LEE FARBER: BIO



Writer/Director Lee Farber hails from a rent-controlled apartment on the Upper East Side of New York City. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he spent years schlepping for producers and directors, while writing in his spare time. Eventually he caught the eye of legendary talent manager and producer Bernie Brillstein, who hired him to write for “The Wayne Brady Show”, a variety series on ABC in 2001. That led to writing and producing Wayne’s daytime talk show (also called “The Wayne Brady Show”) in 2002-03, earning Lee an Emmy Award.

In late 2004, Lee was asked to join a revamped version of “Talk Soup”, simply called “The Soup”, for what was supposed to last 6-8 weeks. It ended up lasting 11 years. During that time, as writer and Co-Executive Producer, Lee helped steer the show to become a staple in the television landscape. He also directed many bits and segments that would gather millions of views on You Tube, which is a website that young people visit often. He also wrote material for hundreds of guest stars, including two of his idols, The Muppets and The Kids In The Hall, after which, he could’ve died happy.

During his tenure on “The Soup”, Lee had several other projects running concurrently, including a sitcom pilot called “Hobos”, Executive Produced by Bernie Brillstein and starring the late comedian Robert Schimmel. He also created and ran an adult version of “The Soup” for Playboy Television called “The Stash”. It ran for four seasons and was watched by literally dozens of people. He also wrote for “Soup” host Joel McHale when he hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2014, which unfortunately did not bring Lee the diplomatic immunity he thought it would.

“The Soup” also led to Lee’s first encounter with the star of THE LONELY ITALIAN, Domenico Nesci, who was a frequent “Soup” target during his time on reality television. Eventually, Domenico would return to Earth after his requisite 15 minutes were up, at which time he first approached Lee about an online dating project in May of 2013. After five months of preparation and procrastination, filming began in October of 2013, and the film was completed in the summer of 2015.

THE LONELY ITALIAN is Lee’s first feature. He lives two blocks away from a very nice neighborhood in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters, who are many years away from dating online.