HBO’s web-based service HBO Go has had hours and hours of comedy specials, as well as episodes of their own original comedy programs, archived and available to stream for subscribers since its launch in 2010. Now, they’re rolling out some original digital comedies from the likes of Brody Stevens, Garfunkel & Oates and others.
Debuting this week is Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, a six-episode quasi-documentary series about the life of the hilarious and eccentric comedian and actor. You may remember last year when Brody, essentially, live tweeted his own mental breakdown after going off his meds. The Hangover actor was committed to the UCLA psych ward for a short period after his manic episode. Enjoy It follows Brody’s return to stand-up following the unfortunate breakdown. It looks like a lot of other familiar comedy people will be popping up as well. The show co-stars Zach Galifianakis, who encourages Brody along the way as he attempts to reconcile with “the familiar faces in the biz that he’d let down.” The show features a blend of stand-up, documentary footage, and animation to enhance the stories of Brody’s experience.
Garfunkel & Oates (Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome) have their own series simply titled Garfunkel & Oates. The musical duo play themselves in the series which is described as being similar to Flight of the Conchords — “part music video, part stage performance, and part uproarious live-action comedy.” The show follows the ladies as they try to expand their meager viral fame. Five episodes have been produced.
Other titles include The Boring Life of Jacqueline and Single Long. Jacqueline is about a New York based actress (Jaclyn Jonet) struggling to find meaningful relationships, in both the real world and on the Internet. In Single Long, a group of friends try to navigate their post-college lives while trying to launch a website career.
Ok, now here’s the bad news. HBO Go is not available to purchase as a standalone service; you have to be a cable subscriber to access it. But if you’re a subscriber, check out more info here.