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 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, 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 founder and CEO Brian Volk-Weiss stands at the forefront of comedy’s evolution in the 21st century. 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, ROKU, and HULU—where it ranks as one of the platform’s top three most popular comedy channels. Whether it’s working with Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, and more, GRAMMY® Award-winning albums, or television productions like the History Channel’s Join or Die with Craig Ferguson, Brian’s vision remains central.
“Wherever we need to be tomorrow, we 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. Three 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.
Soon, he started building his own roster of comedians. 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 working on those for non-clients and moving up the ladder to Head of Production and later President of Production. In 2013, he became a Partner and currently serves as President.
Under the New Wave Entertainment umbrella, the Comedy Dynamics production and distribution system became a paramount focus.
“Very early on, I recognized the value of having a library,” he goes on. “We started aggressively building ours in 2008, and we had something substantial very quickly.”
This 600-plus title library encompasses fan favorites such as the Kevin Hart Presents series, Marc Maron: Thinky Pain, and many more. 17 Comedy Dynamics releases have been Grammy-nominated (with three wins), including all 5 in the Comedy Album category for the 61stAnnual Grammy Awards in 2018. In 2020 the film release Slut in a Good Way won a CLIO Silver Award in 2019 for Best Independent Trailer and Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History was nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program at the 51st NAACP Awards.
Brian would usher the art form into a new era by envisioning and executing streaming deals. He simultaneously oversees Comedy Dynamics Classics, which keeps the legacies of pioneers like Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, and more alive in the digital age. Starting with the fourth season of Comedy Dynamics’ Hulu hit Coming to the Stage, Brian decided to shoot episodes in VR, expanding the boundaries of content delivery yet again.
Along the way, Brian and Comedy Dynamics have been featured by Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Marketplace, and The Interrobang, 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. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.