Press release from NBCUniversal, Dec. 9, 2015:
Seeso, the new ad-free streaming comedy channel from NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, will launch on Thursday, January 7. The channel will be available on www.seeso.com, iOS and Android platforms in January with additional platforms added in the coming months. Subscribers will have access to over 2,000 hours of original content right out of the gate, with new, original content rolling out daily.
“We think the world needs more laughter, so we put together what we think is the best collection of comedy in one place. Come, seeso for yourself,” said Evan Shapiro, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises.
At launch, Seeso subscribers will have access to exclusive original series including “The UCB Show,” from hosts, creators and Upright Citizens Brigade founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh; “Dave and Ethan: Lovemakers,” from Broadway Video’s Above Average Productions; “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane,” a musical comedy about mismatched housemates – one attorney, one puppet; “Before the Morning After,” featuring some of the world’s best comedians, drunk in a diner at 2 a.m. at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and animated sketch series “The Cyanide & Happiness Show,” based on the popular web comic. The first episodes of all five shows are available during Seeso’s current Free Beta. New episodes of each show will be added every week, starting January 7 – all part of Seeso’s resolution to offer audiences new original premium comedy episodes every week of the year in 2016.
Members also will have access to Seeso’s full and growing library of stand-up comedy, including the first ever OTT live stand-up special “The Guest List: Live From The Barrel House,” which aired in beta earlier this month, as well as the next live special on January 13 at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Additional exclusive stand-up specials available at launch include “Besser Breaks The Record,” an hour-long stand up special from Upright Citizens Brigade’s Matt Besser and “Rory Scovel: The Charleston Special,” an hour-long stand up special from Rory Scovel. Plus, each and every day, Seeso will add new, exclusive daily-doses of stand-up from comics around the country.
Seeso’s rich library of classic comedy content also will include the pioneers of sketch comedy Monty Python, with newly remastered and remixed HD editions of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and other Python classics, including “The Meaning of Life,” “Holy Grail,” and “Life of Brian;” fan favorites like “30 Rock,” “Fawlty Towers,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saved By the Bell,” “The IT Crowd,” “The Mighty Boosh,” both the US and original UK versions of “The Office, ” and every season of “The Kids in the Hall,” remastered into HD, as well as cult comedies “Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place,” “Nathan Barley,” all of the series in the Alan Partridge cannon (starring Steve Coogan), “A Bit Of Fry and Laurie” (starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry), “Gigi” (starring Josh Gad) and much more. Additionally, next day, full-length episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and 40 plus years of “Saturday Night Live” will be available.
Throughout the year, Seeso will unveil additional original shows, including “HarmonQuest,” a comedic journey into the hilarious world of fantasy roleplaying with Dan Harmon and his Comedian Companions; Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, a reality show spoof from executive producers Scott Aukerman, Ben Garant, Tom Lennon and Kulap Vilaysack; dark family comedy “Flowers,” starring Julian Barratt and Olivia Colman; stand-up series “Take My Wife” from creators and hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher; among numerous others.
Comedy fans who want a sneak peek of Seeso’s unique, artisanal mix of new comedies, exclusive shows, classic stand-up performances and curated films are invited to go to www.seeso.com now, during its beta launch, where users can enter a valid email address (with no credit card info required). After launch, viewers can still sample Seeso, with no commitment or credit card required.
Original Series and Specials Available at Launch: (Alphabetical)
Before the Morning After
A late night comedy entertainment show featuring the world’s best comedians getting drunk in a diner at 2 a.m. at the world’s largest festival. Hosts include Jena Friedman, Alex Edelman, Greg Proops, and more. Executive Produced by Gary Reich for Brown Eyed Boy.
Besser Breaks The Record
Matt Besser is here to air some grievances and break some comedy records. With a new set of commandments, a collection of letters to the editor and his nemesis making an appearance, this special is like no other! Filmed live at the UCB Theater in Hollywood.
Dave & Ethan: Lovemakers
A comedic sketch and gameshow that makes impromptu love connections between contestants plucked off the streets of New York City. Starring and Executive Produced by Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell. Executive Produced by Jen Danielson, Ashley Bearden and Josh Poole for Above Average.
Rory Scovel: The Charleston Special
Rory Scovel’s first hour-long stand up special, directed by Scott Moran and filmed at the Woolfe Street Playhouse in Charleston, SC. The special was produced entirely, from building the set to hanging lights, by Rory and a crew of his closest friends.
Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane
A musical comedy about two mismatched housemates from the acclaimed comedic duo, Sammy J – a human – and Randy – a purple puppet. Starring Sammy J and Randy. Created and written by Sammy J & Randy. Produced by Donna Andrews, Co-Producer Chris McDonald, Directed by Jonathan Brough, Sticky Pictures Executive Producers Donna Andrews & Stu Connolly ABC Executive Producers Rick Kalowski & Brett Sleigh. A Sticky Pictures Production in association with the ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
The Cyanide & Happiness Show
An animated comedy series based on the popular web comic, which has cultivated a passionate online following with more than 4.9 million YouTube subscribers and 821 million views, including a record 117 million monthly views this past August. Created and Executive Produced by Rob DenBleyker, Kris Wilson and Dave McElfatrick of ExplosmEntertainment, and Executive Produced by Collective Digital Studio.
The Guest List: Live From The Barrel House
Comedy fans get exclusive access to hottest up-and-coming standup comics in an intimate former speakeasy. This isn’t open to the public. The only way in the door is to get on The Guest List. The inaugural show features from this year’s season of “Last Comic Standing,” Clayton English, Andy Erikson, Michael Palascak, Ian Bagg, Andi Smith and host Matt Lieb. Executive Produced by Rooftop Comedy.
The UCB Show
A weekly variety showcase for the best sketch, characters and stand-up homegrown at the UCB Theatres in LA and NYC. Hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade co-founders Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh and filmed with a live audience at UCB Sunset in Hollywood. Executive Produced by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Bart Coleman, and Lou Wallach.