Tony Akio Cohen
I’m a writer/director and a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in Film and Television. I’ve worked with brands such as but not limited to Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, The Paramount Network, TVLand, Dole and Liberty Mutual Insurance.
My personal comedic work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Vulture, Funny or Die, Just For Laughs, Whohaha, Laff.com, The Portland Comedy Film Festival and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. Outside of my filmmaking, my writing background consists of writing comedy screenplays and TV pilots. My screenplays have placed in the Nicholl Fellowship, The Tracking B TV Pilot contest, the Page Screenwriting Awards and the Austin Film Festival. I’ve also trained at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre and the Annoyance Theatre for both sketch and improv.
What else? My mom told me when I was four years old I decided to dance on the street in Flushing, Queens with a random girl and collect money with my hat. To this day, I’m still trying to get people to pay me for what I think is “entertainment.”