Brian Brian Volk-Weiss founded Comedy Dynamics, the largest independent comedy production and distribution company in the country and has massive influence over the comedy you get to see. They’ve produced a long list of award winning specials and albums, and some truly innovative shows and films. From ‘Nanette’ to Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish’s “big break” specials, and more, Brian Volk-Weiss has helped the comedy industry stay in this platinum age. The company recently struck an exclusive deal to create Amazon Prime’s first ever original specials, finally allowing AZ to enter the comedy streaming wars. Their first partnership/special will be a Gaffigan special late this year.
Check out the upcoming ‘The Toys that Made Us’ season 3 on Netflix (Brian is the director/creator), and these specials coming out now or soon: Bryan Callen ‘Complicated Apes’ (3.12), David Cross ‘Oh, Come On’ (5.10), and Howie Mandel, ‘Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club’
Brian sent in this weeks’ “The 5” for us, and picked a pop culture phenomenon that had a formative effect- Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. “For me, and keep in mind I saw Star Trek 2 when I was 7 years old, Kirk represented a tangible role model who showed over and over what the power of confidence could create. I grew up without any sort of code, like what religious people or Army brats get, and Star Trek in general, and Kirk in particular, allowed me to see, at a very young age, that just because everything was going wrong, it didn’t have to be the end of the story, rather, it could be the beginning.”
So with that in mind, here are Brian Volk Weiss’ Top 5 Captain Kirk quotes, from the Star Trek films.
After being accused of cheating the Kobayashi Maru test putting Captains in a no-win situation to see how they will respond.
In Star Trek III, Kirk asks the Admiral to allow the Enterprise one last run before being decommissioned. The run will be to bring Spock’s body to genesis. When Sulu asks him if what the Admiral said, this is Kirk’s response.
After Kirk initiates the self destruct of the Enterprise in Star Trek III, Kirk asks, “My God, Bones, what have I done?”
Again, going back to the Kobayashi Maru maneuver, Kirk responds to Lieutenant Saavik’s question about how he managed to beat the unbeatable.
After the murder of his son, who he never knew, Kirk regroups.