10 New Must-See Comedies on Internet TV
By Dan Berry
I think we can all agree – theater ticket prices today are out of control. You have to take out a second mortgage, a reverse mortgage and hand over your first born just to snag a seat with gum stuck to it. Moreover, the majority of big screen comedies are about as amusing as a C-SPAN rerun of the congressional budget hearing. No wonder then that more and more people are turning to the Internet to catch a quality chuckle.
Currently in the golden age of Internet comedy series, KoldCast TV is at the forefront. But which ones can be classified as must-see? Here are ten new comedies guaranteed to make your sides split.
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A college degree isn’t what it used to be. In these tough economic times, a prestigious lambskin doesn’t equal a prestigious job filled with perks like a fat paycheck, luxury apartment or a car. And without cash, a crib or a ride, what’s a recent college grad to do? Time to turn to dad.
In Dad Drives, Malcolm has just finished college, and is living with his parents for a few months before teaching overseas. He has no time to get a job, no money to live on his own, and nowhere to go but the suburbs. His father is insistent that Malcolm continue his life as normal, with one catch: he can’t borrow Dad’s car. Ever. If Malcolm wants to go anywhere, he’s totally free to do so, but Dad will be driving. These are the hilarious stories of those drives.
Does anyone truly love their job? Sure, some might say they do, but even a dream job is still work. And when it doesn’t pay the bills, what’s a person to do other than supplement their income with another job. It’s not fair. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be funny.
Voluntarily rated TV-MA for Mature Audiences, Lunch Break tells the story of Bryce Snodgrass, a low-on-funds office worker who decides to start a “business” within the office in which he works. Once Bryce meets Chad, the adventure begins. And while the workplace has been the setting for numerous comedies, trust that office lunches have never been this raunchy!
Hollywood has long been a haven for talented homosexual actors, but is it possible to be too gay for one’s own good? Such is the predicament presented in Acting Out, which follows the antics of Bogie, a young gay actor trying to avoid being typecast by “faking it straight” to everyone but his closest friends. However, it quickly becomes clear that living a double life will be a serious challenge and the misadventures come fast and furious. Dubious help from friends, dealing with managers, agents, lawyers, acting coaches, and his own insecurity complicate matters as Bogie navigates the Hollywood game in hilarious fashion.
What guy hasn’t secretly dreamed of donning a big furry hat, sporting some aquarium platform shoes, rocking a ridiculous cane and be referred to as Pimp Daddy Mac? But then again, what guy has actually gone through with it?
A recent MBA grad in a struggling economy, Jason Bloom did what any smart, ambitious, enterprising young man wishes he would do – he started his own escort agency!
With the help of former-escort-turned-Hollywood-Madam Eliza Heller, Jason arranges “dates” for his wealthy clientele, and keeps his working girls out of trouble… all while keeping his secret life a secret from his increasingly suspicious girlfriend Katie.
CandyGirls is a sharp, sexy, true-to-life dramatic comedy that asks the question: How long can you live two lives, before they both intersect?
Home At Last
The “fish out of water” tale has been told countless times for comedic purposes, but rarely has it proved as funny as in the case of Home At Last, a TV sitcom about a homeless man who moves in with the big-hearted yuppie son he abandoned at birth. Starring William Russ from Boy Meets World and American History X, and featuring Jeff Lewis from The Guild, Home At Last shows how getting acclimated to life indoors is not easy… for anyone!
King of the List
New York City is teaming with tens of thousands of entertainers all hoping and praying for their big break, while agents and casting directors scratch each other’s backs deciding who makes it and who doesn’t. In King of the List, one man, through the wonders of modern science – Craigslist – levels the playing field to help all actors, singers and even mimes find the meaty, meaty roles they so hilariously deserve.
Mister French Taste
What happens when your kid reeks of class? Hire him an etiquette coach, of course!
Mister French Taste is an etiquette coach faced with the daunting challenge of transforming the unruly, only son of a conservative Hong Kong family into a perfectly groomed gentleman while at the same time, trying to steal the heart of Lily, the beautiful and highly educated young heiress to a Hong Kong fashion empire. Watch Hong Kong and France collide in this hilarious comedy of manners!
The Marriage Counselor
Countless couples attempt to save their relationships by seeking the advice of a counselor. But what happens when the counselor is about as helpful as a medical bill?
The Marriage Counselor is a delightfully dark comedy that introduces us to five couples dealing with many differences and – after meeting the counselor – probably wish they had just stayed home. Needless to say, the counselor’s antics are less than helpful and, if he keeps it up, someone could get hurt!
School stinks, but home can be hell…
A sitcom in the vein of Arrested Development and Saved by the Bell, Homeschooled tracks the exploits of a delinquent teenager who after getting himself expelled from high school discovers that all the things he hated about high school followed him home. There’s a bully, a nerd, a queen bee, a punk, a strict teacher, and even a dick principal – all under the same roof. It’s a high school comedy with the archetypal high school roles played by family members to hilarious results!
12-Steps to Recovery
Love is a drug and when it’s gone, a man can find himself wallowing in the gutter suffering from withdrawal. Hopefully, he has a support system to pull him up by the bootstraps. Hopefully, he has friends to help him mend. And such is the case as Sex and The City meets Curb Your Enthusiasm with some cinnamon and spice in 12-Steps to Recovery, a romantic comedy webseries about a heartbroken actor finding love with the help of his friends.
Dan Berry staggered onto the comedy scene while drinking heavily and skipping class at New York University. The warped mind behind The Prison Kite and HBO’s upcoming project The Bid, Dan has served as a network staff writer and is co-author of the soon-to-be-released biopic Madoff Uncuffed, documenting disgraced financier Bernie Madoff’s first year behind bars. Be the first person to follow him on Twitter @RealDanBerry.