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Brian Sturges (Berklee College of Music, B.M., The Second City) founded Poor Life Choices Productions in Los Angeles, California to expand improv comedy shows into film and online content. The Poor Life Choices team has worked together since 1998, establishing Poor Life Choices Productions when Sturges recruited Cliff Beach (Pepperdine, M.B.A., Berklee College of Music, B.M.) and Timothy Hall (College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, B.M.) to collaborate on the development of various projects for film and stage. In 2019, Poor Life Choices Productions released the feature-length film, “Wall of Flesh: A Vintage Comedy,” on Amazon and was awarded Best Comedy Feature Film at The Las Vegas International film and Screenwriting Competition.
Meet the Team
Owner & Producer
Brian Sturges is an actor, comedian, director, writer and musician. He is the writer, director and composer of the feature-length film, Wall of Flesh: A Vintage Comedy, and can be seen in the films, Elijah’s Ashes, God of Thunder and Hee. Brian’s on-stage credits include Candidate Confessions, The Lollygaggers, and The Really Awesome Improv Show. In 2015, Brian debuted his one-man show, Poor Life Choices, which he wrote, directed, and performed at The Second City Studio Theatre in Hollywood. As a session player on guitar, bass, piano and harmonica, he has recorded for Red Lobster, Disney and Warner Brothers Records and a Musical Director for The Second City Hollywood. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and The Second City Improv, Conservatory and Long Form Programs.
Music Content & Development
Funk/Soul music artist Cliff Beach has been performing for more than 15 years in Los Angeles. The Berklee College of Music trained singer and keyboardist has created a style of music he coins as “Nu-funk”, a hybrid of soul, traditional R&B, funk and neo-soul. Cliff is a voting Member of NARAS, a Songwriter and Publisher with BMI and an award-winning member of Toastmasters International.
Producer & Creative Consultant
Josh Willis is an actor, comedian and climate scientist. A leading NASA scientist on climate change and the rising oceans, Josh reignited his passion for acting when he began taking classes at Second City‘s improv school in Los Angeles in 2012. Willis continues to improvise, act, write, and make short films with his production partner Lizze Gordon, under the banner “Irrelevant Banditos”. After completing the Improv Conservatory Program at Second City, he studied at Groundlings and the Turbine Arts Collective, where he performs on a regular basis. He currently co-hosts a video podcast called “Hotpocalypse”, which takes a comedic approach to discussing climate change and politics.
Production Coordinator, Assistant Director, & Writer
Nicole Payne began her career with Poor Life Choices Productions working as assistant director on the award-winning feature film “Wall of Flesh: A Vintage
Comedy.” Most recently she has worked as production coordinator/2nd AD on motion capture shoots for Star Wars/EA. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Creative Writing.
Audio Production & Engineering
Owner/Operator of 1192 Studios: A Pro Tools based studio located in Westlake Village California. He's a simple man who doesn't believe in Bios because the government is "out to get us" and 711 never happened. He like beards, dogs, is a "texture guy" and can play some means and semi-mean notes on guitar. He is still mad about getting off of the gold standard.
Pet Relations & Snacks
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