Freddy is a comedic web series about the lives of an out of work actor and his ex-actor, now therapist friend, Charlene (Charly). Although he tries awfully hard, Freddy doesn't have much luck in securing acting employment. To continue to pay his rent, our hero has determined to take whatever part time positions he can get, always hoping for his "Big Break". On the other hand, Charly has been much more practical. You see, after trodding the audition trail for years, she decided to expend her boundless energy on work that might actually result in an income. She took an internet course, and now proudly displays her diploma as a duly qualified therapist.
We follow the professional and personal relationships of these long-time best friends as they navigate through the ever changing landscape of our times. Will Freddy ever succeed in finding happiness?... Or will Charly eventually drive him a little more crazy than he already is?...Or vice versa?...Will they ever get together?
Bryan is a stand up comedian from New York. He can be seen touring nationally opening for Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer. In March 2020, Bryan’s first album, Jim Breuer Presents: Bryan McKenna, “The Fight is Never Over” debuted at number 1 on iTunes.
When not on tour Bryan performs regularly at various NYC comedy clubs.
Born and raised in Charlestown, West Virginia, Carly started acting and dancing in regional theatre at age five and continued to study dance through her teen years. She studied acting for four years at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University. Since moving to New York City, Carly has performed in theatre, TV and film productions and has produced the films All You Can Eat (2018), and Bananas (Are Going Extinct) (2020).
Our Very TalentedCast
They Have Freddy's Back
Our Team is delighted and grateful to have received so much encouragement and
inspiration from so many in these early stages of Freddy's development. We are
honored to include each of their names here as a lasting tribute to their support.
Ellyn G Tommy M Ariana T Jim B Mindy V
Roberta G Barbie S Nathan K Ana D Dawn S
MaryAnn M Dee O. Lorraine C JohnG Craig S
Marlene R Gary D Jibby R Rick S Damon H
Jillian W Aviva S Anthony C Karen S Peggy C
Nancy h Ann S Renata K Bob B Ruben R
Pat B Roy B Mauricio S Moe R Diana C
Ted K Jamie S Bart R Rachel G Lidia B
Austin T Jane K
* The Handyman: Officially Selected at the LA Web Series Festival. Now through June 6th.
* Los Angeles Comedy Film & Screenplay Festival Official Selection. June 10.
* The Handyman is an Official Selection of the NY Short Film Tuesdays Festival. Watch this space for the screening date.
* Finalist: Best Comedy Series episode Award at the Houston Comedy FF August 13
* The Handyman winner: the Best Short Comedy Award at the American Filmatic Arts Awards Festival, February, 2022.
* The Brightside Film Festival: two Award Nominations:
Best Micro Comedy; and Bryan McKenna; Best Actor, Comedy.
* Finalist: Best Comedy Series episode Award Finalist at the Texas Film Fest.
* The Handyman is an Official Selection of the Reno Comedy Film Festival.
RON CHRIS MAURICIO PAUL JOE
Ron Basci, Executive Producer, Writer. Decades of experience as a writer, public affairs professional and producer have provided Ron with the expertise required to successfully complete the Freddy project. He wrote and produced the internationally acclaimed short film, The First Responder, and his An Immigrant Remembers documentary short was aired nationally. His company is Promenade Productions, LLC.
Christopher Robert Thompson, Executive Producer, Writer. Chris grew up in western New York and is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia State with a BA in Theatre Arts. He has been doing film work in New York ever since his arrival twenty years ago. He has had major roles in: The First Responder, Agency L&F, Lost in Russia. Dead Reckoning, Jefftown, and Please Don’t Take Me There. Freddy marks his producing debut.
Joe Perce, Creative Consultant, was voted "BEST Improvisational Comic of 1989", by Backstage Magazine. Joe's credits include 35 years of Improvisational Comedy with such groups as "The First Amendment", Chicago City Limits", and ”Comedy Mind Spill”. He has appeared in dozens of commercials garnering a CLEO award for Best Male performer in a Pontiac Firebird commercial. Joe’s teaching credits include, "Improvisation and Film", at NYU Tisch; "Improvisation", "The Actors Comedy Workshop" and "Film History & Genres" at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and "Beginning Improvisation" at Caroline's Comedy Club.
Mauricio Soto, Director of Photography. Mauricio was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He studied film and television production at the University of Westminster, in London. After graduation Mauricio moved to NY where he freelanced in the film, tv, print and web industries in various production capacities. He has worked his way up to numerous gigs as a producer, editor and director of photography. Mauricio worked with Ron and Chris on The First Responder short film.
Paul Sladkus, Music Consultant. Paul is a veteran producer and television executive. Growing up in a musically proficient family, Paul is a master at composition, performance and various instruments. An over four decades long career has Paul working on over 150 shows and series for CBS and PBS, including: All In The Family, The Carol Burnett Show and The Nature Series. Paul wrote and performed the music for The First Responder, and is a long time team member.
Edward C. (Ted) Kramer, Legal Counsel. (not shown) No serious professional production should be without competent legal representation and Ted is among the best. He has worked closely with Ron for nearly forty years and with Promenade Productions since it was created.
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