Roads To Rome is an Animated Comedy Web-Series

Created by Joe Powell & Ryco Newton-Block

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 Joe Powell

I’m a comedy writer and voice over artist living in Brooklyn, NY. I started performing stand-up comedy in 2015 and have performed at venues throughout New York City and down the east coast, including Broadway Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s, The West Palm Beach Improv, The Tampa Improv, and The Tupelo in my home state of New Hampshire.


My influences include South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, stand-up comedians Bill Burr and Joe Rogan, and MyPillow CEO Michael J. Lindell (that last one is a joke).


I’m skilled at sound editing and podcast production on Adobe Audition software. I co-produced and co-voiced the now discontinued Dead Jesters Sketch Comedy Podcast, which mocked everything including Tony Robbins, Shark Tank, Richard Branson, and more. It’s still available on iTunes and YouTube, although it should probably be removed from the internet.


Ryco and I met in college, where the foundation of our comedy-writing team started through well timed fart jokes and hilarious dick references. Over the years, those jokes matured to more well-tuned fart jokes and more obscure, yet classy, dick references. We started writing Roads to Rome together in 2017 and it’s been my obsession ever since.   


Oh, I also earned my MBA at the University of Miami, but decided to waste all of that time and money by never utilizing it. Instead, I followed my passion and wrote this cartoon. I hope you enjoy.

Ryco Newton-Block

I’m a comedy writer and stand-up comic based in New York City. When I was a kid, my mother snuck me into a George Carlin show at The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He opened the show by telling the clapping audience to shut up, then dove right into a vulgar pussy fart joke. Then and there, 12-year-old me fell in love with comedy. I passed out halfway through the show (because I was a child who had no business being there in the first place), but ever since that night I’ve had a passion for entertaining, and for making others laugh.


My mom and dad were influential in the development of my brand of writing and comedy. My father is an author and public speaker; he taught me how to write and perform. My mother is a captivating storyteller from former Yugoslavia, with a filthy sense of humor, and an accent as thick as an elephant’s leg. She taught me how to make people laugh. 


After a few years of working a corporate job in Florida I moved to New York City to pursue my comedy dreams. I became a paid writer for TFM and have performed at a number of storied clubs in the city including Caroline’s on Broadway, Broadway Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s etc.


One day in 2017, Joe called and asked me if I’d be interested in creating an adult cartoon series - I said “not really." As soon as I woke up the next morning, I called him back. And here we are, these years later, spending our days working on the show we love.


The development of Roads To Rome has been an incredible journey. We’ve had amazing times and small victories, and dark times and losses. Some days I never doubted our idea, other days, all I felt was doubt. But through it all we forged ahead. We poured our hearts and minds into this cartoon, and we hope it shows in our work.


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