Three years in the making, a new comedy web series is being launched Wednesday at the Artesian Theatre called inSAYSHAble.
Created, co-written and starring homegrown talent Amy Matysio, the seven-part series will premier online on May 9th.
The storyline is about 30-something Saysha Grabinski, a temp worker who can’t help but get fired from every job she’s assigned. Each five-minute episode starts with the character at a different employer and ends with her inevitable termination from the job.
Matysio, who starred in the hit Comedy Central series Single White Spenny and was included in Playback Magazine’s Top 10 To Watch list in 2010, says the lead character is quite the train wreck.
“It’s about a girl trying to figure out how to grow up in her 30’s,” says Matysio.
A few of Canada’s top up-and-coming talents helped create the series, including director Jeff Beesley, who has helmed episodes of Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie and CBC’s Insecurity. Toronto actress Christine Sicoli co-wrote the show and makes an appearance, and the series was produced in association with Regina’s Mind’s Eye Entertainment.
Matysio says that a few years ago, she found that the material she was receiving wasn’t totally inspiring her, so she decided to create a show herself.
She assembled the team, which included her friend since Grade 7, producer Mark Montague from Minds Eye Entertainment, and went to work building a series.
Web series often have a reputation for simply being a performer’s calling card for TV broadcasters looking for prime talent. Matysio admits that inSayshable would make good TV, and that the web is a good format to display one’s skills for broadcasters. But she says there are plenty of reasons why the web itself is an excellent format for episodic comedy.
“Online, the boundaries are limitless,” says Matysio. “You can imagine big things for these characters, because they do live in a world of their own. Anybody can connect with it, anybody can go online and watch it.”
Another bonus is that writers and performers can retain total creative control. “We can make whatever we want. And if we didn’t like it in the edit, than we can get rid of it. In television, you’re trying to fit your work into a model, which is completely fair and total viable. But here, we’re doing our own thing.”
The series will launch its episodes on insayshableonline.com. The first three air on Wednesday, and then subsequent episodes are updated weekly.