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                                           Ryan Paul James Biography




Critically acclaimed and award winning comedy writer, Ryan Paul James has written for both stage and screen. One theatre critic compared him to Neil Simon calling him "The Neil Simon of his generation". Another critic said, "Ryan Paul James is an American playwright to watch". Ryan has written ten plays that have entertained audiences all over the world. He's been recognized in both newspapers and magazines as being one of the funniest writers in theatre.

Ryan has also written for television and has created TV shows that have gotten the attention of some major networks. 









My dramatic short film "A Brother's Love" has been nominated for "Best Short Film at the Script and Storyboard Showcase.

My One Act, F**k Happily Ever After is going up at Theatre 68 1/23, 1/24, 1/25, 1/26, 1/30, 1/31 & 2/1 - 2020


Ryan's Pilot - In October and November - Grid Iron Dad was performed at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Here's a couple of reviews!!!

The Whitefire Theatre Presents “Live Pilots Society”

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What a brilliant concept.  Five short plays, all in TV pilot format, all hilarious and totally believable in subject, story and tone. 

With fully fleshed out characters, classic sitcom design and a perfect excuse for the strange and unusual, the quirky and the oddly profound.

The storylines range from a wild west Uurologist/sheriff, a mob-backed, high-concept restaurant, a billionaire social media influencer colonizing Mars, a brain injured, retired football pro/stay at home dad and a fired Wall Street big shot slumming it as an elementary school teacher's assistant.

These might seem a little far fetched and that is of course part of the point. But they all actually work anyway, quite magically.  I can totally imagine a studio executive somewhere giving a green light to any one of these.  In fact, I am ever so hopeful that they will!

The performances are wonderful, fully committed as only the best comedy can be, and everyone is having a blast, which, of course, translates directly to the audience. 

It’s like the weirdest, craziest dream you’ve ever had written up and played out before your very eyes.  But funny…very, very funny.  The Whitefire Theatre has a gift for bringing shows to their audience that boldly entertain and invent new genres and “Live Pilots Society” is yet another genius idea made real. I absolutely loved it! 

We all need a good laugh these days…and this is it!


Another Review


THEATRE REVIEW #792 – Live Pilots Society
“Live Pilots Society – Is Comical Television Sitcoms – Delivered Live to You On Stage!!”

Written By Lorenzo Marchessi

“Gridiron Dad” is a smart and sharp piece written in the context of a professional player who made one public emotional out burst and it happens haunts him throughout his days. Written by Ryan Paul James this is a wonderful showcase for Brandon Loeser playing the football player who had a slight ‘issue’ in the past. His family, played by Joanna Kelly, Sarah Long and Alexandra Zepeda do an amazing job in trying to support their fathers discomfort in not being able to play football anymore – somewhat a forced retirement. The humor and trials that Brandon has to go through are a direct result of everyone around him. From his Doctor played by Janette Auguar, to his Coach played by Dan Anderson, to Mrs. Grant played by Audrey Mitchell, to even the Pizza man played by Dallas Schaefer and finally to even his friend played by Richard Martin – everyone seems to be reminding him (and taunting him) about this one thing he did – that was caught on camera for the world to see. (No spoilers here from me!) Even the ESPN Reporters played by Mike Dye and Kenny Johnston can help but remind the world of Brandon’s most sincere – yet embarrassing - moment. Wonderful ensemble performance by this group of actors.

The Comeback Kids still impressing audiences at film festivals all over the world!!!!

Well apparently "The Comeback Kids" is still impressing film festivals. Even festivals I don't remember submitting to since it's been three years since I last submitted it anywhere.
I'm still very grateful and still believe there could be a future for this show.
By the way - this marks over TWENTY FILM FESTIVALS we have either won or placed and every time we get the same question - Why isn't this on TV? 
That's a good question if you ask me.

Starring - Richard Horvitz, Dean Cameron, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Keith Coogan, Scott Schwartz, Melissa Disney, Erin Murphy, Thomas F. Evans, Christopher Newell, Michael Leone, Natisha Anderson, Louise Gallagher and Galen

Special Thanks to Joseph Gilbert, Drake Travis and Serena Travis

Ryan Paul James' "The Love Brokers" Wins The Script & Storyboard Competition!!!!


Listen to Ryan Paul James. Moosie Drier, Keith Coogan and Kate Linder on The Sheena Metal Experience                Click the Picture Below

Ryan Paul James Featured in His Old Hometown Paper

Land O’ Lakes native screening TV pilot

June 15, 2016 By  Leave a Comment

Ryan Paul James’ first brush with fame came at the age of 6, when his name was listed in The Laker/Lutz News.

“I was playing Little League there, with the Red Sox. All of the players were mentioned there in an article,” said James, a former Land O’ Lakes resident, now an actor and writer who lives in Los Angeles.

Since moving to L.A., he’s performed in two dozen plays, has written 10 plays and is now shopping a pilot for a television show he’s written called “The Comeback Kids.”

The show is about a pair of actors who were famous as children and are attempting a comeback, decades later.

Melissa Disney is married to Ryan Paul James, who grew up in Land O’ Lakes. He’s shopping a television pilot, ‘The Comeback Kids,’ and she’s an acclaimed voiceover artist. She’s also related to Walt Disney, although she never met him. (Courtesy of Ryan Paul james)

Melissa Disney is married to Ryan Paul James, who grew up in Land O’ Lakes. He’s shopping a television pilot, ‘The Comeback Kids,’ and she’s an acclaimed voiceover artist. She’s also related to Walt Disney, although she never met him.
(Courtesy of Ryan Paul james)

While no one has picked up the television show yet, it has been screened at film festivals in such places as Los Angeles, Honolulu, Miami, Switzerland, Australia and London.

It also has picked up a number of awards.

It’s a project James has been working on for five years. He’s written eight episodes of the show and has casted most of them, with different stars who would be making appearances as themselves, or performing a role in the sitcom.

The TV pilot most recently screened on June 10 at The Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

James said his desire to act began when he was a young boy, when his dad was a wildlife officer and the family lived on the grounds of Pine View Middle School in Land O’ Lakes.

“Living in the middle of nowhere and playing there on the campus of Pine View, I would let my imagination go.

“I remember, that, like for a year, they were building their (Pine View Middle) gym. I don’t think I can get in trouble for this anymore — but I would go in there and play Indiana Jones,” James said.

“I would watch probably too much television,” he added.

His acting debut came in 1994 when he played the role of a Mousekateer on the Mickey Mouse Club, filmed in Orlando. His acting teacher, who was the show’s casting director, got him the gig, he said.

He knew from the beginning the role would be a short run.

“When I was brought on, they’d already announced that the show was cancelled,” James said.

He replaced a cast member who wanted to go to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.

James moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

But, that didn’t last long, either.

“I was so homesick, and I hated L.A. — could not stand it,” he said.

So, he returned to the Tampa Bay area, where he became a disc jockey on 100.7 Kiss FM.

“I wasn’t really looking to get into radio, but it just happened for me. I bounced around to a couple of other radio stations. A radio station out here in Los Angeles heard one of my air checks, and they called me up and wanted to see if I would be interested in coming out here,” he said.

He wasn’t sure what he wanted to do.

So, he prayed about it.

“I was like, ‘God, you’ve got to give me a sign here’,” James said.

He knew he couldn’t afford to move to L.A., but within a month of his prayer, he had booked two national commercials and had received the offer from the radio station.

“And, so I thought, ‘I’ll give L.A. one more shot.’

“Here I am, 12 years later, married, with a kid,” James said.

His wife, Melissa Disney — a cousin of Walt Disney — is a voiceover artist.

Though not a household name like her cousin, she has attracted her own share of fame.

She narrated the trailer for the action movie, “Gone in 60 Seconds,” — widely credited as one of the first major movie trailers to employ a female voice, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She also has voiced The Academy Awards, The Emmy’s and the Billboard Music Awards.

While James and his wife work in the industry, their 4-year-old son, Ryder, gets a chance to dip into the lifestyle, too. He already has met such international stars as Madonna, Harrison Ford and James Earl Jones.

Although the Land O’ Lakes native has lived in L.A., for a dozen years, he still gets homesick and travels back to the area to visit family a couple of times a year.

Every time he comes home, he must make one stop before returning to L.A.

He drops by Larry’s Deli, on Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, where he loads up on Cuban sandwiches to take back to California.

The mere mention of them, James said during a recent telephone interview, makes his mouth water.

Published June 15, 2016

                                        The Comeback Kids



The Comeback Kids!!!



Richard Horvitz, Dean Cameron, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Keith Coogan, Erin Murphy, Scott Schwartz, Melissa Disney, Michael Leone, & Thomas F. Evans


Directed by:

Brian Baugh


Check out this website for all the details: www.thecomebackkids.tv


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                               Ryan Paul James' Other Works

Lost In Radioland
What's So Funny?
The World's Worst Play, Ever
Desperately Seeking Love
The Comeback Kids
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