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Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is the founding partner and president of Omnipop Talent Group, a management company that began as a personal appearance talent agency in NY. Since relocating to L.A. in 1990, Bruce has launched the careers of Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Doug Benson (Super High Me), Andy Kindler (Late Show with David Letterman), Natasha Leggero (Another Period), Christopher Titus (Titus), Kevin James (King of Queens), Derek Waters (Drunk History), Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang), and many others.  

Bruce began his producing career in 2005 (just one week after becoming a manager) by selling Halfway Home (starring clients Oscar Nunez and Regan Burns) to Comedy Central. He has overseen the making of several high profile comedy specials for Netflix, including Maria Bamford’s the special special special! and Old Baby, as well as Doug Benson’s Doug Dynasty. He also developed and produced The Maria Bamford Show, a low-tech web series for Turner’s Superdeluxe that utilized Bamford’s wide range of characters to explore the issue of mental illness. The series went on to become a huge cult hit after getting a second life on YouTube. Other exec producer credits include the Comedy Central series, The High Court with Doug Benson and the Comedy Central pilot, Jimmy Pardo Needs Jokes. His web producing credits include Dr. Katz: The Audio Files for Audible, Funny or Die’s The Program and Broadway Video’s Si Pipi Si!  

Bruce is currently the co-exec producer of the critically-praised Netflix series Lady Dynamite as well as the inspiration for the show’s Bruce Ben-Bacharach character (slander suit pending). With a TV/film degree from Queens College and years of experience behind the camera, Bruce’s photos have been seen in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Playboy, Rolling Stone, the LA Times, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and his Instagram account.