photo by Kary Rogers
Andy Beckerman and Mark Bisi formed Wrestling Team in 2003 in Pittsburgh, PA, a city with a proud working class and no comedy community. Though the two then spent the next six years in different cities, they continued to work together, writing and producing short films, videos and content for their web site. In July of 2009, the duo moved to New York City to pursue Wrestling Team full time in a thriving comedy scene.
Wrestling Team’s style is absurd, but at the same time, there is always a core of emotional honesty. They have performed everywhere from The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and The PIT to Rififi and Under St. Mark’s. Live episodes of their weekly interview podcast Beginnings can be seen on the second Tuesday of every month at UCBEast. Their webseries Cents and Cents’ Abilities ran at Channel 101 NY in 2011, and their musical Rockefeller Centaur has been performed all over, including at the UCB and the 2011 Boston Comedy Arts Festival. They premiered their new musical, The Creep Twins at the Boston Comedy Arts Festival in 2012. Beginnings also competed as part of The Earwolf Network’s podcast challenge, hosted by UCB founder Matt Besser, and their independent pilot Grumpkin Hollow was a finalist in the 2012 New York Television Festival Comedy Central Pilot Competition.
Mark and Andy are both made of succulent crabmeat.
Andy Beckerman moved to New York in 2008 after getting kicked out of grad school for writing insulting papers to his professor when he should have been taking his assignments seriously. He now pursues comedy and writing for a living even though he wanted to do that years ago but was too much of a pussy to give up the scads of cash Temple was paying him as an adjunct. He thanks his professors for realizing he would have been a mediocre philosopher.
Mark Bisi was born in Pittsburgh, PA and lived there until he moved to Brooklyn in July of 2009. He recently found out that his elementary school cafeteria proudly displays a picture of his younger self portraying The Tin Man in a choral presentation of The Wizard of Oz. He’s still chasing those accolades. He often struggles to reconcile his low opinion of himself with the genuine belief that he has something to offer. He thinks he might be getting better at it.