Growing up in the Saturday Night Live, Star Wars, home video, computer generation, my dad made me watch Blazing Saddles repeatedly before the age of 8. This could be why I fell in love with the power of film and satire.
After graduating USC film school, I worked on “Mad TV”, “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “The X-files”. When a fan sent in the song “David Duchovny Why Won’t You Love Me?” I designed a music video featuring Duchovny, The X-files crew and 30 random celebrities including: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Pamela Anderson and Erik Estrada. The video quickly went viral and was featured in various media including People Magazine.
I took improv classes at The Groundlings and “borrowed” the show’s editing equipment to create my own short films where the character character actor in me emerged.
As a writer, director, and actor I like to play in the worlds that I create. I prefer smart, subtle and satirical comedy often poking fun at the things I adore most. “A Saturday Night Live Audition” (2006) showcases twenty different celebrity impressions in front of unfazed producer Lorne Michaels (also me). “The Yoganator” (2008) mocks the irony of ego in yoga while serving as a vehicle for profanity-laden life wisdom.
After dozens of acting roles in commercials, voice overs, television and film appearances, several plays, six television pilots as writer, several feature films as co-writer, I created my dream Comedy Sketch TV project, “Functional Chaos”. Fusing my comedic influences of the past with my unique point of view of today’s hot topics, the show is at times edgy and other times whimsical and showcases a wide and wild range of my characters in seven satirical shorts.
Recently I co-wrote and edited the Jon Braver short, “The Hypnotist”, which has garnered much buzz at the genre film festivals, and is currently in development to become a feature film. I am thrilled to have just completed writing “Crossing Lincoln” – my first solo feature-length action/comedy script set to go in production within the next year.
Actor / Director
A range of characters, including myself. My writing and directing gears toward social satire. Who is Will Shivers? The question may be: Who aren’t I?
A sample of my acting work.
A trailer for the pilot, I wrote and directed where I play nine characters. You have to believe it to see it.
A short I wrote, edited and directed that is both an homage to and a satire of his yoga gurus, the self help movement, and the slick action film/comic book trend. Should it be taken seriously? Yes. Should you laugh? Yes and yes.
A Saturday Night Live Audition
A skilled impressionist and a Saturday Night Live fan, this is my take on the infamous audition process in front of discerning producer, Lorne Michaels. A love letter disguised as a critique.
I have been fascinated by voices since I was a kid. It made sense for me to find a way to make a living at it.
From the resonant, assured announcer, to crazy animated characters, my biggest “problem” is my range. Especially when ordering take out.