The Iron Mule Team
Jay is a filmmaker and theater director, and a filmmaking professor at Rider University. Jay has directed four feature films, dozens of shorts, and theater productions in the US and Europe. His latest feature Dead Storage is currently in development. jaystern.com
Chances are you’ve caught Victor Varnado’s stand-up on Late Night with Conan O’Brien or Jimmy Kimmel Live or even happened upon him on Comedy Central. Or maybe you’ve seen his comics in Mad Magazine. But Victor’s not just a comedian. Varnado’s career spans many roles in the entertainment industry, including producer, filmmaker, writer, and most recently a cartoonist for The New Yorker. As a showrunner and series creator, Victor had a hand in blessing the world with Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress in Comedy Central’s comedy concert film, “The Awkward Comedy Show.” Networks such as TruTV, Comedy Central, and The History Channel have relied on his expertise as a senior producer for countless shows such as Leave it to Stevie with Stevie J and Love and Hip Hop. He has directed 4 feature films, working alongside major studios like Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures. Varnado’s films have been showcased at South by Southwest and he is the winner of New York Television Festival’s Best Unscripted Category for his pilot “Funny Cause It’s True.” This year, you can catch Victor’s writing in Orion Picture’s “Bad Trip” with Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery or, if you’re more into comic books, co-authoring a screenplay for Marvel.
is/has been an actor, singer, writer, teacher, editor, puppeteer and filmmaker. As a writer, his work has been selected as a Quarterfinalist in the Nichol Fellowship and The Austin Film Festival. As a performer he’s appeared on Broadway with Angela Lansbury and in dozens of television/radio commercials and recordings. His first short film, MobSpeak Institute, screened at film festivals nationwide. He has made films for the 9/11 Tribute Museum, the National WWII Museum, the Space Shuttle Endeavour, and the California Science Center, among others. He is one of the creators of the website RatsIsland.com. He was once a Toys R Us Kid and even sang back-up for Yoko Ono (no, that’s not a joke).
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