“My favorite moments as a writer are when I have created a character so complete and rich with personality that it begins talking back and subsequently says things to me that make me spontaneously and involuntarily snort through my laughter. When that happens while working with a writing partner….well that’s just doubly delicious, joy personified. I guess that’s why they say snorting with laughter is the closest distance between two people. Okay maybe they don’t say that, but they should.”
Holly Payberg-Torroija is a Comedy Writer/Director and Second City Grad with over 20 years experience in all aspects of the business. Her career began at Nickelodeon studios as a PA and quickly progressed to working with and learning from some of the biggest names in the biz on shows like FRIENDS, Analyze This & Hanging Up.
In 2000, Holly was named Director of Development for Signature Pictures, where she assisted Producer Moshe Diamant in bringing 3 independent films (Feardotcom, The Musketeer & The Extremists) from development to delivery at several major studios including Paramount and Warner Bros.
Her career as a Producer began in 2004 when she and her husband, Diego Torroija, opened their commercial production company, Two Door Productions. At Two Door, she specialized in producing VFX heavy commercials for clients such as Rooms To Go, Puma & Honda, but her big break came in 2006 when she was offered the opportunity to write and produce her first feature, the family comedy The Guardians starring Ron Palillo and the pop group TGK.
Inspired by her experience with The Guardians, Holly created Two Door’s sister company Turtle in a Party Dress for the purpose of producing original content and she has been writing, producing and directing ever since. Her latest projects include GG’s Java Joint (a fully Improvised web series she created around the talent of her fellow Second City Grads), The Sex Trade (an award winning scripted comedy web series she created and co-wrote with writing partner John Connon) and most recently Feathers and Toast (an award winning web series featuring the unstoppable Tallulah Grace.)
Holly is currently in development on her second feature script, as well 2 half hour comedy pilots.
A list of spec scripts are available upon request.