BBC3 commission six new web pilots for its Comedy Feed strand.
Comedy Feeds was established by BBC Comedy as a breeding ground for fresh comedy talent in 2012 and several pilots have won full-series commissions, including People Just Do Nothing, Impractical Jokers and Josh Widdicombe’s sitcom Josh.
The six pilots will air online in September, marking the first Comedy Feed pilots to launch since the closure of BBC3 as a linear channel.
- Hat Trick has produced Limbo, which follows a gang of self-centred 20-somethings who work as tutors but have no idea what to do with their lives. They survive as irresponsibly as possible through handouts from their anxious parents.
Limbo is written by Lucien Young and Joe Parham. The executive producer is Helen Williams, producer Tom Jordan and the director is Tom George. Limbo was commissioned by Gregor Sharp for BBC Comedy Commissioning.
- A Brief History of Tim stars Tim Renkow and The Sopranos’ Lorraine Bracco as his mum.
Renkow has cerebral palsy, which means that people judge him, but what they don’t realise is that inside that severely disabled, fragile body is a bit of an asshole.
The show was written by Tim Renkow and Stu Richards. The pilot was produced by recently closed indie Gogglebox Entertainment, exec produced by Mat Steiner and the director is Jamie Adams. It was commissioned for BBC Comedy Commissioning by Tilusha Ghelani.
- Man Like Mobeen (pictured) is the story of Mobeen Deen (Guz Khan). He’s an English Muslim 27-year-old trying to leave behind a life of crime in Birmingham after finding his faith.
He’s gone from popping bottles of Ciroc and rolling in Lamborghini Gallardos to administering colonic irrigations for octogenarians in one of Birmingham’s most reputable care home for the elderly.
Man Like Mobeen was written by Khan and Andy Milligan and is produced by Cave Bear Productions.
The executive producer is Ben Cavey and the director is Oliver Parsons. It was commissioned for BBC Comedy Commissioning by Kristian Smith for the BBC.
- The JPD3 Show is a contemporary sketch show from the creators and stars of the hit online show Mandem On The Wall. It is produced by Happy Tramp, the indie established by Zeppotron co-founder Neil Webster and The Inbetweeners movie director Ben Palmer.
It will feature music video parodies, reality spoofs and one-off sketches about the world the boys inhabit. It was written by and stars Joivan Wade, Percelle Ascott and Dee Kartier. It was directed by Ben Palmer. The executive producers are Neil Webster and Ben Palmer and it was commissioned by Tilusha Ghelani for BBC Comedy commissioning.
The last two shows are being produced by BBC Studios.
- Fail is a sitcom that follows the unfortunate adventures of the neurotic and awkward 20-year-old Paul, played by Will Merrick. It is written by Tom Melia and produced by the BBC Comedy Unit. It’s directed by Elliot Hegarty and produced by Gavin Smith, it was commissioned by Gregor Sharp for BBC Comedy Commissioning.
- Finally, Pumped follows three idiots who used to be the kings of the village as they wrestle with what ifs, unfulfilled potential and their rapidly plummeting social status in an odd Scottish town. It’s written by Stewart Thomson, directed by Adam Miller and the executive producer is Steven Canny. It’s produced by Keith Martin and was commissioned by BBC head of comedy commissioning Shane Allen for BBC Comedy Commissioning.
Allen said this year’s feeds demonstrated “how vibrant and diverse BBC comedy is and how BBC3 is the place to nurture grass roots talent”.
Grintage applauds UK tax payers licence fee money being invested by the BBC in refreshing the commissioning process and investing in new comedy writers and shows.