Steph’s FINAL LAWeekly Web Series Pick of the Week: Adult Wednesday Addams, Season 2 – Full Interview with Creator/Star – Melissa Hunter

Melissa Hunter spent her youth being told she was a ringer for Christina Ricci. Middle school bullies mocked her with the moniker, “Wednesday.” So a couple years ago, the ebony haired, doe-eyed Hunter decided to reclaim the epithet and go as the acrimonious adolescent for Halloween.The reaction from friends and strangers was so enthusiastic that the writer/actress decided to rewatch the Addams Family films and reclaim the character who haunted her childhood as a creative ally.

Check out my review of Hunter’s web series Adult Wednesday Addams for the LAWeekly HERE and continue reading below to see my full interview with Hunter about creating the two seasons of the series. Hunter is full of great advice on how to launch a successful series.

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LA Weekly Web Series Pick: The Smalls Family

David Catalano’s web series The Smalls Family, features a sit-com-esque suburban clan with one twist: their dialog is a word-for-word transcription of songs by platinum record-selling hip-hop artist, Notorious B.I.G.

“Some people wanna stick me like fly paper, neighbor!” fumes teen Katie Smalls to her parents over a pizza dinner in their upper-middle class home. A jealous friend just texted her at “5:46 in the evening” and now she’s steamin’, “Why they wanna stick me for my cream?” Check out Steph’s full review of The Smalls Family for the L.A. Weekly HERE and continue reading for her full interview with creator David Catalano.

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Steph’s L.A. Weekly Web Series of the Week: Jeff 1000 – Full Interview with Wired’s Rachel Samuels and Creator Michael Karnow

There are countless web series about actors in L.A., but very few in which the actor is a ten-foot tall, alien robot. Enter hot hunk… of metal Jeff, the well-meaning, socially awkward robot hero of Wired and Condé Nast Entertainment’s new mockumentary web series, Jeff 1000. Check out my review of Jeff 1000 for the L.A. Weekly HERE and continue reading for my full interview with creator Michael Karnow and Wired’s Head of Digital Content, Rachel Samuels.

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Steph’s LA Weekly Web Series of the Week: Crack Duck – Full Interview with Creator Danny Lacy

Crack Duck has a lot on his plate. As apartment manager of Grungetown Towers, he has to muster the courage to interact socially with his tenants, deal with discord – like when diaper-clad Thievy Tim steals the Sun from Zqiygyxz, the all-knowing dog who has reached nirvana, all while coping with the crippling pain of existence. Crack Duck is the surreal, disturbing and oddly heart-warming brainchild of writer/actor Danny Lacy, who also lends his voice to his woebegone web-footed hero.

Check out Steph’s review of Crack Duck for the L.A. Weekly HERE and check out her full interview with creator Danny Lacy below.

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A Web Series about a “Hip” Youth Pastor with Awesome T-Shirts -YOUTH PASTOR KEVIN!

Husband and wife film making team Kerri Fernsworth and Jeff Feazell have had a roller-coaster ride relationship with religion. Jeff grew up in an extremely religious household, Kerri chose to become an evangelical Christian at 13. The two met at Christian college and undertook a huge upheaval of belief and world perspective together. Now they’re looking back at their experiences through a VERY humorous and perceptive lens… their very funny web series, Youth Pastor Kevin!

YPK is directed by Fernsworth and stars Jeff as “hip” and VERY devout YPK.  Jeff also runs The Web Show Show – an amazing venue to screen your comedy videos or web series episodes in front of a panel of internet professionals and gain both exposure and advice. Submit your vid HERE!

I got to speak to Kerri and Jeff about how they met and made the show. They also have kick ass T-shirts for sale that are featured in the series that might just make it onto your Christmas list this year. Enjoy!

When did the idea of the character for YPK surface and why did you decide to make it a web series?
Jeff: I went to a bunch of churches in high school, and all the youth leaders were like that. But there was this one guy, the RD in my freshman dorm at Christian college, who was REALLY like that. The lame bro-drawl and all that. I used to imitate him a lot, so one day I was thinking about how funny it was and I just sat down and wrote the script for “White Problems”.

Kerri: Yep, Jeff invented the character. And from that central figure, it was pretty easy to determine the other types of people he needed to interact with and what they should be like–his different youth group kids, his controlling but technically submissive wife, a senior pastor who is way more chill than YPK. We wanted to make a web series because that seemed like something doable to try it out as short character-based sketches of awkward moments we were both familiar with.

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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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Making Depression Funny – Interview with Matt Warren and David Zarif of MY DAMN CHANNEL’S Matt and Dave are So Depressed

It’s a comedy about depression. A not so easy sell, but a paradox the world is more willingly aware of, particularly in the wake of Robin Williams’ recent passing. Embracing the adage that comedy is just tragedy with good timing, MY DAMN CHANNEL’S Matt and Dave are So Depressed is an episodic series detailing the lives of two roommates, Matt (Nick Burr) and Dave (Brandon Bales), who compete to see who is quintessentially more depressed. I had the chance to catch up with the series creators, and in some ways their own muses, Matt Warren (director) and Dave Zarif (writer). – TW Team Writer Erin Stegeman. 

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