Web Series Wednesday: Meet Some Hilarious, Badass Women
This week’s Web Series Wednesday focuses on women who will (most likely) make you laugh. Antics range from thrift-store rejections to a middle-school pubes crisis in shows that feature more than one comedian who’s passed through “SNL” and multiple women who will show you that it’s okay (or at least hilarious) to be yourself and make out-of-the-box life choices.
If you can think of any web series that are as good as, if not better than, the following, feel free to let us know by emailing [email protected].
This hilarious series on UCB Comedy’s YouTube home stars Sasheer Zamata of “SNL” (she also created the show with co-star, Nicole Byer, from MTV’s “Girl Code”). The brand of humor is reminiscent of “SNL” but superior, just as the protagonists’ adventures are reminiscent of mundane life struggles but somehow out of this world. Sasheer and Nicole make annoying problems endearing on this show about finding love (okay, that might be a stretch) and money.
You wouldn’t think a series that centers on two characters with such little intelligence would produce such genuine laughs. The female co-stars here play characters Casey Anthony (I know what you’re thinking, and yes, they do acknowledge it) and Tuna Cannes, wanna-be rock stars who can’t actually play any instruments. Catchy music marks the transitions between a Brooklyn apartment and an LA stoop as the women (loosely) seek out musical fame. Great editing, spot-on joke set-ups, and the fact that the Funny or Die series is shot in black and white takes “SpaceCatCasio” (the nonexistent band’s name) to the next level.
The costumes are a little over the top, but so is Wednesday Addams — in a great way. Melissa Hunter created the adult version of this “Addams Family” member and plays her in the show with deadpan spirit that captures the attitude of the show from which this web series spawned. As Wednesday wows potential roommates and aces job interviews, you’ll wonder why no one perfected this concept the way that Hunter did sooner.
When a 26-year-old infectious disease researcher gets bored with her job — but mostly her laughably intolerable colleagues and painfully obnoxious boyfriend — she decides to take a chance working with a couple of rappers. The female characters somehow manage to fall outside of the typical girlfriend clichés, and the protagonist does “nerdy researcher” in a way that makes her relatable even if you don’t have a PhD. Plus, the series’ plotline provides a fresh take on the current idea of “quarter-life crisis.”