Star Tribune calls web series "Cory Wong and the Wongnotes" 'funny and unstoppably funky'
The Minneapolis newspaper’s critic, Jon Bream, names the new variety series one of six cool things in music this week. Ben Kadie directed the series and Derek Tonks produced. Grammy-nominated funk guitarist Cory Wong stars and served as executive producer. The show includes music, sketch comedy, and interviews.
The writing team – Ben Kadie, Meg Sinick, Lara Drasin, and William Gianetta – connected through the Los Angeles improv community. Cory Wong contributed additional writing.
The production taped in August in Nashville & LA under strict COVID protocols. As one of the first productions after quarantine, the team took their responsibility seriously. Measures – including full testing, masks, and a compliance officer – helped keep cast and crew safe.
The Nashville taping included recording for a forthcoming live music album. Three camera operators captured these segments. Ben watched their live video feeds and directed shots via wireless headphones. The sketches – featuring Cory and actors from Nashville and LA – used a single-camera setup.
700 folks watched the premiere together yesterday, sharing a live chat. The audience included fans, cast, crew, and friends including jazz legend Dave Koz.
New episodes of the eight-part series will premiere every Thursday at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on YouTube. The music album “Cory Wong and Wongnotes” drops on February 5.