INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)
Greg is a writer, producer, teacher and creative consultant who helps other writers write.
He is a screenwriter, journalist, writing coach, story therapist and creative consultant who has worked in TV, film, print, live theater and clubs, radio, audio, video and online/new media.
He’s the author of “How To Be A Writer Who Writes” and “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer“and has written for Writer’s Digest, Premiere, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and other periodicals.
He has pitched, sold, written and produced feature film and tv projects for Fox, Disney, Dino De Lautrentiis, Oxygen, MTV and Comedy Central.
As a teacher and writing coach, he has helped NY Times best-selling authors, network TV showrunners, studio screenwriters and absolute beginners. He has taught for 20 years in private workshops and at UCLA Extension, LA Times Festival of Books, LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Humber College, Improv Olympics, the Skirball Center, Media Bistro, Teen Canteen, PushPush Theater, NY Institute of Technology and Story Expo, and has a perfect “10” rating in all categories on Allexperts.com. He is on the Board of Directors and Programming Committee for IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California), where he has organized and moderated panels and taught workshops on rewriting, non-fiction writing, comedy, TV and other topics.
You can work with Greg privately on scripts, books and other writing projects. Read more about his creative consulting here. Call 323-717-4731 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how he can help your writing.
He is the co-creator and founding producer of Un-Cabaret, LA’s seminal alternative standup comedy show. He Executive Produced Un-Cabaret for Comedy Central on TV, for Sirius Satellite Radio, Comedy World Radio, on the award-winning uncabaret.com website and several critically-acclaimed audio CDs for his own indie UC Records. Together with co-creator and host Beth Lapides, Greg produced Un-Cabaret and offshoot events like the Other Network screenings with a who’s who of progressive comedy talent including Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Richard Larry Charles, Lewis, Carrie Fisher, Kevin Nealon, Laura Kightlinger, Jerry Stahl, Winnie Holzman, Michael Patrick King, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Garlin, Sherri Shepherd, Taylor Negron, Patton Oswalt, Jack Black, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Judd Apatow and many others at venues including the Luna Park, HBO Workspace, Getty Center, Lollapalooza, the Great American Music Hall, Friars Club, Highways, the Knitting Factory NY and LA.
He co-created, programmed and produced “The Other Network“, a floating festival of the best un-aired TV pilots ever made, introduced by their creators (including Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel, Ben Stiller, Conan O’Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Darren Star, Seth McFarlane, others) and “Say the Word”, an ongoing series of reading events featuring first-person non-fiction from top comedy writers including Bruce Wagner, George Meyer, Merrill Markoe, Cindy Chupack, Dimetri Martin, Alan Zweibel, Teri Garr, others in an ongoing series at the Skirball Center, Warhol Museum, Joe’s Pub, Knitting Factory LA & NY, the Players Club. He also produced “The Other Network Writers’ Room“, an educational audio series.
Working in TV, Greg also produced Comedy Central’s “Hi-Octane” with Sofia Coppola, Zoe Cassavetes, Flea, produced and directed the stand-up series “The Sweet Smell of Excess” with Margaret Cho, Michael Patrick King, Moon Zappa, others for the Recovery Network, Executive Produced MTV’s talk show pilot, “The Couch” with Beth Lapides, John C. Reilly, and Andy Dick, and was Multi-Media Producer for HBO’s “HBO Workshop Presents” with Greg Behrendt. He was Creative Consultant for Comedy Central/Julia Sweeney’s “Pulp Comics” and Talent Consultant for the Sci-Fi Channel, Staff News Producer for the CBC, produced several independent documentaries, and has developed projects for HBO, Disney, Evolution, Oxygen, Stone-Stanley, Union of Concerned Scientists, ACLU/Court TV. Greg was also Producer of “The Coming Out Party”, a concert film featuring gay and lesbian comedians telling stories about coming out of the closet, produced by Creative Light, starring Terry Sweeney, John Riggi, Bob Smith, Rene Hicks, Dan Renzi, Jackie Beat.
Greg has worked extensively in radio and audio. He has written and produced news and features for NPR, CBC, Premiere Radio, Pacifica, Warner Audio, SANE, Sirius, XM, NPR, BBC, and has produced over 100 episodes of Un-Cabaret Stories & Standup for audible.com, over a dozen CDs for his own indie label UC Records, including standup, spoken-word and educational materials. He produced two daily radio shows for Comedy World, a syndicated radio and online network; “Radio Un-Cabaret” and “The Beth Lapides Experience”, a live daily talk show hosted by Beth with guests including Dee Dee Ramone, Mr. Winkle, Eric Bogosian, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Ahmet Zappa, Candace Bushnell, Kennedy, the Playboy Advisor, members of Matchbox 20, Nashville Pussy, Supreme Beings of Leisure, L7, A Perfect Circle, the Vandals, the Go Go’s, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
Greg is a guerilla PR and marketing veteran. He has promoted Beth Lapides, the Un-Cabaret, The Kitchen, The Other Network and many independent events and shows in NY, LA, DC, Boston, etc. He has planned and co-ordinated local and national publicity campaigns that have generated hits in People, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, NY Times, LA Times, TV Guide, NPR, CNN and many more.
Greg began his career producing live theater, music, video installations and performance events for The Kitchen in NY, where he worked with Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Nam June Paik, Eric Bogosian, Vito Acconci and began his long-term collaboration with Beth Lapides.
Greg developed and produced several of Beth’s one-person shows at venues including the ICA Boston, ICA London, PS 122 NY, Highways LA and others. Greg also served as Campaign Manager for Beth’s guerilla First Lady Campaign, landing her in People Magazine and at the Democratic National Convention for CamNet, a proto-reality network. He also worked with Julia Sweeney developing “God said Ha!” and Randy and Jason Sklar developing “A Tale of Two Sklars”. Produced “Lenny Bruce” for Marvin Worth Productions and has worked for Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance, SANE and many other organizations.
He programmed and produced “Comedy Project”, a bi-annual comedy festival at the Skirball, that featured screenings, stand-up, panels, workshops, and conversations featuring Carrie Fisher, Richard Lewis, Slamdance, and many of the names listed above, and served as Entertainment Director for Moomba and Dorscia, LA nightclubs where he programmed, produced, and presented many comedy events including new work by Julia Sweeney, Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Cindy Camponera and many others.
Greg wrote and produced “Radioarcade”, a radio-drama series for NPR and was a professional script reader for Columbia, UA, TriStar, plus other producers and literary agencies. As a journalist, he has been published in Entertainment Weekly, LA Weekly, Writers Digest and others.
He has worked as a NYC bike messenger, an usher at the Metroplitan Opera and a ‘sweathog’ on “Welcome Back Kotter”. He attended Ethical Culture, Fieldston and the Elizabeth Seeger School and studied history and journalism at NYU.
Greg’s grandmother was a writer, his grandfather was a musician, both his parents were actors and his father is an acting teacher. He was stroked in the womb by Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando and his first babysitter was Barbra Streisand. No wonder he’s comfortable around talent!