Shock Therapy TV was created by Steve Wright of Manning Road Productions.


Born and raised in the Midwest, Steve first picked up a video camera to make Slow Times at Park, a film about students having a tough time in elementary school.  That was the beginning.


After receiving his M.F.A. in Screenwriting from The American Film Institute, Steve spent several years reading scripts and writing coverage for a boutique literary agency, working directly with TV and feature film writers.


Steve’s comedy screenplay In Your Dreams was awarded 2nd Prize in The Script Shark Insider Screenplay Competition.  At Action On Film Festival, Steve won Best Director of a Short Film for Boom Man, and Killing Time was nominated for Best Comedy Short.  Later, Petting a Dead Cat won The Audience Favorite Award at The Nihilist Film Festival, and The Cat Clock was awarded The Steve Pearce Memorial Award at The West Your Pants Comedy Film Festival.


Steve has developed screenplays for TV star Kelly Perine, and Southpaw Productions (August Rush, Back Draft).  Steve currently works in reality television, with credits including The Bachelor (ABC), The Bachelorette (ABC), Bachelor Pad (ABC), Leave It To Lamas (E! Nework), Tatto Highway (A&E), Celebrity Skifest (CBS), and NBC’s Holiday Special: Hilarious Home Video Countdown.  Steve has performed stand up comedy as a member of The Young Friars, and is a writer and stand up guest for Top Story Weekly, a live comedy show at The Improv Olmpic Theater in Hollywood.  To Live and Die in the Booth, a sketch by Steve, was produced by National Lampoon Comedy Radio.


Steve is represented by the principle of Dylan Shields Management in Los Angeles, CA.  Steve can be reached at steve@shocktherapytv.com.

Steve Wright

Creator

Joe Wright

Actor

A rock star of Shock Therapy TV, Joseph Anthony Wright (1970-2009) passed away in his sleep on April 25th after experiencing heart arrhythmia.  Joe is a brother, a friend, and a talent that we will all miss. Joe had starring roles in both Killing Time and Tree Talk, and he was an intricate part of nearly every episode we’ve produced thus far. If Joe wasn’t acting in a piece or lending his professional voice talents, Joe was behind the scenes as part of our crew, holding a boom or just doing anything that needed to be done because Joe loved Shock Therapy TV, and that will always mean a lot to us.


In his own entertainment career, Joe hit the big time.  Theatrically, he made it all the way to Broadway in Oliver, and was featured in both television movies and feature films including Poison Ivy (NBC) with Michael J. Fox and Nancy McKeon, B.R.A.T. Patrol (Walt Disney TV) with co-star Sean Astin, and Stephen King’s Silver Bullet (Paramount Pictures) with Corey Haim and Gary Busey.  At the time of his death, Joe was a professional voice over artist represented by William Morris Endeavor, and his work was featured in many productions, including spots for U.S. Army, Honda, Jeep, Burger King, and the TV specials “Spring” and “Winter,” which he narrated for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel.


Joe, it was an honor working with you.  When you’re ready…

Also a graduate of The American Film Institute, Greg wrote, directed, and photographed the feature film Low Rollers, a sports comedy about professional marble players.  He is also writer for Top Story Weekly at the Improv Olympic Theater in Hollywood, and has years of experience working for a public television station in Riverside, CA.

Greg Shouse

Director of Photography

Matt Keene

Producer

An early collaborator of Manning Road Productions, Matt Keene claimed his first film credit as Glen, one of the sixth graders toughing it out in Slow Times at Park.


Years later, the native Hoosier began his comedy career in Boston by training at the Improv Asylum and performing stand-up and improv throughout New England.  Relocating to Chicago, Matt studied at the Improv Olympic Theater and was a member of the iO Harold teams Mother Russia and Switchgrass.


In Los Angeles, Matt has been a key player in the development of Shock Therapy TV.  As an actor, he appears in Jesus vs. April, Killing Time, Petting a Dead Cat, and Boom Man. Other on-screen credits include the independent feature films Brown Soup Thing and Mischievous Souls.


Currently, Matt performs with the iO West Harold team Local 132.  He is represented by Laura Soo Hoo at Reign Agency and can be contacted at matt@shocktherapytv.com.

Brent Gann

Web Designer

Brent Gann is an American Artist who earned B.F.A.’s in both Visual Communication and Sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design.  Orange Curves, a public sculpture created by Brent, is located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, which is near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.  Brent has worked as a graphic designer on many projects for BradyGames, Pathology Multimedia Education Group, and Shock Therapy TV, among others.  Brent can be contacted at brent.gann@gmail.com

Brian Pearce

Editor

Brian Pearce first teamed up with Manning Road Productions as the editor of our award winning short film Boom Man.  Brian works as a professional editor and has his own production company, Stick Figure Pictures.  His short film Illusions of Life won Best Short film at The 2009 Windsong International Film Festival.

Shock Therapy TV...the Movie! (2011) is a surrealist comedy feature brought to you by Manning Road Productions.  Take a ride on the lunatic fridge where the infamous Hockey Mask Killer has lost his touch, Jesus can’t get by God’s passive-aggressive secretary, cats ruin good men’s lives, trees talk, vacuum cleaners think for themselves, kids are scary, and The Prince of Space roams free.


Several scenes from Shock Therapy TV...the Movie! have won or been nominated for awards as their own short films, including Boom Man (Winner, Best Director of a Short at Action On Film Festival), Killing Time (Nominated for Best Comedy Short at Action On Film Festival), petting a dead cat (Winner, Audience favorite award at The Nihilist Film Festival), and The Cat Clock (Winner, Steve Pearce Memorial Award at The West Your Pants Comedy Film Festival).  Other short films from our movie have appeared in several festivals including DC Shorts Fest, LA Shorts, and The Sedona International Film Festival.  And Cheers, one of our deleted scenes, was chosen for broadcast by V-Cast, The Verizon Wireless Streaming Video Network.

Jim O’Brien

Actor

Following the filming of his last scene for Shock Therapy TV, Jim  O’Brien bought a small rancho in Arizona and retired to grow fruit and  olives.  (He is still available for projects when it is not harvest season.)  Jim believes that civilization may have peaked around the time  that he was working with Rip Taylor on their comedy music CD “The Real  Rip Taylor.”  Naturally they were robbed of their Grammy by the  “Hollywood star whackers.”  Other highlights in the history of the  Western World were Jim’s Celebrity Roasts at the Friars Club.  Jim also  really enjoyed being a movie and TV actor and touring as a stand-up  comedian.  Being a radio personality was OK, too.  Jim reads email sent to Jimo@Jimo.tv