THE BIG MAHOFF
Written by I. Russell Brand
JEWISH MOB COMEDY
Comps: The Goldbergs meet Goodfellas
LOGLINE: A henpecked underachiever takes a job at the family vacuum shop and discovers his brow-beaten father is actually the revered leader of the Jewish mob.
I. RUSSELL BRAND
ABOUT I. RUSSELL BRAND
Russell Brand is a comedy screenwriter from Philadelphia. In the early 2000s, Brand performed standup and sketch comedy at places like Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and the New York Comedy Club. Brand also created and performed his one-man show “Riddled with Fault.”
His feature “The Big Mahoff” placed as a semi-finalist in the 2021 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Also, in 2021, Brand was hired by Inside the Box productions to create a TV pilot for their 2021/2022 slate.
THE WRITING OF THE BIG MAHOFF
Everyone graduates from college with dreams and aspirations.
Not me. I went to work at the family vacuum cleaner store. A
seriously dirty and disgusting business. The first day of
work I was named a Mo-Chanic and never a Ma-chanic, because
my repair work was never up to snuff. I met the lords of the
vac shop and other characters that populated that space. A
bunch of weirdos grinding out a living.
After 8 years of retail, I left those four wall and embarked
on a life of up and downs. I’ve did standup, sketch and
improv comedy throughout NYC and Philly in the early 2000s. I
got married, had a couple of kids, ran a few business and
then I found a need to create again. I wrote a one man show
called “Riddled with Fault” – “Why is everyone’s default
personality set to asshole” is a major theme of the show.
And then I wrote The Big Mahoff.
I never thought that unbelievably unmemorable time in my life
would turn into a screenplay that others have described as
“captivating” and “one of the most original comedies I’ve
The best part of The Big Mahoff is that’s it’s not for
everybody. My writing and humor walks the line of funny as
hell and fairly offensive. You can’t please everyone, so if
you don’t like screenplay, I ask you to kindly go fuck
Peace and love,
— I. Russell Brand