photo by Kary Rogers
Andy Beckerman and Mark Bisi formed Wrestling Team in 2003 in Pittsburgh, PA. They began as a sketch comedy duo, writing and producing filmed sketches and performing live for uninterested crowds at local punk rock shows. In July of 2009, the duo moved to New York City to pursue Wrestling Team full time, eventually branching out into producing longform narrative stage shows and independent TV pilots.
Together, Mark and Andy co-created the interview podcast Beginnings, the independent pilot Grumpkin Hollow, the web series Cents and Cents’ Abilities and the stage musicals Rockefeller Centaur and The Creep Twins. Grumpkin Hollow was a finalist in the 2012 New York Television Festival Comedy Central Pilot Competition. Beginnings also competed as part of The Earwolf Network’s podcast challenge, hosted by UCB founder Matt Besser. Recently, Mark and Andy have started concentrating more on their own projects. Whether working together or individually, Mark and Andy’s style is marked by absurdity, but at the same time, there is always a core of emotional honesty.
Mark Bisi is a filmmaker, writer, actor and musician, just like everyone else who lives in Brooklyn. His recent directorial credits include the independent TV pilot Sick Days (written by Danielle Cook) and the short film The Fight (written by Greggory Daniels). His writing has been featured on NationalLampoon.com, AdultSwim.com and The Date Report.
Mark is a co-founder of The Internot Film Festival, a quarterly screening series at the People’s Improv Theater that provides independent filmmakers with the resources they need to finish their films. He also co-founded and hosted the weekly interview podcast Beginnings, including its popular monthly live iteration at the Upright Citizens Brigade’s East Village theater.
With the comedy duo Wrestling Team, Mark co-wrote and performed in the stage musicals Rockefeller Centaur (UCB) and The Creep Twins (2012 Boston Comedy Arts Festival). He also co-wrote, directed and starred in the Channel 101 NY series Cents and Cents’ Abilities and the independent pilot Grumpkin Hollow, which was a finalist in the 2012 NYTVF Comedy Central Pilot Competition.
Mark is on Twitter. He also fills his time writing screenplays and auditioning for commercials that call for men 25-30 who are “not too good-looking and not too fashionable (facial hair okay)”.
Andy Beckerman has been writing and performing comedy in New York City since 2009. He writes for music magazines like Dusted and comedy sites like AdultSwim.com and Splitsider, and writes and produces short films and independent pilots, which include Time Pranx with Aaron Burdette (UCB’s Stone Cold Fox) and an untitled sci-fi musical with Katie Hartman (Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting), as well as a series of pretty smart/stupid cartoons that netted him the Channel 101 award for “Best Failed Pilot” in 2012.
With his co-host Mark, Andy produces and hosts the popular interview podcast Beginnings about the creative origins of writers and performers. Beginnings is also taped live on the second Tuesday of the month at UCB East. Intermittently, Mark and Andy also work as a duo named Wrestling Team. They produce stages shows, including the musicals Rockefeller Centaur and The Creep Twins - both of which were featured at the Boston Comedy Arts Festival - and videos, including the Channel 101 series Cents and Cents’ Abilities. Their spec pilot Grumpkin Hollow was a finalist in the 2012 New York Television Festival/Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition.
Andy’s videos and writings can be seen here, and you can find him writing jokes and nonsense on Twitter. You can also find him on Instagram, if you really want to, but be warned that it is mostly cute cat pictures, which a friend of his has already given him a somewhat stern lecture about.