NYTVF 2013 Official Chicago Comedy Pilot Selections

Six independently-made Chicago comedy TV pilots were officially selected to screen at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Come and see them on the big screen before they are possibly developed for the little screen.

The pilots screening are:

The Date of the Month Club
Directed by Ben Fast
Created by Blythe Haaga and Ben Fast
Run Time: 5 min
Date of the Month Club is about a highly capable young woman, Emma, seemingly incapable of finding a mate. Done with the perils of online dating, she starts the Date of the Month Club, a personal pledge to go on one date each month with someone new, set up by her friends and family. But even if her friends think it’s a match made in heaven, it’s usually the date from hell.

Exquisite Corpse
Directed by Peyton Brown, Brian Hurwitz, and Tyler Smith
Created by Claymore (Peyton Brown, Brian Hurwitz, Josh Segovia, and Tyler Smith)
Run Time: 22 min
Welcome to this new and twisted world with absurd characters and unexplainable situations, where each scene organically flows into the next. Delving into topics as varied as bar ownership, killer eagles, misogynist weathermen, and perfect lovers, this series aims to bring an absurd, dark, cinematic sketch comedy to an unsuspecting world.

Family Heirloom
Directed by Steve Sullivan
Created by Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch
Run Time: 22 min
A brother and sister work together to save their family’s failing antique shop, where local Chicago patrons are as priceless as their merchandise.

Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender
Directed by Joe DeJulius
Created by Matt Kelley, Joe DeJulius, Scott Lynch, and Patrick Fee
Run Time: 15 min
An overconfident space captain, his loyal assistant, and their sassy robot travel the universe in search of grey matter with the hope to save a dying planet Earth. This search is often cut short as the crew encounters evil monsters, sexy space babes, and ghosts from their sordid past.

The Laces
Directed by Leonardo Adrian Garcia
Run Time: 20 min
The banalities of everyday life, the absurdity of existing, and one-note jokes about genitalia all receive the same care and attention, told through the unique lens of the female perspective. The Laces could be described as The Kids in The Hall or Monty Python’s Flying Circus, except with far less cross-dressing.

The Startup
Directed by Kevin Walsh
Created by John Thibodeaux and Kevin Walsh
Run Time: 22 min
After two years working under his kid-CEO brother, whose game has skyrocketed to the #1 spot in the App Store, Jason Williams is beginning to wonder: what’s next?


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