Left of Center (Sketch Comedy)


Left of Center (Sketch Comedy)

infobox television
show_name = Left of Center


caption =
rating = TV-NR
format = Sketch comedy
runtime = 25 Minutes
starring = David Allen
Jason Hardwick
Alex Mangen

country = USA
first_aired = 2006 Theatrical / Festivals
last_aired to date = 2007 MTV Short Circutz

"Left of Center" is an American sketch comedy group and television show formed in 2004 by comedians David Allen, Jason Hardwick, and Alex Mangen in their home state of Ohio. Several of the shows sketches have been outsourced to other sketch and clip shows including MTV's Short Circutz, CW's Online Nation, and frequently featured on viral video sites. In addition, because of its cinematic format, the show was honored at the Gene Siskel Film Institute in the Summer of 2007. [http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/siskelfilmcenter/2007/june/2a.html] Gene Siskel Institute Article]

Production

The show's production style differs from other sketch comedy shows because there is no set cast of performers. Each sketch is cast like a film, with its respective writers and performers. Many sketches are also produced on film which purposly clashes with other sketches show on various forms of [video] and [HD] . [http://www.leftofcentercomedy.com] Left of Center Format]

History

2004 - 2006

Prior to 2004 a very young David Allen began assembling talented locals for a sketch project in Dayton,OH. The live-to-tape sketch project stalled several times as a more serious crew began assembling. Among them was, at that time Wright State University Film student and comedian, Alex Mangen. Together, the two quickly executed the original show plan only to immediately scrap it and start from scratch. With that came the Film format, the name Left of Center, and the addition of, fellow Wright State student, Jason Hardwick. The pilot episode took two years to produce and premiered at The Neon cinema in Dayton,OH to sold out audiences.

2007 - Present

In early 2007, David Allen and Jason Hardwick moved to Los Angeles,CA to pursue other ventures. Left of Center continues to produce popular sketches - One titled "Soothing Nature Day Spa" or "Lick it Up" that appeared on Nick Cannon's Short Circutz in 2007.

Episode 101

The pilot episode premiered at The Neon in Dayton,OH on July 1,2006. It last ran at The Gene Siskel Film Institute on June 15,2007.

Theme Song

Left of Center's theme song titled "LOL" was created by Brian Baker / Grizzzy Bear in May 2006

DVD Releases

An Official First Episode DVD was released in 2007 to select independent USA stores. Extras include: Commentary, Cut Sketches, and comedic short clips. [http://www.leftofcentercomedy.com] Left of Center on DVD]

External links

* [http://www.leftofcentercomedy.com/ Left of Center Home]
* [http://www.myspace.com/loccomedy LOC on Myspace]

References


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