Web Series Wednesday: Dark, Eccentric, and Inspirational
This week’s Web Series Wednesday selection explores the weird, wild, funny, dark, and inspirational sides of human life. From a married psycopath to an unmarried Rabbi, check out some standout shows lurking amidst the multitude of video content the internet has to offer… (As always, please send any exciting, relatively new web series our way to [email protected] for future installments!)
“The Success Series”
This surprising SoulPancake series serves as an inspiration. Part of a campaign with Strayer University, it’s unique and it forces people to examine their lives, which many “don’t have the time” to do on a regular basis. The series “Steps to Success” video published on August 26 will especially make you think, as it includes twist after twist that challenges ordinary people the series’ creators approach on the street to think about who helped them get where they are today. If a web series can make you reflect on your goals and your purpose, I’d call it a successful one.
“A Fool’s Idea”
A self-described “eccentric performer, human” and former activist who left that world to start clowning, Faeble Kievman kicks off this documentary series with the mission of challenging social norms, from gender to holding nine-to-five jobs. In this documentary series, Kievman wants to “encourage people not to be bogged down by a structure and by another person telling you how you should live your life.” This mission remains as the independently produced “A Fool’s Idea” explores a number of other “eccentric performers” who live in what some would call the margins of society.
“Jon and Jen Are Married”
Deadpan humor marks this absurdist comedy created by Gregory Fitzsimmons about—is it marriage? Who really knows? The fact that none of the characters ever smile in this bizarre series is arguably the main factor behind its entertainment. Besides that, the series’ antics are so weird that it’s rather difficult to explain…except to say that half of the leading couple is a total psychopath. Season two just came out, but before you get started with that, let season one speak for itself.
Stunning and highly appealing animation serves to teach in this informative and wry YouTube series. The regard for science over human sentiment makes “Kurzgesagt” very real rather than condescending, which the presentation of so many facts at once can often amount to. Even if you find yourself loosing the thread of the lesson provided in the narrator’s typically dry, British tone, you’ll likely found that you’ve watched about seven minutes worth of video just based on the graphics, which, like I said, are both stunning and highly appealing.
This show is as funny as it is original. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of a show whose features a female Rabbi as the protagonist (but please feel free to note if there are any out there). The episodes tend to fall just below the 15-minute mark, giving them enough time to develop and sustain a solid plotline (getting non-Jews to join a failing temple), and the characters each possess adequate hutzpah to keep you entertained and even hooked. “Jewvangelist” embodies the religious stereotyping sect of comedy in a way that allows just enough insensitivity to prevent boredom.