By Meghan Jenkins
Todd Montesi (of Brooklyn, NY) has been underrated, overlooked, not seen, and passed over countless times. I find that completely insane. This is about to change, though.
PN & Friends, created by and starring Montesi, is without a doubt, hands down the most uniquely deep, innovative, brilliant piece of art I have seen since I was a kid. Watch the entire series to know what I am talking about.
On the surface it’s a fun, original comedy with a great and memorable cast of characters. But, like Todd, this show definitely is not all surface. Not even close. Todd Montesi is a pure, unadulterated genius, and PN & Friends is an actual, pure, unadulterated genius work of art.
Like me, you should watch and then re-watch the series over and over to notice something new each time. I have not felt this much admiration and respect for an artist in over twenty years.
OH, P.S.: CHUCK NORRIS IS IN IT.
10/10: Meghan recommends
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By Mark Aldrich
Born and raised in New York City, Todd Montesi is a stand-up who is on many comedy-watchers’ short-list of comedians who are about to become a huge deal. It is also obvious to onlookers that he insists on doing it his own way and follows a vision and a comedic voice that is purely his own creation while he invites fellow comics who share that vision to join him.
He has launched several sit-coms on YouTube, and one can see him grow as a filmmaker as well as a comedian: in one episode of PN & Friends, I noticed use of a mirror in shots that one would never find in a standard TV sit-com but will be of use as he continues to make films, either comic or dramatic. Most of the series is filmed in a single-camera, single-take set-up, which emphasizes the cast’s improv skills.
PN & Friends is a sit-com that uses every comedy convention available to its creator, from slapstick to verbal sparring to skits that work independent of the show, from dream sequences that may not be dreams to animation.
Earlier this year, PN & Friends attracted attention as it landed former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci in a cameo recorded on Cameo. It was a goofy and hilarious surprise to see, but it was true to the episode and a part of the show’s plot, which made it less of a SNL-style, headline-grabbing bit of casting than was reported about it in the media at the time.
Montesi was also seen in comedian Pete Holmes’ HBO series Crashing, co-produced by Judd Apatow.
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Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, model, brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing, and author of the forthcoming book, The Adventures of Pizza Alien.
A social media influencer, in the spring of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to a third-place finish.
She is currently the host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube:
She is a cast member of the upcoming The End of the World Podcast with Derek Erik:
In 2018-’19, she was one of the on-air personalities on The Ding Dong Show, recorded each week live with an audience at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California.
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Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning humor columnist, and writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirtieth season. His website is TheGadAboutTown.com.
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