Brian Scott Mednick is an author, filmmaker, and stand-up comedian who graduated New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television in 1995. Brian spent fifteen years writing and researching a biography of Gene Wilder entitled Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad, published in December 2010 by BearManor Media. Brian is widely considered the foremost authority on Mr. Wilder and his work, and his book has been cited in publications in the United States, Europe, and India.
From 1990 – 93, Brian served as producer of the syndicated radio program Soap Opera Radio, which featured interviews with the stars of daytime television. Brian has been active in the New York independent film scene and has worked in various capacities for Geraldo Rivera’s Investigative News Group, Gramercy Pictures, Shooting Gallery, and New Line Cinema.
Brian Scott Mednick wrote, produced, and directed the 1992 short film Confessions of a Male Prostitute, which received a rave from Rex Reed, who wrote, "I am a bit speechless. This is exemplary work...revealing much sensitivity and intelligence. I actually could have hung in there with [these] characters for another hour or so." Mr. Reed further said that Brian has "obvious talent" and concluded, "This short film is so good I would be very keen to see what [Brian Scott Mednick comes] up with in the next few years."
Brian has reviewed film and theater for such publications as Show Business Weekly and Good Times. His political writing has appeared in Metro and on parcbench.com. He was a regular contributor to The Jewish Voice for nearly two years.
Over the years, he has interviewed such celebrities as talk show hosts Alan Colmes and Joy Behar, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, comedian-director David Steinberg, directors Arthur Hiller (Love Story, Silver Streak), Bud Yorkin (Start the Revolution Without Me, Twice in a Lifetime), and Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), producer Mace Neufeld (The Frisco Kid, The Hunt for Red October), actress Kelly LeBrock (The Woman in Red, Weird Science), Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau (Crimes and Misdemeanors, Ed Wood), 2013 GOP New York mayoral contender John Catsimatidis, and comedienne Marilyn Michaels. He twice interviewed the late former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, including doing one of the very last interviews he gave.
He has performed stand-up comedy at many New York City clubs including The Duplex and Don't Tell Mama. Brian's second book, an anthology called Drinking Games...and Other Stories, was published on November 1, 2011 and is available for purchase from Amazon.com and CreateSpace. His latest book, the novel Unnecessary Headaches, is now available from Amazon.com and CreateSpace.
You can contact him at BrianScottNYC@gmail.com.