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Full Name
  
Bradley C. Bell

Other names
  
Cheeks


Years active
  
2006–present

Name
  
Brad Bell

Brad Bell (producer)

Born
  
October 4, 1985 (age 38) (
1985-10-04
)
Dallas, Texas, United States

Occupation
  
Producer, writer, actor, musician

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Bradley C. "Brad" Bell (born October 4, 1985) is an American television producer and screenwriter, actor, musician, and comic book author. He is best known as co-creator and showrunner of the acclaimed web series Husbands, in which he also stars. He has also released three electronic EPs, and penned the comic book series Husbands: The Comic, based on his web series.

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Early life

Brad Bell was born in Dallas, Texas. Early on, Bell identified as an artist, spending his childhood convinced that the road to success would start in Los Angeles. Upon moving to Hollywood, Bell studied film at Los Angeles City College and later became a graduate of The Second City Training Center.

Early work

In 2008, he started his own YouTube channel, on behalf of which Bell created the "sugar coated satirical persona" named 'Cheeks'. As Cheeks, Bell wrote and performed critical commentary on celebrities, pop culture and politics. A fanbase was rapidly growing and Bell's reputation began to take form. As a satirist, Bell follows a philosophy described by organizers of the Ig Nobel Prize, "first make people laugh, and then make them think".

One journalist writes of Bell's persona, "under all the glitter and glitz, Cheeks is an incisive, intelligent talent who couches his social criticism in showbiz flair, because he knows what works". Though Cheeks' signature style of exuberance led some to deride it as a stereotype, Bell counters, "[If] you're not going to watch me long enough to figure out that there's more to me than my fabulousness, you're of the exact same mentality as the people you're worried are going to judge you based on my behavior".

Husbands

Bell caught the attention of television writer Jane Espenson when she discovered his pointed dissection of Carrie Prejean's public response to a question of marriage equality, during the 2009 Miss USA pageant. Speaking to Out in August 2012, Espenson said, "I was curious – who was this person who had at his age accumulated writing skills that had taken me 20 years?" The two developed a friendship that eventually resulted in creating the newlywed sitcom Husbands. The first season of Husbands was shot in August 2011, and premiered to critical praise, including The New Yorker's first ever review of an online series, in which Bell was hailed as "the standout, a confident flibbertigibbet who regards himself as a modern Blanche DuBois".

The "crackling cultural commentary" of Bell's early YouTube work echoed in Husbands, lauded by Time magazine as a "much more complex and interesting story about changing mores and the conflict between individuals and social causes than, say, the pilot of NBC's The New Normal".

Espenson–a frequent collaborator of Joss Whedon–noted, "Brad has the showrunner gene", and said that Bell's work as an executive producer on Husbands reminded her of the famed Avengers director, adding, "If there is a Joss Whedon among us, it's Brad Bell". Whedon himself has been a "fan of [Brad]", since Bell's performance in The Golden Guys, an adaptation of The Golden Girls with young men in the leads, hosted at Whedon's residence during a private party.

The series was expanded in the form of a six-issue digital comic book series called Husbands: The Comic, published by Dark Horse Comics. Bell's work on Husbands inspired Jane Espenson to include the Buffyverse's first gay male slayer in season nine of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Bell wrote an article in The Huffington Post about unoriginal aspects of storytelling, saying "Maybe instead of avoiding the cliché, we can somehow reinvent the wheel", to which he concludes, "Husbands, both as a sitcom and as a comic book, embraces clichés, stereotypes and tropes to make a point: Most old ideas are only as meaningless or as negative as their context. Few of these notions are intrinsically detrimental, as the judgements we attach to them exist only in our minds".

Television paradigm

Bell originated the concept that the word "television" is better suited for the Internet than traditional broadcast media, and was invited to speak at Google on August 17, 2012, to elaborate on his observation:

Television is a hybrid word, Greek and Latin. 'Tele' meaning far and then 'vision' meaning, well obviously, vision...So, when you think of NBC, the 'far vision' is L.A. to New York...On the other hand, you upload something to YouTube and within minutes... Tokyo.

In addition to this linguistic examination, Bell pointed out that television is defined as a telecommunication medium. He goes on to say, "As anyone who's ever been in a relationship knows, communication is a two-way street". Because communication requires both parties to interact with each other, Bell reasons that the Internet better fulfills the criteria for television than a broadcast platform. He sums this idea up by concluding, "the Internet is more television than television".

Bell elaborated more on the issue:

Oddly though, the standards by which people define television isn't the platform. They just think it is. For example, Orange Is the New Black is a television show, right? I would say yes. But, by platform specifications, it's a web series. Why? Because it's delivered via the Internet, either on your computer, tablet or set-top boxes and smart TVs. Cable and broadcast (which have actually both been the same platform for years, digital) is a different platform than the one delivering Netflix or YouTube. [...] The term web-series is irrelevant, because the platforms are irrelevant. It's all television now. It's just a matter of professional television versus amateur hour. The Internet is not "the future of television." Neither are the two slowly merging. That's already happened. It's only the perception of the public that lags behind.

Other work

Bell's work in music started in 2008, co-writing and performing the title track for horror short film Side Effect. This success was followed by the release of three EPs; The Boy From Venus (2008), Glambition (2009) and T.C.M.C. (2010), along with a collection of ringtones, 2009's Put a Ringtone on It. Bell has also worked as consulting producer for VH1's Pop-Up Video.

Filmography

Writer
2022
There's Nothing There (Short) (written by)
2020
After Party (Short)
2020
Glitch Techs (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Ping (2020) - (written by)
2016
Spring Cleaning (Short)
2014
Spring Cleaning (Short) (writer)
-
Husbands (TV Series) (13 episodes, 2011 - 2012) (writer - 3 episodes, 2012 - 2013)
- I Dream of Cleaning (2013) - (writer)
- I Do Over (2013) - (writer)
- A Better Movie of What We're Like (2012) - (writer)
- The Straightening (2012)
- Appropriate Is Not the Word (2012)
- Winky Face (2011)
- Return of the Zebra (2011)
- Instant Love (2011)
- This Together Thing (2011)
- Normal People (2011)
- Haley, the Life Coach (2011)
- IDEHTW (2011)
- A Decent Proposal (2011)
- Being Britney (2011)
- We Can't Be Married (2011)
- Waking Up in Vegas (2011)
2012
Pop Up Video (TV Series) (writer - 40 episodes)
Actor
2022
There's Nothing There (Short) as
Man
2011
Husbands (TV Series) as
Cheeks
- I Dream of Cleaning - Part 3 (2013) - Cheeks
- I Dream of Cleaning - Part 2 (2013) - Cheeks
- I Dream of Cleaning (2013) - Cheeks
- I Do Over - Part 3 (2013) - Cheeks
- I Do Over - Part 2 (2013) - Cheeks
- I Do Over (2013) - Cheeks
- A Better Movie of What We're Like (2012) - Cheeks
- The Straightening (2012) - Cheeks
- Appropriate Is Not the Word (2012) - Cheeks
- Winky Face (2011) - Cheeks
- Return of the Zebra (2011) - Cheeks
- Instant Love (2011) - Cheeks
- This Together Thing (2011) - Cheeks
- Normal People (2011) - Cheeks
- Haley, the Life Coach (2011) - Cheeks
- IDEHTW (2011) - Cheeks
- A Decent Proposal (2011) - Cheeks
- Being Britney (2011) - Cheeks
- We Can't Be Married (2011) - Cheeks
- Waking Up in Vegas (2011) - Cheeks
2011
I Want to Get Married as
Cheeks (as Cheeks)
2011
Door Mat: It's a Boy! (Short) as
Xoie (as Cheeks)
2011
Torchwood (TV Series) as
Nurse Chris
- Miracle Day: The Categories of Life (2011) - Nurse Chris
2010
Front Men (Short) as
Cheeks (as Cheeks)
2010
Adam Lambert: If I Had You (Music Video) as
Brad Bell
2010
Dreamkiller as
Julian Stoli (as Cheeks)
2009
Lushes (Short) as
Basil (as Cheeks)
Producer
2011
Husbands (TV Series) (executive producer - 16 episodes)
- I Dream of Cleaning (2013) - (executive producer)
- I Do Over (2013) - (executive producer)
- A Better Movie of What We're Like (2012) - (executive producer)
- The Straightening (2012) - (executive producer)
- Appropriate Is Not the Word (2012) - (executive producer)
- Winky Face (2011) - (executive producer)
- Return of the Zebra (2011) - (executive producer)
- Instant Love (2011) - (executive producer)
- This Together Thing (2011) - (executive producer)
- Normal People (2011) - (executive producer)
- Haley, the Life Coach (2011) - (executive producer)
- IDEHTW (2011) - (executive producer)
- A Decent Proposal (2011) - (executive producer)
- Being Britney (2011) - (executive producer)
- We Can't Be Married (2011) - (executive producer - as Cheeks)
- Waking Up in Vegas (2011) - (executive producer)
2010
Front Men (Short) (executive producer - as Cheeks)
2008
Side Effect (Short) (assistant producer - as Cheeks)
Sound Department
2008
Side Effect (Short) (sound - as Cheeks)
Self
2015
The 4th Annual International Academy of Web Television Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
2014
We Love Soaps TV (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- 5th Annual ISAs Red Carpet Show - Part 5 (2014) - Self - Guest
2014
Teens Wanna Know (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Guest
- 2014 WGA Awards Interviews W Joe Manganiello, Garry Marshall & Alex Trebek (2014) - Self - Guest
2014
URHere Travel (TV Series) as
Self
- 2013 WOWie Awards and Holiday Party (2014) - Self
2012
The Matthew Aaron Show Podcast (Podcast Series) as
Self - Guest
- Ep. 165 Brad Bell & Alan Loeb (2013) - Self - Guest
- Ep. 134 Brad Bell & Nadine Velazquez (2012) - Self - Guest
2013
Tweet Out (TV Series) as
Self
- Brad Bell (2013) - Self
2012
Red Carpet Report (TV Series short) as
Self
- Paley Center: Husbands (2012) - Self
2006
Why Can't I Be You? (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.6 (2006) - Self (as Cheeks)

References

Brad Bell (producer) Wikipedia


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