By Sahil Patel
Yahoo’s fall comedy lineup, which spans eight original shows (five new, three returning) as well as exclusive clips of “Saturday Night Live,” will debut all at once on September 9. In a move that resembles Netflix’s strategy of releasing every episode of a new/original show at once, Yahoo will do the same thing with all of its comedy series, claiming that it’s the first time an ad-supported video distribution platform is doing such a thing.
In total, Yahoo says it will make more than 5,000 pieces of content and 1,000 hours of content available on September 9.
Here’s the entire original slate, which was unveiled during Yahoo’s Newfront in late April:
“Losing It with John Stamos” (new): From executive producers Morgan Spurlock and John Stamos, “Losing It with John Stamos” takes a hilarious look back at celebrities’ first times. With the help of some artistic re-imagining, viewers learn that the entertainers we know and love lived the same awkward, embarrassing years we all did. Featured guests include Michael Ian Black, Alan Cumming, Perez Hilton, Olivia Munn, Adam Pally, Michael Rapaport, Bob Saget, Matt Stone, Casey Wilson and more. (Produced by Warrior Poets)
“Tiny Commando” (new): Created by Ed Helms and Jacob Fleisher and directed by Ryan McFaul (“NTSF:SD:SUV”), “Tiny Commando” is an action-packed comedy starring Zachary Levi as a 4-inch tall former Navy SEAL tragically shrunk in a military experiment. With his sidekick Mitzi (Gillian Jacobs), Tiny uses his fleet of awesome mini vehicles to fight crime and battle his mortal enemy, Cesar Pequeño (Helms). (Produced by Principato-Young Entertainment)
“We Need Help” (new): Cheryl Hines’ and Rachael Harris’ “We Need Help” may take place in the world of the rich and semi-famous, but centers around a situation common to almost everyone: a terrible job. Max is a struggling actor and needs work (and just one good showbiz connection wouldn’t hurt either). He’s agreed to take the job of being a personal assistant to actresses and friends Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris (playing — kind of — themselves in the vein of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Needing the money to take classes, eat, and pay the rent, he’s willing to do things no 23-year-old man would ever do and keep his integrity intact. (Produced by Vuguru and Principato-Young Entertainment)
“Ghost Ghirls” (new): “Ghost Ghirls” is a web comedy series following the antics of two best friends, Heidi (Amanda Lund) and Angelica (Maria Blasucci), who work as paranormal investigators. Each episode details the bumbling adventures of the hilarious duo as they attempt to solve other worldly cases while not tripping over themselves in the process. The show was created by “Drunk History”’s Jeremy Konner, along with stars Lund and Blasucci. The 12-episode paranormal procedural was directed by Konner and co-produced by Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite and Shine America.
“The Fuzz” (new): “The Fuzz” is a scripted buddy-cop comedy set in a world where humans live alongside their puppet counterparts and puppet crime runs rampant. This story is about a puppet cop and his lazy human partner fighting against the odds to battle the violent drug war that’s engulfing his city. (Produced by Vuguru and 3 Arts Entertainment).
“SketchY!” (returning; third season): The video series that brought viral sensations such as We’re Not Young, Downton Arby’s and Yogurt Birth Control, returns! Each week features a totally different sketch from some of the funniest comedians in the business. (Produced by Principato-Young Entertainment)
“The Flip Side” (returning: second season): “The Flip Side” is a youthful comedic series of observational shorts that “flips” social norms in hilarious ways. What if it was women who hit on the men in the bar? Or if it was the kids who made the rules for the parents? “The Flip Side” tackles a new topic in each episode, and shows how funny the world would be if our roles were flipped. (Produced by Altermotion Media)
“Sports Friends” (returning; second season): “Sports Friends” is a comedic animated series that parodies hilarious conversations between professional athletes. Written and performed with a unique comedic voice akin to a young Seth MacFarlane, “Sports Friends” humanizes iconic athletes as they discuss pedestrian topics like how cool it would be to win a championship title, or how much they love hitting home runs.(Produced by Mutsack)