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DERRICK Comedy's Mystery Team to be released nationwide this fall

Mar 4, 2015

From DERRICK: Amazing news, everybody! Our first full length feature film Mystery Team will be released in theaters this fall by Roadside Attractions. We cannot wait for the movie to be out in the world and on the big screen.

If you forwarded the trailer to a friend, saw the film at Sundance or our screenings in New York and LA, you are partially responsible for making this happen. We could not be more grateful to you. Please continue to spread the word by facebooking / tweeting / e-mailing this news item. As always, more info and the trailer at


LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2009) - Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. rights to DERRICK Comedy's Mystery Team, the first feature length film from DERRICK Comedy, one of the web's most successful comedy teams, it was announced today by Eric d'Arbeloff, Co-President, Roadside Attractions. The group will embark on an innovative advance-release tour of colleges in the late summer, to be followed by a national release this fall. Directed by Dan Eckman, whose short film Checkout won Best College Short at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, Mystery Team had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to Eckman, DERRICK Comedy includes producer Meggie McFadden, Donald Glover (30 Rock), Dominic Dierkes, and DC Pierson. Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) will handle home video and all other domestic ancillary rights.

'This film is a jaw-dropping mash-up of absurd comedy and a dark crime mystery,' said d'Arbeloff, 'It's no wonder DERRICK'S shorts have been viewed over 100 million times online. Their enormous fan base will be a key part of this release. We're thrilled to be working with the team.'

'We are excited to be partnering with Roadside for the release of this movie,' said Eckman. 'They combine a wealth of experience with an openness to new ideas. We view the marketing as an extension of the filmmaking process, and we've always seen this as an 'unconventional conventional' movie. We hope to carry that spirit through the release.'


Oakdale's Mystery Team was once a spunky band of kid detectives dedicated to solving child-sized mysteries: who put their finger in the pie, or who stole a tricycle. The town loved them for it. Now the Team is about to graduate from high school and move in to the real world, but they're still storming the playground to bust little kids. Needless to say, the town of Oakdale is sick of it. Each member of the Team has a supposed specialty: Jason, the 'Master of Disguise;' Charlie, the 'Strongest Kid in Town;' and Duncan, the 'Boy Genius.'

But those skills may not be enough when one day a neighborhood girl asks the team to find out who killed her parents. The Team is taken for the first time into Oakdale's dark underbelly. A violent cartel of drug lords and strippers will threaten their lives, strain their friendships, and put their team slogan 'NO CASE TOO HARD, NO CASE TOO TOUGH' to the test.

The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine for DERRICK Comedy and by Eric d'Arbeloff, Co-President, for Roadside Attractions.

The film was directed and edited by Dan Eckman, produced by Meggie McFadden, with a story by Donald Glover, DC Pierson, Dan Eckman, Meggie McFadden, Dominic Dierkes. Screenplay by Donald Glover, DC Pierson and Dominic Dierkes and starring Donald Glover, DC Pierson, Dominic Dierkes, Aubrey Plaza, Bobby Moynihan and Matt Walsh.


The film's acquisition comes on the heels of sold-out preview screenings in New York and Los Angeles. A teaser trailer for the film has been viewed over one million times on YouTube. The trailer can be viewed at

DERRICK Comedy was formed after the five members met doing sketch comedy at New York University. The group began performing live improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy in New York, and started making internet videos for their website,, in 2005.

DERRICK Comedy independently produced Mystery Team and shot the film over seven weeks in Manchester, NH in the summer of 2008.


Roadside Attractions is a film distribution company committed to championing independent films with a willingness to entertain. The company works with filmmakers to devise innovative marketing strategies that encourage audiences to see films that are not typical studio fare. Roadside Attractions' current releases include the critically acclaimed Goodbye Solo by Ramin Bahrani, winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival's FIPRESCI International Critics' prize, and upcoming releases include the Sundance Audience award winning documentary The Cove, RJ Cutler's much anticipated documentary The September Issue, and Chris Rock's hilarious comedy Good Hair.

Previous theatrical releases include Patrick Creadon's Sundance sensation I.O.U.S.A; Toronto Film Festival People's Choice winner, BELLA; Andrew Wagner's Spirit Award-nominated Starting Out In the Evening; Tarsem's groundbreaking visual marvel The Fall; the outrageous comedy Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic; the Duplass Brother's The Puffy Chair; Academy Award nominee Super Size Me; Spirit Award winner The Road to Guantanamo, as well as box office hits such as Amazing Grace, Ladies in Lavender and What The Bleep Do We Know?
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Aubrey Plaza is Rolling Stone's 2009 Hot Comic

Mar 4, 2015

Hot Comic: Aubrey Plaza

When Aubrey Plaza shows up to lunch in Manhattan one recent afternoon, she's a little embarrassed to be escorted by a publicist. 'It's like getting dropped off by your mom on a first date,' she says as she rolls her eyes. 'I'm still getting used to the whole thing.'

The 'whole thing' is Plaza's fast rise from an obscure Upright Citizens Brigade comedian (check out her ace impersonation of Sarah Silverman on YouTube) to landing a plum gig on Amy Poehler's new show Parks and Recreation, which was just renewed for a second season. On the series, Plaza plays the bored, disaffected intern who's mentored by Poehler. Comic acting is not something the Delaware native is totally comfortable with: 'Growing up, I was more like Reese Witherspoon in Election,' she says, but she's getting used to it. 'Seeing myself on TV is like a mixture of 'I can't believe this is happening' and 'I want to kill myself.''

Next up? Plaza has a spot in Judd Apatow's Funny People, where she plays an aspiring comedian who dates Seth Rogen's character. 'We have a make-out scene,' she says with a smile. 'It went great - on top of a car. You know how they all go.' And she's gearing up to film Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, a graphic novel adaptation about a musician-turned superhero, starring Michael Cera.

'I play this, like, crazy bitch who works in a record store and throws all these parties,' she says. 'All the cast is learning cool stuff, like fight training and band practice. I'm not learning any new skills for my character. Except bad customer service.'
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Steve & Jordan, Respectively Returns to UCBT June 10th & 13th

Mar 4, 2015

Steve and Jordan, Respectively

Jordan Klepper and Steve Waltien are thrilled to bring their critically acclaimed two-person sketch show to New York City. Named one of the funniest moments of 2008 by Time Out Chicago, Jordan and Steve are Steve and Jordan Respectively is an introspective, empathetic look into what it means to be on the verge of something, looking back on past mistakes, and wondering what's next. . . through sketch comedy. Funny and honest, biography blends with fiction as Steve and Jordan attempt to address the issues that they encounter looking down the barrel of 30. These issues come to life in scenes, monologues and inner monologues with characters ranging from a pair of astronauts to a bestiality-inclined Sudanese farmer, to two struggling actors.

". . . a practically flawless sketch revue." - Chicago Reader (Critic's Choice)

"Simple but exceedingly smart, it is among the best sketch shows in Chicago right now." - Chicago Tribune

". . . a crafty, theatrical hybrid of neurotic first-person confessions and top-shelf sketch that borders on performance feels just as dramatically sound, culturally relevant and honest in performance as any contemporary theater piece." -Time Out Chicago

Jordan Klepper and Steve Waltien have been performing improv and sketch comedy together for over six years in Chicago. They are founding members of the hit shows Whirled News Tonight and The Late Night Late Show at the iO Theatre, where they are both faculty members and play on house ensembles. They have toured all over the world for The Second City and just finished the second season their college sports show Friday Night Tailgate on the Big Ten Network.

Wednesday June 10th @ 8pm


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Also Apppearing at SketchFestNYC

Saturday, June 13th at 8pm

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