Idaho native and actor Ira Amyx is co-starring in a comedy series pilot titled “Written Off.”
In this “Odd Couple”-esque sitcom, college buddies Keith Merritt (Antoine McKay) and Liam Sullivan (Amyx), now in their 40s, are forced to face their enormous lack of success as writers — and adults — when they are fired from The Chicago Truth newspaper. Keith (McKay), a fashion-forward, persnickety black man, is the fashion writer. Liam (Amyx) is his rumpled-man/boy research assistant. The duo try to reinvent themselves by accepting a gig to write a speech for a Mexican drug lord to give at his daughter’s quinceañera.
It’s filmed in Chicago where Amyx lives and works in the city’s happening theater scene.
“Right now there’s all this TV being filmed in Chicago, and no comedies and this is the funniest city on the planet,” Amyx says.
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The sharply written episode is hysterical and Amyx and McKay have great on-screen chemistry.
The grandson of a former Boise mayor, the late Jay Amyx, he earned an undergraduate theater degree at Boise State University, and worked with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival before getting a graduate degree in theater at Indiana University, Bloomington. Amyx, 39, landed in Chicago where he is a working actor, and owns Hero Solutions, a company that builds sets, props and effects for television, film and theater in Chicago.
McKay, known as Buckie Williams in season two of “Empire,” and a litany of TV series and films, also is one of the series’ writers and creators. He and Amyx met working on a film a few years ago and began talking about this project. It all came together in December of 2015.
So far the show is receiving “good vibes and is getting passed around by network people,” Amyx says. “They do track views and hits on social media, so some action in Idaho would be great.”
The Bluelight Production team is looking for a deal with a streaming platform, such as Netflix and Amazon, or a cable or traditional network to pick it up.
You can check out the pilot episode on Amazon.com.
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