UCB’s Gary Saves the Graveyard – Interview w/Creator Todd Bieber

The Upright Citizens Brigade has produced digital series with IFC, Above Average and Nerdist, but its hilarious, heartfelt and gorgeously ghoulish Gary Saves the Graveyard is by far its most ambitious and compelling.

Gary (Jim Santangeli) missed one minor detail when he got his new job as graveyard caretaker. Due to a backlogged “portal” to the afterlife, he’s now responsible for keeping 235 living corpses, including his childhood best friend, in the yard as they wait in line for eternal peace. Stakes are high. For every corpse who’s not present on the day of reckoning, a living soul will be taken. Check out my full review for the LA Weekly HERE or continue reading below for my interview with creator Todd Bieber about creating the show.

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LA Weekly Pick of the Week: Eat Our Feelings – Creator Interview

Ever feel like you should teach yourself how to cook an adult person meal but you’d rather just chill out and watch comedy YouTube videos? Now you can do both!

In their hybrid sitcom/cooking show Eat Our Feelings, Brooklyn based writer/actor/server Sasha Winters and writer/vegan-chef Emma Jane Gonzalez serve up sassy, gourmet how-to cooking vids sandwiched between comedic scripted situations that lead the girls to whip up the dish in question. Check out my full LA Weekly review of Eat Our Feelings HERE. Continue reading below for Steph’s interview with creators Winters and Gonzalez below.

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How to build a MASSIVE audience before your show even premieres!

Some of you may remember when I featured Cristobal Ross and Nicolas Balbontin’s hilarious bilingual web series Gringolandia in the LA Weekly last year. They were very savvy about the way they promoted and funded season one. They released a TEASER VIDEO about what Americans think of Chile that went VIRAL with their intended audience for the series and got them 20k subscribers and backing by a brand before they even premiered the series! Since they just released SEASON 2 (see vid above) I figured I’d share the show again and my interview with Ross about his process so that new readers could enjoy and learn too.  You can watch Gringolandia and Subscribe HERE! Here’s my LA WEEKLY article about the show as well.  Happy Tuesday!

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LA Weekly Web Series Pick of the Week: Backseat Bitches

Plenty of shows explore the drama going down at Hollywood’s hottest parties. But what about the drama going down in the backseats of Uber cars on the way to those Hollywood parties, between passengers who have no hope of getting in?

Backseat Bitches is the latest web series from Above Average, the digital arm of Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ production company, Broadway Video. It follows two hashtagging, instagramming, flask-sipping, leopard-clad BFFs, Jinny and Mimi, as they zip around L.A. to Macaulay Culkin’s birthday party and other events to which they are not invited.

To read the rest of Steph’s LA Weekly review of Backseat Bitches click HERE. To read Steph’s full interview with Jessica and Melissa, continue reading below.

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Steph’s L.A. Weekly Web Series Pick of the Week: Oh, You Pretty Things

Young aspiring artists and the growing pains of youth are hardly fresh territory for filmmakers. But Oh, You Pretty Things, the first dramatic scripted series from multi-channel YouTube network Maker Studios, in partnership with fashion/lifestyle brand Nylon, is worth a binge-watch marathon.

Director Rico Martinez’s voyeuristic cinematography beautifully captures the L.A. indie art and music scene through the lives of lifestyle blogger Olivia Jones (Francesca Eastwood) and a group of 20-something creatives stumbling their way to success via downtown loft parties, practice sessions and the Echo.

Read my full review of Oh, You Pretty Things for the L.A. Weekly HERE, or keep reading for my interview with Sarah Malkin, Vice President and General Manager, Life + Style for Maker Studios and OYPT Executive Producer Jessica Gelt about creating the show.

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Steph’s LA Weekly Web Series Pick of the Week: Millennial Parents

Every parental generation deals with its own challenges. Last century’s debate over how many hours a child should work has become today’s agonizing about how many hours of screen time is appropriate. Appropriately, this generation now has a web series to capture the era’s most pressing parental issues, or at least make us laugh about them.

Millennial Parents, from filmmakers Jake Greene and Natalie Irby, follows young parents Annie (Laura Eichhorn) and Kurt (Lea Coco) as they struggle with such deep questions as: “Is Outkast’s ‘So Fresh, So Clean’ an appropriate lullaby if sung out of nostalgia?”

Check out the rest of my article for the L.A. Weekly on Millennial Parents HERE and continue reading below for my interview with Jake Greene and Natalie Irby about making the show!

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Steph’s LAWeekly Web Series Pick of the Week: Igor’s Anti-Vlog Vlog

When it comes to video sketch teams, smart, funny L.A. based The Kids Table isn’t doing too shabby with over 778,000 views and 11,100 YouTube subscribers. But compared to vloggers, who regularly get 2 million views for just showing off their shopping haul, TKT is merely a blip on the ad revenue radar.

And that pisses them off. After witnessing the cult of celebrity around vloggers at VidCon, TKT members Igor Hiller and Marvin Lemus decided to try a new sketch series: Igor’s Anti-Vlog Vlog.

Check out the rest of Steph’s review of the vlog for the LAWeekly HERE and continue reading for Steph’s full interview with Igor about creating the show.

What was the last straw? (that made you want to make an anti-vlog)

Kids Table Writer/Director Marvin Lemus and I had just returned from Vidcon, where for the first time we saw the way vloggers were treated in person. They were mobbed. Idolized. Teenagers waited eight hours just to get a photo or a signature. Vloggers had become celebrities. Then, as we were still processing the realization, we stumbled across a YouTube channel of some guy who recorded himself on ChatRoulette talking to people who half the time couldn’t even hear him. He was just saying random nonsense, and the guy had hundreds of thousands of subscribers. We thought, this is ridiculous: We’re comedians – surely we could do better.

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