Erica and Corinne have been writing partners since 2013 (they think?). They wrote a lot of garbage for the first year or so that you will never (and should never) see. Then, they made a very silly short film together called "Be the Change" and a weird and fun series for Internet Action Force called DIY Friends.
Corinne is a comedian, writer, and actor. Her first book, a humorous self-help parody, How to Success: A Writer's Guide To Fame and Fortune will be published in the spring of 2017 by Chronicle Books. She's studied both improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and has written for numerous websites including Refinery29, Bustle, HelloGiggles, and more. corinnecaputo.com
A graduate of NYU's film program, Erica also studied filming at FAMU in Prague, acting at Atlantic Theater Company, and improv comedy at UCB. Her screenplay Scattering Jake was a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships. Her short film "Too Sunny for Santa" screened at festivals across the country. You may have seen her in various national commercials. ericatachoir.com
Together, they wrote Life, After, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the series, acted in it, and assembled an incredible team to make the show happen. All of which they would describe as incredibly difficult (except for the incredible team part). They look forward to their next project (stay tuned!), and to Erica's wedding, where Corinne is expected to deliver an incredible speech as maid of honor (no pressure).
From Zach: "For my bio can you just put Corinne's bio including the name Corinne Caputo?"
From Corinne: Zach has appeared in a lot of really cool television and online shows including Broad City, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, High Maintenance, Crashing (HBO pilot from Judd Apatow), and Louis CK's web series Horace and Pete. You can see him perform most Tuesday nights at the UCB Theatre in NYC with his Harold team Mermaids. He is very funny and his roommate, Corinne Caputo, is the best in the world.
Have you ever seen a ghost? No.
Who's your favorite dead person? The dogs from Airbud.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Checking out the latest nominees. [Editors' Notes: We think this means Zach would go to the movies a lot.]
James is an actor, writer, and comedian living in New York City. He has been studying and performing improv and sketch at UCB, PIT and Magnet Theater since Fall 2008. You can catch him performing all around the city with sketch duo Coker & Stratton and PIT house improv team The Lunchmen. He has appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock, Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and in videos for Funny Or Die and MTV. James’ writing credits include sketch shows Coker & Stratton: 30 And Loving It!, Coker & Stratton: Brand Whores, Mascot For Hire, Revive 45: Central Florida Public Access Telethon, the Channel 101 web series Skate City and the web series The Other Kennedys. James also starred in a pilot that was featured in the 2013 New York Television Festival titled Classless, which he wrote with Nick Bernardone (Hot Garbage Video, 30 Rock).
Have you ever seen a ghost? One time in a pottery class things got weird.
Who's your favorite dead person? Too many to choose from. So many people have died.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Drinking without consequences.
Jude Bowers is a model/actor living on a barrier island outside of NYC. He began his career at age 5. He has worked with Heidi Klum, Oscar De La Renta, Lindsey Wixon, and many others in the industry. He loves walking the runway, but his favorite thing to do is acting. He has been so close to being chosen as the lead role in several feature films, has been in commercials, a soon to be released horror film, and is about to star in a scripted television show with his four brothers who also have names that begin with J. Jude surfs, collects sea glass, and invents things in his free time.
Have you ever seen a ghost? I think I saw a ghost in the last house I lived in. Our town is in the top five haunted towns in NJ. I know my mom saw her. I wasn't scared because she just likes to vacuum.
Who's your favorite dead person? Michael Jackson is my favorite dead person. I love his music, he is a good dancer, and he made people happy.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? If I was a ghost I would most enjoy spying on people and doing April Fools day pranks. I do those now and it's so funny, it would be cooler if I was a ghost because then I could do better pranks to people.
Shamikah Christina Martinez is an actor-filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. After working in the music video industry for several years, she tapped into her funny bones and trained at The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre, where she found her true calling to tell honest stories and laugh as much as possible in life. Behind the camera, Shamikah is a founder and partner of MAD Pictures, and is currently in development deal writing a comedy show for TruTV with her duo Austin Martinez Comedy. Although she is a cinephile who spends most of her time watching films, she also makes time for yoga, painting, and traveling (her 2 favorite places are Costa Rica and Madrid).
Shamikah thanks the ghost of Salvador Dalí for helping her find her way to performing.
Jacob A. Ware co-starred in "Fix My Crank III" which premiered at the 2015 NYC Porn Film Festival presented by PornHub (all these things happened). His comedy has been featured on The Huffington Post, JASH, Back9Network, CollegeHumor, CH2, Chicago Pride, and at Nitehawk Cinema. He most recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Twitter: @jacobaware
Have you ever seen a ghost? No, but I haven't really been looking. So maybe I have?
Who's your favorite dead person? I don't know about "favorite" but I do like that Bela Lugosi was buried wearing his Dracula costume.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Oh, the classic stuff like abruptly turning on electronics at full volume, or like, standing in hallways.
Betsy Kenney is a writer and performer living in New York City. She performs weekly with her UCB Harold team Mermaids. Betsy is also a member of the Annoyance improv team Gun Club. Betsy produces and hosts monthly shows around the city including Matt & Betsy Do Music (UCB) and You are Heard: An Interactive Comedy Show about feelings. Betsy plays 8 year old Bode Locke in the audio book rendition of the critically acclaimed graphic novel, Locke and Key. Betsy has been featured on Splitsider, Vice, Time Out, IndieWire, Huffington Post, College Humor and Funny or Die. You can also find her in national TV commercials being "the quirky one."
Have you ever seen a ghost? No, I have never seen a ghost but maybe I have and I didn't know they were a ghost. Maybe some of my best friends and co-workers are ghosts. Hmmm.
Who's your favorite dead person? My favorite DEAD person is Jerry Garcia because I think he has a very nice voice.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? I would love to host parties with all of my friends and be the ghostess with the mostess if you know what i mean ;)
Erica Hernandez is an actor, writer, and singer in New York City. She's a graduate of Fordham University's theatre program, and a current advanced student at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where she began studying in 2013. Erica recently finished writing her first book, a cathartic memoir covering her journey through the food service industry one misadventure and piece of free bread at a time. She spends the rest of her time acting in things like commercials, films, sketch comedy and Spanish, and singing for her unwilling neighbors through the walls. She performs improv regularly with her teams Open Relationship, The Picklebacks and her new Spanish improv team, Los Profesores. www.erica-hernandez.com
Have you ever seen a ghost? I walked out of my house in the suburbs by myself when I was two. I didn't see a ghost but before I got picked up by some neighbors my mother says I say I saw a guardian angel. Again, I was two.
Who’s your favorite dead person? Probably my Oma. She was awesome.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Pretending to run into a wall but then going through it, just running through everything.
Eli Grober is a writer and improvisor living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and in The New Yorker. He is most well-known for his portrayal of Harvey Johnson's dad in a middle school production of Bye Bye Birdie.
Have you ever seen a ghost? Yes. The ghost of Santa
Who's your favorite dead person? Santa.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Replacing Santa.
Emily Bogue is a UCB-trained comedian who performs improv and characters all over New York City's finest indie venues (or, as her dad would call them, "bars") and has appeared indistinguishably in the background of 30 Rock, Americas Next Top Model, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can also catch her in her day job as a quality engineer at Adobe, her freelance time as an illustrator for various comedic and day-drinking-related projects, or her erratic tweeting as @emilady.
Have you ever seen a ghost? Of course – they always hit you back up eventually when they're drunk.
Who's your favorite dead person? Don't be silly, honey; I love all my dead people the same.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Not being allergic to everything!
Brennan Lee Mulligan is an improviser, writer, and actor hailing from the mean streets of the Hudson Valley and the verdant forests of Hell's Kitchen. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in Screenwriting, and from SUNY Ulster with a degree in Philosophy. Brennan co-starred in the MTV Other web series "Teachers Lounge" and has had his writing optioned, purchased and produced. He is the writer of the award-winning webcomic "Strong Female Protagonist", which was listed as one of i09's Top Ten Best New and Short Webcomics. He has appeared in videos for College Humor, Comedy Central, Above Average, and received an Excellence in Performance Award from the NY Fringe Festival. He is a part owner of the Wayfinder Experience, a live-action roleplaying summer camp for kids and teens, and is also a proud cast member of the nationally acclaimed Story Pirates. Of his many accomplishments, Brennan is perhaps most proud of the time a cantaloupe was thrown at him in his living room and he chopped it perfectly in half with a sword. You can catch Brennan performing with his Harold team Women & Men, or see him performing around town with his indie teams Warren, GIRLS and Hungry Boys. You might also just see him around town, in which case, come up and say hi!
Have you ever seen a ghost? Thousands, all of them trapped inside of living bodies, waiting to escape. Too dark?
Who's your favorite dead person? Tom Davis, my philosophy professor who passed away in 2008! He was one of my favorite living people, and death's icy clutches have not changed that!
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Organizing some sort of ghost army to rail against whatever tyrants enforce the immutable laws of the afterlife.
Since graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Lipica has thrived on collaborative work on both stage and screen, with a passion for helping develop new works. She made her Off-Broadway debut as the female lead in The New Group musical Bunty Berman Presents… and has appeared on stages across New York and regionally. She can also be found on the big screen in the films Arbitrage, Admission, and the indie Let’s Be Out, The Sun Is Shining (NYIFF Best Actress nomination), and television shows Limitless, American Odyssey, HAPPYish, The Following, Person of Interest, White Collar, Pokémon, and Onion SportsDome. She is currently recording a lead voice in a new cartoon and will be shipping off to the Gulfshore Playhouse in Florida to work on another new play. Lipica enjoys traveling, cooking (and eating), crossword puzzles, anything involving dark chocolate, and running outdoors. Proud member: SAG-AFTRA and AEA. www.LipicaShah.com
Have you ever seen a ghost? Nope!
Who’s your favorite dead person? I'm not sure about favorite, but there are TOO MANY dead people I want to have a conversation with over a nice cocktail. Can ghosts drink?! At this very moment, it's a toss up between picking Oliver Sacks' brain and Rachel Carson's. I admire both of them- their work, their writing, the influence they had on their times- so much and I just really need us all to be friends. I hope they like scotch.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? No one else can see me, right? I think I'd really enjoy letting my evil prankster side loose and freaking all the living people out!
Ronald is a Bahamian-born, Brooklyn-based actor and teaching artist. Upcoming: Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre/P73), The Next Great American Webseries. New York: LOVEPLAY/PLAYMONEY (La MaMa), I'll Never Love Again (Drama League), BOATS And (Ars Nova), Debutante (Ars Nova), New Saloon's I'm Miserable But Change Scares Me (The Brick), Tilly the Trickster (Atlantic Theater Company). Readings/workshops: Yale, OSF, LAByrinth, EST, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, NYTW, PS122, Atlantic Theater Co, Lincoln Center Theater, Soho Rep, Drama League, Dramatists Guild, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, Bushwick Starr, Pipeline, New Georges and the Lark. Regional: The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage; Miami New Drama); The American Shakespeare Center (Blackfriars Theater) performing 30 roles in 13 plays over 3 seasons. Training: NYU Tisch. www.ronaldalexanderpeet.com
Have you ever seen a ghost? In passing, yes.
Who’s your favorite dead person? Sam Cooke for his soul and James Baldwin for his authenticity.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Witnessing the ever-increasing wonder of what mankind is capable of creating.
David Joseph Craig is a comedic writer, actor and producer, who can be seen performing at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, as well as the stages of many improv and sketch theaters throughout New York and Los Angeles including UCB, Groundlings, IO West, Second City, People’s Improv Theater, and Magnet. Craig’s recent on-screen work includes the upcoming indie feature PERMISSION, Joel Edgerton’s THE GIFT, and the SXSW, award-winning short, DOG FOOD. On the web, Craig has created and starred in WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU TELL SOMEONE YOU ARE GAY, BACHELORETTE WITH A KNIFE and SIMPLY PLIMPTON — Craig’s web series that follows the fictitious, yet extremely hilarious life of 80’s television and film icon Martha Plimpton.
Have you ever seen a ghost? Only on Halloween and only in the sheet-form.
Who's your favorite dead person? I’m going to change this question and answer who my favorite fictional ghost is, because I NEED to give a shout out to Cathy Moriarty’s villainous ghost Carrigan Crittenden in the 1995 Devon Sawa-classic Casper. I mean… what a solid bitch!
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Playing tricks on birds.
Lily Du is a comedic performer and writer based in New York City. She studied improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she also performed on a house improv team. Lily has appeared in videos on MTV, MTV Other, Above Average and UCB Comedy. Videos she's created have been featured on Splitsider, Daily Dot, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Refinery29, and Dan Savage's blog. Lily grew up in Rockville, MD, and is a Smith College alum. She always has snacks in her bag. Always.
Have you ever seen a ghost? I don't believe in ghosts. Sorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Who's your favorite dead person? I can't think of a favorite but I did cry a lot when I found out Alan Rickman passed this year.
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? Making friends with creepy children.
Lane Kwederis is an actor, writer, and improviser based in NYC. Television credits include Broad City, Master of None, and Netflix Presents: The Characters. She has performed on house teams at Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theater, and The Magnet Theater. She likes to pole dance and do aerial silk acrobatics. She also likes to pretend her cat is actually her birth child. www.lanekwederis.com
Have you ever seen a ghost? One time and one time only. I felt something over me as I slept in my apartment in Stuyvesant Town (which was a housing project for World War II veterans in NYC so you know there had to be a lot of older men that died there). I opened my eyes and saw very clearly an old man's face staring down at me with a small smile and a white beard. I LEAPT out of bed while screaming "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!" while also switching on the light. Apparently I'm a pro when it comes to multitasking involving ghosts. Once the light was on he was gone. There is always the possibility that it was a dream but the fact that I saw him so clearly and reacted instantaneously as though I was already awake and fully alert is a good argument that it was not. But mostly I believe the ghost was real because I just know it in my bones. Spooky.
Who's your favorite dead person? Mother Teresa. What a nice lady!
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? I would definitely enjoy freaking out mean people. People wouldn't be "scared straight" anymore. They would be "scared sweet"! I'm also really hoping I can fly. Fingers crossed!
Nicole Pasquale is an actor, writer, comedian, and host based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska she studied at the American Musical and Dramatic, the New School, the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Second City in Chicago. A proud former host of the improv indie darling show Kaleidoscope and the video series Mic Check, you can now catch her performing monthly with Live Dubbed Sitcoms at Videology and starting in April with "Dr. Brothers" at UCB Chelsea. She loves what she does and she loves her dog J, even though J chewed up and destroyed two expensive vibrators.
Have you ever seen a ghost? Never seen a ghost. Kind of want to. Kind of don't.
Who's your favorite dead person? Chris Farley. That guy was always fun, which is kind of sad but in the afterlife it'd probably be less sad. Also the image of ghost Chris Farley makes me happy?
If you were a ghost, what would you most enjoy doing? I'd pull a lot of pranks and would def put myself in portraits and make the eyes move.
Tessa Treanor is a producer based in New York City. Originally from the UK she moved to the United States to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She associate produced the independent feature film “Kilimanjaro” starring Brian Geraghty, Abigail Spencer, and Jim Gaffigan, which premiered at SXSW. Since then, she's gone on to produce and production manage for commercial, documentary and narrative projects. Her clients have included Coffee-mate, Corona, Dropbox, Enterprise, Hanes, LOFT, Nestea, Oscar Mayer, Oreo, Simply, Skinny Cow and Subway. She's also produced narrative content that has premiered and won awards at festivals around the world including Vancouver International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
Paul Penczner is a director and editor. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he is the owner of the Brooklyn based post production company Fortnight Post. Previously, he worked as a director at Buffalo Picture House. He edited the feature film “King Jack,” which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award. He has directed and edited a wide range of short films, comedy sketch videos, commercials, and web series. In 2010, he was selected for the American Cinema Editors Internship Program. He worked as an assistant editor on a variety of feature films and documentaries.
He's also engaged to Erica (gasp!). They're getting married next May.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Matthew Troy began his career in cinematography after graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. A student of the celluloid film process, Matthew's expertise now includes 16mm, 35mm, HD digital, and Phantom high speed cinematography. His work on the short films "Respiracion" (35mm), "When the Dogs Cried Out" (RED), and "Too Sunny for Santa" (CineAlta) earned him a faculty commendation in cinematography while at NYU. His work has been featured at the BFI London Film Festival, Newport Beach, TriBeCa, SoHo, and Santa Barbara festivals, including his debut feature "Chasing Yesterday" shot in 2014. He has held key positions in the grip and electrical department on multiple independent feature films and has shot commercial and sketch comedy videos for HGTV, PNC Bank, and College Humor. Matthew continues developing his craft in cinematography while also teaching at NYU. He’s also a proud volunteer firefighter and EMT.
Andrea Aidekman is a production designer, props fabricator, graphic designer, and stylist. She started styling interiors a few years ago and has slowly morphed into a one woman art department for film and television. She is still very good at making beds and decorating kitchens. She has worked on crime shows, cooking shows, commercials, print ad campaigns, and most importantly, a comedy web series.
Andrea also makes comics that almost always include her cat. She likes jokes and candy. andreaaidekman.com
The Life, After team would like to thank the following people for their contributions to our project:
Ivonick Desbiens Musique
Susie & Peter Kurys
Erin Mallory Long
Big Duane Miller
Becky & Ray Panknin
Nancy & Marius Penczner
Scott C. Reynolds
Mark J. Sokolowski
Jerry & Ellie Sweeney
Meghan & Tyler Zeruk