As the world became more connected, one of the more common phrases that arose was “never read the comments”. One Chicago couple not only has read the comments, they want to put them on air in their new series “The Youtube Monologues”. The Series, produced by Andi Sharavsky and Jim O’Connell under the AndSonsComedy Moniker, gathers together some of Chicago’s top comedic talent to perform dramatic reads of interesting and odd youtube comments.
Taking inspiration from Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” segments, Andi and Jim improve on the formula with 6 short episodes. Each episode focuses on one video, with the topics ranging with everything from Pokémon to Yoga. One of my biggest complaints about Jimmy Kimmel’s segments, was that they’re often too long, and don’t always have a great payoff in the end. The combination of solid acting, editing, and production value in “The YouTube Monologues” makes this series an easy watch, and leaves you wanting more after they’re done. While I related to the Pokémon video the most, one of my favorite episodes was the second in the series, in which actor Michael Brunleib reads only one comment from a Grateful Dead Song. His performance made me click through to the actual Grateful Dead video, just to see if the comment was real. (Spoiler alert, it was, and they all are.) Brad Pike, Ed Selvey, and Liz Anderson were also actors that stood out to me over the series, making their presence known when reciting their internet monologues to the camera.
This Series has just started, but has an unlimited amount of source material to pull from for an endless amount of episodes. I’m just waiting for them to go full-meta, and do a dramatic read of comments from their own youtube videos. The first season is available in it’s entirety over at their youtube page.