Comedy Snacking

(Pictured above: Diarra Kilpatrick in ‘American Koko’)

ABC has launched three comedy web shorts series, including its first animated endeavor, Ginger Snaps, for viewing at and via the ABC app.

Ginger Snaps revolves around a “power-hungry pre-teen Calista,” who “dreams of making her cookie-selling troop the most powerful clique” and achieving “cookie world domination.” Voice actors include Lauren Lapkus as Calista, Aparna Nancherla as Kish, Cree Summer as Rachel, Ashley Tisdale as Apple and comedienne Maria Bamford as Vivian. The show is created and executive produced by Sono Patel, who was a writer for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and is produced by Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content.

Then there’s two seasons of the web sensation, American Koko, starring Diarra Kilpatrick as Akosua Millard, aka “Koko.” Koko “investigates and solves sticky racial situations in a post-racial America as a member of the E.A.R. Agency (Everybody’s A little bit Racist).” While tackling both cases and her dating life, she also tries “to reconcile the trauma of her past that has led to outbursts of her Angry Black Woman syndrome.” Originally produced for Kilpatrick’s YouTube channel, Essence named American Koko among “The 11 Web Series You Should Be Watching,” and The American Black Film Festival gave it the Best Web Series Award for 2015. The show is now produced by Viola Davis’ and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.

Here’s a trailer for the original web series:

Another comedy, The Off Season, presents “underwhelming and self-absorbed siblings Jack and Laurie” played by Rob Belushi and Erica Rhodes. Jack and Laurie “think they’ve hit the jackpot when they inherit a motel from a distant relative; but after one night, the pair learn they’ve been duped and cursed to spend the rest of their lives trapped on the dilapidated property.” To help viewers experience the full scope of their misery, The Off Season includes VR/360 video, created by Light Sail VR, “that captures some of the more frightening aspects of the eternally wretched Ship’s Helm Motel.” The VR portion is supposed to be available via Facebook, YouTube and a range of devices. So far, we’ve located just one segment.

As for 2D viewing, you can download the ABC app.

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