19 March, 2021Print
Tribeca Enterprises And Comedy Dynamics To Release Tribeca Drive-In Comedy Specials
LOS ANGELES, CA – Tribeca Enterprises and Comedy Dynamics announce the release of four stand-up comedy specials that were filmed over the course of four nights at the Tribeca Drive-in at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in July 2020. The Tribeca Drive-in series is a signature nationwide program featuring iconic films, comedy acts, and more. The specials will feature comedians, Dave Helem, Ester Steinberg, Daniel Webb, and Erica Rhodes, who brought laughter to the stages at one of the nation’s first live and safely social-distanced gatherings following the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. The digital specials will release on a rolling basis starting March 23 rd through Comedy Dynamics’ hybrid distribution system consisting of Amazon Prime Video, Spectrum, Apple TV, Comcast, Dish, Google Play, Youtube, Vimeo and multiple cable providers across the world.
‘After the postponement of our Festival, we were quick to mobilize and launch Tribeca Drive-In. It was important for us to provide an outlet for communities, frontline workers and families when people were suffering and needed a healing escape. Our partnership with Comedy Dynamics was a natural fit to offer audiences access to these outstanding performers..’ Pete Torres, Chief Operating Officer, Tribeca Enterprises.
“Filming a live comedy show during covid proved to be one of the most difficult things this company has ever done, but with the help of the fantastic team at Tribeca, all 4 shows were a total success. We’re excited to share these brilliant specials with the world!” said Brian Volk-Weiss, Founder and CEO of Comedy Dynamics.
All four specials were Directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, Executive Produced by Cisco Henson, and Tribeca. Michael Epstein served as producer.
Dave Helem: D.J. The Chicago Kid - Release Date: March 23rd
DJ the Chicago Kid, taped during a pandemic at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, is an hour-long roller coaster of things that have made Dave Helem who he is, both good and bad. The comedian and former math teacher’s laid back style of storytelling and vivid imagination takes us on a journey of topics that range from his glory days in the classroom, how protesting doesn’t look the same for everyone, and why he won’t go back to Canada. This debut album is one not to be missed.
Dave Helem is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor from Chicago, Illinois. Returning home after graduating from Morehouse College, Dave started his career teaching high school on Chicago’s south side and quickly learned that was not his calling. Deciding to give comedy a try, Dave quickly ascended the comedy ladder and found himself opening for Tracy Morgan and Doug Stanhope, and then later going on tour to numerous cities with Hannibal Buress and Tony Rock.
"I was feeling all types of emotion knowing that I was going to be doing an hour of stand up at a time when I hadn't really been on stage in months due to the pandemic. I was nervous about that, but once I got on stage, it felt like riding a bike, and I was immediately taken back to my comfort zone of stand up comedy. I loved every minute of it,” said Dave Helem.
Ester Steinberg: Burning Bush - Release Date: March 30th
In her postpartum pandemic special, comedian Ester Steinberg jokes about a risqué photoshoot and a wild bachelorette weekend, and shares stories from her first year of marriage, and giving birth in the epicenter of a global pandemic.
Ester Steinberg is a comedian, actress, and writer based in New York. She hosts a weekly podcast, “Stand Up Mom,” and is a cast member of Scary Mommy’s Up Early Tonight on Hulu. She has spent the past decade touring clubs and colleges, and has appeared on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Oxygen's Funny Girls, and AXS TV’s Live at Gotham. She released her debut album "Hebrew School Dropout" in 2018 and in 2019 toured the country performing "Ester and Eric's One Woman Show,” which was selected as one of the New York Comedy Festival’s shows to watch.
“I was six weeks postpartum when we shot the special and to answer your follow up question, yes I was wearing two pairs of Spanx. I am so excited to share this special with the world but especially moms in the pandemic who I assure you are desperate for a laugh,” said Ester Steinberg.
Daniel Webb: Hoe ’s Parade Live at the Rose Bowl - Release Date: April 6th
In Hoe's Parade, Daniel Webb brings queer comedy, piano magic and a stunning head of hair to the Rose Bowl stage. In addition to singing like dogshit, Daniel describes his harrowing and slutty Covid-19 survival stories, rails against the negligent former president and his ugly children, sings about men who lie about STDs and about Breonna Taylor's murderers, who are still walking the streets. Hoe's Parade is a celebration of life, where Daniel proudly makes world history as the first queer gay man to perform stand up comedy live at the Rose Bowl.
Daniel Webb is an LA-based comic and musician from Texas. Wanda Sykes summed Daniel up in three simple words, "Riotous. Queer. Star.” Known for a fast-paced, wide-ranging set, Daniel famously garnered international attention cracking gay jokes with President Obama, was selected as Comedy Central's UP NEXT Comedians, and featured for Margaret Cho nationwide.
“I feel so lucky to have been the first queer person to perform comedy at the Rose Bowl, but they really should’ve given me a trophy,” said Daniel Webb.
Erica Rhodes: La Vie en Rhodes - Release Date: April 13th
Erica Rhodes brings her confessional comedy style to the legendary Rose Bowl for her very first special, La Vie en Rhodes. With topics like non-motivational quotes, emoji etiquette, political correctness, bad grammar, and narcissistic exes, Erica highlights the absurd in all of life’s struggles. Her wide-ranging credits include "Modern Family", "Veep", "Bring the Funny", "A Prairie Home Companion", "@ Midnight" and "Dr Katz: The Audiofiles”.
Erica Rhodes has appeared on ABC’s Modern Family, HBO’sVeep, Fox’s New Girl, and IFC’s Comedy BangBang. She was a regular panelist on Comedy Central’s @midnight and Fox’s Punchline. Her standup TV appearances include the CW’s Howie Mandel Comedy Extravaganza, NBC’sBring the Funny and Last Call with Carson Daly, SeeSo’sThe Guest List, Hulu’s Coming to the Stage, and AXS’ Live at Gotham. Erica has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival (Montreal), San Francisco Sketchfest, the Moontower Comedy Festival (Austin, TX), the Blue Whale Comedy Festival (Tulsa, OK), the Boston Comedy Festival and RIOT L.A. Fest. She also starred in the ABC Digital series The Off-Season, was a semi-regular performer/writer on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, and a recurring character on the Audible series, Dr. Katz: The Audiobook. Erica starred inTour Dates, a 2019 comedy pilot for E! Her first album Sad Lemon hit #1 on the iTunes comedy charts.
“I was so grateful I was able to shoot a special during the strangest of times. 'La Vie en Rhodes' is proof that the show and life both... go on,” said Erica Rhodes.
Screeners available for all specials.
About Tribeca Enterprises
Tribeca Enterprises is a multi-platform storytelling company, established in 2003 by RobertDe Niro and Jane Rosenthal. Tribeca provides artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their work and broadens consumer access to experience storytelling, independent film, and media. The company operates a network of entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival; the Tribeca TV Festival; and its branded entertainment production arm, Tribeca Studios. In 2019, James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems bought a majority stake in Tribeca Enterprises, bringing together Rosenthal, De Niro, and Murdoch to grow the enterprise.
About Comedy Dynamics
Founded by Brian Volk-Weiss, Comedy Dynamics, a Nacelle company, is the largest independent comedy production and distribution company. The company has produced Netflix’s Down to Earth with Zac Efron,The Movies That Made Us, Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us,Behind The Attraction for Disney +, Sony’sMad About You reboot, Netflix’s Kevin Hart ’s Guide to Black History, Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape, The CW’s Discontinued, All The Way Black for BET+, Animal Planet’s Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, the scripted comedy on Hulu There’s… Johnny!, History’s Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, MTV2’s Wild ’N On Tour, Hulu’s Coming To The Stage, and more. Comedy Dynamics began releasing original films in theaters and released the acclaimed independent film Slut in a Good Way in Spring of 2019. In 2017 the Comedy Dynamics Network (CDN) launched and currently distributes specials, television shows and films to all major transactional platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Google, PlayStation, Xbox and most major telco & satellite providers, including AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Dish, and Verizon. The company has worked with a wide range of established and emerging comedic talent including Ali Wong, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Pete Davidson, David Cross, and many more. The company was nominated for an NAACP Spirit Award in 2019 for Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. 20 Comedy Dynamics releases have been Grammy-nominated (with four wins), including all 5 in the Comedy Album category for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.