Seeso, the new comedy streaming service launched by NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises, will play host to two new shows this spring.
Hidden America with Jonah Ray, an Anthony Bourdain-esque travel show will show Ray visiting destinations across the U.S. (Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Austin, and more) and meeting with various comedians (posing as real people) to try local cuisine and learn local history, with hilarious results. Hidden America stars Jonah Ray (of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and The Nerdist podcast fame,) and is executive produced by Ray, Alex Murray, Troy Miller, and Todd Sellers, with Dakota Pictures producing. The nine-episode season will go up on Seeso on June 2nd.
A clip from the “Not” Meat episode:
Seeso has also announced Thingstarter, a workplace comedy/semi-reality show. The show centers on the employees of a startup company that comes up with wildly ridiculous products and then tries to market them to real people, inventors, and other experts. The show, which started off [url=https://aboveaverage.com/watch/thingstarter/]as a web series[/url], features such (fake) products as iNotRacist, an app that gives you social brownie points for not being racist, and Tiny Diapers for the Tip of Your Penis, which are, well, tiny diapers to prevent “male spotting.”
A clip from the “iNotRacist” episode:
Thingstarter was created and executive produced by Lucas Klauss, Matt Moskovciak, and Ben Stidler, with Jen Danielson, Ashley Bearden, and Josh Poole (of Above Average, the site that created Thingstarter) also executive producing. The series, which consists of six episodes, will be available on Seeso May 19th.
Both shows look hilarious and feature a perfect amount of dead-pan delivery, satire, and plausibility that harkens back to projects like Nathan For You and Paper Hearts, which blur the lines between reality and scripted entertainment. Fans of satirical/parody and faux-reality shows would do well not to sleep on these new series.
Seeso is the home to over 2,000 hours of original programming (with more being added every day,) all of which is available for only $3.99 a month. The content can be viewed in a variety of ways, whether on Seeso’s website, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick, Chromecast, or Roku.