We've all heard that cheesy simile of how being a working artist is like being the CEO of your own business, right? In that spirit, I'd like to report that my "company" had a productive fourth quarter! What a hectic and exciting fall we had here at Gilli Messer Actress/Writer, Inc...
YouTube Red released Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television. I guest starred in episode 5 alongside Ryan Hansen and Samira Wiley!
Found out I was a finalist for Film Independent's Project Involve.
In November, I updated my reel. But really, November was the month of MEME QUEENS, the web series I co-wrote and acted in with my comedy sister Jessica Caesar! We released a full season of the show on Elizabeth Banks' female-driven comedy platform, WhoHaha, on YouTube, got tons of great press on the show, and even did a live interview about it. If you haven't watched MEME QUEENS yet, what are you waiting for?!
I shot a fun supporting role in a new indie film that I'll tell you more about later when I'm allowed to! In the meantime, here's a BTS photo of me on set!
Found out I was a finalist for the Fox 21 Writers Lab.
Would it even be a month if we didn't have another screening of The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club? In December, the show was an official selection for the Hollyshorts Film Festival's Monthly Screening Series. This time, we screened at the TCL Chinese Theatre!
AND YES, I REALIZE A QUARTER HAS THREE MONTHS, NOT FOUR, BUT I HADN'T UPDATED MY BLOG SINCE AUGUST, OKAY???
Throughout the entire fall, I was writing for the CBS Sketch Comedy Diversity Showcase, which goes up next week at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood!! If you're in LA, reserve your tickets HERE now!
Hope to see you there!!
Some amazing updates to share about Dog Park, the short film I wrote and acted in:
- We WON Best Comedy Short at the Nice International Film Festival
- We WON Best Editing at the Madrid International Film Festival
- We are nominated for Best Actress in a Short (aka yours truly!) at the Berlin International Film Festival
- We were just accepted to the Silicon Valley Film Festival, which takes place in NorCal in mid-December
- We are nominated for Best Actress in a Short (again, aka yours truly!) at the Action On Film International Film Festival in Las Vegas, where our amazing director, Katie Enright, is also nominated for Best First Time Filmmaker (get it girl!)
- The short is screening TONIGHT at 8 pm in the Action On Film International Film Festival in Las Vegas. If you happen to be in Sin City this evening, come support us and buy tix HERE
All of these exciting updates have led me to declare today DOG PARK DAY. So Happy Dog Park Day, everybody!!
It's no secret that I've always been quite the francophile, and as of late, my artistic and cultural passions have been coinciding. Last month, I played a French teacher on American Housewife, and now, two of my writing/acting projects are being featured in film festivals in France: The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club is heading to Paris as part of the Paris Play Film Festival this summer (check out our page HERE), and Dog Park is at the Nice International Film Festival in Southern France this week, where it's nominated for Best Short and Best Director! I think this is a a good excuse to eat a croissant.
Newly edited with a fresh clip!! Check it out!!
Between working as an actress, an academic tutor, and just living in Los Angeles, I spend a lot of time in the car. Needless to say, podcasts have become as essential to my driving routine as Waze or gas (okay, maybe not that essential). From The Moth to This American Life to Serial, a good story gets me through the traffic (and even prompts me to sit in my car until I finish a story, if it's that good). Up until now, the only time my voice has ever "appeared" on a podcast was in an episode of the Nerdist Writers Panel Live Show, in which I asked a question, so, yeah...though I'm a huge fan of podcasts, I've never been on one: that is, until today! Shortly after publishing my first piece on McSweeney's on Valentine's Day, a fellow humor writer contacted me on Twitter and invited me to be a guest on her writing podcast, Behind the Prose. I think that is the most 2017 thing I've ever said, but it's the truth! Check out the episode I'm featured on as well as other episodes hosted by the amazing Keysha Whitaker by clicking on the image below:
If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe via iTunes or blogtalkradio!
A Valentine for the dystopian times we live in, written by moi!
Read it, share it, comment on it, laugh at it, and enjoy it below.
Calling all dog lovers and anglophiles: Dog Park, the short film that I wrote and acted in, has just been accepted to the 2017 London International Film Festival! I'm proud to announce that the film is also nominated for Best Comedy Short and Best Actor. Here are the official laurels as proof so you know I'm not making this up:
This is exciting news for many reasons, obviously, but especially because this project marked the directorial debut of my dear friend and partner in crime, Katie Enright. Congrats, Katie!
Check out some fun stills from the film below. And yes, that's a pig actress.
The festival runs from February 11th to the 18th, so if you happen to be in London, come watch and support us!
Earlier this week was the 15th Annual ABC Discovers Talent Showcase, which I was lucky enough to participate in as a writer for my second consecutive year! A scene that I wrote was featured in the New York showcase at New World Stages in 2015, and this year I got to experience the same showcase on my home turf here in LA at the El Portal Theatre. Don't believe me? See the selfie evidence below (featuring the lovely and talented Jessica Caesar):
Still aren't sure what to think? Check out the official press release HERE!
Thanks for the support!
GoodGame, the hilarious web series I work on, is back from hiatus with new episodes! Check out the latest below, and be sure subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch episodes 1 - 3 if you haven't yet. It's like Friday Night Lights - okay, it's nothing like FNL - but it IS like FNL in that you can watch this whether or not you play video games and still enjoy it (the way I love me some Tim Riggins even though I know nothing about football).
If you're like me, and you love a romantic utensil story, then this short film's for you! Watch, like, share...eat it up with a spoon!
Are you in LA?! Are you free on Wednesday, June 15th? Do you want to support The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club, other upcoming filmmakers, and have a drink with me? If you answered "yes" to some or all of these questions, then I cordially invite you to come celebrate as we screen episode 3 of The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club LIVE at Web Series Unplugged!
***1960s vintage attire strongly suggested/encouraged!***
WHO: The DLWBC!
WHAT: Web Series Unplugged
WHERE: El Cid (Silverlake)
4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90029
WHEN: Wednesday June 15th:
8pm Pre-Show Cocktail mixer/Dinner party
$10 cover at the door – 21+
See you there?
I'm thrilled to announce that The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club, a web series that I created, wrote, produced, and acted in, is having its official release next Friday, May 13th. By my side were three amazing actress-producers and partners in this endeavor, Katie Enright, Malerie Grady, and Ali Bayless. Directed by Emmy-winner Mary Lou Belli, I'm particularly proud that we had so many women both in front of and behind the camera on this project! Of course, we also had a fantastic group of men who made this project happen too! I'm talking about Jimmy Gadd, Charlie Dougherty, Paul Cristo...I could go on and on! The point is, click on the photo below to watch our trailer, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you don't miss a beat once we release our episodes next week! And while you're at it, fan us on Facebook too. Please?
A wise millennial once said, "An emoji is worth a thousand words." That millennial was me! I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be performing in an in-concert version of Emojiland, a new musical about your favorite smartphone icons, at Rockwell on May 9th. I'll be playing one half of the "Woman with Bunny Ears" emoji, aka this:
Tickets are going fast, so make sure you book them asap: TICKETS
See you there!
Check out my new spot for IBM, in which I play the ultimate #girlboss. Enjoy!
Happy New Year! I'm excited to share The Actrish Phrasebook, a lil' article I wrote for PYPO, an amazing new platform for all things female-driven-comedy related. If you don't believe me, just read what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about it! Trust me...it's the next big thing, and you heard it here, on my website, first. Remember that!
If you like what you see/read, be sure to PYPEin!
...a little sultry tune on this gray day? Enjoy!