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Casual Pimpin': Behind the Classic Album

Is Casual Pimpin' by Tim Ellis one of the greatest albums of all time? This short-form mockumentary series – combining original comedy songs with absurdly serious interviews – explores the legend of an unknown classic.

  • Tim Ellis
    Director
  • Michelle Morrison
    Director
  • Tim Ellis
    Writer
  • Tim Ellis
    Key Cast
    “Tim”
    Law & Order: SVU, Onion News Network, The Dictator
  • Melanie Martinez
    Key Cast
    “Dr. Marcella”
    The Good Night Show, VH1: All Access
  • Matthew G. Park
    Key Cast
    “Matt”
    Drop Dead Gorgeous, Kidnapped
  • Orion Keyser
    Key Cast
    “Orion”
  • Scarlett Wilson
    Key Cast
    “Scarlett”
  • Modern Beast
    Key Cast
    “Band”
  • Seymour
    Key Cast
    “Cat”
  • Film Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Web series, Mockumentary, Music
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 17, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tim Ellis, Michelle Morrison

TIM ELLIS is a comedian, actor, and singer-songwriter who released the album Casual Pimpin’ and the web series Casual Pimpin’: Behind the Classic Album. Tim co-hosted the long-running comedy shows Manifesto! and Of the Moment in NYC. He performed his solo show An Inquiry into Human Understanding at Ars Nova, the PIT, and UCB Theater. Tim's acting credits include Law & Order: SVU, Onion News Network, The Dictator, and his own play Mr. Pizza Man (FringeNYC). Originally from Maine, he graduated from Wesleyan University and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Michelle and cat Seymour (his scene-stealing sidekick).

MICHELLE MORRISON is a former actor and current yoga and meditation instructor in NYC, who collaborates with her husband Tim on comedy, music, and video projects. She directed his one-man show An Inquiry into Human Understanding and co-directed and appeared in the web series Casual Pimpin’. Michelle is a graduate of Wesleyan University and has studied at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and the School for Film and Television.

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Director Statement

This is a fictional web series based on a real album. I wanted to feature songs from my album Casual Pimpin, expand their humor visually, and do comedy bits around them, all in the style of beloved "Classic Album" documentaries. It incorporates talking-head commentary from an odd cast of characters (most of whom really worked on the album), clips and outtakes from my music videos, and archival material - blurring the line between "Tim's" imagined legacy and his actual life of trying to make it as an artist. Was Casual Pimpin' a classic album? Maybe this web series will make it so! - TE