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“Thanks for Having Us” Web Series Explores the Austin Comedy Scene

"Thanks for Having Us" Web Series Explores the Austin Comedy Scene

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Thanks for Having Us

Logline: Austin open mic comedy. The stakes have never been lower.

Elevator Pitch: Four young female comedians try (and fail) to find their voices at the lowest rung of the comedy ladder: open mics. Austin’s much-hyped slacker spirit collides with their own personal ambitions to provide a colorful view of America’s comedy renaissance from the very bottom.

Production Team:

Sara June – Producer, Writer, Director, Editor
Sara June is a comedy writer and director who has produced over 50 web shorts over the past few years. She is best known for creating the 2011 viral video “Nyan Cat,” which has over 100 million views. Her sketches have screened at festivals like Hell Yes Fest, Los Angeles Film Festival and Broad Humor Fim Festival.
Ryan Darbonne – Producer, Assistant Director
Ryan Darbonne is an independent film producer and former programmer for Austin Film Festival.
Huay-Bing Law – Director of Photography
Huay Bing-Law is a cinematographer with six years of experience shooting in Texas. He has worked in the camera department on Terrence Malick’s three most recent films, and has worked extensively with Malick’s director of photography, Emmanuel Lubezki, two-time Best Cinematography Oscar winner (for 2014’s Birdman and 2013’s Gravity).

Katherine Swope – Writer
Katherine Swope is a comedy writer and former editor of The Texas Travesty, the official humor publication of the University of Texas at Austin. Katherine currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works in talent management and produces Whatever, a monthly comedy showcase at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.
Christina Parrish – Writer, Actor (“Christina”)
Christina Parrish is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor in Austin. Her video “Love Hurts” was featured on the front page of Funny or Die, and she has performed standup at festivals like Hell Yes Fest, Out of Bounds and Fun Fun Fun Fest. 
Caroline Bassett – Actor (“Lex”)
Caroline Bassett is a stand-up comic and actor. She was a recent finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin competition and the Austin winner of Lena Dunham’s warm-up act search for her 2014 book tour.
Natalie Shea – Actor (“Bridget”)
Natalie Shea has written and produced a number of short films. As former frontwoman for the band Schmillion, Shea toured with Arcade Fire, opened for The Bangles, won three Austin Music Awards and performed twice as an official SXSW showcase artist. Natalie has now shifted her focus from songwriting to filmmaking, and is currently developing her own feature-length script.
Cené Hale – Actor (“Pia”)
Cene is an improviser, actor, singer, writer, and creative director from Austin, TX. She has studied improv at Coldtowne Theater, The Institution Theater, and Merlin Works. Cene was featured in multiple episodes of The Improv Nerd podcast with Jimmy Carane and has shared the stage with SNL Alum Paul Britton, The Voice contestant Suzanna Choffel, Annoyance co-founder Tom Booker, and many other notable improvisers and musicians. She recently wrapped on a pilot for the Austin-based production company Megalomedia, whose roster includes network television shows and movies on A&E, TLC, and National Geographic.

About the Film:

We love Austin, comedy and television. We wanted to make a funny, character-driven show that showed the world a side of Austin beyond SXSW and breakfast tacos. 
We’re also very proud of having created a series that stars and represents women! The best way to lay the whole “women aren’t funny” myth to rest is to support women making comedy.
Lastly, we are excited about making it cinematic. Most comedy TV and film has a (deserved) reputation for being visually bland, but we want to make something that is as pretty as it is funny. 

Current Status: Fundraising to complete post-production.

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