Premiering this week exclusively on Dailymotion is Ben and Burman, a new web series from actor/producer Ben Giroux (Bones, Psych) and his longtime frenemy and Second City’s Scott Burman. The story highlights the pair’s height deficiencies and their Odd Couple cohabitation, which, I’m told, kinda sorta emulates their real life friendship.
“We became known as best friends who also hated each other,” said Giroux. “I’m a neat-freak who appreciates order and hygiene. Burman is a slob who appreciates chaos at all times. Together, people started referring to us as a modern-day Odd Couple.
Striking up a unique friendship and creating a style of comedy Giroux describes as “if The Three Stooges had sex with South Park,” Giroux and Burman produced the twelve episode series. Then they teamed up with Gary Randall’s Grand Productions (Saving Grace, The Glades). The partnership had definite benefits, as the duo quickly got WME representation and began pitching a live-action and animated version of Ben and Burman around Hollywood. After almost selling the show to a cable network last year, they decided to release the web series while continuing to pitch a TV version.
Featuring cameos from recognizable actors such as Josh Sussman (Glee), Whit Hertford (Full House) and Will Harris (Friday Night Lights), the series is a fast-paced comedy that ventures into the absurd and risque (the duo pokes fun at Nazis, child trafficking, and drag quens), while still maintaining at least some semblance of cartoonish reality.
When reflecting on the amount of effort that went into the series, Giroux said “we’ve poured four years of blood, sweat, and ulcers into this project — and we believe it shows. This ain’t your momma’s web series.” If you want a Laurel & Hardy or Oscar and Felix for Gen Xers, or are just looking for a good laugh, Ben and Burman is the show for you. Check it out at Dailymotion.