The Detour- The City
I was able to trade my cop uniform for turnout gear and live out another childhood fantasy, playing a fireman in TBS comedy The Detour. -Brian
The show, starring Jason Jones and Natalie Zea, follows about the Parker family’s disastrous road trip that brings takes them across the country and eventually brings them right into this squad's path in Season 2.
In April 2016, Brian ventured to Maine for Penobscot Theatre Company's Production of Mitch Albom Comedy
Traveling to Bangor, Maine to join this project was one of my biggest acting adventures to date. I signed on as Lenny in the Penobscot Theatre’s production of Mitch Albom’s “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.” A comedy about jaded tabloid journalist, Sandy (Andrew Ross Crowe) and photographer Lenny who travel to the swamps of Alabama to cover the story of two bumbling duck hunters (Doug Meswarb, Arthur Morison) who believe they shot an angel. Hilarity and paradigm shifts ensue. - Brian
The show was directed by Bari Newport and featured Ben Layman, Amelia Forman-Stiles Morgan Wiercinski, Greg Littlefield & Neil E Graham. Production design by Jonathan Spencer.
Eight days-80 scenes and it's a wrap on After. I'm tired yet inspired, excited and really proud of what everyone was able to bring to this project and how much I was able to learn. There is such a difference between working on something as a lead as opposed to a a day player in terms of how I have to prepare and manage my energy and concentration. -Brian
"Doing a sustained performance like this also allowed me to practice and explore different ways to get into a scene and I feel like I was able to give a very consistently strong performance. I can’t believe it’s over. I want to rest but I also discovered that this is how I want to spend my days. I loved this kind of work and I’m excited to see where we go from here." -Brian
"I tapped actress-producer Latresa Baker, to help coordinate the production and teamed back up with Sarah Newton (Copernicus & Starr), Ren Humphrey, and Shakur Trammel to round out the production team. We developed four 2-minute films for social media and I was able to assemble an incredible cast for each film pulling from the Esper Studio, Actors Green Room, Anthony Abeson's class and Kim Hardin's acting workshop and we filmed each film within a week."
"We released the series through our Facebook page to engage in conversation with our audience and released each one throughout December and January. The project generate nearly 800k views. Each film: Dentists, Librarians, Doctors and Firefighters are available to view on our page: www.facebook.com/whydoucomply "
Below are some of the responses and reactions to the films:
It was deep inspiring for all of us involved to see how the films impacted our viewers and the conversation it sparked on our page. I am heading into 2017 more committed to creating work that has true resonance for me and that will create change. -Brian
A few weeks later Brian participated in his first Actor's Green Room 72-Hour film festival to direct, Elana Safar's short comedy, Petty Therapy. The film explores the day in the life of a therapist and the zany clients who crowd her couch.
In only three days, Brian and the production team, developed, filmed and edited the short and released it at the November AGR 72-Hour Film Festival in Manhattan.
Although there were many forays into deeper, more dramatic work throughout the year, comedy remained a steady through line of Brian's work in 2016.
This innovative workout program combines Brian's love of fitness and TV. As a participant in the DailyBurn 365 program, Brian joins a class and a rotating roster of trainers in 30 minute workouts broadcast live every morning at 9am on dailyburn.com/365