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.
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.
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!
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.
Quirky, young(ish) L.A. rabbi, Leah Levy (Becky Kramer) just can’t get God’s chosen people of Boyle Heights to show up for Shabbat. When a klutzy Mormon missionary on a bicycle wipes her out, she decides to do what no Jew has done before (OK, except Jesus) – evangelize. Check out Steph’s full review of this bright, fast-paced, smartly written indie web series in the LA Weekly.
And click on a picture below for a full interview with creator/star Becky Kramer and Executive Producer Kaitlin Walsh on how they made the show. Kaitlin’s interview includes additional answers from writer Christian Ayers and director Aaron Milus. You can watch the whole show at Jewvangelist.com.
Becky Kramer – Creator/Star
Kaitlin Walsh – Exec Producer
Terrence Colby Clemons, Becky Kramer, Michael Saltzman (top), Alex Trugman (bottom), Willem Van Der Vegt, Jayme Bell – credit Adam Hendershott
Blah blah the show is good. Click on the photos below to read Steph’s interviews with Executive Producer/Geek & Sundry Co-Founder Sheri Bryant and the Cast about making the show.
Oscar Nuñez and Maria Bamford in The Program, photo credit Mandee Johnson, FOD
“I’m Peace. I have a Ph.D. in medieval studies. Which means I owe $200,000 in student loan debt at 49 percent interest rate! Whoops,” Maria Bamford quips as she introduces herself and the other endearingly in-debt characters in her new Funny or Die series, The Program.
Bamford and fellow L.A. comedian Melinda Hill co-wrote the show, which follows the journey of five members of a 12-step, Debtors Anonymous program. The two came up with the idea while carpooling to various Anonymous meetings that they “may or may not” have attended in L.A.
Read the rest of Stephanie’s review of The Program in her column about the best series on the web in the LA WEEKLY. Watch The Program on FunnnyOrDie. And check out with her full interview with Maria and Melinda below.