Punching Up Productions
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Who We Are


Maximilian Clark

Co-founder/the muscle

MAXIMILIAN CLARK has dedicated his life to creating soulful art that strips society bare to its core and to writing “guy getting hit in the nuts” skits for his little comedy friends. He co-created and wrote the Starz Digital Series “Llama Cop" and his projects have been official selections at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, ITVFest, and dozens of others. His own mother once described his collective works as "Not bad." For Punching Up he works as a Story Supervisor and Line Producer helping to shape projects like fancy, expensive clay. 

 Brendan sokler

Co-founder/the hustle

BRENDAN SOKLER is an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor in New York City. When not producing his own work through Punching Up Productions he can usually be found on the stages of The Pearl, The Pit, The Brick, The Flea...and many other theatres starting with the word "The." At The Flea he was the associate producer of the late night theatrical competition known as Serials and also acted in a Joel Shumacher helmed Neighborhood 3. When asked what Justice League member he thought Brendan would be good to play he said Green Lantern, but everyone else has said Flash. Brendan handles people the way master chefs handle a fine risotto: carefully and to the ire of Gordon Ramsey.


Carla L. MOntero

the Magic

CARLA LERNER MONTERO is a New York actor, writer and day laborer, because those New York rents, amirite? She is passionate about myth and story, defends the ancient art of clowning and does uncanny animal impressions. She is a Sarah Lawrence grad with improv training from the Upright Citizens Brigade. She also spent three years performing with the Village Playback Theater, a company that gives voice to members of underserved communities, performing real-life stories of people in homeless shelters, centers for mental illness, and a maximum security juvenile detention center. She is fluent in 3 ½ languages. She helps the boys as an editor and spirit guide. 

A.J. Taylor

The CHange

ALVIN "AJ" TAYLOR by day is a fundraising professional for the arts and education, gaining experiences from institutions such as Carnegie Hall, The Flea Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Northwestern University. By night he is a creative who spends his time writing, making music, and connecting fellow creatives for projects or just a good hang . Originally from "The South", AJ enjoys the performing arts, SEC football, and a good IPA. His short film "The Assistant" is currently in post-production, while his scripts are out collecting laurels in contests, most recently the Empire Award from the New York Screenplay Contest. He helps get our projects funded and running smoothly.