Matt Moskovciak is on a roll. Over the last month, the Astoria-based comedy writer for online network Above Average, an offshoot of Lorne Michaels's Broadway Video, has written and produced three of the smartest comedy sketches about New York life that we've seen in a long time.
Chances are what’s causing the movements of humans above you to sound like a giant’s conga line is a thin or poorly-insulated ceiling. But when the thumping begins at all the wrong times, you know you can’t help but wonder: are they doing that on purpose? The experience is universal enough that when comedy writer Matt Moskovciak pretended the answer was yes, it’s on purpose, he created the most successful online video of his career. Meet “Everyone’s Upstairs Neighbors.”
The phenomenon of runners sharing (and oversharing) details about their racing is one the team at Above Average, a website that creates original comedy videos, hoped to capture in their latest sketch, “First Person To Run A Marathon Without Talking About It.”
It’s a biting and funny take on Silicon Valley’s delusions, as well as the vacuity of modern marketing.
Get ready to fall in love with this hidden Seeso gem. Thingstarter is a comedy about a startup company not unlike Kickstarter, but what sets it apart is that Thingstarter is willing and able to make any bad idea. [...] Jesus on a Shelf, a $50 fork, a bed made out of dirt, and an app gamifies not being racist just to name a few. Thingstarter does a great job of parodying the confusing amounts of energy and excitement that characterize most startups, and it’s hilarious.
If you take anything away from this article, let it be the fact the minds behind “Thingstarter” are so good at their jobs, they convinced a group of strangers to get excited about laying in a pile of dirt — or “Terra Firma,” a prehistoric bed for people looking to sleep like our ancestors did.
What makes Thingstarter truly unique is that the creators, the comedy masterminds at Above Average, incorporated real people into the show’s focus group scenes. The inventors and moderators of the focus groups are played by actors who guide them along as they discuss, say, the benefits of an app called iNotRacist that gives players points for doing “not racist” things in real life, like being in an interracial relationship.
Seinfeld: The Leaning Susan
If you’re a fan of Seinfeld, good things are coming your way, courtesy of the Internet. The canonical sitcom hits Hulu on June 24, and if you can’t wait for that, an Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre sketch comedy team called Bellevue has just the thing to tide you over: a whole new episode. The episode, “The Leaning Susan,” is replete with excellent impressions, '90s commercials, and a brilliantly bleak plot.
This Is Not A Sketch Show: A Sketch Show
The big cast is universally good—especially Jones as the smarmy Andy—but the real star here is the writing. The intricate structure gives the impression that the show might collapse like a house of cards at any moment; watching the young writers and their cast navigate this is part of the fun. Barriers erected between the onstage worlds are less walls than membranes through which jokes can freely drift. And all of the postmodern cleverness on display serves the show's comedy; when the original couple realizes being onstage changes their behavior, transforming what might be a standard argument into a performance la The Honeymooners, it's funny and it adroitly furthers the story.