Netflix Launches its Own Sketch Comedy Series ‘The Characters’
Netflix added another bankable success to its brand of sketch comedy reviving W/ Bob and David, and if they’re ever going to fulfill plans to double down on original content, they’ll need a sketch comedy all their own. Enter The Characters, a new eight-part sketch series with guest stars from SNL, Broad City and more.
Here’s how Netflix describes the new series, which features eight burgeoning comedians given creative license over an episode:
One show. Eight comedians. Multiple personalities. In Netflix Presents: The Characters, the next generation of comedians get a chance that only Netflix could offer: the opportunity to create their own 30-minute episodes and do whatever they want. No rules. No limits. Each comedian writes and appears in his/her episode, presenting a series of sketches that veer wildly from Bachelor parodies, to music videos, to biblical spoofs… all in the name of outlaw comedy.
The eight comedians in question range from Orange is the New Black and Jurassic World star Lauren Lapkus, to Kate Berlant, Dr. Brown, Broad City vet Paul W. Downs, Wet Hot American Summer’s John Early, SNL alum Tim Robinson and Natasha Rothwell, along with Heroes Reborn star Henry Zebrowski.
Guesting in the first eight episodes will be SNL favorites Cecily Strong and Bobby Moynihan, model Tyson Beckford and Broad City lead Abbi Jacobson. You can check out the full trailer for The Characters above, and stay tuned for the official premiere on March 11.