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Meet Thundershorts Creators: ‘Gabe & Max Need Help’ Creator Max Silvestri is Easily Distracted and Demands Attention

Meet Thundershorts Creators: 'Gabe & Max Need Help' Creator Max Silvestri is Easily Distracted and Demands Attention

For years, New York-based comedian Max Silvestri has been creating videos surrounding the characters Gabe and Max, based loosely on versions of his friend and co-star Gabe and himself. Now, with the launch of SnagFilms’s new comedy streaming platform Thundershorts, Gabe and Max have a new home. “Gabe & Max Need Help” stars Silvestri, Gabe Delahaye, and Kumail Nanjiani. In his own words, here is what lead to Silvestri’s success in the internet video world. Below, you can find the episodes of “Gabe & Max Need Help” from Thundershorts.

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Tell us about yourself! How did you get started in comedy?

I’ve been a comedian and actor and writer in New York for 8
years. I do a lot of different things because I’m easily distracted and
hate working hard at any one thing for too long. I got into comedy
because I’m an only child and I demand attention at all times.

What inspired your online series?

I’ve made videos with my best friend Gabe Delahaye for years,
and the characters “Gabe” and “Max” we play have always been twisted
versions of our real selves, and we thought it’d be very fun to put
these reflections into therapy, and work out our “real” issues in
character. Friends being in therapy together is a funny idea. Also
getting to play off a third comedic actor, especially one as great as
Kumail, is the best.

What’s they key to getting noticed online?

Clumsy electronic communication with prostitutes. Virulent
racism. Changing the words of a popular song to be about current events.

What separates online short form comedy from longer form TV/film comedy? Advantages/disadvantages?

Online shorts are great because you can pack in jokes at a
breakneck pace without having to worry about exhausting your audience.
Very few creative things earn being 22 minutes long, and 3-5 minutes is a
good amount of time for comedy. A disadvantage is how there’s no money
and no one cares about it.

What advice do you have for people who want to succeed in the online comedy market?

Quit! Everyone will miss you and beg you to come back.

What IS funny to you?


Watch all four episodes of “Gabe & Max Need Help” below:

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