What do you get when you take eight up-and-coming comedians and give them each a 30-minute spot on a digital television show with no other instructions other than to create something hilarious?
Netflix is hoping that question is enough to pique the interests of its global subscriber base of 74 million, and, ultimately, get them to tune into its newest original comedy, The Characters.
The SVOD recently confirmed the eight-episode series will debut on the platform March 11. Each episode will be the work of one of the featured comedians, who will write and appear in his or her own episode. The content of those episodes will range from Bible spoofs to parodies of reality TV.
Featured comedians include Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black), Paul W. Downs (Broad City) John Early (Wet Hot American Summer), Henry Sebrowski (Heroes Reborn), Natasha Rothwell and Tim Robinson (Saturday Night Live), Kate Berlant (The Meltdown) and Phil Burgers, better known as Dr. Brown (Dr. Brown).
We gave 8 comedians their own episode of a series. No rules. No limits.https://t.co/mjAo1XEUwb
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 1, 2016
The Characters is part of the SVOD’s promised 600 hours of original content programming for 2016. Other upcoming originals include the Judd Apatow-produced Love, Flaked starring Will Arnett and The Ranch starring Ashton Kutcher.
(Pictured L-R: Lauren Lapkus, Paul W. Downs, John Early)