Humble Signs Comedy Duo The Director Brothers
Integrated content studio Humble welcomes comedy duo, Director Brothers to its roster for U.S. commercial representation. Comprised of Funny or Die veterans and the original founders of Gifted Youth, Josh Martin and Ryan McNeely, the directors’ work showcases a seamless blend of real world characters and fantastical situations.
The pair have written and directed projects for HBO, Comedy Central, Comedy Bang Bang Productions, Ed Helms’ Electric Picture Company, and many more. Along the way they’ve worked as writers, creatives, and directors on projects including Old Milwaukee with Will Ferrell and Jose Canseco, Kia Optima with Jeff Goldblum and Blake Griffin, Pepto Bismol with Dr. Ken, Pepsi Test Drive with Jeff Gordon, Captain Crunch with Burt Reynolds and Tone Loc, and Skull Candy with Kate Upton, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Big Boi.
“Josh and Ryan have been powerhouses in the comedy world for years and their passion for filmmaking makes for an exciting addition to the Humble roster,” commented Managing Director/EP Rich Pring. “Their undeniable synergy and innate comedic sense never fail to shine through in every aspect of their work. We’ve already hit the ground running on several projects and you can genuinely feel the entire Humble team, agencies, brands, and crew having fun together while working on Director Brothers collaborations. We can’t wait to see where their imagination takes them next.”
A multi-talented storyteller, Ryan studied experimental and underground filmmaking with a focus in cinematography and design at CSF in New Mexico. He spent years early in his career as an animator and founded his own animation/VFX studio, Visual Creatures. After that, Ryan went on to work as a DP for several years where he shot commercials, music videos, and televisions shows.
Josh earned a degree in directing and producing from The Los Angeles Film School and dove head first into the industry. He got his start producing for sketch group Honor Student who went on to create digital comedy shorts for UCB, Super Deluxe, Funny or Die, and HBO.
The directing duo describes first meeting on a shoot for Funny or Die at Wayne Newton’s house between a penguin and a monkey on a couch. They became fast friends and a partnership immediately formed over a love for exotic animals and '80s and '90s film and television.
In December of 2017 the duo directed the widely anticipated special for Comedy Central “Fake News with Ted Nelms” and their recent collaboration with Funny or Die for anti-corruption non-profit, Represent.Us, stars Jack Black and Ed Helms and calls for people to come together to pass powerful anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money and fix our broken elections.
To view the Director Brothers’ reel, click here.
To watch Fake News with Ted Nelms, click here.