In ‘Hipsterhood,’ Boy Never Quite Meets Girl

/ Jul 2, 2013

hipsterhood

We ranked it:

A

The premise nails it from the word one: Two of Silver Lake’s archetype Ray Ban-wearing, vegan-eating, 99 Cent Store-shopping duos commit to a relationship the likes of which is only possible in a hide-behind-the-digital-curtain anonymous social media thought-bubble suffer-in-silence kind of world. Our star-crossed couple consists of a goofy, lanky dude, heretofore known as Cereal Guy, and the cerebral-looking self-doubting poser who earns the nickname Faux Fur girl. They are a pair for “Hipsterhood” heaven, a series of often hilarious vignettes that follow our subjects from supermarket to coffee shop to the cleaners and to a party hosted by Cereal Guy’s buddy Jake (aka Cute Guy from the bar).

There are furtive glances and bump-ins and even one episode (can you call a three-minute show an episode?) torn into two pieces with each told from our hero and heroine’s perspectives. If Seinfeld had lived in the cool, not the celebrity-home neighborhood of LA, he’d be the cereal guy (which, given his fondness for the breakfast food, is quite apt) and Elaine, she of giant hair that doubles as a bird’s nest, would be the one wearing the accidentally soiled Faux Fur, full of good-humored self-loathing wanting to, in equal parts, love and hate her mystery man.

Hipsterhood stars Kit Williamson (Cereal Guy) and Elizabeth Ferraris (Faux Fur), seemingly born and bred for their roles, but the star is Shilpi Roy, a producer/director who moved to Silver Lake in 2007 and immediately began drinking in the patter and milieu of the burgeoning hipster community in central LA. Roy, a USC Film School grad who worked at NBC and Playboy TV, funded season one on her own dime, then successfully used Kickstarter for the $5k needed to film season two. Roy has pulled off the nearly impossible task of telling a complete story in just a few minutes, using an economy of language and brisk pace to turn three acts into a blur of wit and satire.

Alas, there have been hipsters throughout television history, from Maynard G. Krebbs (the immortal Bob Denver in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”) to the beloved hipster doofus Kramer. Be it symbolized by scraggly goatee, vintage cruise wear from Rudy, or in the case of the latest tribute to the offbeat generation, skinny jeans, hipsters have a tradition of being good for an on-screen laugh. “Hipsterhood” does that tradition proud.

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