Sarah Albritton (co-creator/writer/producer/Keelyn)
Sarah Albritton is a Chicago-based standup comedian, writer, and producer. Described by the Chicago Tribune as “vulnerable and honest”, Sarah’s stand-up combines observational humor and personal stories with her unique perspective on living with narcolepsy. Sarah has worked with Ralphie May and performed at the Cleveland Comedy Festival, Funny Women’s Fest LA, Broken Record Comedy Show as part of the Nashville Wild West Festival. She’s the creator/producer of Secrets, Lies & Alibis and hosts the podcast, Sleeping with Sarah.
Catherine “Povs” Povinelli (co-creator/writer, producer, Lee)
Catherine “Povs” Povinelli is a Chicago-based standup comedian, writer and actress. A native New Yorker who studied overseas, Catherine holds comedic credits from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Camden Fringe Festival. She was a Funny Women’s New Comedian of the Year Semi-Finalist and is a founding member of the YouTube Channel The Hard Comedy. Catherine holds a Masters of Performance from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, England
Larry Ziegelman (Director)
Larry Ziegelman was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up on a steady diet of television, movies and comic books. Ever since childhood he couldn’t decide whether he wanted to be an artist or a doctor. So he settled on advertising. Larry went to Washington University and received his BFA in Graphic Communications with an emphasis in Art Direction.
He worked in advertising for over 18 years and as an Associate Creative Director at DDB Chicago for 13 of those years. Some of his awards for his Superbowl work include a Cannes Cyber Lion, two Cannes Finalist Certificates, the Yahoo! Big Idea Award, the London International Festival, and Adweek’s Best Commercials of February.
After years of collaborating with some of the finest American and International commercial directors, Larry decided to make his mark behind the camera himself. HIs first short film, “Check Please” screened at numerous prestigious film festivals around the world and won the Illinois Shortcuts Competition. His first commercial that he shot for the Chicago International Film Festival was featured onBestads.com and won a Silver Hugo Award. His short film, “You Shouldn’t Have” has played in festivals in L.A., New York, Australia and St. Louis where it won awards for: Best Comedy over 15 minutes, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. And his latest short film, “Boom Boom” has played in the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, the Bronx International Film Festival and the New York International Film Festival to name a few.
Jon Kline (Director of Photography)
Jon Kline is an American cinematographer raised in the Midwest. His award-winning work has been seen on every major television network and at film festivals around the world. Recently he has completed commercial projects for Jell-O, NFL, and Audi. His television credits include shooting for Discovery Networks, National Geographic, and A&E.
He was camera operator on the feature film “The Surface,” starring Sean Astin. He has directed photography on more than a dozen short films, including dramas, comedies, and even a musical. He is currently working on two short films in production: “High Beam” from director Jameson Stokdyk, and “Breathing Above the Treeline” from director Gitanjali Kapila. He also has extensive experience in stunt and visual effect cinematography.
Jon’s awards include four “Best Cinematography,” six “Best Picture,” and two “Best Special Effects” awards from the 48 Hour Film Project; and awards at Filmapalooza, the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, the Twisted Dreams Film Festival, the Wildwood Film Festival, the Four Points Film Challenge, the Dusk ‘Till Dawn Film Festival, and the B-Movie Film Festival. He was visual effects supervisor on “Screen: Righter,” a comedy showing at Festival de Cannes in 2017.
Johnny Lange (Assistant Director)
Johnny Lange (Columbia College ’03) is a filmmaker with years of experience working in commercial and video production and other creative projects. Most recently he worked as a 1st/2nd AD on Larry Ziegelman’s ‘Geek Lounge’ comedy web series. Johnny is the owner of Lost Child Films and is currently in post-production on two festival-ready short films.
Michael McCarthy (Mentor)
Michael McCarthy was born in Cleveland, Ohio but lived all over the world growing up. He attended Ohio University and graduated Cum Laude, and received the very first internship ever offered by Second City. In 1983 he moved to New York in order to become a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” and two years later, became a writer for “Sesame Street.” After having become frustrated with actors, he decided to become one and auditioned for the National Touring Company of The Second City, which he did for a year and a half, after which he wrote and performed two shows at The Second City ETC Theater, followed by three shows on The Second City mainstage. In 1993 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of catering to the lowest common denominator for the most money possible. While based in LA, he created Ireland’s first comedy festival called The Cat Laughs in Kilkenny, Ireland (which is still going); he also created a TV series called “Beyond The Pale,” for Channel Four. He acted in many, many shows including “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Cold Case,” “The Gilmore Girls,” and movie roles in “Groundhog Day,” “The Late Shift” and “The Informant.” Along with “Saturday Night Live” and “Sesame Street,” his other writing credentials include “The Drew Carey Show,” “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and most recently “Mike And Molly.” And there’s other stuff…
Writer, SNL 1983-84; Sesame Street, 1985-86, Actor, The Second City, 1987-93, Writer, Sitcoms, 1995-2010