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Tuesday October 6, 2015, 11:46am - by Megan Gray


Over the course of its first three seasons, the Magnet Video Lab has established itself as a reliable creator of quality comedy video content. It has produced three successful shows at the Theater and over 30 unique videos available online, many of which feature Magnet Theater performers. Now, it’s ramping up for Season Four!

How does it work?
The Video Lab is organized into small teams of approximately 8 members each, similar to improv teams or sketch teams. The groups will consist of members who can do several of the following – write, act, direct, DP, edit, produce, lighting, sound, graphics/animation. While there will be dedicated “production staff” members on a given team, whose job is primarily to DP/run lighting/sound/edit/etc., every team member is encouraged to learn every job.

As team members become more proficient in each skill, the production workload will be more evenly shared, and the quality and quantity of the team’s videos will increase. Each team will be assigned an “Executive Director” who will serve a variety of functions, including helping decide which scripts to produce, giving notes on scripts and rough edits, helping to set production schedules, and communicating with Magnet administration.

How do I apply? How do I find out more?
Join us for an information session: Wednesday, October 14th, 6pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Other questions? Email: megan@magnettheater.com

Thursday July 16, 2015, 2:08pm - by Megan Gray

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This summer, Magnet will be putting together an exciting new video project entitled “Exquisite Corpse: The Movie.” Performers, video/sound people, and video editors will collaborate to make a short comedy video that will be screened at the theater on Thursday, September 10th, 7pm. The video will be made in pieces, exquisite-corpse-style, with teams filming their pieces in the video one after another.

The first team will create a 2-minute long video (either written or improvised). They then pass that off to the second team who will have a week to continue the narrative of the first team, who will then pass it off to the third team, etc.

All Megawatt, Musical Megawatt, Thursday Night Out, Level 6: Team Performance, Circuit, and Sketch teams are encouraged to apply, as are all members of the community with video editing, filming, and sound recording skills. Teams will be given a week over the summer to film their portion of the project and will be assigned to camera/sound/editing people.


The deadline to apply is Monday, July 20th, 5pm.

Please email: megan@magnettheater.com with any questions!

Thursday April 9, 2015, 11:46pm - by Magnet Theater


The Maggies are upon us once again! Tonight marks the night we award such meaningful prizes as Best Laugh Award and the Herbstman Humanitarian Award and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Magnet. Before we do all of that though, check out this video of the opening number from last year’s Maggies. It’s got master of ceremonies Peter McNerney singing and dancing all over the place. See you tonight!

Tuesday August 26, 2014, 3:00pm - by Megan Gray
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The Magnet Theater’s Video Lab is pleased to announce a new 10-week program open to beginning filmmakers, as well as those with some (or lots of) experience in the field. Fill in your knowledge gaps or start from the beginning.

Learn the skills necessary to produce comedy shorts with hands-on guidance from current Video Lab members:

  • Expand skills by shadowing experienced filmmakers
  • Try your hand at various production roles including camera, lighting, audio, pre production, editing and more
  • Gain production experience & video credits
  • See your work on the Magnet Theater big screen as well as online!

This 10-week session is a prerequisite for applying to the Magnet Video Lab program. Program begins Saturdays in mid-October. Email magnetvideolab@gmail.com for more information.

Thursday November 10, 2011, 7:31pm - by admin


Be part of the next generation of comedy video creators! FLICK is a monthly screening of filmed sketch and comedy produced by the best short filmmakers in the New York metro area. The show features new short videos each month, so submit your work early and often. After each month’s screening, a panel of Magnet faculty and staff will select the very best videos to be featured on the Magnet website for the following month. Make a splash! Get visibility for your creative content and meet future collaborators for the development of your work!

Here’s a recent winner:

Want to submit?  Read on after the jump.


Friday October 14, 2011, 3:34am - by admin

The Mantzoukas Brothers (Jason Mantzoukas and Ed Herbstman) made a short film that will premiere at this year’s Friars Club Comedy Film Festival.

Their film, ‘Ashley’, premieres tomorrow night, Friday October 14th night at 9pm at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas on 23rd street.

Tickets available here.Will The Mantzoukas Brothers’ close friendship survive when Jason gets a new girlfriend? Spoiler Alert: No fucking way.
Also appearing in the film are Magnet performers Melanie Hoopes, Charlotte Rabbe, Teddy Shivers, Joel Jones, Leanne Linsky, Desiree Nash, Joe Miles, Binu Paulose, Ruby Marez, Louis Kornfeld, and Megan Gray.
Thursday August 4, 2011, 10:19am - by admin

The Interview featuring Willy Appelman, Russ Armstrong, Laura Grey and Kevin Cragg. Special thanks to the crew Riley Fields, Tom Capps & Reed Tereski.

Friday July 22, 2011, 12:19pm - by admin

This month’s featured Flick Video!   Revenge Italiano  Actress/Comedienne Lucia Brizzi finds herself with a less-than-satisfactory local theater review. So she lives, learns and deals with it, the I-talian way.Featuring Jon Bander, Lucia Brizzi, Kelly Kreye and Mike Toro. Part of the Magnet Theater’s FLICK Showcase!

Monday July 11, 2011, 7:19pm - by admin

A screening and short Q & A session with the members of the Magnet Theater Digital Media Engine that wrote, shot, directed, edited, and produced the BEST PICTURE at the 2011 New York City 48 Hour Film Project.

Members include George Gross, Jon Bander, Mike Bell, Steph Garcia, Danielle Tolley, and Sean Taylor.


They Won!