An AWARD-WINNING dark comedy writer/performer and professional Script Supervisor, Caryn Ruby has worked alongside OSCAR and EMMY Award-Winning crew on award-winning projects, including the Women In Media Camaraderie initiative GRAND PRIZE WINNING FILMS “Blood and Glory” (Tribeca) and “Charlie and the Hunt,” “Jeffrey,” which was lensed at Lux Machina – the LED stage where THE MANDALORIAN is shot – and “Trees of Peace,” which won TOP PRIZE at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
An advocate for Women’s empowerment, she is proud that 90% of all projects she has worked on have been directed by women, with virtually 50% being women of color.
Caryn Ruby’s work in front of the camera has been featured on “Good Morning America” “The Wendy Williams Show,” and at Chicago’s famed Second City. “Baked Goodes,” the 15-episode web series she co-created, co-produced & starred in, was listed in Newsweek as what to watch on marijuana’s biggest holiday – right between Comedy Central’s “The Time Traveling Bong” and Snoop Dogg’s “Grow House.” She’s shared the stage with Tiffany Haddish, Donnell Rawlings, and Iliza Schlessinger among others. A devotee of game shows and reality TV, Caryn has appeared on “Let’s Make a Deal”, “Hack My Life” and “America Says.”
Most recently, her pilot, “Morrieville” won BEST DARK COMEDY TELEPLAY at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, where her sketch “Poverty Tourism” premiered last year as a finalist for Best Dark Comedy Micro Film. Additionally, her short screenplay, “Daphne’s Revolt” was awarded FINALIST in the New Faces, New Voices festival and SEMIFINALIST in Women In Media’s Camaraderie Act 1 competition.
Caryn discovered her passion for socially-conscious comedy (and later honed her skills), in her home town of Chicago. She’s performed at Snubfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Gilda’s Laugh Fest, The World Famous Comedy Store, Zanie’s and Jokes and Notes; co-hosted several long running comedy shows, most notably Midnight Parade, the weekly late-night talk show at Chicago’s Second City (for which she also wrote and produced), toured with socially conscious sketch and improv groups such as Laughtivism and Salsation, and created video sketches for her (40,000+ views) and three other YouTube channels. Additionally, she has created content for Late Night Jimmy Fallopian Tubes (an all-female late night talk show which originated at UCB) and co-hosted a weekly radio show with Lady Rerun (daughter of cultural icon “Rerun” Fred Berry – “What’s Happening!!”). On the road as a comic, she featured for Helen Hong and ultimately headlined the Foundation Room at Chicago’s House of Blues combining traditional stand up with her original characters.
Before comedy, Caryn earned degrees in Psychology (B.S.), Exercise Science (B.S.) and Kinesiology (M.S., University of Michigan), became a successful personal trainer, nationally-qualified bodybuilder (!) and moved to Los Angeles to become a chiropractor. However, once she realized her natural ability to crack jokes was way more fulfilling than cracking joints, she quickly switched gears and began studying and performing at The Second City, The Groundlings and improv Olympic.
The multitalented, multifaceted comedienne is currently polishing a comedy television pilot, and plans to launch her new podcast “Script Supervisors: Unsung Heroes of Film and TV,” later this year, highlighting legends in the field who have worked on multiple Oscar and Emmy Award-Winning films and TV shows, and serves as a backstage pass to filmmaking from the rarely acknowledged, but incredibly important department head’s perspective.