE – David Occhipinti
BOB – John Fray
DEBBY – Georgia Grant
KID – Cora Matheson

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Comedy, Family

With a new roller coaster coming to the wharf (the monstrapolis) Louise becomes enamored with it and wants to ride it, even though she’s too short. Luckily though, after Tina asks Bob for a raise and gets denied, Louise manages to get Tina a paying job at the wharf.


Get to know the writer:

What is your TV spec screenplay of the show about?

The spec is based on one of my favorite television shows, Bob’s Burgers. The episode is called “Monstrapolis.” Tina wants to prove her maturity to her family and accepts a job at Wonder Wharf, where the new thrill roller coaster, Monstrapolis, has just opened, but Louise seizes the opportunity to use her sister’s new employment to make Wonder Wharf her personal playground. This all comes to an unexpected climax when Louise manipulates her sister to allow her onto Monstrapolis, which gets stuck in the middle of the ride. Bob and Linda are forced to rely on Gene to pick up the slack Tina, and Louise, left behind.

Why does this episode spec fit into the context of the series?

The characters are true to their voices and the humor fits perfectly in one of their seasons. The jokes are specific to their characters (ex. Gene’s buffoonery and Louise’s ability to manipulate Tina). The show ends on a familiar note of their strength as a family.

Tina proves herself as a worker and gets everyone, on the ride, to work together to get off Monstrapolis. In true Bob’s Burger fashion, Tina’s plan doesn’t work, but it shows her maturity through out the episode. Louise sees the error of her ways and apologizes for taken advantage of Tina, even admiring her strength when others doubted her.

The episode also features some of the series regulars, and favorites, like Mr. Fischoeder and Teddy.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Hilarious and fun.

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

Besides Bob’s Burger, It’s a toss up between Rick and Morty and The Office, both different comedies, but strong and rich with flavor and style.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I have been working about three months on this spec. It took me a few weeks to get the first draft written, and then I set it down for a bit. I did a couple of rewrites a few days later.

How many stories have you written?

In terms of screenplays, I have one featured screenplay, two pilots, three spec scripts, and about ten short screenplays that I plan to shoot in the future.

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

“California Dreamin’” by Bobby Womack. Such a smooth song with a nice rhythm. It’s one of those songs you can play and lose yourself within the song. I don’t constantly listen to it, but it’s probably the only song I never skipped on my playlist.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Getting the humor right. I love the show and the characters, but making the humor believable within the world of Bob’s Burgers was a fun challenge. This is the reason I love writing comedies. It’s not just that Tina says “Uhhhh” or Bob’s moments of desperation whenever the kids do something wrong. The humor is deeply rooted in the series and some jokes are brilliantly layered that viewers may not see it until a second viewing, I argue to rewatch the episode “The Belchies” to see what I’m referring too. Again, I wouldn’t call it difficult, but it definitely took a great amount studying scripts and episodes.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a filmmaker. I love getting my hands on a camera, getting actors together, and creating movie magic. The whole process is intriguing to me, from shooting to editing. The creative process doesn’t stop at the script. To this date I have shot four short films, in which I wrote, edited, and directed.

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

I believed in my episode “Monstrapolis.” It was funny and it felt authentic to the series, plus I had a blast working on it. I wanted to see if my spec had a chance, and graciously, the fine people at the Festival for Comedy thought so.

The reception was great. Obviously hearing positive feedback is always a joy, but the criticism was key to me. This is what makes me into a better writer. I definitely absorbed the information and applied it, not only to any further rewrites of “Monstrapolis,” but in all of my works.

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

It’s cliché to say keep writing, but believe in you and always looks at everything subject in different angles. If you’re writing something original, then show the viewers a different side of a subject. We are in the golden age of television and many people actually want to hear what others have to say. Use this medium and further extend your divergent voice. I write comedies, because the world can pretty dark. It could use a laugh once and awhile

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

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2016 TV Screenplay Winners

Submit your Comedy Screenplay or Film to the Festival Today: http://festivalforcomedy.com

See the TV Screenplay Comedy Stories. Click the link and watch the winning videos:

ACTORTV SPEC of the show RICK & MORTY
December 2016 Reading
Written by Matthew Feldman
ACTORTV PILOT – MIDLIFE CRISIS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Erica Barfield Peterson

ACTORFAN FICTION Spec – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Eugene Ramos
ACTORFAN FICTION Screenplay – GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF THE DEAD
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jerry Kokich

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
November 2016 Reading
Written by Sarah Cassell
ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: EMMETT IN PEOPLELAND
October 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Hankin

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: THE VISA
October 2016 Reading
Written by Conrad Haynes

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay: WILLOWWOOD
October 2016 Reading
Written by Christopher Locke

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Kimmy is a VIP
October 2016 Reading
Written by Mike Miller

ACTORWEBSERIES Screenplay: TREVOR AND EVOR
September 2016 Reading
Written by Sasha Siljanovic

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay: MODERN FAMILY
September 2016 Reading
Written by Chai Karve

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – RICK & MORTY “The Rickgotiator”
August 2016 Reading
Written by David Cryan

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – DIGITAL NATIVES
August 2016 Reading
Written by Adam Preston

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
June 2016 Reading
Written by Linsen Oyosa

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – WILD MAGIC
June 2016 Reading
Written by Julie Nichols

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – SMITHEREENS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Hershel D. Rephun

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE MINDY PROJECT “Culture Club”
May 2016 Reading
Written by Katie Bero

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MARRIAGE EQUALITY
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jamie Pierce

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – MAILROOMIES
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jacques Edeline

ACTORTV PILOT Screenplay – REC’D
March 2016 Reading
Written by Chris Courtney Martin

ACTORTV SPEC Screenplay – THE BIG BANG THEORY
February 2016 Reading
Written by David Minaskanian

ACTORTV SPEC – UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Turriff

 

 

 

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson