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Get to Know 'A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet' Creators Alex Wyse & Ben Fankhauser with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

Get to Know 'A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet' Creators Alex Wyse & Ben Fankhauser with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet is a hit new musical playing Off-Broadway in New York City and we caught up with the show’s creators and stars to learn more about them!

Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the new musical and they also star in the show alongside Bryonha Marie Parham, who plays the title character.

Here’s the synopsis: “Two nobodies dream of writing one hit song for everybody, but their day job composing jingles for commercials isn’t the big break they hoped. That is, until they’re plucked from obscurity by a world-famous pop star named Regina Comet (if destiny had a child, it would be her) and she wants them to create an anthem for her supernova pipes… and her new perfume. They’re so close to the big-time they can smell it, but following your passion doesn’t always lead where you expect. Making a hit song can be a shit-show.”

The musical recently extended due to popular demand and it is now running through November 21 at the DR2 Theatre.

Click inside to learn 10 Fun Facts about both Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser…

Read 10 Fun Facts about both Alex and Ben below!

Alex Wyse

  1. The first show I ever did was Oliver, when I was five years old. I did Oliver three more times after that, and my fourth production, when I was fourteen years old, was when I met my Regina Comet co-creator, Ben Fankhauser.
  2. When I moved to New York, I didn’t have internet in my apartment for the first seven months, and I went to Barnes and Noble to get my emails every couple of days.
  3. My first major television appearance was in a Halls Cough Drops commercial that was protested by conservative groups for being too lewd.
  4. I tried gardening during the pandemic and managed to kill every single seed, seedling, and plant in my possession.
  5. I was cast in my most recent television appearance, a role on the excellent show The Other Two, on March 12th, 2020. Then… you know. I’m grateful I still ended up getting to film it, a whole year later.
  6. When I was a kid I was a pretty good visual artist and for a long time I thought I’d be a scenic designer.
  7. I was supposed to be on an episode of The Apprentice but couldn’t make it work due to scheduling conflicts. Lol.
  8. I don’t trust boats. Every time you’re on a boat you run into an ex. I’ve seen TV shows.
  9. I was obsessed with magic as a child. The mechanics, the theatrics- and every year for my birthday I’d go to the magic store and buy a bunch of tricks from a man named Bucky who chain smoked cigarettes.
  10. Sagittarius, aggressively so.

Ben Fankhauser

  1. I was born in Zurich, Switzerland and lived there for the first 5 years of my life before moving to Cleveland, OH.
  2. I love to play poker and I play in a weekly game with my friends.
  3. I used to do magic as a kid, in fact the theme of my Bar Mitzvah was “The Magic Of Ben.”
  4. In high school I arranged a barbershop quartet style “The Hokey Pokey” for my Jazz choir to perform at our winter concert.
  5. I won a Jeopardy style trivia contest about The Office.
  6. I love camping. When I was a teenage I took a month-long Western Trip through my summer camp. We visited California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Canada and slept in tents.
  7. I love to cook. One of my favorite things to make is Chili because it’s very forgiving and it can be different every time! I also make my own mayonnaise, bread, and even hot sauce.
  8. My first professional performing job was as a singer/dancer in a theme park show called Signed, Sealed, Delivered at Cedar Point in Ohio. 6 shows a day, had the time of my life.
  9. I’m a thrill seeker. I love to Jet Ski, Zip-line, Go-Kart, Rock Climb. I hope to go sky diving one day.
  10. A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet is my first foray into writing. I’ve always arranged music and written songs for fun, but this is the first musical I’ve written.

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet is currently playing at the DR2 Theatre in New York City through November 21. Get your tickets now!

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