“[In] Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ work, characters look like fools, take themselves way too seriously, and generally wallow in humiliation. Thus the comedy, even in a few short minutes, is heartbreaking and gut-busting, nuanced, and uproarious.”
– The Onion’s A.V. Club
Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts marshals an extensive background in comedy with a focus on visual storytelling and a tireless work ethic for his prodigious credits in television, film, advertising, and on the Internet. His feature film debut, The Kings of Summer, premiered to rave reviews at Sundance 2013 and was released the same year.
Hailing from the ruins of Detroit, Vogt-Roberts spent his childhood invested in the Super-8 films he made in his basement with Lego sets and Batman action figures. Relocating to Chicago, he created the website Blerds.com with a group of standup comedians, many of whom have remained collaborators. Those video sketches drew millions of views online and led to work with the Chicago ad agency Tribal DDB. They also served as inspiration for the 2012 Comedy Central series Mash Up, which he created, directed, and co-wrote, featuring such viral hits as SWAT-o-Tune and Boys II Men in Black.
Along the way, he never stopped working – creating short films, web series, and directing episodic content for MTV, Adult Swim, and HBO’s Funny or Die. His half-hour comedy short Successful Alcoholic played over 30 festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, and AFI.
Vogt-Roberts has directed branded content for Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., the Sundance Film Festival, and Babelgum, among others. He filmed a series of standup spots for Kotex, Claire Danes for Audi, and Jillian Michaels and Kaitlin Olson for K-Swiss, and his campaign featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger crushing things in his own tank for Afterschool All-Stars generated over 10 million online views and raised $1 million for charity. His work has received a Silver Effie Award.
His 2013 feature film The Kings of Summer, a coming-of-age story starring Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Allison Brie, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and screened at the Cleveland Film Festival and Dallas Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. His concert film Nick Offerman: American Ham premieres on Netflix, and his series You’re the Worst airs on FX.