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Based on Staten Island, The Tenderloins are best known for their filmed comedic sketches. In 2007 they won the $100,000 grand prize in the NBC It’s Your Show competition for the sketch “Time Thugs”. This success led to a development deal with Spike TV, which included the filming of a Tenderloins television show pilot.
The Tenderloins were formed in 1999 as a live improv comedy troupe. The original line-up consisted of Mike Boccio, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Sal Vulcano. Trained in the teachings of Del Close and Charna Halpern, The Tenderloins began performing Long Form Improv in 2000, followed by sketch comedy soon after. The group’s irreverent style attracted a following that led to years of sold out shows, mainly across Manhattan and Staten Island. After successful shows in Los Angeles and Chicago, the Tenderloins were invited to perform at the San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival and the Miami Improv Festival.
Following years of successful live shows, in 2007 The Tenderloins redirected their talents to filmed comedic sketches. A line-up change occurred as a result of this shift, and Brian Quinn was brought in as the fourth member.
Following their online success, the troupe was signed to develop a scripted comedy pilot for Spike TV based on their own lives. The pilot was shot on location in 2008 on Staten Island, as well as other locations around New York City. Spike TV ultimately passed on the project. A second pilot starring The Tenderloins was named as an official selection of the 2009 New York Television Festival.
Currently, The Tenderloins are developing two separate television projects that will again utilize the troupe’s diverse talents. Several new sketches have been filmed and will released via The Tenderloins web page as well as the usual assortment of content providers.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Reifer, Jodi Lee (17 September 2009). "The Tenderloins sketch comedy troupe land a spot in the New York Television Festival". Staten Island Advance. http://www.silive.com/entertainment/tvfilm/index.ssf/2009/09/the_tenderloins_sketch_comedy.html. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- ↑ "The Tenderloins". New York Television Festival. http://www.nytvf.com/tixSYS/2009/xslguide/eventnote.php?notepg=1&EventNumber=1034. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- ↑ Bailey, Rob (13 january 2008). "The Tenderloins make TV cut". Staten Island Advance. http://www.silive.com/entertainment/tvfilm/index.ssf/2008/01/the_tenderloins_make_tv_cut.html. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Yates, James P (24 July 2008). "AWEstruck". Staten Island Advance. http://www.silive.com/entertainment/recreation/index.ssf/2008/07/awestruck_18.html. Retrieved 26 April 2010.