Kyle Newacheck is the king of comedy filmmaking
Kyle Newacheck is the real deal. Both humble and hard-working, the Film alum’s impressive credits list speaks for itself. With 34 directing and 21 writing credits spanning the past decade and a half, it would be easy to forget that Kyle is only 35 years old. Whether you’ve seen his work on Workaholics, Parks and Recreation or Murder Mystery, you’ll find yourself doing one thing while watching his work: laughing. Armed with a can-do attitude and collaborative approach to the craft, Kyle’s star continues to rise as he works on ambitious (and hilarious) projects.
While attending The Los Angeles Film School, Kyle fell into a groove of constant creation. He became a veritable sponge for learning about the production pipeline, and involved himself in his friend’s short film thesis projects in a variety of roles. Whether acting for a student assignment, writing or directing, Kyle invariably earned the respect and admiration of his peers, and stepped into the industry prepared to take on the film world with his own brand of gusto. After graduating, Kyle returned to campus as an editing instructor for the Film program, sharing his post-production experience with next-generation filmmakers. Even at a young age, Kyle was already adamant about giving back, a trait he carries with himself to this day.
You may have heard of the hit Comedy Central series, Workaholics. The origin of the show is as humble as one can get. Kyle, along with his friends Blake Anderson and Adam Devine, started two YouTube channels in 2006. One of them, Mail Order Comedy, consisted of short-form comedy videos. The other, Wizards, featured the trio rapping about a variety of fantasy-centric topics, especially Mordor.
By 2010, the traction that Kyle and co.’s early sketch comedy videos were getting drew the attention of Comedy Central, who contacted them about producing a show for their network. After a successful pitch, Kyle Newacheck, Blake Anderson and Adam Devine were provided with the funds to shoot the pilot for their new show, Workaholics. Unbeknownst to the network, the trio shot the entire first season of the show using the budget for the pilot. Not only that, Kyle would go on to co-write every one of the 78 episodes of the hit series with Connor Pritchard and Dominic Russo, and directed the lion’s share of the episodes. Truth be told, Workaholics became a staple in Comedy Central’s lineup and established itself as their biggest series. Seven seasons later, the enormously successful show wrapped production for good in 2017.
For the sake of memories, here’s the first scene of the first episode of Workaholics.
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After Workaholics ended with a bang, the Newacheck, Divine and Anderson went on to work together on Game over, Man for Netflix. Kyle Newacheck directed the feature, which reunited several castmembers from the series in an all-out action comedy blitz.
In 2019, Kyle Newacheck’s big-budget comedy, Murder Mystery hit Netflix, starring industry icons Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. On June 11, we hosted a Q&A with Kyle Newacheck in our Main Theatre. Check out our live-stream below:
The mantra that Kyle lives by is simple: ABC. Always Be Creating. To this day, he’s lived up to his mantra, and continues to make people around the world laugh with his genuine comedic genius.
Check out Kyle Newacheck‘s IMDb profile for a full list of his impressive credits.