The Vertical

The Vertical is a subversive comedy about six neurotic food editors who work at Nosh News, a clickbaity food site that treats queso taste tests as seriously as investigative journalism.


  • Jess Adamiak
    Reckless Theatre
  • Coley Wright (AD)
    The Onion
  • Jess Adamiak
    Reckless Theatre
  • Jess Adamiak
    Reckless Theatre, UCB, Reductress, Comedy Hack DayThe Vertical is a series of character shorts about a group of neurotic food editors who take th
  • Lauren Veloski
    Sorry, Thanks (IFC Films), MAKERS, Half the Sky
  • Jack Gallagher
    Key Cast
    UCB, Funny or Die, Reckless Theatre
  • Lida Darmian
    Key Cast
    Reckless Theatre, Bailout, The Place We Live, Quirkylove Productions
  • Makena Miller
    Key Cast
    Quirkylove Productions, Reckless Theatre
  • Adriane Burke
    Key Cast
    Más Mejor, Reckless Theatre
  • Maggie Maxwell
    Key Cast
    Low Standards with John and Matt (IFC), Reckless Theatre
  • Kate Donat
    Key Cast
    Reckless Theatre
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Jess Adamiak, Coley Wright (AD)

JESS ADAMIAK is a comedy writer and director living in Brooklyn, NY.

She's a semifinalist for the Writers Guild of America's Made in NY Fellowship and a writer for NYC sketch team High Noon. Jess has also written live sitcoms, sketches, and monologues for Reckless Theatre's Fighter Pilots, UCB's Sketch Cram!, and Comedy Hack Day with Baratunde Thurston. She teaches sketch at Brooklyn Brainery.

A Pittsburgh native, Jess is the proud granddaughter of steel workers and coal miners.

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Director Statement

Hi! Thanks for watching The Vertical!

All of us work for money, but we endure the indignities of fluorescent lit cubicles and 70-hour work weeks for other reasons, too: dental insurance, proof that the American dream isn’t a fucking farce, a taste of sweet, sweet validation. I was a HuffPost food editor in a past life, and there's something so funny to me about both foodie culture + how seriously people take grueling NYC "dream jobs,” no questions asked. It’s like, "You know you're just a foot soldier, right? You know we're all going to die ... right?”

lol sorry 2 rl