“Tiny Apartment” may be expanding from a web series to a television one. Deadline reports that the online comedy — created, written and produced by Mike O’Gorman, Jessie Cantrell and Pat Driscoll– has gotten a pilot order at Comedy Central.
The web series, which is about a couple living in a, yes, tiny apartment, is just the latest comedic online property to be considered for air. “Comedy Bang! Bang!” podcaster Scott Aukerman has a show on IFC, a network also readying a series with Marc Maron. MTV is launching late night program “The Nikki and Sara Show,” from “You Had to Be There” podcast hosts Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, while the surreal and funny “The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia” headed to the Cooking Channel after life as a video podcast.
The comedy scene is particularly vibrant at the moment, but the barriers between TV and the web may also now be more porous because of how suited humor is to looser formats. Long, freeform podcasts and short, potentially viral videos are being used by savvy comedians as ways of demonstrating a distinctive voice and proving there’s an audience for ideas that may not have struck executives as commercial in pitch meetings.
Tristram Shapeero, who’s directed episodes of “Veep,” “Community” and “Workaholics,” will direct the “Tiny Apartment” pilot. Here’s episode three of the web series, which deals with friends bullying you into watching “The Wire” and features an appearance from Will Forte (who you can tell is totally a Pryzbylewski fan):