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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Webseries You May Have Missed: The Streamy Edition

Between Two Ferns

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifanakis, is a comedy interview show not unlike Invention with Brian Forbes, except instead of interviewing Tom Konkle each week, Zach interviews various celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron. The questions intentionally border on the absurd, as apposed to Larry King interviews, which are unintentionally absurd. Also, as a word of caution, the subject matter can be a bit racy so one might wish to preview an episode or two before showing it to one’s grandmother, church group, or stern-faced fellow airline passenger.

Hum, well, I guess that’s all I really have to say about the show; conceptually it is not very complicated. There are celebrity guests, oddball questions, and that guy who was on Tru Calling. Yes, I believe that covers it. The show received two Streamy nominations, one for best comedy and the other for best male performance. So far the series consists of seven episodes, some of which are a couple years old and is available exclusively on Funny or Die.

Wainy Days

Wainy Days is the brainchild of New York based comedian and film-maker David Wain who, in addition, to writing, directing and producing, stars as a slightly fictionalized version of himself, a middle-aged man-child, obsessed with finding the perfect any relationship. The series features many familiar faces culled from the ranks of New York based actors and comedians in various supporting roles. In fact, Paul Rudd won a Streamy last year for playing Alias, a master pickup artist who schools Wain in his dating technique, insulting women in order to lower their self-esteem making them more desperate and easier prey.

Wainy Days received Streamy nominations this year for best comedy and best writing in a comedy series and David Wain received a nomination for best male performance. I have a feeling his character would make a Viagra joke right about now. The series recently wrapped its fourth season and currently has thirty-one episodes available online exclusively at My Damn Channel.

Mountain Man

Mountain Man is the story of Jonas Hawkinus an ex-folk star turned nature worshiping anti-government survivalist whose drug-filled paranoia leads him into the mountains where he decides to take down the government and preach the gospel of the Hawkinus Revival. For the most part, it’s just a couple of guys out in the woods getting high and engaging in some harmless ‘male bonding,’ much like a college fraternity, but with more facial hair. The series revels in its absurd over-the-top nature, never takes itself too seriously, and never strays towards a serious moment.

Mountain Man received three craft award nominations this year, including best cinematography and best art direction. The third nomination for best sound design went to Michael Miller, who also stars in the series. So far there are nine episodes online, which one can watch several places including the series own website.

PG Porn

Have you ever wished you could enjoy the stellar acting and complex plots of your favorite porn, without those annoying sex scenes? If so, then James Gunn’s PG Porn is the webseries for you! Created by James Gunn, which is most likely how he got his name in the title, along with his brothers, Brian and Sean, the series couples mainstream actors with the porn world’s biggest stars, which allows them to stretch their acting range, in contrast to what they usually stretch while working. Also, while the concept sounds like something created in a frat house after all the good beer is gone, the show has its moments; although, I would recommend taking at least a 15 minute break between episodes to recharge and cleanse the palate.

PG Porn received two Streamy nominations this year. James Gunn was nominated for best directing in a webseries and Nathan Fillion received a nomination for best guest star for his performance in the series first episode, which aired in October of 2008. Currently, there are eight episodes of PG Porn available online at Spike.

8 comments:

  1. Yeah I didn't bother to read this the Streamies are stupid, who cares.

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  2. Very helpful article. With so many web series out there it is useful to know which ones might be worth taking a look at.

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  3. They didn't mention LG15:The Last or Outbreak :(

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  4. Thank you for the great write up! More and more great web series out there...

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  5. When I looked at the nominations I actually was curious about all the shows that I did not recognize, so I think this was helpful.

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  6. Joe,

    To be fair, 'The Last' wasn't very popular, and 'Outbreak', while gaining much higher numbers, wasn't eligible for the Streamys since it started in 2010.

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  7. I am obsessed with Wainy Days. Sooo excited about the new season!!! Whoo-hoo!

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  8. Um. Oblivion.

    www.obliviontheseries.com

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