sup i'm noah levenson

I'm a writer, director and software developer. I work at the intersection of art and technology, creating weird new entertainment that makes people lol.

I've worked with companies like Comedy Central, Amazon, Nike, Brita, NBC, Warner Bros., the National Hockey League, Refinery29, NASCAR, Bravo, TBS and IFC, among others. As a writer and director, I've collaborated with celebrities like Key & Peele, Channing Tatum, Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon, Rebel Wilson, Charlamagne Tha God and Mark Wahlberg.

I'm a McSweeney's contributor. I also wrote humor books: I'm the author of Guy Code: Unleash Your Manhood and I wrote for Girl Code: A Single Girl's Guide to Sex and Dating, both published by MTV Books. In 2017, I collaborated with New York Times bestselling illustrator Arturo Torres on Color Me Kanye, a strange coloring book about Kanye West.

Previously, I served as Editorial Director of MTV2, where I oversaw the reinvention of the channel and helped break records for ratings, revenue and growth.

I'm a two-time art school dropout. I was born in New York City and I still live in New York City.

noahlevenson [at] gmail [dot] com
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Weird Box is an interactive film that makes your Instagram pictures part of its story. I wrote it, directed it and programmed the software that makes it work. It stars me and Katie Boland (Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Daydream Nation). It spurred an avalanche of international press and accolades, topped some best-of-the-internet lists and earned me a Twitter follow from the founder of Youtube.

Press and recognition:
Fast Company
Short of the Week
Boing Boing
The World's Best Ever
Laughing Squid
Radio Live New Zealand
Design Taxi
HUH. Magazine
Film Shortage
Design Indaba
8 Days
Trend Hunter
The Awesomer
Sam and Niko's channel
GameGandhi's channel

Chillr is a film and a transmedia internet prank about an imaginary new mobile app. I wrote it, produced it, edited it, built its website and starred in it (opposite Ed McGinty from Boardwalk Empire). It won a Vimeo Staff Pick, confused the 'net and successfully fooled a bunch of journalists into thinking it was really the newest tech to disrupt the chillness industry.

Press and recognition:
The Daily Dot
The Black List
The World's Best Ever

I wrote and art directed Color Me Kanye, a strange coloring book about Kanye West. It was illustrated by New York Times bestseller Arturo Torres. Lesser Gods published it. Gal Beckerman of the New York Times Book Review said: "The most amazing thing about this coloring book is that I honestly can't tell whether it's supposed to be a joke or not."

Press and recognition:
High Times

Buy it:
Barnes & Noble

I coded Brocator 2.0, a web app that generates a live map of every bro on the planet who's currently tweeting the word "bro." Using its mined data, the app then identifies the world's most populous bro locations. Peter Kim of Global News Toronto said it was the reason "why the internet was invented." Luke Turner of The Quietus said it was a reason to "beg for nuclear war."

I wrote and directed the new TV campaign for Brita. We made a surreal and hallucinatory computer generated commercial about water, which is an accomplishment that I'm very proud of. I worked with Lunch, a company that partners artists directly with brands, and it was a really cool experience. I developed the commercial and overall campaign creative directly with the team at Clorox Canada, without any agency involvement. The spot received over 6,000,000 views online.

I directed these Key & Peele sketches to announce their internet troll characters to the world before the MTV Video Music Awards. We improvised the scenes together. I played the role of annoying interviewer and asked dumb questions about the internet and they made fun of me.

Press and recognition:

The National Hockey League asked me to write cartoons to promote the Stanley Cup playoffs. I teamed up with New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler and we had a great time making jokes about hockey obsession. Our cartoons amassed over 400,000 Instagram likes.

MTV Books published my first comedy book, Guy Code: Unleash Your Manhood. It's a silly self-help book for guys who are confused about what to wear, what to drink, and how to talk to girls. (Hint: the secret is just to be yourself.) The print edition is exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and it's available digitally from iTunes. It was blurbed by Josh Lieb, showrunner of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and former executive producer of The Daily Show. This is what he said:

"If you haven't read this book yet, you suck. That is scientific fact. This book changes EVERYTHING for guys. It's like the Bible, but without the guilt or weird incest stories. And that is my kind of Bible."

I'm a McSweeney's humor contributor. I've written about things like a normcore jeans company that's fluent in l33tspeak and Dolph Lundgren's contribution to grocery shopping. I haven't had much time to write for them lately, but I'm very proud of the weird stuff I've gotten through.

I wrote jokes for the celebs in this piece celebrating Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and his work for the cancer charity City of Hope. City of Hope is a great cause and writing for Don Henley is the dopest thing I've ever done.

I wrote these sketches for the MTV Movie Awards along with Neil Casey, John Reynolds, Caitlin Bitzegaio and Mike Trapp. I was lucky to collaborate with such funny people. Mark Wahlberg loved being a bully.

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