|Born||Robby Christopher Schrab
November 12, 1969
|Area(s)||Illustrator, Writer, Producer & Director|
|Notable works||Scud: The Disposable Assassin
Heat Vision and Jack
The Sarah Silverman Program
Rob Schrab is a comic book creator, actor, comedian, writer, and film and television producer. Schrab grew up in Mayville, Wisconsin. He is known as the creator of the comic book, Scud: The Disposable Assassin, co-writer of the feature film Monster House, the unaired pilot Heat Vision and Jack, competitive film festival Channel 101 and the co-creator of Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program.
Schrab attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, studying Illustration.
Schrab was a member of ComedySportz Milwaukee where he also co-founded (alongside Dan Harmon) the sketch troupe The Dead Alewives. They produced an album in 1996 entitled Take Down The Grand Master which featured the sketch 'Dungeons and Dragons'. Schrab was the voice of the "Where's the Mountain Dew?" Demon.
In the mid to late 1990s Schrab wrote and produced the independent comic book Scud: The Disposable Assassin, which ran for 20 issues. In 2008, he finished the series with Scud #21 in a book that would include all the Scud issues. Scud's final chapter was released in Spring of 2008. Scud #21 "Return of the Over-Used Muse" hit the stands in early February. followed by #22 "Challenge of the Over-Used Muse" then #23 "Retaliation of the Over-Used Muse" and finally #24 "Death of the Over-Used Muse".
Covers were done by guest artists Ashley Wood, Dan Hipp, Jim Mahfood, David Hartman and Doug TenNapel. A collection of the entire series (including Drywall: Unzipped and Black Octopus: Sexy Genius) was released by Image comics.
Film and television
Following Scud, Schrab had several minor successes in Hollywood leading up to the release of the feature film, Monster House, written by Schrab and Dan Harmon.
Schrab produced the television pilot Heat Vision and Jack starring Owen Wilson and Jack Black. He has also co-created the alternative television network/website Channel 101, where he created The Ringwald and Molly Show, Twigger's Holiday, Thriller Chiller Theatre and The Suits as part of their programming.
He played the bit part of Gerald in Blame Society Productions' Fun Rangers. He can be seen during the 'phon' scene, where he asks the protagonist, Cody Beaumont, for his DVDs to be returned.
Schrab played the Bald Genius or "PI guy" in Chris Gore's "My Big Fat Independent Movie."
He and long time writing partner, Dan Harmon, wrote the feature film Monster House based on a pitch they had originally made in 1998. The project was shelved for almost ten years until it was made feasible in 2006 by a CG process known as Mo-Cap. It was Harmon and Schrab's first feature deal and launched their career in the movie business. He also directed the music video "Crooked Teeth" for Death Cab for Cutie.
Schrab worked as a writer, producer and director on three seasons of The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central. He also played the cross-dressing host of Cookie Party, Miniature "Mini" Coffee. Silverman wanted Schrab to play the character in the show after she saw him in "Thriller Chiller Theatre" (a short on Channel101.com)
Rob Schrab made a Trogdor wallpaper for the Homestar Runner website to celebrate the dragon's 5th birthday. The wallpaper was put on the site on January 14, 2008, and was accessible when the main page message "guest wallpaper" was clicked on.
Along with Ben Schwartz and Dan Harmon, Schrab co-wrote the opening for the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. It starred Hugh Jackman and featured songs written by all three writers. Schrab was responsible for the Dark Knight section: "How come comic-book movies never get nominated?" Schrab won an Emmy for his writing alongside Harmon and Schwartz on September 20, 2009.
The props and scenery were designed and partially constructed by Rob Schrab- sketches and behind the scenes can be found on his website.
In 2012 he wrote and directed a short film for Nintendo's Wii U which featured the Non-Specific Action Figure.
In 2006, Schrab directed and animated the music video for Death Cab for Cutie's "Crooked Teeth". It can be found on the Directions DVD.
Schrab has been with wife Kate Freund since 2005. They married in February 2012. They met when she interviewed him for the short lived television show, "Rough Cut LA".
- Official website
- Rob Schrab at the Internet Movie Database
- Rob Schrab at Channel 101
- Robot Bastard
- 2008 Interview with Schrab about The Sarah Silverman Program[dead link]