Empire Control Room
"...Hell of an intro, that, fueling Arthur Brown's incendiary 1968 single to the top of the charts. "Fire" burned all the way to No..."
"..."I would say that, if there's a de facto leader, it's Dave," says Bradley Jackson, sitting at the HUMORdy boardroom's large table, around which are also seated Ward, Nazer, actors Mike MacRae and Byron Brown, and your reporter. "Because it was Dave's brainchild," says Jackson, "and he's the one of us, I think we can all agree, who does the most work."..."
"...He did those in Georgia while studying film at Savannah College of Art and Design. And now here he is in the ATX, along with his SCAD buddies Nate Sakulich and Josh Jones, along with new friends Byron Brown and Kirk Johnson, to foment further celebration of Hollywood's biggest lowbrow spectacles...."
"...About those actors. Although at its heart the film is a kind of buddy-pic love triangle between Orlando, Virginia, and Kip, a bevy of talented Austin comedians fill out a large supporting cast that features local favorites John Merriman and Byron Brown of the improv troupe Bad Boys..."
"...Soderberghian undertones aside, Pictures of Superheroes is a tightly edited look at the hapless, inertial life of maid-for-hire Marie (played to deadpan perfection by Kerri Lendo) as it intersects with manic businessman Eric (McCormick, going for full-bore suit-and-tie lunacy), candy-devouring man-child Joe (John Merriman), and Eric (Byron Brown), Marie's sleazy, clueless ex-boyfriend. Maybe it's a film about the existential ennui of Marie's dull grind of a life, or possibly a celebration of adults who eat ice cream for breakfast; mainly, though, Pictures of Superheroes is a terrific, and odd, ensemble piece with what seems like at least half of Austin's best actors popping up in every other scene...."
"...Improvement Club Director/Screenwriter: Dayna Hanson When their big gig falls through, a ragtag, avant-garde performance group with a political message struggles to find their audience―and the motivating force behind their work. Cast: Magge Brown, Dave Proscia, Wade Madsen, Jessie Smith, Pol Rosenthal (World Premiere)..."
"...Their new feature – which has its world premiere April 1 at the Dallas International Film Festival – was directed and co-written by Elrod, co-written and shot by Smith, and stars a who's who of local character actors, including John Merriman, Byron Brown, and real-life couple Macon Blair and Lee Eddy. For Elrod, who has had several shorts premiere at SXSW, including "Molly" (2014) and the 2010 Jury Award winner "Petting Sharks," the journey to Mustang Island's completion has been an odyssey: "This thing has been going for the longest time."..."
"...Have you been reading our Screens blog, Picture in Picture? How about following us on Twitter? No? For shame. Here's what you've missed: South by Southwest Film brings out the big guns (Joss Whedon, Judd Apatow); Alamo Slaughter gets an opening date; Heather Courtney wins the Independent Spirit's Truer Than Fiction Award for Where Soldiers Come From and a swag bag with a $25,000 grant; the Austin Film Society's Director of Artist Services Bryan Poyser is stepping down in March and prepping a new movie; cassette culture doc Rewind This! trends big; and Byron Brown should be the new face of Doritos, but sadly, is not..."
"...Contrary to what the name suggests, the improvisers of Bad Boys are anything but. When Byron Brown, Sam Malcolm, Ed Reed, Brett Tribe, and Jon Bolden take the stage, their breakneck delivery of stream-of-consciousness scenes – that may appear at first blush to be unrelated but are craftily proven to be blood kin by show's end – draw full houses at the Boys' standing gig on Fridays at ColdTowne, and it's the only ensemble to have been nominated for the Rudy Kloptic Award for Outstanding Improvisational Theatre Ensemble from the B..."
"...They're back again, hallelujah, this time performing the whole Brody/Hooper/Quint shark hunt for your laugh-wracked pleasure. Who? Listen: Byron Brown is Chief Brody; Kirk Johnson is Quint; John Merriman is Hooper; Sam Eidson is Larry Vaughn; Nathan Sakulich is Ellen Brody; and Carlos Larotta is the Deputy...."
"...In case the plot wasn't abundantly clear from the title, The Frye Brothers Had a Threesome follows two brothers – "best friends by choice, brothers by blood" – as they court and bring home a stranger from a bar. The pitch video for their Kickstarter campaign brings you right to the bedroom, but what about what happens next? Can they repair their relationship? Can they save face with friends and family? With Austin comedy favorites Byron Brown (Grow Up Tony Phillips) and Sam Eidson (Zero Charisma) involved, it'll probably be good, but you'll have to chip in to find out...."
"..."What kind of sets The Show! apart is that we have live comedy mixed in," says Snyder. "Last time we had Lashonda Lester as host, so it was her and Byron Brown talking about the film we showed, and it was great; it was magic..."
"...Cinema Six is a locally shot outfit by indie comedy duo Mark Potts and Cole Selix that stars such Austin favorites as John Merriman, Byron Brown, and Chris Doubek...."
"..."This movie truly has it all. Laughs! Romance! Criminal Lifeguards! And most importantly, it shines the spotlight on a remarkably talented, local Austin cast and crew, with the likes of John Merriman, Chris Doubek, Byron Brown, and many others all featuring memorably in the film."..."
"...18-25) announced their first wave of programming, including Centerpiece Film Flight, which stars Denzel Washington and marks director Robert Zemeckis' return to live-action drama after a decade almost entirely devoted to motion-capture family films (A Christmas Carol, Polar Express). Also of interest: the world premiere of Austin filmmaker Don Swaynos' comedy Pictures of Superheroes, teeming with this town's funnypeople elite (John Merriman, Kerri Lendo, Byron Brown, Shannon McCormick, Chris Doubek); University of Texas alum Todd Berger's comedy It's a Disaster, starring Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, and David Cross (and recently picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope); and Austin documentarian T.C..."
"...Meanwhile, she meets the comic book superhero artist living in her employer’s home (seemingly without the employer’s knowledge or permission), and she begins to wonder if there is something more to life than fake marriages and carpet cleaners. Produced by Kelly Williams, and starring Kerri Lendo, John Merriman, Byron Brown and Chris Doubek...."
"...And onto future film festival greatness: Local production The Man From Orlando will make its debut at the Cincinnati Film Festival in early September. The comedy was directed and co-written by Craig Elrod, stars Jason Newman (who also co-wrote), Lee Eddy, Alan Metoskie, Byron Brown, Macon Blair, Chris Doubek, Vincent Van Horn and a whole host of other ridiculously funny local actors..."
"...If you’re gonna be in the neighborhood, it happens Saturday evening at Au P’tit Bonheur la Chance café – we’re showing “Clowns Never Lie” and other short films by Austinites Russell O. Bush, John Merriman and Kerri Lendo, Danny Brough-Stevenson, Craig Elrod, and Byron Brown..."
"...Yesterday the Humordy guys posted a new short about the benefits of phencyclidine on lawn maintenance, and it's already poised for viral greatness. Byron Brown, as ever, cracks our shit up...."
"...Pictures of Superheroes features a whole hot mess of Austin talent: Kerri Lendo, Shannon McCormick, John Merriman, Chris Doubek, Byron Brown, Sonny Carl Davis, Sam Eidson, Paul Gordon, and Andy Ritchie. Also on board is Oklahoma writer/director/actor Mark Potts, no stranger to Austin he, whose deadpan suburban comedies (Simmons on Vinyl, S&M Lawn Care) are a genre unto themselves..."