×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Yahoo Sets Comedy Binge with ‘SNL,’ Jack Black, John Stamos and Others

Portal borrows page from Netflix to debut nearly all episodes of original series Sept. 9

Yahoo will bow eight short-form comedy series Sept. 9, taking a page from Netflix’s playbook in debuting nearly all eps at once to tap into binge-viewing behavior, built around 38-year archive of sketches from “Saturday Night Live.”

New skeins include “Ghost Ghirls” from Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite and Shine America, featuring guest appearances from Black and Val Kilmer (pictured, above) among others; “Tiny Commando” from Ed Helms and Jacob Fleisher; and “Losing It with John Stamos,” featuring thesp’s interviews with celebs about their first times having sex.

Portal plans to draw users with the collection of nearly 5,000 SNL sketches and musical perfs, then guide them to other high-value video content. Yahoo struck pact for “SNL” with Broadway Video earlier this year; NBC and Hulu retain online rights to full episodes of show.

Yahoo’s binge-drop is the first time an ad-supported distribution platform will launch a large amount of content — about 1,000 hours in all — in a fell swoop.

“The water cooler has changed for this digital audience,” said Erin McPherson, Yahoo veep and head of video. “It’s more gradual and it builds across social networks, and we anticipate this will enhance that effect.”

Yahoo has tried its hand at comedy before, including a smaller block last year headlined by a live standup perf by Bill Maher. As far as original entertainment programming, which includes a smattering of lifestyle shows, one of Yahoo’s few hits has been “Burning Love,” a scripted spoof of reality dating genre that notched 11 million views for the first season last year and was picked up by the E! cable network.

Yahoo’s fall comedy lineup, which company presented in April at a Digital NewFronts event in New York, includes five new shows and three returning skeins:

  • “Losing It with John Stamos”: Stamos chats up celebs, including Alan Cumming, Olivia Munn, Michael Rapaport, Bob Saget and Matt Stone, about losing their virginity (produced by Warrior Poets)
  • Tiny Commando”: Four-inch-tall former Navy SEAL (Zachary Levi) uses fleet of remote-control vehicles to battle his foe Cesar Pequeño (Ed Helms) (Principato-Young Entertainment)
  •  “Ghost Ghirls”: Two paranormal investigators (Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci) attempt to solve otherworldly cases; show created and helmed by Jeremy Konner of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” (Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite and Shine America)
  • “We Need Help”: Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris (both of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) mistreat their 23-year-old personal assistant (Vuguru and Principato-Young Entertainment)
  •  “The Fuzz”: Scripted buddy-cop comedy in world where humans live alongside puppet counterparts — and puppet crime is rampant (Vuguru and 3 Arts Entertainment)
  • “The Flip Side” (season 2): Explores comedic possibilities of social norms turned on their heads (e.g., if women hit on the men in bars) (Altermotion Media)
  • “Sports Friends” (season 2): Animated skein parodies conversations among professional athletes (Mutsack)
  • “SketchY!” (season 3): Rotating roster of comedians perform sketch bits (Principato-Young Entertainment)

Watch trailers for “Ghost Ghirls,” “Losing It with John Stamos” and “Tiny Commando”:

More Digital

  • jfk mooonshot ar app artwork

    JFK Presidential Library Releases Moon Landing Augmented Reality App

    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has released an augmented reality app (AR) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and the role President Kennedy played in getting the U.S. to the moon. The app, which is available for free for iPhones and Android, lets users relive the Apollo 11 mission in their [...]

  • hdhomerun roku app

    HDHomerun App Brings Live TV to Roku Devices

    Roku users are getting another way to watch live television with the help of their favorite streaming devices: Silicondust, maker of the HDHomerun TV tuners, has released a beta version of its HDHomerun app for Roku TVs and streaming devices. “We need to start out by saying this is very much a beta product,” the [...]

  • Vox Media

    Vox Media Staff Ratifies First Union Contract, Negotiated by Writers Guild

    Staffers at Vox Media, which includes Curbed, Eater, Polygon, Recode, SB Nation, The Verge and Vox.com, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with more than 90% in support. The staffers are represented by the Writers Guild of America East. Vox Media’s 350-member unit began bargaining their first contract in April 2018. The campaign to [...]

  • Joslyn Davis, Lily-Marston - Shared Media

    Clevver’s Joslyn Davis, Lily Marston Launch Their Own YouTube Media Venture (EXCLUSIVE)

    Here’s the latest chapter in the saga of Clevver, the entertainment/lifestyle YouTube network marooned by the shuttering of former parent Defy Media and subsequently snapped up by Hearst Magazines. Two of the principal creatives behind Clevver — Joslyn Davis and Lily Marston — together with Clevver Media co-founder Jorge Maldonado have launched Shared Media, their [...]

  • Money-Diaries-Refinery29

    Refinery29 to Produce Interactive Series Funded by Eko (EXCLUSIVE)

    Refinery29 has been bitten by the “Bandersnatch” bug. The millennial-female-focused digital media and entertainment company inked a pact with Eko, an interactive-video platform developer whose backers include Walmart, to produce several “choose-your-own-adventure”-style series based on Refinery29 content properties. The companies have started development on their first project: an interactive scripted adaptation of Refinery29’s popular “Money [...]

  • Dan Howell

    YouTube Star Dan Howell Comes Out as Gay: 'It Gets So Much Better'

    It’s Pride Month, and popular YouTube vlogger Dan Howell had a message for fans that he’d been working on for a year: “Basically, I’m Gay,” he shared in a video Thursday. In the 45-minute video, Howell discussed coming to terms with his sexual orientation and his thoughts on labels that people use to define themselves [...]

  • Netflix Expands Korean Content Commitment

    Netflix Expands Korean Content Commitment as Industry Deepens

    Global streaming giant, Netflix is expanding its involvement in the Korean film and TV industries by greenlighting several new shows and renewing others. “When we started three years ago, we had a high degree of confidence that Korean drama would work well in Asia, but we had no internal metrics of our own,” Korean content [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content