Channel 4 unveils two new comedy web series
James R | On 05, Mar 2015
Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps has unveiled two brand new web series.
The online comedy showcase marks a continuing commitment to both short-form and online content, one that matches the BBC’s original comedy short scheme on BBC iPlayer. Indeed, after a successful two years, Comedy Blaps has notched up over 2.6 million views, helping to give a platform for up and coming talent. The latest premieres arrive as Channel 4 announces another of its Blaps from last year has made it to series: Chewing Gum. (Bad Robots 2 also started life as a tasty Blap treat and will return in summer 2015.)
Sam Simmons: Wallstud
Written by and starring award-winning Australian Comedian, Sam Simmons, aka the wallstud of comedy, the series follows Simmons, who is not good at people and has a weird looking head. His paranoid fantasies clutter the gutters of his mind . Oh, and he doesn’t look good in jeans.
In Episode 1, Renegade Angle, Sam is hungry and feels like ham but can he abide by the rules of the deli? Episode 2’s Friends sees Sam meet Phil. In Ep 3’s Spin Cycle, Sam’s breakfast is interrupted by a stranger using his washing machine.
The show is written by and starring Sam Simmons, produced by Pippa Brown and directed by Richard Pengelley. It is a Cave Bear production and was commissioned for Channel 4 by Fiona McDermott, Commissioning Editor, Comedy.
The Art of Foley
Written and created by Comedy Performers Rich Hardisty and Andy Needle, The Art of Foley is about Roger and Roger, two foley artists who haven’t worked on a hit project in years. The series follows them as they try to rekindle their career and also stars Mark Heap (Spaced, Green Wing, Friday Night Dinner), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, Mapp & Lucia), Arnab Chanda and Nina Smith.
Episode 1, Earrings, sees Roger and Roger head to the studio to record sound effects for a remastered horror movie. All is well until Rogers M’s missus catches him wearing her finest earrings…
The Art of Foley is written and created by Rich Hardisty and Andy Needle, executive produced by Rebecca Ferguson and produced by Lydia Hampson and directed by Ben Gregor. It is a Slim Film and Television production and was commissioned for Channel 4 by Laura Riseam and Liz Lewin.