This demo was my calling card for my post-Mad TV years in the early 2000’s. The music and impressions are definitely “of the time,” but I’m still proud of it as a synopsis of my contribution to the show.
Behind the Scenes
When we wrapped Season Five of Mad TV in the spring of 2000, I knew that my contract was up and that coming back would not be a sure thing for me. In fact, Fox was still deliberating at that point whether the show would even be returning for another year. I got a part in a pilot that spring – the role of a spaceship 1st officer in an ill-fated Star Trek parody – but I knew I needed more momentum.
Then I saw an episode of MTV’s Biorhythm that covered the career of Jim Carrey. The cutting style was manic and made Jim look like an absolute lunatic in the best possible way. I immediately started getting my Mad TV material together to cut a demo reel that did the same thing for me. Rich LaBrie, a great guy and talented Mad TV editor, worked with me on putting together the cut at a facility-for-hire in Burbank.
The weeks of hard work paid off; the reel ended up in the hands of Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, and later that year I was signed to a massive two-year holding deal at Dreamworks SKG. I appeared in Evolution and Spin City during that time and worked on numerous film and television concepts for them. Creatively it was a very exciting.
The lesson of this demo reel was poignant for me: when a vision for something seizes you, see it through and interesting things will follow.