Partners Kai Collins and Deena Adar met in an improv class at The Groundlings in Los Angeles in 2007 and felt an immediate affinity for one another’s comedic point of view. They were quickly drawn together by a shared appreciation for smart humor and guacamole and forged a partnership as a writing and directing team, officially launching Quiet Duke Productions in 2010.
Their web series, Cannabis Moms Club, premiered on Elizabeth Banks’ comedy platform WhoHaHa in August as its first exclusive distribution deal. Since then, it’s already been lauded by NPR as one of “The Best Web Series on the Internet”. Vanity Fair compared its “hilarious”, “insular, stylized absurdity” to an Elaine May monologue. Culture Magazine wrote, “People will fall in love with this series...each episode is legitimately laugh out loud funny”, and HERB touted it as, “The Web Series Everyone is Talking About”.
Their most recent short, How to Survive a Breakup, won the Audience Award at LA ComedyFest, and screened to sold-out crowds at the 2016 Santa Barbara and Sedona International Film Festivals. Santa Barbara Independent also named How to Survive a Breakup one of "Eight Shorts to Search Out”. Its debut at the Palm Springs International ShortFest led to an international distribution deal with MagnetFilm and a partnership with Tribeca Films, which streams award-winning films on United Airlines. How to Survive a Breakup will also soon be released online exclusively via Condé Nast.
The comedy pilot, thirty*ish*, which Collins and Adar wrote, directed, and produced, made its World Premiere in 2013 at NewFilmmakers Film Festival in Los Angeles and won Best TV Pilot at the Mexico International Film Festival.Collins and Adar’s award-winning company Quiet Duke Productions stemmed from their comedic web shorts featured on Funny or Die and YouTube’s Comedy Page. The first commercial project they co-wrote and produced – a spot for Aquafina – went viral within a week and has over one million online views. They’ve written and directed ads for clients including Warner Brothers, Kraft Foods, Skinit, and GeniusRocket, and their spot for TMZ was nationally syndicated for over two years. Collins and Adar were regular contributors to The Rotten Tomatoes Show on CurrentTV and have trained and performed with The Second City, The Comedy Store, The Icehouse, The Improv, LA Connection, Improv Olympic, TheatreSports, and American Conservatory Theatre, among others.
Collins and Adar originally trained as actors and have worn every hat since, from hauling sandbags, to having the lights turned out on them late night at CostCo while buying rotisserie chickens for cast and crew. Their years as independent producers have given them a true appreciation for the craft of everyone on set, and they’ve also grown rather adept at bribing gardeners. Collins and Adar are passionate about their unique comedic point of view and finding the funny in life’s most horrendous situations. Often autobiographical.