Kevin Avery and Thugs, The Musical

Thugs, The Musical is about a mediocre, slightly delusional, and very “non-urban” black actor in Hollywood who, after years of auditioning but not being considered “black enough” to be cast in any of the roles that his fellow black actors have been getting – the Gangsta, the fast-talking Sidekick, the one doomed Black Guy at the party in the horror movie – decides to write, direct, and star in his own theater production – an epically bad play called Thugs, The Musical – to show Hollywood (and the world) that he, too, can “act black.”

Saw this video on Laughspin. Kevin Avery wrote and stars in “Thugs, The Musical,” a mockumentary short film. The film was financed through Kickstarter and premiers in New York on May 2nd, as part of the New York No Limits Film Series at The Wild Project. With musical numbers like “Who’s That Keepin’ It Real?”, “Drive-By” and “Oh No She Di-in’t,” “Thugs” is bound to be hilarious.

Here’s some of Kevin Avery’s stand-up (the first clip reminds me of Key and Peele):

Battleground and Veep

Battleground is Hulu’s first original scripted web-series.  It is a mockumentary about a state senate campaign in Wisconsin.  Battleground is a comedy with a few poignant or serious moments here and there.  The show focuses on the campaign manager, a few staff members, and a young volunteer. New episodes on Tuesdays!

I love politics; I’m a huge West Wing nerd.  And I especially love political satire: In the Loop, The Thick of It, Dr. Strangelove, even some aspects of Parks and Rec hit the mark.

Another political show on the horizon is Veep. Coming to HBO in April, it stars Julia Louis Dreyfus as the Vice President (and Anna Chlumsky from My Girl and In the Loop and Tony Hale from Arrested Development). The show is sure to be hilarious, due to Armando Iannucci’s involvement (creator of The Thick of It). Here is the new trailer:

 

PS: Jack De Sena from Dorm Life plays Cole Graner in Battlefield! What a small world!

DORM LIFE!!!!

I hope that my title expresses how much I love the show Dorm Life.  Because I love Dorm Life.  I love it. LOVE it.

It is the most watched web-series on Hulu.

Dorm Life is a mockumentary about the students who live on floor 5 South.  It was created by former students of UCLA. The show is like The Office, with a little Jim-Pam romance, and some crazy characters (omg the RA!).  If you ever feel like you miss college, this will take you right back!

There are only two seasons and the episodes are five to ten minutes long.  Get started today!!!

 

I Love British Comedies

I loooover British comedies.  As a kid I would watch As Time Goes By (Judi Dench!) after school.  I have to recommend Whites, Green Wing, Twenty Twelve (mockumentary about the London 2012 Olympics; bootleg it online), and Spy.  These are all really, really great.  Green Wing is probably my favorite, kind of like Arrested Development.  Spy is less dirty, but just as funny.  Out of all of these shows, only London 2012 and Spy are still on 😦

British shows seem to get cut off right at their prime.  They never go stale and they always leave you wanting more.

Recognize Tamsin Greig or Stephen Mangan?  They are in Episodes, with Matt LeBlanc.  They were nominated for two Golden Globes and won one.

 

Anyway, segue. Black’s Books is another British comedy (with Tamsin Greig), but it didn’t capture my interested as greatly as the others I mentioned. Dylan Moran, the creator and star of Black’s Books, whose doppelganger is Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy from the remake with Keira Knightley), was in this cool short film a few years ago:

Tell It To The Fishes – http://www.laikapictures.com