Wading through the millions of videos online these days has become tiresome, which is why most of us wait for some kind of critical mass to occur before we drag our eyeballs over to YouTube to take a look. Invariably, we often discover that it wasn't even worth the click. So it was a rare pleasure to hear from some sketch comedy friends of mine in Los Angeles yesterday that they have completed the first in what may be a continuing series (if THEY get enough eyeballs to make the trip to watch) called Not Suitable For Work.
It's a glimpse into the workaday world of the office, peopled by those who never even rated a return interview at Dunder-Mifflin (the fictional dysfunctional workplace depicted in The Office (NBC)) This one's done on a shoestring budget ("Rather a string directly from Matt (Duggan's) own shoe," according to Trevor Boelter, who appears as "The Boss" (Dan), in NSFW), with just three cast members and shot in an office that is seen so discreetly in the background that we can't really tell there's no one else on the set.
The pilot sode, entitled "Monday", is mostly concerned with hearing how much two co-workers hate their jobs while downing coffee in the breakroom in an effort to dredge up the energy to drag themselves back into their day. They take turns playing Russian roulette with a pretend gun that has a bullet in every chamber so they can die over and over again rather than have to go back to work. Until The Boss shows up to invite them back to the "House of Pain".
Duggan, the series' creator, came up with the idea when "a friend of mine one day went on a wild bitch session about how much he hates his job; I found it uproariously funny and realized that an R-rated version of 'The Office' is exactly what this world needs." He, like I, has worked a lot with Boelter and Chris Pauley (Jim) in the world of sketch comedy, as well as Stephanie Little (Susan). "I'm always looking for any opportunity to work with these insanely talented actors," Duggan told me in an email.
Duggan and Boelter also worked together on another web series, Man Vs..., in which Boelter plays a man who inherits just enough money to inspire him to test himself against a bewildering array of challenges.
Enough said. Take a click and check out the first sode of Not Suitable For Work which, conversely, IS pretty SFW. And if you like what you see, don't be shy about clicking the thumbs up over on YouTube and leaving a friendly comment. It might just be enough to get NSFW to "Tuesday".
— Marc Hershon