Seeso, an ad-free streaming service offers Comedy Tonight. And Every Night.
by Larry Murray
It was this ad by Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher that sold me on checking out Seeso, the new streaming service that is a cord-cutters dream. Like many of you, I was paying $100 a month for crap channels that seemed to be nothing by inane jokes with tons of commercials crammed into every hour. Now I get to laugh all the time, and there isn’t a dumb, loud or obnoxious advertisement for hours on end. And the collection of humor you can watch on demand is truly breathtaking.
But why should I try to explain this new alternative to Broadcast TV to you -it is probably playable on devices you already own, like RokuPlayer, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazonfire TV, and at $3.99 a month (after a free trial period), it’s not about to break the bank. It also seems to have a delightful millennial approach to its humor and sexual diversity. Most noticeable is that there are LGBT characters everywhere in their programming, and they are not forced stereotypes.
A prime example of Seeso’s originality is this irreverent promo that stars Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher (are they married yet?) and God. The two receive a visit from the troublemaker above as he explains the mysteries of laughter. It seems the duo has been anointed the official spokespeople for Seeso.
What brings this article to light is something else Seeso (NBC Universal created this OTT channel) is doing.
They’ve been searching through this year’s Tribeca Film Festival entries for new comedy films to offer their subscribers exclusively. And they have found a film that is a match made in Heaven.
The Pistol Shrimps, is directed by Brent Hodge and executive produced by Morgan Spurlock. The documentary follows the 2015 season of the popular all female basketball team called The Pistol Shrimps – made up of actors, comedians and models in LA. Comic actress Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), model Melissa Stern and actress/writer Maria Blasucci (Ghost Ghirls) are part of the ragtag team of trash-talking, hard fouling, wisecracking women who bring a much-needed edge to the game. Off the court, these women are also making it happen as writers, musicians, actors, comedians, moms and wives, who always have time on Tuesday nights for their games. The Pistol Shrimps are truly fearless women who are both ballers on and off the court.
“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Seeso,” said director Brent Hodge. “We set out to make a comedy-documentary, and we found the perfect avenue for our film. Seeso is truly creating a great place for comedy docs to live.”
Here’s the trailer for The Pistol Shrimps.
Seeso is the new, ad-free streaming comedy channel from NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises. The channel gives comedy viewers access to over 2,000 hours of original programming, with new, original content rolling out daily. Viewers are able to access the curated library for $3.99 a month via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and Roku, with additional platforms constantly being added.
For more information and their current lineup of offerings, visit seeso.com