Born in Louisville, KY and raised south of Nashville, TN, Ballard C. Boyd is a product of the American South.

He is currently a segment director & field producer at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, directing comedy segments on CBS.

His narrative work has been broadcast on Comedy Central, CBS, HBO Family, Logo, E!,, and, and screened at over 4 dozen film festivals.

He has directed commercials and branded content for brands including Google, Wild Turkey, Captain Morgan, Mountain Dew, 3M, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Bounce, LongHorn Steakhouse, ACE Brand, NRG/Reliant, and Popular Mechanics.

Ballard attended Emerson College in Boston, Mass. where he graduated magna cum laude in 3 1/2 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film. Following college, Ballard worked at the human consciousness think-tank Integral Institute, as director & manager of the company’s in-house video production company, at 23.

After moving to New York City, he began a hard push toward directing with the “quantity” approach to improving his craft. His music video “Ode To Kulele” by Mal Blum was awarded as one of the Top 10 Music Videos of 2009 (#10), by the viewing audience of MTV/Logo’s The Click List.

In 2015, his music video “Runaway” by sElf was selected as one of the Top 10 Music Videos of 2014 by Rolling Stone (#10), as well as one of The 10 Greatest Cat Music Videos of All Time (#4) by Yahoo! Music.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Advertising Age, Splitsider, SlashFilm, People Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Ballard C. Boyd lives in Sunnyside, Queens, NY and plays the ukulele.


Selected Press

Entertainment Weekly – “Keegan-Michael Key, Ellie Kemper help Colbert make his own Bad movie franchise” – November 11, 2017
Slate – “Keegan-Michael Key, Ellie Kemper and Bob Odenkirk Star in a Montage of Bad Movie Trailers” – November 11, 2017 – “Werner Herzog Gets His Nihilistic Hands All Over Star Wars: Episode IX in This Parody Trailer” – Sept 9, 2017
Entertainment Weekly – “Star Wars gets existential with Stephen Colbert’s Werner Herzog spoof” – Sept 9, 2017
MTV – “Chance the Rapper Singing The Arthur Theme Song Is The Best Thing To Happen All Week” – January 27, 2017
Rolling Stone – “Chance the Rapper, Stephen Colbert Recreate ‘Arthur’ Theme” – January 27, 2017
The Huffington Post – “Colbert Shows Off Facebook’s Newest Way For People To Express Themselves” – March 1, 2016
Rolling Stone – “The 20 Most Awesome Music Videos of 2014” – December 22, 2014 [#10]
Yahoo TV – “Paws Up – Watch The 10 Greatest Cat Music Videos of All Time” – July 24, 2014 [#4] – “Get Your Daily Dose Of Cats Playing Synthesizers With ‘Runaway’ “ – July 23, 2014
Entertainment Weekly – “Cats Make Synthesizer Jams for sElf’s ‘Runaway’ “ – July 22, 2014
Yahoo Music – “Is Self’s ‘Runaway’ the Greatest Cat Video Ever?” – July 22, 2014
People Magazine – “Cats Rock Out and Play Synth in This Tail-Quivering Music Video from sElf” – July 22, 2014
Nashville Scene – “Self’s ‘Runaway’ Features A Slew of Delightful Cats” – July 22, 2014
The Huffington Post – “Lil Jon Debuts New Video ‘Drink’ “ – Feb 16th, 2012
New York Magazine / – “Watch Lil Jon’s Crazy New Video (Featuring Oversexed Seniors), ‘Drink’ “ – Feb 16th, 2012
Creativity Online – “Google: Developer Stories” – October 17th, 2011
The New York Times – “Magazine Association Renames Itself” – Oct 1st, 2010.
The Huffington Post – “Mad Men” ‘Jumps The Shark’ Imagines What 10th Season Would Look Like” – September 4th, 2010