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Short Comedy Web Series to Premiere at Videology

By Kaveri Sengupta | March 21, 2014 6:15pm
 SNAFU, a six-episode comedy series, will host a premiere party on Saturday at Videology.
SNAFU, a six-episode comedy series, will host a premiere party on Saturday at Videology.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A new comedy web series, written by and starring a number of Brooklyn-based artists, will premiere at bar and screening room Videology on Saturday.

Created by comedy writer Chloe Sanders and shot in New York over the summer of 2013 after a successful Kickstarter campaign, SNAFU chronicles Florence (Chloe Sanders), who is “constantly on the verge of finding her true calling in life — whether it be juice cleansing, mixology, or nihilism,” according to a statement.

Her roommate Eli (Michael Pantozzi) is her support system, and together they seek meaning in the hilarity that ensues.

“Florence loses her job in the first episode, and then finds a different calling in all the other episodes,” producer Haley Rawson said.  “She’s almost psychotic and very extreme.”

SNAFU is Sanders’ first big series, Rawson said. The entire production process took about a year.  She began writing in March 2013, and then pitched the first three episodes to her producers. 

Rawson said the show is not just another tired story about 20-somethings trying to make it in New York City. 

“It’s much wackier, more like 'Portlandia,'” she said.  “It mirrors Chloe’s own reality in a more extreme, comedic way.”

Sanders herself described the experience of creating the series as “terrifying and amazing and challenging all at the same time.”

“Seeing the results of your labor and the way it looked in your head doesn’t all match up,” Sanders said.  “But that’s a good thing too; it leads to a lot of happy accidents.”

Sanders, Rawson, and producer Jonathan Cabrera have been friends for a long time, Rawson said, and managed to bring together a team of three different directors to direct two episodes each. 

“One of the most exciting things is the team we compiled,” Rawson said. “They all have really awesome credits from the comedy world.”

Videology, located at 308 Bedford Ave., is set to host a screening of the first episode of the six-episode series on March 22.  Admission to the screening is free, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show.

Along with the screening at Videology, Episode 2 will be shown on March 26 at 122 West 27th Street by VideoInk, BigScreen LittleScreen, and Magnet Media. Episode 6 will be shown on April 27 in Los Angeles.

The series is suitable for viewers of all ages, according to Rawson, who said,  “We’re just looking to make people laugh."

The series will air on YouTube weekly starting March 25.