Matt and Dan Season 2
The highly anticipated second season of the gay sketch comedy Youtube Series "Matt & Dan" will have eight hilarious new episodes, tons of new characters, and a bunch of fun guest star appearances. It will be funny. It will be gay. And it will be UNCOMFORTABLY SEXY.
Inclusion StatementWe are a 100% INCLUSIVE LGBTQ operation. We believe it is incredibly important for LGBTQ people of ALL KINDS to put their unique voices out there, because visibility can give people hope and make them feel seen. The LGBTQ community NEEDS voices that are as diverse as our beautiful community is.
About The Project
Great question, thank you for asking. "Matt and Dan" is a gay a sketch comedy webseries in the vein of Key and Peele or Portlandia, from the minds of comedians Matthew Wilkas and Daniel Vincent Gordh. Each episode exists in its own universe, and introduces us to Matt and Dan as new characters and in new situations. Every genre-bending episode descends into absurdity, whether Matt and Dan are playing two indie filmmakers trying to raise money for their new experimental film ("Please Donate"), or whether they are playing friends competing for the most dramatic moment with a dying friend ("Deathbead"). If you haven't watched Matt and Dan Season 1 already, you can watch it on their youtube channel HERE.
Matt and Dan Season One screened (or is slated to screen) at Framleline Film Festival in San Francisco, Out on Film Atlanta Film Festival, The Barcelona International LGTIB Film Festival, Queer Screen Film Festival in Sydney, Australia, The International Queer Film Festival in Hamburg, The Reel Pride Film Festival in Fresno, The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Way Out West Film Festival in New Mexico, and the Desperado LGBT Film Festival in Phoenix. Season One has also been featured on Towleroad.com, Out.com, Pride.com, and Instinct Magazine and Matt and Dan appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen to promote the show! (Clip of us on the HERE.)
Matt and Dan met while taking improv class at The Groundlings back in 2014. When Matt first met Daniel he thought, “Who IS this cute/funny/smart little monster and how can I become his friend”? Eventually friendship was unavoidable as they realized they were true kindred spirits.
They became roommates off and on after that and started making silly instagram videos and eventually got to a place where making a project like "Matt and Dan" was long overdue.
Over the course of roughly a year, Matt and Dan shot the seven episodes that comprise Season One. It was not a super easy process, with many stumbles along the way... Matt lives primarily in NYC and the series was shot in LA where Dan lives... So needless to say, schedules and locations and money all needed to be juggled... But truly none of Season One could have been possible without the help of Dan's big beautiful talented brother Will Gordh.
Will took on the role of not only Director for Season One, but he was also DP, sound, gaffer, script coordinater, adviser, AND LITERAL SAVIOUR. Will is truly the best brother Dan could have.
We never outwardly intended to make our channel an LGBTQ one, we just both happen to be gay and we consciously decided not to edit ourselves when it came to our gayness. There have been many times when, as a writers, we chose to make characters or situations “straight” in order to make them more marketable or sellable. But with “Matt and Dan” we really don’t give a shit. And actually it’s so much more fun and freeing to just be ourselves in this.
We certianly do not expect to change the world or start a revolution, but we do believe that COMEDY has the incredible power to bring people together, which is perhaps more important now than it has ever been before. Honestly if we can bring joy and laughter to anyone who might be having a terrible day, then we have done something fantastic.
We shot "Matt and Dan Season 1" using our own resources and funds, but we can't afford to make a Season 2 without your help! Money raised through this campaign will afford us everything from securing locations, renting equipment, costumes, food, props, transportation and paying actors and crew. It will also help us with all of the post production elements like editing, sound mixing and funds for festival submissions and channel promotion. We are committed to making HIGH QUALITY sketch comedy, and that just costs money, so... We need your help!
Our goal is the bare minimum we need to bring you Matt & Dan Season Two. But filmmaking is expensive, any additional funds we raise over the goal will help us make Season 2 bigger and better and more, you know, awesome.
$1,500 Above our goal - We will be able to add a special Behind the Scenes Bonus Video!
$3,000 Above our goal - We will be able to do a very special Matt & Dan photoshoot that will blow your mind!
$5,000 Above our goal - We' be able to add a sorely needed ASSISTANT DIRECTOR to our crew!
$10,000 Above our goal - We will bring you a special CHRISTMAS EPISODE of Matt & Dan season 2!
$15,000 Above our goal - We will bring yet ANOTHER OTHER episode of Matt & Dan season 2! With this we could make a TEN episode second season!
$30,000 Above our goal - We will not only bring you a full 10 episode second season of Matt & Dan, but we will also shoot an original Matt & Dan feature film trailer!
$200,000 Above our goal - We will drop everything and make a feature film Matt & Dan movie instead. That's right, a goddamn Matt & Dan MOVIE.
We don't just need your money! So, if you don't have any money to contribue right now--THAT'S OK! You can still help! By sharing this crowdfunding campaign with your friends and family on social media, you are doing more than enough! Thank you so very much!
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About This Team
Matthew Wilkas (writer/creator)
is a New York based actor and writer best known for his work in films like "Gayby", "Top Five" and on TV shows like HBO's "Looking" and "Ugly Betty". In 2014 he played Flash Thomspon and eventually Peter Parker in the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark". With his longtime collaborator Jenn Harris, he co-wrote and starred in the Funny or Die series "New York is Dead", which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 and later went on to win Best Comedy at the New York Television Festival. His play "Born To Win", which he co-wrote with Mark Setlock, will be making its West Coast Premiere at The Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles this winter. You may also know him as the creator of the instagram series hit "Emoji Roommate".
Daniel VIncent Gordh (writer/creator)
is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer, and comedian. He is best known for his work online, particularly as a writer/performer for Cracked.com, as well as for the role of William Darcy in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries", a vlog-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The show earned 10 total Streamy Award Nominations, and Daniel's performance earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Drama. The show is still considered one of the most successful web series of all time, spawning two original novels, several spin-off series, and entire fandom of its own. Daniel also produced and starred in "Hollywood Acting Studio" part of STARZ Digital's first digital series launch, but has also worked on many notable web projects, such as Hipsterhood, Eastsiders, I Ship It, Welcome to Sanditon, and many of Cracked.com's favorite series - such as Not Alone, Agents of Cracked, Rom.com, Ded Talks, Music Notes, Honest Ads, as well as countless sketches. Daniel's work in TV & film includes The Hindenberg Explodes for Adult Swim, Cold Case, Mad Men, Non-Transferrable, Forest Cove, Play by Play, and the upcoming Lifetime feature Babysitter's Nightmare. Daniel has worked at Center Theatre Group, the Getty Villa, the Blank Theatre Company, Artists at Play, and the International City Theatre. You can currently hear Daniel narrating the audio book for the best-selling YA series "House of Secrets" by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini.
William Gordh (Director/DP)
William Gordh is an LA based filmaker and is owner of Shutter Production Services, a full-service production company. Will has worked as a director, editor and DP in Los Angeles for more than a decade. Will has worked on a wide variety of projects - from feature length films, TV shows and commercials, to music videos, sketch comedy and web series. Before opening his Shutter, Will was the VP of productions for corporate video company, CORP SHORTS, where he oversaw production on hundreds of videos for a variety of corporate clients. Will works closely with the company OMAZE, and has directed high-profile campaigns for the company to raise money for charities. Within the last two years, Will has also directed videos for Arnold Schwarsnegger, George Lopez, John Legend, Dale Endhart Jr., James Hetfield, Norman Reedus, Uzo Aduba, Magic Johnson, Cody Simpson, Max Greenfield, and many others.Will recieved his BFA in Film Production from Chapman's lauded film school. Within a year of graduating, Will directed his first feature-length film, the gorror/thriller "Night Watcher", found distribution with Lionsgate Entertainment, and has been making films ever since. Recently, Will produced the raunch comedy feature, "Halfway to a Blackout" and shot the psychological thriller, "Eel" (Director of Photography) which premiered at Sarasota Film Festival April 2015. Will was also part of the Streamy-Award-Nominated editing team of the Fine Brother' comedy "My Music". Will directed and produced the original series "Hollywood Acting Studio" for Starz Digital, as well as two original web series and countless sketches for Cracked.com.