Following roaring success over the past two years, clocking over 2.6 million views, Channel 4 today reveal a new batch of Comedy Blaps - the original online short video showcase which develops new programme ideas and up and coming comedy talent.
Today sees the launch of three new mini-series (3 x approx. five minute short videos), Claudia O’Doherty, Jamie Demetriou and The Kronicles of Kirk - all available on Channel 4.com as well as YouTube, Vimeo and as a podcast. First episodes of each are now available to watch at http://comedyblaps.channel4.com/ with the second and third videos becoming available over the coming weeks. Three further features, The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society Presents: A Board Meeting, Daniel Simonson and Pat Cahill will be available later this summer.
Phil Clarke, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 says: “Comedy Blaps is an opportunity to grow new writers and performers and provides a safe place to try out ideas, innovate and gain vital television experience. The Blaps are seed beds for future pilots, helping nurture the comedy careers of the next generation.”
Claudia O’Doherty is one of Australia’s most serious and busiest actors (also millennial illusionist) and she’s visiting the UK to make some viral videos for her family’s failing travel agency. First up, What is England? where Claudia discovers what England means to her - royalty, winter, apple pie, Scotland. And solitude. In her second outing, What is Jack the Ripper?, Claudia decides to do something the English have never bothered to do, and reveal the true identity of Jack the Ripper. Claudia concludes her travels with What is Time? Time was invented in England, so if you’re going to travel there on holiday, it’s important to know what time is – so watch as Claudia unravels its mystery.
Prod Co: Bwark Productions
Comedian Jamie Demetriou introduces three tall characters, all of whom are really struggling to be good at one thing - life. In episode one, Stath, we enter the world of Lettings Agent Stath and follow him as he goes about his day to day - letting flats, catching rats and parking badly. Andy is the featured character in episode two, an inexperienced lawyer Andy Chris is asked to represent a nice young lad who's done a stab. He really gives it a go, too. In the final episode, Colin Hair, an ex-politician has lost three important things - his job, his wife and the majority of his clothes.
Prod Co: Roughcut TV
The Kronicles of Kirk
A nervous young man who still lives with his Mother, James Kirk (Winner of So You think You’re Funny, 2010) heroically hurls himself into awkward social interactions in a chaotic pursuit of eternal happiness. In How Deep is Your Kirk?, James desperately wants to go on one date without anyone getting hurt. Instead he goes on lots of dates and loads of people get hurt. The second episode We Can Kirk it Out sees a mysterious figure with a great moustache try to take everything that James holds dear. In The Caravan of Kirk, James lies to his Mother to get out of a weird family commitment and his confusingly sexy cousin reveals an explosive Kirk secret.
Prod Co: Comedy Unit
Comedy Blaps due later this year:
The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society Presents: A Board Meeting
A fast-paced, lunatic comedy from the people behind the hit live show ‘The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society’. The familiar structure of a board-meeting, from apologies to any-other-business, is used to sneak the unfamiliar, nonsensical and downright bizarre onto people’s laptops – guerrilla-style. All four episodes, The Ground Floor is on Fire, The Bloody First Floor is on Fire Now Guys!, Well I’ll be – the Fire’s on the Second Floor (Third if You’re American) and Oh, Great. Guess What's Happened to the Third Floor? Yeah., is a different meeting, derailed by flashbacks and cutaways, and Cistercian monks, Norse Goddesses, Jeff Goldblum lookalikes and instructional videos about knots. A sort of Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in an oak-panelled room. Directed by double BAFTA nominee Chris Shepherd.
Prod Co: Iota Films
Three shorts that take a look into the mind and world of Daniel Simonsen - a man who is free and alive in the security of his bedroom, but a prisoner of shame and shyness in public. The first episode Small Talk, finds Daniel trying not to kill the vibe at a dinner party with his housemates. The second sees Daniel struggling to make ends meet and having to apply for Benefits. In the last episode, House Meeting, Daniel and his housemates sit down to iron out a recurring issue.
Prod Co: Objective Productions
From the comfort of his bedroom online TV studio, Ricky Day (Pat Cahill) dreams of becoming a nationwide angling star with his online show 'Catch of the Day'. Only one man sits in his way, his disabled father Les (Matt King), who he lives with and looks after. Wheelchair-bound, ex-plasterer Les despairs at watching his berk of a son obsess about fishing and wants him to get a proper job, whilst Ricky despairs at having to deal with the world outside their chalet bungalow. A modern twist on Steptoe and Son. Written by Pat Cahill and Graham Duff (Ideal / Hebburn) and produced by Simon Nicholls.
Prod Co: Lucky Giant / NBCUniversal
All Comedy Blaps are available at http://comedyblaps.channel4.com/ and for all the latest Channel 4 comedy news, follow @ComedyOn4 on Twitter.