Shari Albert started her writing career with her one woman show, called Cookin' With Shari: A Culinary Adventure in 2003 that she performed in NYC to a critically acclaimed run...and by critically acclaimed, she means her mother and all the boys at the Duplex. However, a casting director from ABC saw her perform and she was whisked out to LA to test for a TV pilot. She did not get the sitcom, but decided to stay in LA. She landed a job describing women's clothing on a cheesy website, in a windowless attic, above a surf shop, for $1.00 an item. These off the wall clothing descriptions caught the eye of the Fashion Editor for the LA Weekly and then Shari was writing for them from her porch in the fresh air. Shari's contributions continued with the LA Weekly's "On The Town" section with first person essays. Soon after, The Huffington Post asked Shari to contribute her comedic essays about LA life from a NY perspective, relationships and her general funny, unique take on the dust bunnies of life and humanity. She won an award for her article about being infested with rats. Worth it? Still unsure.
While living in LA, Shari was so broke she was splitting burritos with her dog, working three part time jobs and then landed a gig working in a medical marijuana dispensary. Always one to pull comedy from tragedy, she used this experience and the crazy characters she met there to create the pilot for Good Medicine. This grew into a collaboration and the web series was born. Shari is currently shopping her sitcom script Dating Sydney around LA and working on other writing projects including plays, essays, TV pilots and one day she hopes to write a novel.
Shari is a first time producer and had no idea how crazy, wonderful and stressful it could be, or how great a time she'd have doing it. She is super grateful to all who participated in any way to Good Medicine: The Web Series.
Writer / Producer
Jessica Blank is a writer, actor, and producer. With her husband Erik Jensen, she wrote The Exonerated, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. The Exonerated won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards, and was nominated for the Hull-Warriner Award and the John Gassner Playwriting Award. The Exonerated has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV, and was listed by the New York Times as "The number 1 play of 2002." It has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese, and was made into an award-winning movie for Court TV adapted by Jessica and Erik and starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Living Justice, Jessica and Erik's book on the making of The Exonerated, was published in 2005 by Simon and Schuster. Their documentary play, Aftermath, based on interviews they conducted with Iraqi civilian refugees in Jordan and directed by Jessica, opened New York Theater Workshop’s 2009-10 Off-Broadway season to rave reviews, toured internationally, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and was nominated for two Drama League Awards.
Her first novel, Almost Home (Hyperion, 2007) was optioned for feature film with Jessica and Erik adapting the screenplay. Her second novel, Karma for Beginners (Hyperion, 2009) is currently in development with Fox TV Studios, with Jessica and Erik adapting. Her third novel is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015. Liberty City, a play Jessica co-wrote with April Yvette Thompson, was produced Off-Broadway by New York Theater Workshop in 2008 (with Jessica directing) and was nominated for Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. Erik and Jessica's new play, How to be a Rock Critic (based on the writing of Lester Bangs) is currently under commission by Center Theater Group, in conjunction with the Lester Bangs estate. Jessica and Erik have several film and television projects in development, including Burn It, a comedy feature with Cary Brokaw/Avenue Pictures, and Dark Water, a TV adaptation of Joel Goldman's award-winning "Lou Mason" crime novels, with Nancy Miller executive producing.