RANTING & RAVING
A New Comedy Series
by: Jay Zellman
Cliff Matthews is a schmuck. Everything he touches turns to mush. His job sucks, his marriage is failing and all he wants is to write the Great American Novel, but he's stuck in a rabbit hole writing How-To books. Now, his life just got worse when he and his wife get an unexpected visit from their Canadian friends.
This new-age slapstick brings a modern and unique approach to situational comedy as never seen before.
Meet the Cast
Award-winning actor, Patrick Avella is a filmmaker and actor from Queens, New York, and Co-founder of Room 1209 Productions. Patrick’s body of work includes Space Available (streaming on Amazon Prime); Hi, I’m Dan (streaming on Amazon Prime), winner of Best short/SHORT at the Miami Short Film Festival; and Population Control, winner of Best short/SHORT at the Cutting Room International Film Festival; among others. He has also produced off-off broadways plays including Almost A Fantasy, which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2012.
Cali is a professional actress in New York City working in Film, TV, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Commercial and Voice Over. She has appeared in a number of films and television shows including 30 ROCK and UGLY BETTY and films such as THE SHVITZING and MICRO. Recently, Cali was seen in the season premiere of the Comedy Central’s hit BROAD CITY as “Elizabeth Buton Bates" and originated the role of “Harmony” in the award winning musical THE FIFTH MESSENGER. Cali is also an award winning playwright and published author.
Jessica grew up in sunny Seminole, Florida, where she got her first role at 8-years-old, playing Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors" at Suncoast Children's Theatre. She told her mother, "I want to do this for the rest of my life." At 18, she moved to New York City to attend the Jesuit college of Fordham University, Lincoln Center where she graduated with her B.A. in Theatre. Jessica now lives in Los Angeles developing ways to tell stories through visual media. While building her acting career she also directs, writes, and produces film and internet content.
David has been involved with over a hundred professional stage productions, and has appeared on TV Shows, national commercial campaigns, feature and short films. He earned a Best Actor nomination for Rain (Indie Short), Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Pillowman (Stage Prod) and Best Ensemble for Tracers (Stage prod), along with being a part of numerous Best Productions of plays and musicals (nominees and winners) over his career. He is proud to be listed in 5 published plays as part of the original casts, most notably for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz.
Pun has worked on Broadway, Off Broadway and in TV and Film. In film, Pun can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated movies "Michael Clayton" and the Coen Brother's "Burn After Reading." Other films include Stephen King's "A Good Marriage," "The Judge," and “Late Phases" TV: Guest and co-starring roles on Gotham, Blindspot, Blue Bloods, Nurse Jackie, Difficult People, Body of Proof, Elementary, The Good Wife, Law and Order, and Law and Order: SVU, among others.
In 2017, Erik made his acting debut in Ranting and Raving. His favorite things are Spiderman, Baseball, candy and his Uncle Jay. Erik resides in Paramus, NJ. Erik is a talented and amazing child. - a true star in the making!
Meet the Crew
Producer. Director, Writer
Award-winning Director, Jay Zellman has over 20 years of experience working with entertainment, marketing and corporate partners. Jay co-created, produced and directed numerous original projects including “The Hitch Kings”, a reality TV show which received a pilot order by TruTV.
In addition to his television projects, Jay is the founder of Corporate Video Concepts, Inc., a video and live event production company based in New York City that creates marketing, communications and entertainment productions for some of America’s most iconic brands