In a reality where gum doesn't exist, Anne (Suzi Barrett) pitches becky (Becky Drysdale) an idea that could change the world.

Gum is a comedic short film directed by Jacob Reed (Jimmy Kimmel Live) starring and improvised by Suzi Barrett (Just Roll With It) and Becky Drysdale (The Tonight Show). It was completely improvised.

Watch The Short


  • Official Selection, Raindance Film Festival
  • Film Shortage Online Premiere
  • Industry Choice Award, HBO's Women In Comedy Festival
  • Official Selection, Boston Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, London Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Venice Film Week
  • Official Selection, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Sydney World Film Festival
  • Official Selection, New York Super Shorts Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Just For Laughs
  • Best Comedy, Sci-On Film Festival
  • Best Short Comedy, Sedona International Film Festival
  • Interview with Gum director Jacob Reed at the Sci-On Film Festival
  • Best Dialogue, Scene It Awards
  • Semi-Finalist, Best Comedy, Sydney Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Oakland Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Salute Your Shorts Festival
  • Official Selection, Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Fairfield Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Winner, Footcandle Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award, Best Narrative Film, SLO Film Festival
  • Official Selection, San Jose International Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Calabasas Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Short Focus Film Festival
  • Official Selection, El Dorado Film Festival
  • Official Selection, New Jersey Independent Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Brussels Independent Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Jacob Reed
director / producer


Jacob is an award-winning director and writer known for his work on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Funny or Die, Comedy Central, BuzzFeed, and Nickelodeon. He’s directed celebs like Bernie Sanders, Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Kevin Hart, and C3PO as well as commercials for LEGO, Miller Lite, Hasbro, IKEA, Amazon, and more. Jacob performs and teaches at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where he met Suzi and Becky.

Suzi Barrett
starring / improvised by


Suzi plays Rachel on the half-scripted / half-improvised Disney show “Just Roll With It.” You may also recognize her from Drunk History, How I Met Your Mother, Comedy Bang Bang, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, and a few million commercials. Suzi can be seen every Saturday at UCB Franklin performing with the house team, Sentimental Lady, she is also an alumnus of renowned improv/sketch company Boom Chicago.

Rebecca Drysdale
starring / improvised by


Becky attended Sarah Lawrence College for a minute, where she met her writing partner Jordan Peele and subsequently moved to Chicago to pursue sketch comedy and Improvisation. An alum of Boom Chicago, The Second City Chicago, and UCB, Rebecca won the first-ever Breakout performer award at the Aspen Comedy Festival. She’s appeared in Orange Is The New Black, Arrested Development, and 30 Rock and has written for HBO, LOGO, MTV The Jim Henson Company, High Maintenance, and Key & Peele. She is currently the head writer for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Carissa Dorson
director of photography


Carissa began her career shooting videos for CollegeHumor and Funny or Die, and has since expanded to features, short films, commercials, and music videos.  Her commercial clients include Google, Lululemon, Glad Press’n Seal, Ford, Dos Equis, and Brita, for which she filmed a spot starring Stephen Curry. Her short film “I Think She Likes You” premiered at Tribeca and her latest feature, “It’s a Party” is now streaming on Showtime. Carissa is also a fine art photographer, with an interest in portraiture.  Her ongoing photo series, Funny People. Serious Photos, was featured in L.A. Weekly.

Francesca DeLutis


When Francesca discovered she could make a living by knowing a little about a lot, she found her true calling as a producer. Her passion to tell great stories and help lead teams to success drives every step of her work. Producing over 150+ branded videos for clients such as Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Red Nose Day, Subaru, Warner Brothers, and Citibank, she has led productions across the country and around the world from Anchorage to Tokyo. A people person to her core, Francesca spent five years working closely with A-List talents Jennifer Lopez and Kate Beckinsale and also happens to have eight godchildren!