Company Info

Studio 8 is a small group of comedians who produce original web programming as well as a variety of promotional series and videos for brands, products, and clients. Recent clients who we’ve produced commercials and series for include: Machinima, Intel, AT&T, Comedy Central, Mattel, MusicShake, Bikini Zone, American Eagle, Cracked.com, SuperDeluxe, and Break.com.

We also run The New Movement, two critically-acclaimed comedy performance venues/improv and sketch comedy training centers in Austin and New Orleans. There, we are training an ever-growing army of comedians to spread our comedic philosophies all over the world in the form of touring shows, video production, festival appearances, and an infinity of other productions.

In 2010, Comedy Central aired a TV pilot called “The House That Drips Blood on Alex” that we shot with Tommy Wiseau of “The Room” fame. Our video work has been featured on Comedy Central’s AtomTV (5 times), Oxygen Network’s Bad Girls Club (2 episodes), G4′s Attack of the Show (twice), YouTube, FunnyorDie, eBaum’s World, CollegeHumor, Cracked, SpikeTV, Crackle, DailyMotion, StupidVideos, MySpace, Metacafe, and into the darkest, furthest reaches of the internet.

We were also semi-finalists in YouTube’s Sketchies 2 Contest and the 2008 MTV Movie Awards Spoof Contest. Our music video “Fuck This City” was a finalist in the 2008 SXSW Click Film Fest and was chosen as an official selection for the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.

Studio 8 has collaborated on projects with various web and TV personalities and groups such as Fred Armisen, Tommy Wiseau, Joey Greco, Jennette McCurdy, Liam Kyle Sullivan, Tay Zonday, Carson Daly, and iJustine.

We have also produced and performed in all kinds of live shows at various festivals – HellYesFest, SXSW, NYC SketchFest, The Moontower Comedy Festival, The Montreal Comedy Festival Showcase, The Dirty South Improv Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Frontera Fest, the Del Close Marathon in NYC, and the Phoenix, Chicago, and Toronto Improv Festivals, among many others. Recently, Studio 8 and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema co-produced the first-of-its-kind wildly successful 2009-2012 Air Sex World Championships Tours.

The Dudes Who Run Studio 8

Chris Trew

Chris Trew – Co-Owner | Head Writer | Music | Producer/Actor

Chris Trew founded Studio8.net at LSU in 1999. Now, he lives in Austin, Texas where he helps manage Studio 8′s live theater and comedy training center, The New Movement. He’s won tons of awards for his improv comedy (Austin Chronicle Best Of 2006-2008) and has performed at almost every major comedy festival in North America. His nerdcore hip-hop act, Terp 2 it, was named Best Rapper in Austin (Austin 360) and recently released his third album, “Half Man/Half Beard.”

Brock LaBorde

Brock LaBorde – Co-Owner | Head Writer | Webmaster | Director/Editor/Producer/Actor

Brock writes. He also does everything else. He has written and produced hours of sketch comedy, tons of commercials and ad campaigns, countless short films, a few comedy albums, lots of humorous articles, two books, and plenty of feature-length and TV scripts. Currently, Brock is writing his third book, filming lots of TV/internet stuff, and lives as yet another drop in the piss-bucket of Hollywood’s TV & film industry. As a stand-up, sketch performer, and improviser, he has played on stages all across America. Brock is represented by WME Entertainment and Alan Siegel Entertainment.

Studio 8 also regularly works with the following directors and comedians:

Jared Richard

Jared Richard – Editor | Writer, Director, Producer |

Jared has been part of the Studio 8 team since 2001.
His website is web.me.com/jaredrichard
His twitter is @studio8jared
His email is jared@studio8.net
His favorite cake is apple pie.

Tami Nelson

Tami Nelson – Writer | Actor

Tami Nelson began her study of comedy at The Comedy Conservatory in New Orleans, LA. After Hurricane Katrina, Tami moved to Austin, TX, where she co-founded the improv training center,The New Movement Theater with Chris Trew. Tami has performed weekly at many of Austin’s most popular theaters, earning her reputation as one of the city’s most recognizable improv talents. She has received awards from The Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin in the categories of Improv and Comedy in 2006, 2007,and 2008, The B. Iden Payne Award in 2007 & 2008, Best of Fest 2008 at The Frontera Fest, and The Austin American Statesman’s A-List Best Improv Troupe 2008. Tami has actively toured the country, playing nearly every improv festival in the U.S. as well as touring the south, teaching workshops, and performing.

Aside from the above faces, there are others who pitch in part-time around here, and those people are: Dos Rios Films, Barry McLaughlin, Truston Aillet, & Mikey Felton.

Contact Information

Studio 8 in LA
Brock LaBorde
225-278-2032
brocklaborde@gmail.com

Studio 8 in Austin/New Orleans/Houston
Chris Trew
225-938-8242
christrew@gmail.com

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