By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire June 10, 2014 at 2:51PM
There's a new short-form comedy site in town. Indiewire's parent company, SnagFilms, is launching Thundershorts, a site dedicated to streaming original content aiming to tickle your funny bone.
The new platform, going live on June 26th, will kick off with seven episodic short-form series, all free to watch on Thundershorts.com, its YouTube channel and all SnagFilms supported devices including their multi-platform app.
The seven shows include "American Viral," centered on one family's crazy attempts to recapture their YouTube fame; "Teachers Lounge," starring Ted Alexandro ("Inside Amy Schumer"), with cameos from Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell and Janeane Garofalo; "Gabe & Max Need Help," which stars comedians Gabe Delahaye and Max Silvestri as a couple in counseling; and the real-time New York City-set adventure "Don't Walk."
Former head writer for Onion Digital Studios and current SnagFilms Managing Editor Michael Pielocik is responsible for developing the site's content.
"With nearly 5,000 films and shorts in our library, we've worked hard to provide the best of any type or topic, when and how you want to watch it," said Rick Allen, SnagFilms' CEO. "We broaden that choice by now offering original material -- and by keeping it short, funny and full of great talent, we are giving Americans what we most want: good laughs, just a click away."
Thundershorts shows "will make you laugh your pants off," said Allen.
Here's an exclusive 'sizzle-reel' trailer for the site:
Below are full synopses for the initial series launching on June 26th (courtesy of SnagFilms):
"American Viral" (Season One: 5 episodes, 4-7 mins. each) -- In the vein of dysfunctional ensemble comedies such as "Arrested Development" comes this zeitgeisty sitcom about a family desperately trying to recapture the fame they achieved when a YouTube video of their son went viral. To that end, the shameless patriarch, Roger Busk (Michael Showalter), will stop at nothing to exploit his family. Showalter is well-known to comedy fans for his stints in the sketch comedytroupes "The State" and "Stella", as well as for writing and starring in cult-classic Wet Hot American Summer and his smash web series "Michael Showalter Showalter"; he also wrote this summer’s They Came Together, starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Co-starring Zandy Hartig (They Came Together, "Children’s Hospital") as Mimi Busk, the series also features Janeane Garofalo ("Inside Amy Schumer", Bravo’s upcoming "Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce"), actor/director David Wain (They Came Together, Wet Hot American Summer) and Steve Agee ("New Girl", "Community"). "American Viral" was created and directed by Shandor Garrison, AnnaRose King and Jennifer Suhr and produced by Carolyn Mao.
"Teachers Lounge" (Season One, 10 episodes, 4-7 mins. each) -- Ever wonder what goes on behind that mysterious door to the Teachers Lounge? This summer, Thundershorts invitesviewers to pull up a small, uncomfortable metal chair and join them for this hilarious, fly-on-thewall look at the goings-on in the lounge of a New York City elementary school. Created by and starring comedians Ted Alexandro ("Late Night with Conan O’Brien", "Inside Amy Schumer") and Hollis James as a music teacher and janitor, respectively, the series follows their interactions with bizarre coworkers, including teachers and administrators like the Principal (Lewis Black), the Computer Science Instructor (Judah Friedlander, "30 Rock"), the ornery Phys Ed teacher (Judy Gold), as well as A-list comedians Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell, Jim Norton, Todd Barry, Michael Che, rocker Ted Leo and featuring Janeane Garofalo as the PA Announcer. Produced by Carolyn Mao.
"Gabe & Max Need Help" (Season One, 4 episodes, 4-6 mins. each) -- Where do friends turn when they have problems? Most wouldn’t jump right into therapy, but for longtime friends/comedians Gabe Delahaye and Max Silvestri, couples counseling just seemed right. Join the best-friend couple and their therapist (Kumail Nanjiani, "Silicon Valley", "Portlandia", "Veep") as they tussle with hot-button relationship issues such as yogurt thievery. Gabe & Max was created by NY-based comedian Silvestri, a creative consultant on Funny of Die’s "Billy on the Street", soon to be appearing in FYI’s "The Feed" with Marcus Samuelsson and Gail Simmons, and named by New York Magazine as one of the "Ten Comedians People Find Funny"; and Delahaye, an LA-based writer/comedian who has written for and appeared on Videogum, This American Life, McSweeny's, Gawker, Funny or Die and Comedy Central. Produced by Carolyn Mao.
"Don’t Walk" (Season One, 9 episodes, 1-2 mins. each) -- Each episode is a mini-sitcom that takes place on a New York street corner during the time the "Don’t Walk" sign is illuminated. Following the main character (Max Silvestri, "Gabe & Max Need Help"), a guileless, friendly Midwestern transplant who is deathly afraid of jaywalking, "Don’t Walk" takes us along on the journey to his first day of work. Every street corner in New York is a new world populated by strange characters and unexpected adventures. "Don’t Walk" was created, written and shot by New York writers Kemp Baldwin, Gates Bradley and Mike Laskasky.
Thundershorts will also be the exclusive home to three series welcoming up-and-coming comedy talent: "Timeless Seasons", "Augie, Alone" and "Loo Makes It Big". With "Timeless Seasons," created by and starring Sundance Institute fellow Hannah Bos, Tonya Glanz ("The Good Wife," "Nurse Jackie") and Amy Heidt ("A Problem Like Maria"), it's home shopping network meets David Lynch meets your new scrapbooking stepmother. In "Augie, Alone", created by and starring award-winning NYC writer Lee August Praley, we follow the titular character as he traverses the inanities of everyday life and records it all, mostly alone. With her heart in the arts, her head in the clouds and a passion for attention, "Loo Makes It Big" is brought to life in glorious Technicolor by comedian / filmmaker.