There’s a best kept secret in Los Angeles. A place where stories come to life two nights every week. A place where screenwriters test out new awesome material. And a place where actors amaze an audience and improve their cold reading skills and comedic timing at the same time.
This place is Deadline Junkies It's a select group of 30 screenwriters and about 2 dozen marvelous actors and actresses who are regulars. Every week, 6 new stories are developed at 2 theaters. 3 scripts for each theater. The drama group meets on Monday nights in North Hollywood. Their stories will shock you, haunt you, and thrill you. The comedy group meets on Tuesdays and their stories will make you laugh your ass off! They've been meeting in Sherman Oaks for the past 8 Years. And now another group for both genres is in the works for Wednesdays. Today, Deadline Junkies is undeniably L.A.s Best Screenwriters Group and Actors Community.
Deadline Junkies Comedy has been an institution for kick-ass jokes. There are stories I've seen in here that I will never forget. To name a few of my favorites over the years, “Abe Lincoln 2020” by Shannon Mier, “My Boyfriend is an Alien" by Joey Hargrove, and "The Meat Cleaver Massacre" by Ashley Scott Meyers.
Deadline Junkies Drama is more recent and was started last year by multi-talented Michael Stagliano. This guy can act, write, and on top it all, he’s super nice. If Michael was in the NFL he would win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Michael has assembled incredibly gifted storytellers. Some of my favorite writers on Mondays include Dan Benamor, Rale Sidebottom, and Jorjeana Marie. The Drama in this room is what TNT wishes it could be all the time.
With 2 talented groups, Deadline Junkies is a powerhouse of remarkable storytelling and exceptional acting. TheTrue Deadline Junkies who constantly come up with new pages every 5 weeks and challenge themselves become most successful. There were a couple rough seasons here and there over the years. When people repeated pages too much, it became way less fun. But those years and ex-writers are over! Today, Deadline Junkies is now the best it’s ever been!
For writers, the experience of a table read on stage by professional actors is priceless. The actors are truly incredible. Many times, when I'm not sure a joke will work, I'll test it out at DJs. Then I'll experience an actor such as Ray Carillo, Meagan Prahl, or David Pinion knock that joke out of the park! And they saved that joke's life. These actors make my writing stronger and my jokes funnier.
I’ve been part of the comedy group since 2010. I feel I keep learning every week from brainstorming notes and joke pitches and hearing from fellow writers. Some of the best jokes I’ve ever heard in my life have come from Comedy DJs. Some comedian all-stars include Phillip Mottaz, Cristy Murphy, Shannon Mier, Jeff Harms, Kelly Kurowski, and David Halle.
DJs has made me hone my craft. It has kept my creative mind sharp and made me constantly write. Writing is no longer a task, but a habit. The deadline of having 25 - 30 NEW pages every 5 weeks is thrilling. From that deadline, I've written over 10 feature screenplays, 5 TV pilots, countless web series episodes, and scripts I can't even remember. Several of these scripts were then produced or sold. I also presented TV specs for "Broad City, "The Goldbergs" and ""Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
Having a supportive group of screenwriters and actors is so amazing to have in this city. Anyone is welcome to audit. Deadline Junkies started with one man, Adam Strange in July 2009. Soon, Ashley Scott Meyers joined the group. Ashley is now in charge of the comedy group. You may recognize him from the Selling Your Screenplay podcast. Michael started the Drama branch in July 2017. And now it seems the success of Deadline Junkies screenwriters and actors is always ascending.
Deadline Junkies Drama
Mondays - 7 - 10
The Whitmore-Lindley Theater
11006 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Deadline Junkies Comedy
Tuesday 7 - 10
Open Stage West
14336 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
New! Deadline Junkies The 3rd. (Comedy and Drama) Starting 4/4
Wednesdays 7 - 10
The Sherry Theater
11052 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
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