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"A new half hour Comedy Show series set in NYC featuring original characters & celebrity impersonations"

About this project

Whats it all about?

The Rhyme Impersonator Show is an hilarious new half hour comedy series that will have audiences falling out of their seats with laughter. The show will be what “In Living Color” was in the 90’s, featuring fresh comedic talent, original characters, music, and various celebrity impersonations ranging from Dr. Phil, Jesse Jackson, Joel Osteen to our President himself, Barrack Obama. Set on the backdrop of New York City, the shows comedic skits and parodies blend a unique mixture of diverse, ethnic, urban and conservative comedy which takes on a comedic attitude and rhythm of its very own.

Impersonation’s is the main focus of the show which features both scripted and unscripted comedy sketches and parodies. Some of our “Original” characters include: Uncle Charlie, Amanda, Tyrone The Central Park Beggar, Mr. Chow and a host of many others.... Our talented cast of different ethnicities and backgrounds complement our characters to create an hilarious comedic moment. Our comedy skits also touch on various topics like our Economy, Race, Politics, Relationships, Homosexuality, to the basic everyday life dynamics of living in the Big Apple.

The Rhyme Impersonator Show even has its very own “THEME SONG!” which our “Rhyme Dancers” will dance to as the show opens up in front of a live studio audience. The Show also has a segment which features celebrity acts and new up and coming recording artists, groups and duos.

With our talented multi-cultural cast & crew, hilarious skits and original iconic like characters, The Rhyme Impersonator Show has the unique power to create “Original” in your face comedy with a touch of that New York City swagger, that will not only make you laugh, but also break boundaries, transcend our times, provoke thought and tickle and touch the funny bone of comedy lovers worldwide.

America get ready to laugh, because here comes “THE RHYME IMPERSONATOR SHOW!”.


Who's involved?

We have some incredibly talented people coming together to make this project a success. Here are some of the key people involved:

OUR CREW

Richard Oliver Jr. aka 2ND

Executive Producer/Writer/Director/Music Producer/Film Editor

Veena Kondapalli 

Production Assistant/Assistant Director
Production & Financial Manager/Set Designer

Veena Kondapalli considers herself an intern of independent filmmaking. A native of Hyderabad in India, Veena always felt she had an artsy side to her personality, but finding the path to it was much easier said than done. While working for a successful New York City IT Staffing company for over 5 years, Veena felt unfulfilled, and was yearning to find the path to her artistic side.

Veena had the pleasure of meeting our shows producer Richard Oliver in a NYC sports gym where Richard was employed then as a Personal Trainer. They became friends, he became her trainer, and she expressed to him that she would like to have more artistic and creative outlets in her life. So Richard gave her one, he challenged her to do a set design for our very 1st holiday skit that was filmed in December of 2011. And to Richard’s surprise veena pulled off an amazing set-design that blew the director and the entire cast and crew away! It was breathtaking! And in essence her design made all of our hilarious characters come alive! Veena is not only an organized PA and set designer, but she is also the financial planner for the show as well as other budding start-ups. A natural talented writer and poet, veena is now in the process of publishing her very first book in 2012. Among all this, she is extremely talented in her own right, she has an amazing work ethic and organizational skills, and we are proud to have her on The Rhyme Impersonator Show.


Jared Kasanofsky

Director of Photography  

Every film or TV project needs a good DP (Director of Photography), but one who processes a creative eye is a huge plus! Jared graduated from the University of Hartford, (West Hartford, CT) and worked as a camera operator for STN/Channel 2. He would later complete an editing course at the distinguished NYU (New York University). Since 2008 Jared has worked on a number of projects consisting of Features, Shorts, Music Videos, Webisodes, to TV Commercial/Industrial projects. Jared, like most Dp’s in his field was tired of working on projects (for credit or no pay) that never seem to materialize into ultimate success (projects that had a good start, stopped, then died and never went anywhere).

Jared had the opportunity to meet the show’s producer Richard and James Weidner, (our on-set audio mixing tech) on a side project for a close friend of Richard’s. The three worked on the side project and would there form a creative bond. Richard briefly told Jared about his Comedy Project and asked if he would come on board as a Dp. The 2 would then cross paths again on the set of Richard’s live music performances, until the day finally came on 4/21/12 when Jared came on as the head dp on the 2nd comedy sketch of the show, Jared would collab with James Weidner, Veena Konapalli, Richard and his co-star actress Rita Markova. The chemistry with the cast & crew on set and off set was completely magical! And just felt right. The Rhyme Impersonator show is very proud to have Jared Kasanofsky on the crew, for he processes that creative eye that can see a scene with clarity, and feel exactly what it is that the Director wants to convey, at that very timeless moment.



James Weidner

On-set Audio Mixing

Taste is, of course, a highly individual thing, but, judging from the home theater systems many people construct, with their complicated surround sound setups, audio in film is very important indeed. Sound is likewise extremely important to the creators involved in film and video production. Audiences will often put up with imperfect images, but they're unforgiving if the sound quality isn't right. The sound in a video production usually isn't just actual dialogue; it also includes music and all the background noises you might not consciously pay attention to, but which create a scene's mood. Done poorly, even something as simple as audio of footsteps running on pavement can make a production look, and sound, cheap. Knowing this, we sought out one of the best On-set Audio Mixing techs, JAMES WEIDNER. James has worked on a number of independent shorts films, as a Sound Mixer/Boom Operator. He can also wear many other hats if need be such as writing, editing and directing. James is also experienced with the Canon 5D, Red One, EX-1, HMC-150, HVX-200, DVX-100, ARRI SR-2, ARRI S, ARRI BL, Panavision Gold II, ARRICAM Studio.

Our producer had the pleasure of meeting James after being introduced to him by his best friend Powell Biel at the New York Film Academy in soho, where James worked as Director of Operations in the equipment room. Richard would often come and ask James about questions concerning sound pieces, connections for cameras and other film related things. Little did they both know that their paths would soon cross again when they both ended up on the same set with James as the audio mixer and Richard as a second dp. “you look very familiar” the two would ask each other. They both talked exchanged numbers and info on the film projects they were both working on at the time. Richard mentioned to James that he was producing a comedy show pilot and would call him once he got more financing for it, and when the some of the funds became available, Richard kept his word and brought James on board the crew. James worked on the set of the second skit of the production and the chemistry on set felt perfect. The Rhyme Impersonator Show is extremely blessed to have James Weidner on our team.

Bella Petrović

Make-Up Artist & Stylist

Bella Petrović wears many hats in the creative field. A native of Port Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, Bella has also taken a huge bite outta the Big Apple where she formally lived, trained and worked in the entertainment industry as a both a Singer/Songwriter/Actor & Fashion-Fit model.

Bella always stays at the top of her creative game! Some of her many honors include the following:

Graduate of the Australian Film & Television Academy Class of 2009 Elements of Screen Performance 1 and 2

New York Film Academy

Class of 2007 · Acting · New York, New York

Victoria University, Austrailia Bachelor of Business (Marketing/Music Industry) 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Micro Business Operations - certificate 3 - Sydney

Cameron Jane Makeup Design With Meg Guthrie and Cameron - Jane Thomas 

Australia's Elite Makeup Academy

Bella now owns and operates her very own Make-up artist & Stylist business in Sydney, Australia & globally.

Bella met the show’s producer in NYC way back in 2008, were he use to give her vocal coaching lessons, and the 2 would often party together and harmonize everywhere on the streets of new York city. Bella was the assist stylist and model for several of the photo shots for the CD cover design for Richard’s first debut album “FREAKY MON” and Bella would also earn several other credits on the album. Richard recalls forgetting some of his clothes for a very important photo shoot for his album, and the very calm Bella ran out to a New York City store to purchase a lime green shirt for the Richard’s shoot thus, saving the day. That’s what friends are for, and Bella and Richard are just that, the best of friends who have truly been through a lot together, and they have always been there for each other in both good times and bad times. And Richard is very excited to be working with Bella once again on this amazing project.

Bella's eyes are firmly set on developing all of her talents in the entertainment industry. Being the passionate person she is, Bella always manages to put her all into every project she is involved with, and we are blessed to have such a phenomenal woman, as a Make-Up Artist & Stylist on The Rhyme Impersonator Show!

Maria Rose Pirone BFA, C.A.T.

Make-Up Special Effects Artist

For over 13 years Maria has worked in NYC as freelance Makeup Artist. She loves working with beauty, male grooming and special effects make-up for networks such as Discovery Channel, HGTV, Travel Channel and CondeNaste.

It is her intention to make this world a better place through laughter, wisdom and creativity,and she will bring just that to the many characters of this show. Bringing them all to life with her magic hands.

As well as a great make-up artist, Maria is also an officiate for weddings and funerals. For 20 years she has been hired for thousands of high profile events and private clients for her gifts as a Psychic Reader. She is also a national speaker for child abuse awareness and recovery from child abuses and has created performance and films related to the topic.

The Rhyme Impersonator Show is proud to have Maria on our wonderful team!

Amen Ra "Bam Bam" Valentine

Dance Choreographer

Amen Ra "Bam Bam" Valentine entered the entertainment world through the dance industry. Dancing professionally at the age of 17 with a crew called the Hellrazors. Amen's exceptional talents have lead him to dance/Choreograph with such recording artists as Mary J. Blige, Salt-N-Pepa, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot,Mya,Kelly Rowland, Fabulous & Lil Mo just to name a few. Implementing his dance experience, Amen began to focus his efforts on other aspects of the industry. He began a small company, called Amen Ra Entertainment that culminated into Nexx Level Ent. Operating as a casting agency for young up-and-coming dancers, singers, actors, & models whom have showed off their talents. More recently, Amen-Ra has been featured in STEP UP 3D (battle of Red Hook), featured choreographer in BEAT THE WORLD, & upcoming film NOUS YORK & A Case of You.

Amen Ra now brings his talent to the TV World as the head dance choreographer of The Rhyme Impersonator Show! Choreographing all of the dance routines for the show’s opening Theme Song and hilarious skits. Amen Ra man is a talented hard worker who believes that failure is not an option, and no dream is intangible, or too small. And we are proud and honored to be working with him on The Rhyme Impersonator Show.

 
Casting Director: John Thomas (JT-Talent)

Photographer: Pierre Baz

 

Promotions: Pansy Oliver

Jah Love 2U Productions

Additional Crew Members

Special Effects Make-Up Team:

Anthony, Nicole Paterson

Assistant Writer: Sherris Toussaint

Legal: (Jacobson & Colfin PC)

Why are we doing this?

Why are we doing this? Well for one we truly believe in the success of this show and the bigger purpose that it can serve to all involved. Richard Oliver the show’s producer is an independent artist, uniting with other independent professionals to collaborate in the development of original content, with the goal of producing these concepts in New York City. We are from New York and we know the talent that this city has to offer, people come from all over the world to make it here, and you know that saying, "if you can make it here then you can make it anywhere". New York City has inspired all of our writing, music and comedic material, and there is no other city where we would like to produce our show, then in the home of the Empire State, in the city that never sleeps, New York!

This is our very 1st comedy show pilot, and there will be many more to follow, such as our Hilarious “Romantic Comedy Feature Film”, which is also set in NYC and features several of the original characters in our pilot. And we hope that you will support us with that project as well, after this one is completed.

Our project has developed thus far due to our undying determination and commitment to pure passion and excellence. And yes, sometimes that (not merely talent) is exactly what it takes to bring a project from an idea, thought, to conception, to a vision, to the designing of a plan where one can then see that vision that much more clearer, to the point of execution, to completion, to the final end result, which is “Ultimate Success”.

By backing The Rhyme Impersonator Show, you're not only helping us to launch OUR baby, Our dream, but you are also helping us to continue to provide a creative platform/canvas, for our group of talented and passionate individuals, and the many more that will follow in their footsteps. What our producer loved most about the comedy shows of the past (like In Living Color, Mad TV, Dave Chappell, Saturday Night Live and others) was that they all had the power and the “Magic” to launch the careers of many talented artists. The Rhyme Impersonator Show will do the same and more, a gigantic and hilarious comedy launching pad for the future stars of tomorrow.

Thank you for taking time to read this! If you are unable to make a monetary donation, then please share this with all your family and friends through facebook, twitter, email, text or by any means that you feel prompted! And have them share it with their family & friends through facebook, twitter, email and text as well.



Where does the money go?

There are many people who are extremely passionate about this project, some of which have worked on our very 1st skit for mere credit and food wearing multiple hats when needed. But even with all this help, love and support we still had to go into pocket and pay some key individuals on our creative team, we could not cut any costs here at all. Video and professional sound quality can make or break an entire project. We have proven in our very 1st and 2nd skits, that as a team "We Can Do A Lot With A Little", and pull our talent, connections and resources together for one common goal. But however, some skits are far more complicated than others and require more talent to pull them off effectively, and those key players have to be compensated, add that with additional hard costs like studios, costumes, equipment rentals, post production, marketing, promotion, special effects make-up, food, transportation, legal and insurance costs. And there you have it. This is why we need your help! You guys will play a major intricate part in our creative process to push toward our goal of finishing 3 additional skits to complete the entire footage that we need to produce our comedy show pilot.

What happens if we make more than our goal?

If we go above and beyond our minimum goal, then we can make substantial upgrades to the set design, equipment, costumes and wardrobes, which can help tremendously to enhance the show. With the extra money we would also be able to have some items custom-created exclusively for THIS set, (like a full closet prop that we need for our 3rd skit) rather than relying solely on "creative cutting costs shopping" - it can make a huge difference.

Extra money will also go toward food on set. Working 10-12 hour days continuously on set is draining, and have you ever tried to feed 10 to 20 people for 4 days on $150 - $200? From experience it’s not as easy as you think it is. So, we would be able to have something a little more different on set then your regular sandwiches and pizza take-out, and we could provide healthier snacks and energy drinks and protein bars to help keep us going, which can make a world of difference toward increasing our productivity and making the end product truly amazing!

Additionally, backers who contribute beyond the minimum goal will enable us to design a professional website (with info on the show cast, crew etc…) and greatly improve the quality of our press and marketing materials, which, along with the completed pilot, will be used to pitch the series to tv networks & production houses.

What can I do to help if I can't contribute monetarily?

Share this video on your Facebook, Twitter or any other means you feel would get the word out! Hey you can even be featured as an extra in one of our skits, now how cool is that! Thank you so much! We greatly appreciate your support and we can’t wait to meet you all at our NYC RED CARPET WRAP-UP PARTY! where we will have food, drinks and lots of giggles, laughs, hugs and kisses for you all from the entire cast & crew. And of course Senthil Thilager will be present dressed as a Christmas Elf, and yes Veena K. will be there as well to deliver her now famous & classic line: "New York" lol lmao.

WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Risks and challenges

One of the major risks and challenges after we are successfully funded would be:

1. The continuous effort of staying within our production budget without sacrificing the quality of the final end product.

2. Publicity at a low cost

3. The hiring of experienced entertainment agents in our field to help us pitch our completed pilot to various TV Networks and production houses in an effort to get the show picked up.

4. To continue to recruit skilled professionals that are willing to be flexible with their rates.

How we plan to tackle the above challenges:

1. Building working business relationships with credible connections in the entertainment field to help move our project forward.

2. By continuing to build a solid production team that is skilled and multi-talented and at the same time can wear multiple hats if needed.

3. Creating low-cost, innovative and ingenious advertising, promotion and marketing ideas in order to attract more potential interest to our project.

4. Reducing our operating cost by utilizing our resources effectively.

5. Careful planning, budgeting and allocating of resources and services that will keep the production within its assigned cost, to not go over its projected budget.

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