In the latest episode of the Bad Boy web series, screenwriter Scott (played by series creator Artie O’Daly) finds himself sitting in his agent’s office excited by the good news that someone wants to make his movie.
Except…it’s not the awesome prison drama he’s so proud of but another about ‘bad boy’ Jim (Drew Canan) – “a stripper criminal who’s basically a horny puppy who somehow became a human?”
Sounds like a blockbuster – ruff!
Potential producer Vanessa shows up for the meeting and while she’s interested in the script, she stresses the importance of the best possible package deal.
Cue Jim and his tear-away pants putting his “best possible package” right up front.
Much to Scott’s chagrin, part of that “package” involves casting Jim as himself in the film which results in exploring the beefy bad boy’s acting skills. Or lack thereof.
But as Scott may have to go with the flow after his former agent messages him to say a crazy man is threatening to murder Scott if he pursues getting his prison script produced.
Meanwhile, our hero’s new agent Jamila is angling for any script to get optioned as she’s got some Lexus payments that are in arrears.
Along the way horny assistant agent Roderick pops in and out to provide updates on his stalking dating plans with absent bad boy BJ.
Make sense? Nope. But that’s the fun of it all. Everyone except Scott is all into their own visceral wants and needs which pretty much says it all in this Hollywood allegory.
Hit the play button and see who you end up rooting for.
And stick around for the clever end credit graphics by Charlie Branigan which tell the tale of each character’s world view.
In the episode (titled ‘Bad Boy’s Daddy Issues’), Scott (played by O’Daly) comes home from the gym and is surprised to find Jim (Drew Canan) preparing for an impromptu memorial service for his dead father who was the victim of an apparent wood chipper incident.
Jim’s Aunt Whitney (Theresa Ryan) barges in and immediately becomes obsessed with Scott’s short shorts setting up a series of butt crack bits.
Jim’s ‘best brah’ James (Alex Dyon) arrives for the memorial service as we find out the dead dad looks a whole lot like Nick Jonas. #NotMadAtThat
But as Jim begins his tribute it seems the only memories he has of his dad involve felonies, child abandonment, and orange chicken. #GoodTimes
James reminisces about the time he peeked at the dad naked in the shower: “And that’s when I knew that I was going to be ‘gay for pay.’”
Turns out James is a ‘brah-stitute,’ which is totally not a prostitute because he only charges $50 (although he offers Scott a senior discount at $40).
When Scott tries to point out that Jim clearly has daddy issues, Jim disagrees: “What kind of issues would I have because of my dad? I feel like a kid, I like older men, and I have a daddy. Like, I’m all set.”
Eventually, the bad boys flip the script on Scott and confront him about his own ‘daddy issues.’
But don’t worry, we don’t get mired in anything deep as soon there are suggestions for wrestling in pudding and a group rinse-off.
If it all sounds absurd, that’s because it is. Between the sharp, rapid-fire dialogue, Scott’s short-shorts, the eccentric characters plus the requisite shot of Jim shirtless, it all adds up to a brief yet worthy escape from the madcap world we’re living in today.
The latest episode of the absurdist web series Matt and Dan (written, created and produced by Matt Wilkas and Daniel Vincent Gordh) goes down the rabbit hole of signing up for a ‘rewards card’ at your favorite market.
Like, it’s so easy, right? “Only takes a minute, you can earn up to 20 percent off your first purchase!”
Matt (in a lovely wig) makes the reward program sound SO awesome, including chances to win trips to Maui or Paris, so Dan gives in.
Sometimes it’s just easier to say ‘yes,’ you know?
But a few complications set in – enter your cell number, get the promo code, read the code to the cashier – and soon Paris isn’t sounding too beguiling.
But maybe Dan would like to make a charitable donation? Or get a flu shot?
We’ve all been there when the quick stop for some gum takes a turn into the absurd and getting out of the convenience store is like solving world peace.
Watch Matt and Dan remind us why shopping online can be so peaceful.
Don’t you hate it when folks come up to you in public, immediately jump into conversation like they know you, but you have NO IDEA who they are?
The latest episode from Matt Wilkas and Daniel Vincent Gordh’s self-titled web series, Matt & Dan, takes the ‘where do I know you from?’ scenario and ramps up the socially awkward score to Level 10.
In ‘Best Friends For Never,’ Matt (above) is grabbing some java on his way to CrossFit class when Dan spots him from across the coffee shop.
Dan: “Oh, my god…Ben!”
Matt: (draws total blank) “So fun…”(not)
Amid weird hugs and kisses, Matt tries to decipher where he knows Dan from, but…nothing.
Every question is met with a dodge even though Dan clearly knows a LOT about Matt’s life – his recent birthday party, his gym workout schedule…
When Matt’s friend ‘Sarah’ (guest star Julia Cho) gets dragged into the increasingly weird meet-up, she tries to divine some background (“Are you in Jill’s Pilates class? Northwestern?”), but only finds herself further and further in the Twilight Zone.
We won’t give away where it all goes, but props to the duo for the deliciously off-kilter encounter.
Plus – bonus points for Matt Wilkas in a tank top 🙂
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Gus Kenworthy, Ashley Graham help John to come out to his parents
Ellen DeGeneres has launched a new web series titled, Fearless, hosted by entrepreneur and body positive activist Ashley Graham.
The digital series, hosted on EllenTube, focuses on helping people struggling with their own confidence issues to rally the courage to rise above, take the next step and become unapologetically fearless.
In this episode, Ashley helps 20-year-old college student John come out to his parents.
John admits he’s come out to his friends but the idea of telling his parents he’s gay has him “freaked out.”
He says that he first became aware of being attracted to boys in 7th grade but it wasn’t until after he graduated high school and a friend asked him point blank if he was gay.
Gus Kenworthy on coming out
Ashley brings in out Olympian Gus Kenworthy to help John get up the nerve to make the call to his parents.
Kenworthy famously came out on the cover of ESPN Magazine back in 2015. Since then, he’s become one of the leading voices for LGBTQ representation and authenticity.
Gus shares that coming out for him, while scary and nerve-wracking (he didn’t sleep the night before), was ultimately a very positive experience.
Ashley asks if Gus’s friends wanted to talk about the gay thing after he came out and Gus laughs saying, “There’s a thing that straight people are going to do to you; they’re like, ‘Oh my god, you’re gay? You should meet my friend Jason, he’s gay.’”
And with that, they send John off to make THE call to his parents.
The reaction? Watch the video below to find out. Plus, there’s a surprise twist!
At the end of the short video, Gus has these words for those facing their own coming out:
“For anyone who’s watching that’s in the closet and struggling with their identity, their sexuality, I just want to let you know that you are valid, you are seen, you are heard, you are loved. And it can be really scary thinking about taking that step and revealing who you are and being so transparent with the world. But you’re going to be so much happier for it, and you living your life authentically and unapologetically is going to make it that much easier for other people to do the same.”
From Executive Producers JD Scalzo and Brian Emerick comes the original web series jaded.
We had $9k, 6 days, shot 5 eps, and had 1 amazing cast and crew.
Via press release:
jaded takes a look into the contemporary gay dating world particular to San Francisco, through the eyes of a man lost inside the hookup culture, while on a relentless pursuit for a way out.
He asks all the questions, he tries all the things, he falls in love in all the wrong places.
Exploring a variety of complicated relationships, through a multi-diverse array of friends and lovers, we watch him play both the victim and the culprit, traversing a world full of contradictions, over-the-top self expression, casual drug use, and the age-old idea of “free love” with all the consequences that follow.
In a place seemingly without any rules, how do you know which game to play when you don’t really want to play one to begin with?