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Jul 18, 2016

Whatever happens in a blackout stays in a blackout. But eventually, secrets about things that happened before the blackout are likely to escape the cone of silence. 3rd Street Blackout is a romantic comedy written by Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf.

JEREMY REDLEAF podcast excerpt: "The budget for '3rd Street Blackout' was less than a house in the middle of nowhere."

It is directed and produced by Farsad and Redleaf. It also stars… you guessed it, Farsad and Redleaf. She is a foul-mouthed, often hysterically funny Iranian-American comedian, filmmaker of the documentary The Muslims Are Coming! and the author of How to Make White People Laugh. He is the man behind a transmedia production company called Brackets Creative, is a creative consultant on Fuse/Funny Or Die’s “Billy on the Street,” and, as an actor, plays Gonnigan on “Sesame Street” and narrates “Guy Code,” “Guy Court” and “Jobs That Don’t Suck” for MTV.”

JEREMY REDLEAF podcast excerpt: "(Comedian) Negin Farsad and I met a couple of years ago where all comedy duos start, in Minneapolis. We were at a conference together and bonded because there was nothing else to do. Back in New York, we started writing this movie together and never stopped."

By the way, 3rd Street Blackout includes cameos from comedians Janeane Garofolo, John Hodgeman and Rachel Feinstein, and features a very funny supporting turn by Phyllis Somerville, who you may recognize most recently from “Daredevil” on Netflix or as neighbor Marlene from Showtime’s “The Big C.”

Key interview moments:

• 4:22 3rd Street Blackout co-auteur Jeremy Redleaf explains how he met his writing and acting partner Negin Farsad;

• 11:20 Redleaf reveals the budget for the indie comedy.

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