Bio : 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’s Mad 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. 17 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.
The Nacelle Company
Founded by Brian Volk Weiss, The Nacelle Company develops, produces, and distributes feature and documentary films as well as TV shows - both scripted and unscripted. Nacelle's vast array of partnerships include: Netflix, Amazon, Disney +, HBO, Discovery, BET+, A&E Networks, Hulu, Viacom, and many more. The Nacelle Company has produced the hit Netflix docu-series, Down To Earth with Zac Efron, The Movies That Made Us, and The Toys That Made Us, as well as Behind The Attraction for Disney +, Sony’s Mad About You reboot, Netflix’s How To Fix A Drug Scandal, CW’s Discontinued, Netflix’s Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History, Down To Earth with Zac Efron, All The Way Black for BET+, and Grant for The History Channel.
Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO and Founder of The Nacelle Company and Comedy Dynamics
Nacelle Company founder and CEO Brian Volk-Weiss stands at the forefront of the 21st century Comedy and Pop-Culture revolution.
Since the launch of Comedy Dynamics in 2008, he has guided the award-winning brand to becoming the nation’s largest independent producer and distributor of one-hour comedy specials, while initiating innovative partnerships with Amazon, Comcast, Netflix, ROKU, Peacock, Pluto TV, Tubi, Showtime Disney + and BET+, just to name a few. Whether it’s working with Kevin Hart, Ali Wong, Jim Gaffigan, Tiffany Haddish, Russell Peters, Maria Bamford, Pete Davidson, Aziz Ansari and more, producing GRAMMY Award-winning albums, or television like Netflix’s Down To Earth with Zac Efron, The Movies That Made Us, or History Channel’s Grant, Brian’s focus on quality entertainment is consistent.
“Wherever we need to be tomorrow, we try to go there today,” he says. “We don’t wait for culture to catch up. We try to stay a few steps ahead.”
Growing up in New York City, Brian didn’t wait to begin following his dreams either. Inspired by Star Wars at three-years-old, he spent high school making short films before eventually attending the University of Iowa. Two days post-graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles where countless PA gigs (including one in the wardrobe department for Castaway) and unpaid internships paved the way to a job as a manager’s assistant.
New Wave Entertainment purchased the company in 2003 as Brian oversaw the careers of top tier comedic talent and produced various films: Employee of the Month, Good Luck Chuck, and My Best Friend’s Girl. Along the way, he went from producing specials for his clients to moving up the ladder to Head of Production and is currently CEO. The company currently owns the largest independent stand-up comedy catalogue in the world, and has been nominated for an NAACP Spirit Award in 2019 for Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. 17 Comedy Dynamics releases have been Grammy-nominated (with four wins), including the unprecedented feat of being nominated for all 5 in the Comedy Album category for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.
After making a splash in the comedy world, Brian turned his focus to other loves. Using his decades of experience as a producer and his life-long love for toys, Brian created The Toys That Made Us for Netflix, a docus Down To Earth with Zac Efron, which quickly sprung to the top of Netflix’s trending titles. Volk-Weiss serves as Executive Producer on a number of additional shows such as History Channel’s Grant, How To Fix A Drug Scandal on Netflix, Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History, the 2019 Mad About You reboot, Behind The Attraction on Disney +, All The Way Black for BET+, and more.
Along the way, Brian and The Nacelle Company have been featured by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Variety, Deadline, The New York Times, Marketplace, and more, while Daily Variety named him in its Impact Report on “Tube Titans.”
Today, he oversees a staff of 70, while the company’s Burbank HQ boasts everything from a camera house to a full post-production line, podcast studio, publishing wing and more. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.