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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

Jessica Howell

"Bridget Henderson"


Patrick Avella

"Cliff Matthews"

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 Moore

"Nora Matthews"

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.

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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.


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Our Best Side

David Perez-Ribada

"Ted Henderson"

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 Bandhu

"Dr. Seminara"

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.

Erik Zellman

"Timmy Henderson

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

Jay Zellman

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

Robert Gregson

Director of Photograhy

Robert has directed over 30 sketch comedy videos for comedy collective Local Empire. In 2014, he earned the Best New Director award at the Brooklyn Film Festival for The Refrigerator. In 2015, Gregson directed his first feature, Trivia Night, which toured festivals nationally, won the Best Feature at Omaha FF, and is now available on Amazon Prime. In addition to his narrative films, Gregson works as a director and DP on mini-docs and commercials for world-renowned organizations including the FEED Foundation, Adweek, and the United Nations.

Brent Katz

Associate Producer

Brent started to make movies straight out of college with the award winning short film, "The Final Resolution." Since then he has worked for companies such as VH1, Spike TV and Scholastic. He also produced a documentary film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and released a popular comedic web series called, "Dex Everett: Man Tamer." His latest project is a novel he wrote titled, "The Non Prophet." Whether he is writing, directing or editing, Brent's passion for storytelling continues to be a guiding force in his career.

Paul Wang

Associate Producer

Paul works in technology during the day and moonlights as a producer for the YouTube channel, "Pieces of C" during nights and weekends. Prior to "Ranting and Raving," he's worked as a producer on the independent feature, "The Deafening Silence of a Very Bright Light" and as an associate editor on Academy Award winner Ruby Yang's documentary, "A Moment in Time." Paul is always seeking new creative outlets and is currently working on an original screenplay that he hopes to bring to market in the coming year.

Michael Schmidt

Associate Producer, Music Compser

Michael is an accomplished media production specialist who works with Production Companies, Producers/Directors and Ad Agencies in the creation of Feature Films, Television Episodic, Television Commercials, Branded Content, Web Series and Documentary films for Television and Corporate Media. Michael has been a part of digital film projects that have won AICP Awards, Telly Awards, and numerous film festival accolades in several countries including the USA, France, Spain, Germany, China and Australia.

Jason Whitaker

Camera Operator, Animator

Jason is a graduate of Vancouver Film School's Film Production program, is a Brooklynbased director of photography, editor, and motion graphics artist with years of experience in corporate video production. Jason has honed his craft to create visually stunning content that includes commercials, CEO messages, training films, award winning short films, branded content, and more. He’s worked on numerous videos for well known companies. With strong attention to detail Jason produces a level of quality that keeps clients coming back time and time again.

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