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We recently spotlighted The Impression Guys, a half-hour sitcom on YouTube that features tons of celebrity impressions. This week’s Indie Spotlight pick gives off a similar vibe, but with a focus on familiar faces. It’s called Scott’s Lookalikes, and it takes place at a “lookalikes agency”.
The protagonist of Scott’s Lookalikes is its titular character (played by series creator Greg Ash), who was himself a Macauley Culkin lookalike before quitting to open up shop in a vacant conference room. As Scott explains in the first episode, “He grew up, so I stopped looking like him. He kinda got weird looking, and I didn’t. I hope.” In each episode, Scott plays host to a celebrity lookalike; as with The Impression Guys, the most entertaining parts of Scott’s Lookalikes are the actors’ impersonations.
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Nonetheless, Scott’s Lookalikes is far from a one-trick pony. Each episode features a cold open in which Scott delivers a short monologue on a lookalike-related subject. Each one is very witty, and the wit carries over to the clever episode synopses. After the debut, we get an episode where a Ryan Gosling lookalike refuses to take off his shirt and another one where a Denzel Washington lookalike actually looks like Don Cheadle. Scott’s Lookalikes uses its central premise extremely well, and the pitch-perfect impressions are icing on the cake.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT:
- Try This Instead. A black man instructs white people about potentially racist actions and the non-racist things they can do instead.
- The Gambit. A hostage situation unfolds in a stadium when a group of vengeful ex-cops take the security guards hostage.
- Laid Off Pornstars. The title should give you a good idea what to expect from this web comedy.
- Flicks. A group of sociopath filmmakers try not to screw up their sparse jobs.
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