Above Average continues to churn out new series at a rapid pace. The YouTube channel run by Saturday Night Live production company Broadway Video has debuted a new content slate, which includes three new series.
The first new series to debut is Monkey Love, an animated comedy about a male chimpanzee who masquerades as a human woman in order to find love. The first man on his docket is a dopey dad played by Jeff Goldblum, and future guests include Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Tim Meadows. As you might have guessed from the description, Monkey Love is, um, unusual.
The other two entries in Above Average’s new content slate play things much closer to the belt. The Idiot’s Guide To Smart People is also animated; it teaches the ‘ignorant’ among us how to talk politics, religion, and music with the so-called ‘smart’ people of the world. Naturally, The Idiot’s Guide‘s tongue is placed firmly in cheek.
The third debut is a new season of Commentary On, which will tell six different stories at one party. From that description, I’m expected the sketch comedy version of Rashomon.
The week before it began distributing its new series, Above Average also launched a web series of its own. Titled Tiny Town, it’s produced in house and features a mixed media approach. Its style is reminiscent of Tim Bierbaum’s gone-but-not-forgotten (at least not by me) Real Artists, and Bierbaum is involved in Tiny Town as an editor and voice actor. While the response to the first episode has been tepid, it’s a promising concept that represents the degree to which Above Average has grown in the 18 months since its launch.