About Kevin Dougherty
Born in Brooklyn and raised in suburban New Jersey, Kevin Dougherty was a film and comic book fanatic from an early age. After a stint at New York's School of Visual Arts, Dougherty got a job at a local cable company, directing commercials for pizza parlors and cell-phone stores.
Dougherty began his film career as a production assistant in New York. During the making of “Bonfire of the Vanities” he incurred the wrath of director Brian DePalma after refusing to let him on set without proper identification. He spent the rest of the shoot guarding an empty parking space in an underground garage.
While a freelance producer at Byron Preiss Multimedia, he enlisted illustrator Drew Friedman to handle art duties for “My Cool Diner”, an interactive kids’ game that was released by Simon and Schuster in 1997. Gilbert Gottfried, Billy West and Uncle Floyd Vivino were also part of “My Cool Diner.”
He wrote and directed “A Girl Named Fuzzball” for Nickelodeon's animated series “Ka-Blam!” Long before YouTube, he created “Juanita & the List” an early web cartoon that racked up more than a million views through an ad-hoc network of websites like Spin.com, Showtime.com and Wired.com.
Dougherty directed music videos for The Locust, The Nervous Return, an Albatross and others. For more than a decade Dougherty managed the Cafe Metropolis, an esteemed independent music venue in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
He is currently at work on a documentary film about Drew Friedman, “Vermeer of the Borscht Belt” that will be completed in summer 2018.