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 – 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 – 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 – Editor | Writer, Director, Producer |
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.
Over the years we’ve managed to get all sorts of real-life press. Here are some of our favorites:
- Review: A Celebration of the Unremarkable at The New Movement Theater [Comedy] – The Austinist – 6/12/10
- Atom.com opens third season on Comedy Central late-night – The Comic’s Comic – 5/20/10
- Atom Ignites Online Originals – AdWeek – 5/20/10
- Atom.com to Develop a Dozen Web Originals – MediaWeek – 5/20/10
- Atom Has Announced A Whole Bunch Of New Series – Atom.com – 5/19/10
- Atom.com Announces Reloaded Original Programming Slate – Forbes – 5/19/10
- ‘M’Larky’, ‘Homeless’, ‘Neil’, ‘Munchie’ Headline Atom’s Packed Slate – TubeFilter – 5/19/10
- For Comedy Duo, Fun Comes in Teaching Others How to Do Improv – Austin360 – 6/4/09
- The New Movement’s “Off Night On” Wants You – Austin Decider – 5/13/09
- Chris Trew & Tami Nelson Radio Interview – Backline Show – 3/3/09
- Announcing: The New Movement Theater & Studio8.net – Austin Eavesdropper – 2/26/09
- Local Flavor Comedy Tour – WLBT – 2/16/09
- Having a Laugh with Comedy Tour – Clarion Ledger – 2/12/09
- Tami Nelson and Chris Trew’s New Movement – Austin Decider – 2/11/09
- Various Studio 8 personalities perform at See.Hear.Speak Fest – The Austinist – 1/16/09
- Terp 2 It Interview on Roxwel – The Austinist – 1/5/09
- Interview with Brock LaBorde about various Studio 8 projects – vE3tro.com – 12/19/08
- The Travesty Interview – Terp2It – Texas Travesty – 12/1/08
- Chris Trew & Brock LaBorde Interviewed on GeekScape – Geekscape.net – 11/28/08
- iJustine gets Lost in America with Studio 8 – Zimbio – 11/19/08
- iJustine, Karen Get Lost in America With AT&T – AdRants – 11/19/08
- NewTeeVee’s Review of Studio 8′s Series “Lost in America” – NewTeeVee.com - 11/13/08
- Lost in America – Social Media Case Study – SoftRatty – 11/9/08
- FunFunFun Fest – The Bald Heretic – 11/9/08
- Terp2It @ FunFunFunFest – Austin Sound – 11/8/08
- Are We Having Fun Fun Fun Yet? – Austin Decider – 11/8/08
- Director Wes Craven Chooses Studio 8 Video to be Featured on Front Page of YouTube – 10/31/08
- Studio 8′s Series “Commercial Dudes” Review – TVWeek.com – 9/6/08
- Studio 8′s Video “Terp Perfume” on RevverLive – LiveVideo – 9/5/08
- Real or Fake? Do We Even Care? – TVWeek.com – 6/17/08
- Girl Does Battle With Mangy Mane. Bikini Zone Saves Day – AdGabber – 6/13/08
- Terp2It Wins Best Rapper in Austin – Austin360 – 5/29/08
- SXSW Spotlight: Nerdcore Rising – Onion A.V. Club – 3/10/08
- See.Hear.Speak 3: Austinist Interviews Brock LaBorde – The Austinist – 1/26/08
- Is Web Video a Threat to TV? – The Wall Street Journal – 8/07/07
- Dungeons, Dragons and Dope Beats – The New York Times – 8/5/07
- Shootya 12-sided Die: Drive-by Interview with Terp2it – The Austinist – 7/26/07
- 1 a.m.: No Sloppy Seconds – Austin Chronicle – 7/20/07
- The A-List: Terp 2 It at Emo’s – Austin360 – 5/20/07
- Interview at the Break.com & NBC E-List Party – 11/30/06
- Mission: Improvable – Austin Chronicle – 8/25/06
- Their Big Break – 225 Magazine – 7/1/06
- The 2006 Hot List – TV Week.com – 6/29/06 (REQUIRES REGISTRATION TO READ)
- Break.com to Incubate Original Online Video Content from Web Auteurs – Yahoo News – 4/27/06
- Break set for Web content – Variety – 4/27/06
- Comedy in NOLA: Some Things You Can’t Wash Away – Dead Frog – 3/1/06
- For New Orleans Satire Site, Hurricane Not So Funny – Check Please – 10/31/05
- The Usual Suspects – Studio 8 Entertainment – Take 2 Magazine – 10/31/04
- LSU’s Studio 8 is Brilliant – Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly – 8/1/03 (PDF Format)
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