Alan Resnick

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Alan Resnick
Born (1986-07-16) July 16, 1986 (age 32)
Alma materSUNY Purchase
Years active2011–present
Comedy career
Medium
  • Television
  • film
  • internet
Genres

Alan Resnick (born July 16, 1986) is an American comedian, visual artist, and filmmaker based in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] He is a member of the Wham City arts collective and founding member of Wham City Comedy.[2]

Work[edit]

Before working on Adult Swim, Resnick first gained recognition for creating the popular YouTube web series, alantutorial, in 2011.[3] The surrealist series initially began as a tutorial channel from a man attempting to give explanations for nonsensical tutorials. Over the course of 3 years, the series becomes more horrorlike as Alan is locked out of his house, left homeless, and kidnapped. He breaks through a wall and escapes in the final "tutorial" video, uploaded December 12, 2014. Gizmodo called Resnick's video "ARM tutorial" one of the "weirdest videos on the internet".[4]

In 2012, Resnick self-published the book $8.95, a series of online customer service chats between Resnick and Bank of America in which Resnick pleads to recover his eponymous bank fee.[5] Also that year, Resnick directed the music video for Dan Deacon's "Guilford Avenue Bridge" and Lower Dens' "Candy".

In 2013, Resnick and fellow Wham City member Ben O'Brien created & directed the TV special Live Forever as You Are Now with Alan Resnick, pitched to Adult Swim. The short starred Resnick as himself, in a surreal parody of self-help infomercials, selling digital immortality. This was the duo's first collaboration with Adult Swim, and premiered on the network's Infomercials block - premiering at 4:00 A.M., without a title card or common identifier. Despite this, it received positive acclaim and recognition for Wham City, being called "hilarious" and "a good representation of their bizarre comedic stylings." [6] Principal photography for the infomercial was conducted in the Copycat Building during the summer of 2013.[7]

In 2014, Resnick and O'Brien continued to work with Adult Swim's Infomercials, creating the horror short Unedited Footage of a Bear,[8] a parody of allergy medication advertisements, and a veiled cautionary tale about antidepressant abuse, which slowly descends into chaos.[9] The short gained the duo more popularity, and was called "the scariest TV show of 2014".[10] Since launching that year, Resnick has been a contributing writer for The Onion's sister publication, ClickHole.[11] Resnick also premiered a set of new media art pieces in collaboration with artist Lesser Gonzalez, at the Springsteen Gallery in Baltimore, MD.[12][13]

In 2016, Adult Swim aired Resnick's latest short film, This House Has People In It.[14] The short film aired at 4:00 A.M. between March 14–19.[15] While the short itself consists of surveillance camera footage, based on the found footage genre, the short directs viewers to a fake security company website, containing an alternate reality game with numerous companion videos, audio files, images, and text documents.[16] Later in 2016, Resnick starred in IFC's webseries "The Mirror" as Wesley.

All his work on Adult Swim has been made in collaboration with Baltimore-based production company AB Video Solutions, LLC, an offshoot of the Wham City arts collective. AB Video Solutions LLC is made up of Resnick, Ben O'Brien, Robby Rackleff, Cricket Arrison, and Dina Kelberman.

In 2017, Resnick made an animated film for Super Deluxe called "Johnny Bubble", featuring the titular character in a series of odd events until he dies.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Live Forever as You Are Now with Alan Resnick Himself Also creator and writer
2014 Unedited Footage of a Bear Bear narrator Also director, writer and executive producer
2016 This House Has People in It TV man Also director, writer and executive producer
2018 May I Please Enter Lone Cowboy/Himself Writer and director

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 alantutorial Alan Also creator and writer
2015 Visitor Information Sick person/garage Also director and writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best Mad Scientist Alan Resnick", "The Baltimore City Paper", Baltimore 15 September 2014, Retrieved on 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ Case, Wesley."More focused Wham City Comedy Tour gets seriously funny", "The Baltimore Sun", Baltimore 19 April 2013, Retrieved on 22 July 2014.
  3. ^ Elphick, Jody. "Like and Subscribe: a Q&A with alantutorial" London, 3 June 2013, Retrieved on 22 July 2014.
  4. ^ Feinberg, Ashley. "11 of the Weirdest Videos on YouTube", New York, 30 May 2014, Retrieved on 22 July 2014.
  5. ^ Deacon, Dan. "From The Desk of Dan Deacon", Philadelphia, Retrieved on 22 July 2014
  6. ^ McLellan, Lea (May 6, 2014). "Smart Bets: Wham City". Mountain Xpress. Archived from the original on August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Woods, Baynard."Wham City makes an infomercial", "The Baltimore City Paper", Baltimore 1 January 2014, Retrieved on 22 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Adult Swim Creeps Again With New 'Infomercial', "UNEDITED FOOTAGE OF A BEAR"". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Adult Swim's Descent Into Madness - Bloody Disgusting!". 18 December 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  10. ^ "This Year's Scariest Show Aired on the Cartoon Network". Observer. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Contact ClickHole". 12 June 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  12. ^ Livingston, Jack. "Scene Seen: BASE PERIOD – Alan Resnick & Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez @ Springsteen Gallery", Baltimore, 19 July 2014, Retrieved on 22 July 2014.
  13. ^ Woods, Baynard. "This Modern World: Two artists turn cultural detritus into high art", Baltimore, 4 August 2014, Retrieved on 1 October 2014.
  14. ^ Adult Swim (15 March 2016). "This House Has People in It". Retrieved 31 July 2016 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "This House Has People In It airs on March 14–19 [Discussion] • /r/adultswim". Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  16. ^ "AB Surveillance Solutions". Retrieved 31 July 2016.

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