CAFE is the newest entertainment brand from Some Spider Studios, a fast-growing, profitable media start-up, already ranked #44 among all US-based media companies in this complicated metric we only pretend to comprehend. Led by a team of comics, internet gurus and TV producers, CAFE creates smart, funny content each day, taking on current events and everyday culture.
In just its first year, CAFE has reached over 75 million people a month (mostly members of a new, little-discussed demographic called “millennials”), while achieving viral success with its parody political pundit, Carl Diggler, profiled in the New Yorker, Complex, and the Washington Post — as well as massive video hits (e.g., an exclusive investigation into the Hoosick Falls water poisoning scandal), popular video games, and “Girl Friday,” the #59 podcast on iTunes. In addition, CAFE also creates articles, jokes, pranks, web franchises and confusion on Google when people seek out places to get coffee.
Led by the former co-founder of Diapers.com, the head of digital at The New York Times and the Entertainment Industry Manager at Facebook, Some Spider Studios is based in New York and Los Angeles, and financed by e-commerce pioneers Vinit Bharara and Marc Lore. For more information about CAFE, contact email@example.com, or for press inquiries, try firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blake Zeff, Chief Content Officer
Bryan Carmel, Head of Video
Bryan Carmel creates thought-provoking funny stuff across film, tv, and the internet. He made the cult-hit SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary Kumare and The Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef (aka “the Egyptian Jon Stewart”).
Ashley Simpo, Digital Content Manager
California wasn’t weird enough so she moved to Brooklyn. Ashley is a writer and a mom. She wants to remind you that everyone on this page wrote their own bio. Twitter: @ashleysimpo
Stefan Heck, Graphic Designer & Social Content Producer
Stefan Heck is a comedy writer and graphic designer from Vancouver, Canada. He is blocked on Twitter by Dog the Bounty Hunter, Taco Bell, and Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife. Twitter: @boring_as_heck
Briana Haynie, Writer /Video Producer
Briana is the writer and host of the series Why It Sucks To Be A Woman and the producer of Girl Friday with Erin Gloria Ryan. Her personal brand can be described as American Girl Doll who’s given up. Twitter: @brihaynie
Matt Binder, Writer /Video Producer
Matt Binder is the host of CAFE’s The Real Fake News and all-around video producer. You can find him spending too much time on Twitter, obsessing about pro wrestling, and reliving the 2016 Democratic primary for all eternity. Twitter: @mattbinder
Rob Whisman, Writer /Graphic Designer
Rob Whisman is a former internet troll from Kentucky. He enjoys hiking, going to the gym, and over-selling himself in autobiographies. Twitter: @robwhisman
Todd Dracula, Writer /Video Producer
Todd Dracula is a satirist who edits found footage video.He is most known for his Alex Jones and Donald Trump edits, including “Alex Jones Uncovers Pickle-Gate” and “Marty McFly Drag Races Donald Trump.” His work has been featured on Huffington Post, Gothamist and New York Magazine.