Resume: After college, Tripp Crosby set out to do what he had always wanted: start a production company. For several years, Green Tricycle Studios produced everything from commercials to music videos and content for meetings. Along the way, he followed other pursuits. “As long as I’ve been interested in production, I’ve been as interested in entertaining people,” he says. Teaming up with friends, in particular Tyler Stanton, he did comedy sketches that they posted online. Some went viral, people became interested and doors opened. He found himself hosting large-scale events such as Catalyst Conference and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, and now, it seems, the floodgates have opened. Performing under the name Tripp and Tyler, the duo recently partnered with Broadway Video’s (“Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Portlandia”) digital arm in their latest venture, Above Average, a new online network of comedy shorts. They are also working on a television pilot, a feature-length screenplay, a book and more shorts.
Career Highlight: “In the meetings world, it would be hosting the Chick-fil-A Leadercast because there are close to 200,000 people in attendance, and I spend a year on the planning. Next to that, Tyler and I spent some time in [mid-June] at the offices of ‘Saturday Night Live’ getting to know some folks that we’re slowly starting to work with.”
Inspiration: “I like influencing people, even if it’s just making them laugh. I like to be part of things that are helping people better themselves, which is what’s fun about the events world. I love that my role is to bring levity into a room full of people that are taking themselves way too seriously most of their lives. And it’s just fun to make people laugh.”
Industry Mentors: Jeff Foxworthy. “He’s obviously a successful comedian, but the honest truth is he’s been more of a life mentor than a career mentor. He’s helped Tyler and me out a lot as we’ve tried to find our way forward in the entertainment industry.”
Dream Speakers: Steve Jobs, but now Ryan Seacrest or Ricky Gervais
Last Place You Vacationed: Amelia Island, Fla.
Industry Buzzword You Despise: Relevant. “Making something relevant should be a given, not an added value.”
Professional Pet Peeve: “PowerPoint slides that are full of sentences that a presenter merely stands beside and reads verbatim.”
First Job: Working a Chick-fil-A drive-thru
The Crosby Profile: iPhone | Checked bag | Aisle seat | Both | Dress pants | MySpace
Photo by Daley Hake