The Legend of Zelda


Comic in Residence

Check out this promo I put together while preparing for my month long residency at the legendary Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. I’ve been opening every show at the club for the entire month of March.

Spot Anthony in “Here Comes the Boom”

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new contest: “Spot Anthony in ‘Here Comes the Boom.'”

As you’re probably aware, I was an extra in the soon to be released Kevin James film. The first person to spot me in my scene (or scenes(?)) can send me a Facebook message through my fan page detailing exactly where I am in the movie and win a bevy of prizes, including:

One (1) signed headshot
One (1) retweet of one of your tweets to my 270 followers
I will change my Facebook profile picture to a picture of the two of us for one (1) day

You get all that if you can spot this guy:
The movie opens October 12, and the contest will begin then. Tell your friends. Thanks!

Filmmaking Theory

Last weekend, I broke up the usual monotony of sleeping until early afternoon, watching The Flintstones & pondering the ephemeral nature of the human condition by participating in a 48 hour film contest. For those unfamiliar with the frantic & fun 48 hour film contests, participants are given just two days to write, cast, film and edit a film. Rather than take the reins and produce my own, I decided to help out another filmmaker, collaborating partly on the script but mostly acting.

As a filmmaker who considers himself primarily a writer, acting in another director’s film provides a unique perspective, not unlike Slugworth sneaking a querulous glimpse into the inner machinations of Willy Wonka’s fabled factory. A few of the tasteful tidbits that I learned:

1. Other Directors Don’t Seem as Preoccupied With Picking Up Chicks

There are many ways producing a film can be used to meet women: Casting women in major (intermittently sexy) roles, telling women you’re a successful director, asking women if they want to see your films back at your bachelor pad.

Most, if not all, of my previous films were made to impress women, to various degrees. And yet I found that this weekend, that idea rarely came up, if at all. Every time I questioned a casting choice (such as replacing the rest of the cast with buxom women as diverse as the cantina from “Star Wars”) I was met with confused stares and more than once I thought I heard someone whisper “Let’s lock him in a closet until filming is over.”

And yet, despite all those obstacles, the film came together seamlessly.

2. Other Directors Don’t Write Large, Unnecessary Roles For Themselves

At first, it seems a counter-intuitive. If you don’t cast yourself in your own movie, how else will people know about all the work you did? But other directors seem much more interested in casting actual actors who can bring something to the role, rather than themselves. In this case, I didn’t mind, because it gave me more lines.

Just one more thing that they can’t teach you in film school.

3. Other Directors Rarely Call Their Actors “Talentless Hacks & Unruly Subhuman Cretins, Wasting Oxygen That Would Be Better Used To Start Forest Fires.”

But they still say it sometimes.

All in all, it was a truly eye-opening & enlightening experience, which I hope to incorporate into any future filmmaking endeavors.

Anthony’s “Explosion Bus” Audition

A bit of an unusual post today. It’s my audition video for Explosion Bus, the incredible, funny & incredibly funny new webseries from Jonathan Katz, of Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist fame. Like Dr. Katz, Explosion Bus is animated with an innovative, minimalist drawing style. Each week, they accept auditions for next week’s show. I decided to perform some of my patented close-up magic tricks.

For more Explosion Bus, check out their official website:

UPDATE: We did it! My magic audition made it into Episode 9 of Explosion Bus. Check out the explosive goodness here: