John is an award winning writer/director who spent his early life breaking his dad’s video cameras trying to get an epic shot. He always wanted to be a director, to tell stories in images, probably because dyslexia made it so difficult for him to tell them in words. But children don’t have many directing opportunities, so John became an actor, and used every job he had as a chance to watch directors. His four years on Weird Science were his film school.
He directed his first film at age 25—Kounterfeit (1996), starring Oscar winner Hillary Swank. He followed that with Chick Flick (1998), then the Miramax film, Diamonds (1999), starring Kirk Douglas and Dan Aykroyd. All before his 30th birthday. In 2005 his film Dirty Love premiered at Sundance.
Branching out into TV, John directed the Showtime series, Going to California (2001), and the hit CW series, One Tree Hill (2006), as well as several LIVE comedy specials including Margaret Cho: PsyCHO (Showtime), Sebastian Maniscalco: Aren’t You Embarrassed (Showtime), and Ralphie May: Unruly (Netflix).
In 2013 John returned to directing films with the innovative Somebody Marry Me (2013), the first romantic comedy feature shot in one continuous take. (No cuts! Yes, really!) John continued challenging himself creatively and visually with A Boy Called Po (2016). The story is both the family's journey with autism, and the inner journey of the child’s mind, and it is John’s most personal and important project to date. His son Evan has autism and is John’s biggest influence, both personally and professionally.
In 2017, John wrote and directed TOOKEN, the over the top spoof lampooning the Taken franchise, starring Margaret Cho. In 2019 he directed the family comedy I Hate Kids, is currently in pre-production for Pregnant in Vegas (Bridesmaids meets The Hangover).
A BOY CALLED PO
John Asher and Julian Feder along with the original music from Burt Bacharach have created a film that is like no other. The cinematography, script, and brilliant acting all come together to show the world what autism is really like. The result is a truly honest film that shows the joys as well as the struggles of having an autistic child. John Asher was able to accurately show us how an autistic person lives and the beautiful world only they can see. One that is often so hard for them to share with the world.
SOMEBODY MARRY ME
I had the opportunity to see Somebody Marry Me at the Manhattan Film Festival on June 30th. It's the first single-shot romantic comedy in cinematic history. Not only is it a technical achievement, but it is also a touching and hilarious film - a perfect blend of witty dialogue, dry humor, and physical comedy. The story, written by director John Asher, excels in its simplicity. Somebody Marry Me is easily one of the best films I've seen this year, a comedic gem destined to become a classic!
ONE TREE HILL
I'm a huge fan of One Tree Hill and my absolute favorite episode was "Songs to Love and Die By". It was directed by John Asher( the Weird Science guy) He did such an amazing job. I hope he gets to do more on this show.
AREN'T YOU EMBARRASSED?
Sebastian had me laughing loud and hard from the opening lines of this Comedy special until his very last words!! Some of his phobias I can totally relate to and his ideas about what should embarrass modern day humans was like listening to a brotha from another motha!! Comic Genius!!
I HATE KIDS
This movie is really fun! Great cast and there are a lot of laughs. Tom Everett Scott is really great and all of the actors work well together to make the movie really enjoyable. Watched with my family. Entertaining for all of us. Some really funny bits and nice to watch a comedy that isn't overtly raunchy. I recommend it.
I'm watching Dirty Love on Showtime right now. I forgot how hysterical this movie is. It's one of those movies that are so campy, so crude, so funny, you find yourself watching it over and over, as you watch it every time you have a friend over.