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 “Charlie and the Hunt” (w/Lauren Ridloff) and “Blood and Glory” (Tribeca), and “The Mission”- The American Society of Cinematographers’ new Standard Evaluation Material (StEM2) film.
An advocate for Women’s empowerment, she is proud that 80% of all projects she has worked on have been directed by women, with virtually 50% of them being women of color.
To highlight legends in the field who have worked on multiple Oscar and Emmy Award-winning films and TV shows, Caryn recently launched her new podcast, “Script Supervisors: Unsung Heroes of Film & TV” to 5-star rave reviews, which serves as a backstage pass to filmmaking from the rarely acknowledged, but incredibly important department head’s perspective.
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. “Vadgevertising,” the parody short she co-created, produced, and starred in as a misogynistic ad-man has won 5 awards on the festival circuit to date, and the 15-episode web series she co-created, co-produced & starred in, “Baked Goodes,” 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.”
Her most recent pilot “Morrieville” was just awarded quarterfinalist laurels at the prestigious Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship and won Best Dark Comedy Teleplay at the Houston Comedy Film Festival where her sketch “Poverty Tourism” premiered as a finalist for Best Dark Comedy Micro Film.
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, 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), and toured with socially conscious sketch and improv groups such as Laughtivism and Salsation.
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 knack for cracking 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.