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Thugs, the Musical the SORTA Live Show: NYC!

Join us for the New York debut of “Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) LIVE!” – featuring stand-up and live musical performances of songs featured in the award-winning short Thugs, The Musical, from Kevin Avery, Nick Turner, Jean Grae, Julian Vance, and more, followed by a screening of “Thugs” (trt 25 mins). Directed by Liam Sullivan, Thugs, The Musical is a short film written and produced by Kevin Avery (writer on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”) about a frustrated, slightly delusional, and extremely non-urban black actor who writes, directs & stars in a disastrous musical to prove to Hollywood and the world that he can “act black.” Starring Kevin, the film also features David Alan Grier, Margaret Cho, Baron Vaughn, Rachel True, Kenn Michael, and Prodigal Sunn from the Wu Tang Clan. Here comes the wrongness!
Thugs, the Musical! – The Sorta LIVE Show
Tuesday, 6/17 at 8pm
The Creek and the Cave
10-93 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Thugs The Musical LIVE Flyer Creek&Cave

Thugs, the Musical: Film and Album Release!

Here comes the wrongness!

You can download the short film, Thugs, the Musical, for just $1!

We want as many people as possible to see our film, so we have set the price low and tried to make it easy to share. If you like it and want to support, please embed it on your site, your Facebook, your myspace (is that still a thing?) and your blog!

Here it is:


Aaaand…if you like the music from the film, you can buy Thugs, The Musical, The Album RIGHT NOW on iTunes!

“Thugs, The Musical” Available THIS TUESDAY!

Hey friends, it’s been awhile, so let’s get right to the new news: Thugs, The Musical will finally be available THIS TUESDAY, April 22nd on this-here site, as well as on the site. Aaaand…if you like the music from the film, you can buy Thugs, The Musical, The Album RIGHT NOW on iTunes!

That’s right – if you CLICK HERE you can buy all the songs from the film, including tracks like “Who’s That Keepin’ it Real”, “Oh No, She Di-in’t”, “Break Yo’self”, and more! So cop dat shit, yo (that means go get it).

“Wow, Kevin, what could be better news than this?” Well, I’m glad you asked, Random Stranger…Because we want all of you to see the film without thinking about whether or not to shell out a handful of cash, we’ve made “Thugs” available for $1. Yep, a buck. That’s it.

So on Tuesday, we hope you’ll go buy the film (and the soundtrack) and then spread the word about it, cause we’re really excited about having as many people see the film as possible.

Also, again, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the “Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) Live” show in LA last month! We had so much fun doing this show and showing you the film. And of course a big thank you to the Nerdmelt Showroom and Meltdown Comics! And if you happen to be in New York, we’ll be bringing “Thugs, The Musical (Sorta) Live” to you on May 23rd at the Creek and the Cave!

Thank you again for supporting Thugs, The Musical! We hope you love the film and the soundtrack as much as we loved making it! Stay tuned for more updates.

Hey, remember me?

Hey, folks! Thanks for visiting. I’ve been off the grid for awhile, and in the meantime, so much has happened. I’ll promise I’ll gits ta sharing and updating and posting things again very, very soon. So please come back and visit. I got all kinds of fun stuff planned.

San Francisco “Thugs, The Musical” Ticket Links!

Hey, San Francisco & SF Bay Area friends!

If you wanna see Thugs, The Musical at the San Francisco Black Film Festival NEXT WEEK, here are the links to purchase tickets!  The film will be screened twice:

Our regular screening is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th at 6pm at the African American Arts & Cultural Center (762 Fulton Street).  “Thugs” will be shown in a film block with 3 other short films, including a pretty awesome documentary from Law & Order’s S. Epetha Merkerson (I saw it in Dallas – it’s amazing).

You can buy tickets for the SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH screening here!

And if you want to catch an early screening of “Thugs”, there will be a pre-festival screening & reception on Thursday, June 14th at 6:30pm at the Jazz Heritage Center (1330 Fillmore Street).  This will be a special double-feature event featuring “Thugs” and another short film, followed by complimentary food and drinks (1st drink is free).

You can buy tickets for the THURSDAY, JUNE 14TH screening here!

Both theaters are somewhat small (I think the Jazz Heritage Center only seats 39), so these screenings will very likely sell out.  I’d definitely recommend buying tickets as soon as you can.

Also, despite what the link page for the June 14th show says, I will NOT be appearing as “Elrus Pearsley” – that’s someone else.  I will be at both screenings though, so I hope to see all my SF peeps there!


“Thugs, The Musical” Festival News!

So this happened…

Kevin holding the envelope and Audience Award trophy, which was made by 3rd graders.

Okay, let me back up! It’s been a minute since you guys have heard from me, and a lot of stuff has happened. So let’s start with the craziness that is the above photograph.

On April 26th Thugs, The Musical made its west coast premiere on the opening night program of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. And what does a packed opening night look like, you ask? Just like this!

Sold out opening night of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival at the Downtown Independent Theater

And as if that wasn’t cool enough, later that weekend, “Thugs” took home the Audience Choice award!

In addition to screening in Los Angeles, “Thugs” has continued to hit the festival circuit, playing the New York No Limits Film Series on May 2nd, and the Tupelo Film Festival on May 19th, where it won 1st prize for Best Short Film, and the Ron Tibbett Award for Best of Show!

“Thugs” Executive Producer Daresha Kyi at the Tupelo Film Festival

But let’s talk about what’s coming in the next few weeks. On June 9thThugs, The Musical will be screening at the Bonnaroo Art & Music Festival in Manchester, TN! Yep…WE’RE GOIN’ TO BONNAROOOOO!!! Music, comedy, hippies, and now thuggin’.

Saturday, June 9th at 5:30pm. You can get all the info at the Bonnaroo website!

And finally (almost), as “Thugs” was originally born in San Francisco, it’s only appropriate that we bring “the wrongness” back home. So, I’m incredibly excited to announce that Thugs, The Musical will come to SF for the San Francisco Black Film Festival on Saturday, June 16th at 6pm.  It will be screening at the African American Arts and Cultural Complex (in the Buriel Clay Theater), located at 762 Fulton Street!

Tickets go on sale today!  I’ll be sure to post a link as soon as I get one.  But for now, you can visit to get any information about the festival.

We expect/hope to be hitting other cities in the next few months, so stay tuned!

That’s all (and probably enough) for now. Thanks for reading and, of course, thank you guys for your super-awesome support. Talk to ya again soon…for real!


Introducing “Thugs, The Musical”…The Trailer!

Hey everybody, wanna know what Thugs, The Musical looks like?  Yes?  Well, then kick back and enjoy the official trailer…

And check out this link to a cool write-up about “Thugs” from the good folks at!

Also, just a reminder: If you’re in Los Angeles this Thursday, April 26th and wanna see Thugs, The Musical make its West Coast/LA premiere, come see it screened on the opening night program of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Fest.  “Thugs” will be shown at the Downtown Independent Theater at 8pm!  Grab your tickets HERE!

And if you’re in New York, come see “Thugs” on May 2nd, as part of the New York No Limits Film Series at The Wild Project.  Showtime is 7:30pm.

And although, the exact date hasn’t been selected, Thugs, The Musical will also be screening in Tupelo, Mississippi at The Tupelo Film festival May 16-19.  So, if you’re in Tupelo that weekend, or know friends in the area, go check out or spread the word.  The official Tupelo screening date and time will be posted at and at soon, so keep checking in!

Thanks everyone!

Buy Tickets for the L.A. Screening of “Thugs, The Musical” Right Here!

Hey friends!  So, for those of you who are in, on, or around Los Angeles and would like to see Thugs, The Musical in the theater at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Fest on April 26th at 8pm you can now buy tickets for our screening RIGHT HERE!

We’d love to see you all there!  And for more information on the festival, including screenings, parties and other events, you can go to where you can also get day passes, tickets for other events, or a buy a pass for the entire festival (which is quite worth it, actually – I was there last year).

Also, for our Mississippi and New York friends, we’ll be posting ticket links for our screenings at the Tupelo Film Festival and the New York No Limits Film Series soon, so stay tuned!

So far, everyone is loving the film!  Can’t thank you guys enough for your enthusiasm and support of the movie.  And I can’t wait for you all to see it!


Official “Thugs, The Musical” Dates for LA, NY & Tupelo, Mississippi!

Hey, everybody!  So, it’s been a busy week for “Thugs”.  Not only were we accepted to the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, as announced recently, but we’ve also been accepted to the New York No Limits Film Festival and the Tupelo Film Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi; both in May!

See "Thugs, The Musical" in LA, NY & Tupelo in April and May!

There will be more dates and announcements to come for other cities and festivals, but for now, if you’re in Mississippi, New York, or Los Angeles, here’s where and when you can see Thugs, The Musical!

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival
Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA
Purchase festival passes and see a link to the entire LA Comedy Shorts Film Fest screening schedule, including all panel discussions and parties by clicking HERE!

May 2 – NEW YORK (7:30pm)
New York No Limits Film Festival
The Wild Project
195 East 3rd St, New York, NY

May 15-19 – TUPELO, MS (Exact screening date and time: TBD)
Tupelo Film Festival

Thanks to all of you for your continued support.  We’ll have more updates and good stuff comin’ at you soon!

“Thugs, The Musical” West Coast Premiere!

Awwww snap!  Friends, we just got word today that Thugs, The Musical has been selected to screen at the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival where it will make its West Coast premiere!!!

This is kind of a homecoming for us, as the screenplay for the “Thugs” was a finalist (top 3, baby) in last years LA Comedy Shorts Fest, so we’re incredibly excited to be invited back this year to show the finished film.

So if you’re in the L.A. area, this is your chance to come see it screened for the first time in L.A. (or anywhere on the West Coast, for that matter).  And hopefully we’ll have some cast and crew joining us for the event, so come on out and watch it with us!

The L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival takes place April 26-29 in downtown Los Angeles.  As soon as we know the date and time that “Thugs” will be screened, we’ll be posting it here and screaming it from every rooftop we can find, so stay tuned!

As always, thanks so much for your support, and keep it hood, ya’ll.

– Kevin Avery