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Troli offers more than Vine videos

With nearly 260,000 followers on the popular social networking app Vine, senior TV broadcasting major Anthony Troli is quickly making a name for himself in the world of comedy. Troli has won awards for films he has made during his undergraduate career at the University and has worked for the popular comedy website Funny or Die. / photo by Hunter Cole

With nearly 260,000 followers on the popular social networking app Vine, senior TV broadcasting major Anthony Troli is quickly making a name for himself in the world of comedy. Troli has won awards for films he has made during his undergraduate career at the University and has worked for the popular comedy website Funny or Die. / photo by Hunter Cole

Karleigh Neff
LV Life Editor

It was no surprise when Anthony Troli became Vine famous. He is hands down one of the funniest guys you will ever meet, and anyone from his close friends to his 260,000 followers would say the same. However, what many of those fans do not see is the hours and years of hard work behind Troli’s success.

Troli’s passion for film started back in high school, when he made his first successful short film. Not only was Troli producing films, he was writing them and writing other great scripts. His efforts in high school were not overlooked either; he won multiple awards for his films and screen work, including a performance scholarship.

Troli’s love for film producing and writing started in high school, but his outgoing, hilarious and bold personality stemmed from his home life. Growing up with three equally funny brothers was the perfect environment for joke making and writing.

“I would write stand ups with my younger brother and we would rehearse them,” Troli said. “My whole family would constantly be joking or laughing.”

Even now, Troli makes many Vine videos with his younger brother Grant Troli and they are always thinking up new ones together.

After high school, Anthony Troli was one of two students to receive the first video production scholarship to the University of La Verne.

“He has done tremendous production work since he has been here,” Don Pollock, professor of broadcasting, said. Pollock has known Troli since he was in high school, and acted in one of his films. “ The senior project that he did last spring was outstanding, one of the best pieces of works I’ve seen since working at La Verne.”

Troli’s hard work and award-winning films landed him an internship at popular TV show “The Soup” in the summer of 2012, where he was a production assistant, and found new clips that would go on the show.

“I would pitch jokes with the clips too,” Troli said. “It was always a cool feeling when one of my jokes got picked for television.”

Last summer, Troli got another internship for the comedy website Funny or Die created by celebrity Will Ferrell. Troli was also comedian and actress Kristen Wiig’s assistant and worked on their viral shoots or new shows.

Troli’s knowledge of the new app called Vine came from a surprising source: his father. Tom Troli heard of the popular video app called Vine and told Anthony it was perfect for him.

“I was unsure at first, and then one day me and my brother just started making stupid but funny ones out of boredom,” Anthony said.

The stupid pointless Vines soon turned into a huge following of Vine users, especially after “re-vining” started. According to Troli, that is when he got really popular on Vine.

“Anthony’s Vines are always successful because he has a natural knack for comedy,” said Jeff Clarke, a friend and communications major at the University. “He is always willing to push harder than others, he really is like a role model to me.”

Those close to Troli all talked about how hard-working and determined he is, which is why he has been so successful. It is hard to be successful in the film and television industry, Pollock said, but Troli puts in the work to be successful.

“He is so passionate and willing to learn,” said Andrea Bernstein, adjunct professor in the communications department. “He was always an excellent student but he is so determined to be successful, and I think he will be.”

As a senior at the University, Troli aspires to be a writer for a TV show after college, and has already been working toward that. He is a man of many talents, according to Bernstein, and can produce many different films. In fact, Troli won best documentary at the Broadcasting Education Association in 2012 for this documentary about a folk music center. He also won a  Western Access Video Excellence, or WAVE award for his film titled “ Party Foul” about two kids trying to get to a party.

Vine is just another great tool to promote his sketches and jokes, but Troli hopes to be much more than just Vine famous. And most would agree that he will do much, much more.

“He works hard, and he dreams big,” Pollock said. “And that combination of things makes me very optimistic that he be successful in the film business.”

Karleigh Neff can be reached at karleigh.neff@laverne.edu.

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