From two of the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights comes Freestyle Love Supreme (FLS), a TV show in which the five performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hip-hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realised musical numbers.
Named by The New York Times as the “Masters in the art of Freestyle rhyme," the group has performed at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Paramount Comedy UK and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Let's introduce some members of the crew:
Anthony Veneziale aka Two Touch
Anthony Veneziale is the creator of Freestyle Love Supreme and a writer at Goodby, Silverstein and Partners. He is an original producer of PBS’ relaunch of The Electric Company and has appeared in films such as Che and Hereafter, as well as TV shows such as All My Children, Looking and Sex and the City. He founded Freestyle Love Supreme along with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and Thomas Kail (dir. Hamilton).
Andrew Bancroft aka Jelly Donut
Andrew Bancroft has been seen on stage as the house band for Employee of the Month, an American TV show hosted by Catie Lazarus that features live interviews and performances. You can see some of his amazing folk-hop songs with his band Moondrunk and he has been freestyling with FLS and The Freeze since 2008. He is an award-winning songwriter and copywriter for Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and has appeared in numerous commercials and viral videos.
Chris Sullivan aka Shockwave
Chris Sullivan is a live beatbox percussionist. His many talents have led him all over the world touring with the relaunch of The Electric Company and his viral lesson around Boots & Cuts has become an online sensation. Shockwave is the heart and soul of FLS providing the beats upon which everything rests.
Arthur Lewis aka The Geniuses
Arthur Lewis is a singer-songwriter from Queens who supplies the hooks and melodies to the FLS jams, but every once in a while, surprises you with a croon straight from the heart. Having earned his degree in Music from Yale University, Lewis has spent the majority of his time as a working musician in NYC, playing any and all instruments – piano, guitar, drums, vocals – you name it, he plays it.
Utkarsh Ambudkar aka Utk the Inc.
Utkarsh, aka Utk the Inc., has been featured in The Mindy Project, The Muppets, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Ride Along 2, and Pitch Perfect to name a few television and film projects. He has been a verbal assassin since college days at NYU with his group the Beatards. You can hear his podcast on HeadGum — Let’s talk about Me Baby.