Launched by comedy professionals with decades of experience and joined by grassroots experts and activists, using live events and digital content and tools to inspire comedy fans to organize in their online and local communities. Created a launch video and produced shows with: Maria Bamford, Mike Birbiglia, David Cross, Jo Firestone, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Janelle James, Hari Kondabolu, Bob Odenkirk, Sklar Brothers, Julio Torres, Sasheer Zamata, and more!
Good Orbit is a podcast network for many artists and producers who make their creative homes at the Bell House, Union Hall, and beyond! Shannon Manning is the majority owner with her partners at the venues (making it perhaps the only women-run podcast network!)
From 2014-2017, Shannon Manning was the talent buyer for Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which is the 150 standing/100 seated sister venue to the Bell House. While indie music continued to be highlighted, regular runs from Mike Birbiglia, Judd Apatow, 2 Dope Queens, and Chris Gethard, and rising talent like Joe Pera, Aparna Nanchera, Julio Torres, and Jo Firestone raised the comedy profile of the venue. The New York Times credited Shannon Manning with “savvy and adventurous programming.” She also did promotion, album and podcast recording, leading to Good Orbit.
Sparkle Television creates, publishes, and promotes quality art in a variety of spaces and platforms.
With a focus on comedy, music, and activism, principal Shannon Manning and her many talented friends have produced TV, film, live shows, animation, apps, social media, commercials, festivals, performance spaces, and political campaigns.
Beauty Love Truth! Wonderful guest musicians play a few of their songs, and after each song, the rotating cast of improvisers (from UCB, Second City, IO, Magnet Theater, the PIT, everywhere!) create scenes inspired by the mood, images, themes, or words from the song. Nothing is planned; sweet, tragic, or ridiculous relationships unfold, worlds are created or destroyed, souls enlightened or crushed, and magic truths underscored with laughter.