Who Are We?


  • Formed in January 2011
  • Over 90,000 total video views
  • Ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for $6,250 – February, 2012
  • “The Game of Pro-Life” featured on front page of FunnyorDie.com – April 2012
  • Filmed pilot, “Watch This Drunk” (watch Sizzle Reel) – July 2012
  • Added Post-Production team – December 2012
  • Reviewed by Huffington Post Comedy for “Around the Horn: Gun Control” – February 2013
  • Accepted into Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival – March 2013
  • Won Audience Award at Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival for “Best Comedy Short” – April 2013
  • Accepted into Lighthouse International Film Festival – June 2013
  • Accepted into Corona Fastnet International Film Festival – June 2013
  • Accepted into Calgary International Film Festival – August 2013
  • Invited to screen as part of Centerpiece Evening at Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival ’14 

Temple Horses was created by Ryan E. Hoffman and Nick Ruggia. We started by meeting for coffee, swapping scripts, and laughing at each other’s awful, morbid and in no way anything decent or respectable senses of humor. Then we asked for some help filming. We have very supportive (and equally subversive) friends. Seriously, we’re probably on a watch list.

1510567_10152290060939014_1825205301_n Ryan E. Hoffman is a New York City native filmmaker. He has appeared on HBO, NBC, ESPN, and  in various independent films as a recurring guest star and character actor, as well as a recurring guest  on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” His first film, Venice Love Story, was a selection at LA  Comedy Shorts and was distributed in Urban Outfitters around the country as part of their Potty Mouth  Film Festival in a Box.  Ryan is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch  School of the Arts.

10168082_10152290061524014_1140710532_n Nick Ruggia is a comedian, filmmaker, actor and improviser based in Hoboken, New Jersey. He  started doing standup at 18, the same year he began studying journalism at The University of  Maryland. After graduation, Nick interned at The Onion and enrolled in classes at The Upright  Citizens’ Brigade Theater and began shooting short films and sketches with many of New York’s up-  and-coming comedians. He has appeared on TruTV, Bravo, The Food Network, The Bio Channel,  WebTV’s Shovio network and radio stations across the country. He has also written satire for  Canada’s The Smew and contributed jokes to MTV2′s Hip-Hop Squares.

Steve (center) Steve W. Thompson has edited and produced television for PBS, Al Jazeera, and MSNBC. While  studying film and media at Hunter College he fully realized his passion for telling a story through a  visual medium. He has edited long format, news, and promotional content for both air and web.  Check out more about his work at stevewthompson.com.


10246731_10152290062404014_1760084950_n Dennis Velasco (DV) is Temple Horses’ Producer for Media and Distribution (PMD) and other  than juggling his duties here at Temple Horses, DV writes for one of TIME Magazine’s best blogs of  2011, The Basketball Jones. He’s also written for BuzzFeed, Yahoo!, ESPN, Business Insider, and The  New York Times Company among other top destinations on the internets, as well as several less- successful online start-ups that fizzled (but at least paid!). He’s also a big fan of carbohydrates.