After a face lift to the site and major reconstructive surgery to the brand in mid 2008, Comedy Central’s online outpost of original programming has been home to some of the most creative and genuine LOL-inducing shows on the internet.
Cases in point: Sandeep Parikh’s story of auto-erotic asphyxiation gone retro NES in Legend of Neil; a study of Honesty that would make H.L. Mencken smile; middle-schoolers scribbling gone violent in Stickman Exodus; and the tale of a trailer park possessed by Satan in Hell Holes (that one’s from 2007, but it’s awesome so I threw it in).
Today, Atom released its upcoming programming lineup for 2009. With talent like A.D. Miles, Nick Thune, Steve Agee, and Andy Dick headlining the list of series, it appears we’ll see a few online video gems worthy of mention with the esteemed shows above (well…except for the one with Andy Dick. I have moderate expectations for his productions unless he’s sandwiched between Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck).
Here’s the list from the release:
Nick’s Big Show (6 episodes, Spring 2009) – This new Web series is a mockumentary that follows comedian Nick Thune as he quits stand up and writes, directs and produces his dramatic one man show.
House Arrest With Andy Dick (5 episodes, premieres Spring 2009) – While being detained at home for drug related charges, comedian Andy Dick passes the hours by interviewing his celebrity pals (scheduled guests include Tom Green, Joe Greco of “Cheaters”, and Sally Kirkland)
Hot Sluts! Rated R (5 episodes, Spring 2009) – The creators of the hit Web series Horrible People and Wainy Days return with a nighttime soap opera parody about the new girl in town trying to make her way at a seedy, down-at-the-heels club. Hot Sluts is executive produced by by A.D. Miles, Jonathan Stern and Joe LoTruglio and written by Miles and LoTruglio.
The Berry-Agee Experiment: (4 episodes, Summer 2009) – Comedian Steve Agee and British comic Matt Berry find new and inventive ways to put each other down … in song.
El Vacio (15 episodes, Spring 2009) – Worldwide Biggies (the company behind Mocap, LLC.) and the sketch comedy trio of Dominic Dierkes, Jonathan Gabrus, and Chris DeLuca deliver office comedies that skewer the viral humor, addictive interaction and infinite possibilities of the internet.
Dutch West Short Shorts: (13 episodes, Spring 2009) – Utterly random, fast-paced and funny micro-comedy from sketch comedians Dutch West.
Legend of Neil Season 2: (7 episodes, Summer 2009) – Following the season 1 success of Legend of Neil, creator Sandeep Parikh returns to Atom with more of the exploits of the classic video game hero, Neil.
American English With Jimmy T (5 episodes) – Jimmy T hosts a show where he teaches American words and phrases to a Japanese audience. Produced by Laurie Kilmartin.
Special Features (3 episodes) – Animator Dan Meth, creator of the web hit The Meth Minute, skewers Hollywood mega-blockbusters.
The Shaman (6 episodes) – Comedian Jason Nash stars as the new-age healer who moves in with a reluctant roommate.
White Gorilla (4 episodes) – An albino gorilla immigrates to the US and struggles to fit in. By Jim Biederman, Burt Kreischer, and Chris Gillen.
And a trio of pilots including:
My Profile Story – A social networking parody from Benny and Rafi Fine.
Puppet Rodeo – Kevin Maher, creator of Atom’s hit pilot Old People News, returns with puppet cowboys and real life cats and dogs.
The Deepening – Viral hitmakers The Duncan Brothers stage a choose-your-own-adventure cop show.