Toni Nagy is a filmmaker that has written/ edited/directed/ and acted in a vast array of sketch comedy videos that have upwards of 1.5 million views. Nagy’s script “One More Zero” was the grand prize winner for Ermantourage’s initiative “The Industry Next: Women in Screenwriting” competition, and her pilot of her sketch comedy entitled “The Masses” won the award for “Best TV Pilot” at the Top Shorts festival. She is also a stand up comic that has twice won the Broadway Comedy Club’s “New Talent” contest and a storyteller that has twice been featured on the popular podcast RISK!
Briefly describe who you are as a creative! What got you into pursuing a career in entertainment, and why your field specifically?
I am a stand-up comic that’s quasi–radical, somewhat-existential, and mostly funny. My comedy is kind of like an acid trip, but with equal opportunity genital jokes. I am also a writer, filmmaker, sketch comedy creator, and co-dependent. My goal is to make content that tickles the mind and spirit and has a message of social commentary. I got into pursuing a career in entertainment because my parents didn’t pay enough attention to me, obviously, but also because I am a philosopher at heart. As a comedian I aim to challenge the psyche of the status quo and provide cultural commentary about the absurdity of existence. My own personal coping mechanism is to turn my pain into content and try to find the humor in all.
Can you think back to your first piece of work and what you learned most from it? How much of your voice has changed since you began?
One of the first pieces I ever made was a sketch comedy video entitled “Human Cheese.” I was leaving new york for the weekend to visit an actor friend of mine from college who had recently had a child and thought to myself, “what is a funny way to exploit my friend and her family?” – hence the birth of the “Human Cheese” video. It’s still one of my most favorite things I ever made! I got to inadvertently talk about the dangers of factory farming, the horror of corporate america, the tragedy of the woman’s role as a housewife, and the beauty of motherhood all in one bizarre video! What I learned most is that if you think something is too far, take it one step farther.
Do you feel you are still finding your voice? What can you say your voice is right now?
I think in many ways our voice is an ever changing mutable force that cannot be contained, and in other ways I’ve been barking about the same thing since I was a teenager. The main messages I want to get out into the world have been pretty consistent – question everything, accept nothing, and open your mind wider than your mouth.
What do you hope to be known for during your career?
There is so much pain and sadness we have to deep throat in this world – I want to be known for making thought provoking work that is funny enough to help you swallow the truth of existence.
In what ways do you plan on utilizing your platform to better the world?
To keep bringing up the harsh realities of the human condition that constipate our souls, yet use the medium of comedy to help humans better digest the colon-ization of our consciousness. You know… the usual.
What do you have in the works at the moment?
Sketch comedy videos to prod you in all the right places!
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