Alt: MyDamnChannel’s Many Web Series Will Keep You Laughing For Hours
The Webby Award-winning series You Suck At Photoshop ran from 2007 to 2012, practically launching the MyDamnChannel comedy network. At a time when monetising your video content was a relatively fresh concept the series racked up millions of views before being honored a year later at the 2008 Webbys.
A fusion of tutorial video, dark comedy and surreal humour, You Suck At Photoshop is still one of the best and most complete web-series ever made. Luckily it’s not the extent of MyDamnChannel’s complete productions, which continue to this day.
You Suck At Photoshop
The very first episode of You Suck At Photoshop appeared online in December 2007, when Photoshop CS3 offered the latest in image editing prowess. This first episode sets the scene for the rest of the series, providing us with a brief introduction to lead character Donny, his wife and their shared marital problems.
There’s something to be said about the voiceover-screencast formula as a canvas for comedy, particularly as the videos would have probably showed up (at the time) in more genuine searches for help – a bit like what HowToBasic achieved last year. This is made funnier by the few genuine comments the videos have received from confused YouTube users.
The resulting videos portray the anxieties and neuroses of Donny’s failing marriage on a Photoshop canvas. There are 30 full episodes of You Suck at Photoshop, totalling two hours and 45 minutes of neurotic cut-and-paste instruction. Hit play on the video below to watch them all, or bookmark the playlist for later.
Bill & Sons Towing
Bill & Sons Towing first aired in 2012 and follows a towing company that’s fallen into the hands of four brothers in the wake of their father’s health problems. The ensuing comedy is light, sketchy and perfectly tailored to the short webseries format.
Though it’s nowhere near as dark as You Suck At Photoshop, the whole thing is remarkably well-shot and retains a veneer of professionalism that many direct-to-web productions simply don’t have. It’s this attention to detail in both the production and the writing that makes it such an accomplished show.
The hallmark of any good run is another good run, and that’s exactly what Bill & Sons towing saw. There are a total of 22 episodes spanning almost two and a half hours. I’ve embedded season one and two above, or use the links to save and watch later.
Daddy Knows Best
Daddy Knows Best also emerged in 2012 and saw two highly successful seasons starring Steve Rannazzisi of The League fame. MyDamnChannel are arguably one of the driving movements behind getting “real” TV and movie actors on small screens, and Steve’s performance as a hapless father proves you don’t need big broadcasters to make daring comedy.
Daddy Knows Best follows Steve’s inability to make good decisions regarding his child (and life in general), like taking him to a strip club, forgetting him in the park or feeding an entire kindergarten class “special” brownies.
Success with the formula is key here, and it’s the short and sharp nature of the comedy involved that makes it work so well. Each adventure is wrapped up in around five minutes, and there’s no real order to the proceedings – click play on season one or two above and watch them all.
More from MyDamnChannel
There’s plenty in the MyDamnChannel back catalogue to keep most of us busy for weeks, including classics like Horrible People starring Kristen Schaal (Bobs Burgers, Flight of the Conchords) which shamelessly mocks American soap operas like The Bold and The Beautiful.
The channel regularly features famous comedy actors, special guests and writers as you can see from the channel trailer above.
What’s your favourite straight-to-web production? Add your own recommendations in the comments, below.