New updates on the existentialist comedy web series Coma, Period from Lead Balloon, the web studio arm of LA-based production outfit Psychic Bunny. The series has signed a distribution deal with Strike.TV and has announced a September 2nd launch date.
The ten episodes planned for release are short, coming at just over 3 minutes each. Each one stars Rob Delaney as the show’s main character Dan Humford (who you might recognize from Comedy.com’s Warner Bros. Responds to Christian Bale Tirade video) narrating his inner thoughts while stuck in a coma.
We had intitially reviewed the series back in April, and our reviewer was impressed by what he saw despite the sparse white backdrops.
At first glance, this spare foray into web television may seem a bit of a tepid choice for a big splash. Dan, played by Rob Delaney, is literally standing in a white void, narrating his inner thoughts through voiceover, with the occasional surreal visits from buxom blond fantasies, to haunting doorways to unknown inner hells, to Dan’s alter-ego female self: Dan in drag. As Rick puts it, “I was trying to think of something that could be done as cheaply as possible [and yet] prove that we can do something professional.” And therein lies the true genius behind, Coma, Period.
“We feel that Coma Period is one of the most imaginative and visually unique comedy series yet created,” said Strike.TV’s CEO Peter Hyoguchi. “It has an addictive quality and a brilliant wit that I’m sure our audience will love.”
We hadn’t heard too much out of Strike.TV this year, after rolling out an ambitious set of online shows and pilots last year including Faux Baby, With The Angels and Speedie Date. But the company, which was born out of the WGA Writer’s strike last year, has been shifting from a pure-play destination portal for content, to a broader distribution partner with deals in place to send shows to set-top TiVo DVR boxes and even hotel rooms via The Hotel Networks.
Looking at their coming soon list, it’s clear they are working with web series with more than just a small handful of episodes as many of their early celebrity-driven shows had. Also spotted on the list were Dirty Bomb Diaries and CG-animated series The Goob.