Brian Work

Brian Work

Brian is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and comedian with a BFA in Theatre from Valdosta State University. He lives in Chicago, where he writes, directs, and produces films with his production company, Cold Silver Films. He also regularly performs improv around the city with his improv groups, The High Ceilings, Michinoku Driver, and Trashcan Dan. He is currently in post-production on his first feature film, Uncommon Law, which is due for release in Spring 2014.


February 10, 2014

Happy to announce that my two man comedy group, Michinoku Driver, will be performing at this year's Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Thursday March 20th at 8pm! We had a lot of fun performing there with The High Ceilings last year, and we've got something fun in store for this one. Tickets are on sale now!

Michinoku Driver presents "An Even Briefer Misunderstanding of A Brief Understanding of Time"
Michinoku Driver's Brian Work & John Ugolini are seekers of knowledge, and it is to this end that they have conceived a very ambitious 20 minute condensed version of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time." There's just one minor setback: They haven't actually read the book. But why should they let that stop them?

January 30, 2014

Over the last three years I've spent countless hours on my first feature film, Uncommon Law. Between writing, casting, filming, editing, etc., it's more or less taken over my life. Now I can finally say that it's done. The road isn't over yet, because there's still publicity, festivals, & distribution ahead. But it's nice to see that light at the end of the tunnel shine a little brighter.

Uncommon Law is complete!

January 5, 2014

One week away from my show at The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival with Michinoku Driver! Check out our awesome Boondock Saints inspired poster below. Click here to purchase tickets!

Michinoku Driver at Chicago Sketchfest

December 15, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for my show at The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival with Michinoku Driver! The show is on Sunday, January 12 @ 2pm in The Cab at Stage 773. Check out the show description below and then click here to purchase tickets!

Michinoku Driver - Closure: Sometimes life has you pinned to the mat, and sometimes you just have to take a steel chair to its head. Michinoku Driver's Brian Work & John Ugolini take a humorous look at the difficult & defining moments in their lives, exploring themes of love, loss, & disappointment through such skewed lenses as broken bank robbers, existential board games, and lonely vampire hunters.

October 6, 2013

After more than two years of hard work, my first feature film, Uncommon Law, is finally nearing completion! It's a pretty amazing feeling to see where it's at & how close it is to being done. Please click this link and like the FB page to follow its progress. Thanks!

September 25, 2013

Michinoku Driver, my two man comedy group with John Ugolini, won the Stage 773 Sketch Laugh Battle, earning us a spot in The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival in January! We're excited & grateful for everyone who came out & showed their support.

Michinoku Driver - Sketch Laugh Battle Champs

July 20, 2013

I recently signed on to be Director of Photography for a TV pilot called "Out on a Limb." Here's a shot of me getting prepped for the first day of shooting.

Out on a Limb

June 30, 2013

This weekend I ventured to New York City with my improv group, The High Ceilings, to perform at the Del Close Marathon. We had a blast and were honored to be a part of the festival!

The High Ceilings at DCM

May 28, 2013

I was recently interviewed to promote my improv group's upcoming show this Thursday at The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. In it, I talk about video games, geekdom, and how The High Ceilings came to be. Give it a read on the Nerd Fest Tumblr!

Also check out the below video I made to promote the show, where the members of the High Ceilings transform into Warcraft characters and venture into Azeroth!

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

The High Ceilings Holiday Show

Photo from the holiday show I did with my improv group, The High Ceilings.

September 27, 2012

Check this out! At last night's show, Kicking the Seat Podcast interviewed the cast & crew of my play, Once Upon A Rom Com: The Bill Pullman Story. The interview starts at about 25 minutes in; I talk about the play and my thoughts on romantic comedies in general. It was a really fun interview, so please give it a listen!

Kicking the Seat podcast

September 26, 2012

Received a great surprise tonight at Once Upon a Rom Com: The Bill Pullman Story: Flowers from Bill Pullman himself! I'd like to send a huge thank you to Bill, and to the entire cast and crew for doing such an outstanding job on this show.

Flowers from Bill Pullman

September 5, 2012

"Once Upon a Rom Com: The Bill Pullman Story," a play written by Brian Work, is currently running at Chicago's Gorilla Tango Theatre on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm through October 31st.

Once Upon a Rom Com

July 6, 2012

It's official! Brian's play, "Once Upon a Rom Com: The Bill Pullman Story," is opening on September 5, 2012 at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago! The play, which will run on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm through October 31, was commissioned by Gorilla Tango Theatre as a part of their parody play series and will be directed by Neal Fischer.

After making a career out of playing the "other guy" in numerous nineties romantic comedies, American actor extraordinaire Bill Pullman has sunk into a deep depression, believing he will never find true love. It will take the help of a fairy godfather in the form of the one and only Jeff Goldblum to pull him back together and save the girl of his dreams from a devious and wicked French lover. This is a real man's fairy tale for the hopeless romantic in all of us!

April 29, 2012

A new digital short directed by Brian, "Guilt Free," is now up on Funny or Die and YouTube!

February 14, 2012

Brian has posted a new digital short for Valentine's Day! Go check out "What Is Love?" on Funny or Die and YouTube!

Upcoming Shows

03/08/14 - Trashcan Dan

@ One Group Mind (Lakeview)

03/18/14 - Michinoku Driver

@ One Group Mind (Lakeview)

03/20/14 - Michinoku Driver

@ Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival: Stage 773 (Lakeview)

03/22/14 - Trashcan Dan

@ One Group Mind (Lakeview)

03/25/14 - Michinoku Driver

@ One Group Mind (Lakeview)

04/05/14 - Trashcan Dan

@ One Group Mind (Lakeview)

04/19/14 - Trashcan Dan

@ One Group Mind (Lakeview)


Brian on Funny or Die

→ My digital shorts on Funny or Die.

Cold Silver Films

→ My independent film company.

Cold Silver Films on YouTube

→ My digital shorts on YouTube.

The High Ceilings

→ My improv group.

Brian Work Photography

→ My photography page.

Brian on Facebook

→ My page for acting/writing/comedy.