Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Ben Acker & Ben Blacker are the co-creators of the Thrilling Adventure Hour. The show arose in March 2005 of a desire for Acker & Blacker to create new content for an audience on a regular basis as well as to work with their funny and talented friends and friends-of-friends. They could not be more pleased with the response the show has received from its loyal fans and from the public at large. The Los Angeles Times wrote of the show: “Video may have killed the radio star, but its spirit lives on in… a monthly comedy revue featuring actors in snappy outfits reading equally snappy dialogue.” Snappy being the precise sort of dialogue for which they wish to be known.
The show has provided Acker & Blacker with exciting opportunities in entertainment. They sold several sketches to Fox late night television, developed the segment Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars as an animated cartoon for Nickelodeon, and a pilot for a primetime animated comedy with 20th Century Fox Studios. In 2010 they wrote two pilots for the USA network-an hour and a half-hour-as well as a half-hour comedy for Spike. They have written episodes of Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas and CW’s Supernatural (where they were on the writing staff). They currently write for Netflix and Dreamworks’ Puss In Boots as well as Thunderbolts for Marvel Comics
They will continue to write and produce the Thrilling Adventure Hour as long as they have the time to do so, for they enjoy watching these talented actors bring to life the stories Acker & Blacker create.
As our fearless director for the past 9+ years, Aaron Ginsburg brings polish, warmth, and humor to the Thrilling Adventure Hour. In real life, Aaron is a writer/producer. Currently, he’s writing on Season 2 of THE 100 (CW), the comic CLONE for Skybound/Image, as well as a comedy feature for New Line. Other TV credits include THE GOOD GUYS, THE FINDER, INTELLIGENCE, and BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE.
Andy Paley’s credits read like a who’s who of the music industry. It’s tempting to say he’s best known for his work with Brian Wilson as a producer and co-writer – though what one person would find him best known for probably varies according to individual taste, as he’s worked within such a wide range of genres and styles. He’s worked with Madonna, The Beach Boys, Chris Isaak, Randy Newman, Elton John, and countless others. www.andypaley.com
Asst. Musical Director
Jonathan Dinerstein has composed music for award-winning feature and short films as well as many national television broadcasts, in addition to his eclectic work as a pianist and music director in Los Angeles. Recent scoring credits include such feature films as Such Good People, The Standbys, and Acker & Blacker’s Drones; the Emmy Award-winning web series Satacracy 88; and several national television commercials. www.jondinerstein.com
Clinton Trucks & Charlie Fonville
Clinton Trucks and Charlie Fonville of Type 55 Films are award-winning producers. Longtime fans of the show, the pair started working with the Thrilling Adventure Hour in 2013 when they produced the live concert film. They also produce stand up comedy specials, music videos, commercials, and feature films. You can view their work at type55films.com