Actor. Writer. Comedian.
creator of the original web series "StandUp/BreakDown"
Shelby Marie was born and raised in the heart of the south in Charleston, SC and has been slowly clawing her way north ever since. After completing her BFA in Theatre Performance at VCU (and playing her fair share of crazy grandmas), she picked up and left for Manhattan. And then she realized that was too expensive, so now she lives in Queens.
As an actor, writer, and comedian, Shelby Marie loves to blend together the genuine and heartfelt with the painfully awkward. Her personal motto is when life gives you lemons, loudly make it clear to everyone in the room that you aren't a big fan of lemons but if no one's going to eat them, you don't mind because you missed lunch, but if someone else wants them that can share because you not sure how you came upon these lemons and it might be unfair to just assume they're only for you.
Outside of performing, Shelby Marie loves the ukulele, burritos, and Louis CK. In her wildest dreams, John Oliver tells her that what she just said was very clever right as she's about to guest host SNL.
Most recent projects include writing, directing, producing starring in, editing, and stress crying over the original web series, "StandUp/BreakDown", directing a black box production of Theresa Rebeck's "The Understudy", and crying about her boy as Old Ma Strong in TheatreVCU's production of "Urinetown".
A Comedy About Depression
In the midst of a spiraling quarter-life crisis, Shelby decides to reinvent herself as a standup comedian. The only problem; no one thinks she's funny. After attending an open mic night to impress a fellow comedian she likes, Shelby finds herself in the "Starting 16" of a local stand up competition. Thrust into the "cut throat" world of the local Richmond stand up scene, Shelby must face exboyfriends, a estranged yoga-teaching sister, and, the greatest challenge of them all, giving something a sincere try. You can watch the entire 5-episode series here.
Based on a partially-true story, myself and a 3-man crew of film students started shooting the Pilot of "StandUp/BreakDown" in November 2015 with one camera, no budget, and very little idea of how much work we had ahead of us. In the Spring of 2016 we received the year's largest VCU Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Arts Grant to produce 4-more episodes to create our first season. Armed with a profound sense of encouragement, an extra cup of coffee, and 500 excel sheets, I teamed up with friends, classmates, and community members to eventually employ (and pay) over 100 students in 6 months as we created this monolith together.
This show and I grew together. Writing this script alone in my room last summer, I was inspired by how comedy helped me reach out and relate to people in the midst of anxiety and depression. Producing it a few months later, with a considerable amount of people added to the process, the task became daunting, and a whole lot scarier. This show was about finding my voice and being unafraid to share it, and it wasn't until realizing the show that I was able to do that. I'm very proud of "StandUp/BreakDown" and the work that was done to make it come to life. It is my love letter to an industry that is challenging people to not be afraid of being who they are and I look forward to career centered around the heartfelt comedy of making mistakes and figuring it out.
What am I up to?
I started a blog!
As I build my writing portfolio and work on my spec scripts, I created a place to chat about the exciting landscape of today's television. From breaking down my favorite scene of the week to humous analysis of my trove of tv data (did you know I recorded every single camera angle of the pilots to "Louie", "Broad City", and "Girls" to contrast different styles of autobiographic sitcoms?), I take some time to explore and celebrate my favorite medium.
I've started an internship!
I want to know what it takes to make tv! For the last couple of months, I've sat in on production meetings and PA'd a new pilot for the creative, hilarious, and passionate people at Halleloo Productions! It has been so much fun to get a look at what it takes to pitch a project, plan a production, and execute it on set. From setting up craft services, to budgeting costs for a new series' first episode, I love exploring the creative process that goes on both behind and in front of the camera.
Be on the lookout for some new "StandUp/Breakdown"
We've missed making videos! Picking up after Shelby, Sean, and Riley's (real life) move to NYC, we've got promos and read-through in the works and I am so thrilled to be bringing the series to this city! Follow our adventure on by subscribing to our YouTube Channel!