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Ben Kawaller Writer & Star Of “This Isn’t Me”

06
Jun

Due to the pandemic, this years South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival did not take place. But a group of nominated filmmakers from the Episodic Pilot Competition launched an ‘SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase’ on Vimeo, streaming their pilots free to global audiences.  Included in the showcase is the award-winning independent comedy pilot called: “This Isn’t Me” created, written, and starring Ben Kawaller, a Brooklyn raised, Los Angeles–based writer and comedian. His honest, and often self deprecating brilliant humour has appeared in blogs and columns in numerous publications including The Advocate, Salon, NewNowNext, New York Magazine , and FourTwoNine. Ben has performed standup at Flappers, The Hollywood Improv, and Carolines on Broadway, among other venues. He also produces comedy videos for Los Angeles Magazine and Wehoville, – West Hollywood News and Life. Ben received his B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University and is an alumnus of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.  “This Isn’t Me” is about Fred, a West Hollywood gay man who is unemployed, and slowly self destructing because he is his own worst enemy. However, in this pilot episode, Fred gets hired by a new-agey owner of a tutoring company. On his first day at work he is sent to the home of a totally unmatched couple and their cross-dressing eighth grade offspring, while Fred is also attempting, via text messages, to schedule a sexual encounter with a man who has a particularly kinky  fetish.

Ben’s Website: http://BenKawaller.com

 

Poster

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Hasty Pudding Club: l-r Jaime Davila • Ben Stiller • Ben Kawaller

Cast Members

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Ben Kawaller

Alan:Lorraine

Brody Allen

Jacki & Ron

Danielle Bisutti & Time Winters

Karen

Jessica Porter

Tony

Antonio De Graffenreaidt

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SPECIAL THANKS TO ANNIE JEEVES FOR COLLABORATING ON THIS INTERVIEW

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