A new six-part internet based, comedian led, community sourced, bullshit-free sitcom starring Tom Stade and Daniel Sloss.
Who doesn’t love M.U.F.F? Everybody in the country loves MUFF. That’s why MUFF Productions is the biggest and most successful T.V. Company in the whole damn country, and, the world. The shows are watched and adored by almost every citizen in the country. Why? Because it doesn’t change. It doesn’t try new ideas. It finds a formula and sticks to it. It finds other peoples formulas and sticks to them as well. Nobody likes originality, as everything original has been done, right? People like loads of different types of pizza, but at the end of the day, they all still fucking love pizza.
The problem with making dumb television, television that doesn’t cause your audience to do those tough things like think or learn, is that it will eventually begin to dumb down everybody that watches it. And if everyone watches it, that means everybody is a fucking moron. And this is how MUFF inadvertently caused the apocalypse. Whoops. Soz guys!
Our show starts before the apocalypse though, when we follow Lawrence (Daniel Sloss) as he starts his first day as an intern at MUFF Productions. Lawrence is a liberal douche, the kind of guy that will let you know he’s a feminist because he knows who Germaine Greer is and only watches lesbian porn. He’s also totally against racism, and all those other bad things that happen to people who aren’t white, middle-class and male. He doesn’t tolerate intolerance. Lawrence has an idea of what television should be. It should be art. An art form that has the ability to make its captive audience think and feel and love and learn. Television is the centre of most people’s lives, and when they’re that captivated by it, it’s your responsibility to give them the best possible product. Something that challenges and engages their brains.
Well, at least that’s what Lawrence thinks, but what the fuck does he know? J.P. (Tom Stade) is the head honcho at MUFF Productions. He and his merry band of morons are responsible for the most popular TV shows in the past 15 years. Shows that Lawrence thinks are tedious, repetitive and insulting. But the public adore it.
MUFF follows Lawrence as he starts his journey into TV. Where he quickly learns that you can either make something good or something popular. Not both. MUFF would rather make money. The show is rude, offensive and stupid. Most of the time it’s not going to make much sense, but sense has never really had much place in MUFF. The world that J.P. and his crew live in is very different to the world of logic and reason. A world which engulfs Lawrence and ends up dragging him down kicking and screaming as he slowly begins to question how strong his morals truly are. This is not a redemption story. This is not a “Hero saves the day” story. This is a story about how Television ended the world.
The show is produced by Broken Blonde, the guys responsible for Tom Stade’s Come Fringe yourself. Charlie Parker and Joe McTernan will also be playing two of the characters in the MUFF boardroom. The cast also includes Wayne Mazadza and Jojo Sutherland. And, hopefully, as many other popular comedians playing cameo roles in all of MUFFs terrible TV shows.
After coming up with the idea, we very quickly realised that no one in their right mind would possibly fund this as a show. Fortunately, most of our fans are nowhere near in their right mind, so we realised that it would be quite possible to fund this with the public. To make a show funded by our fans, for our fans, where we get to create something that we think they’d love but without any sponsors or heads being concerned about the content.
The average six part TV show in the UK costs about £120,000 per episode to make and close to a million squids (or something) to do a series. We’re asking for nowhere near that. We sat down, added up costs of crew, production and advertising and it came to over 50 grand. So we binned that list and decided not to pay people. We’re attempting to raise 20 grand or more to fund this, any money we don’t make, Daniel Sloss and Tom Stade will be taking no fee and contributing their own money to help it get made. That’s how much we want this to be an actual thing.
We will be using Indie Go as our main form of contribution, offering fans to contribute as much or as little as they want based on a very unfair reward scheme. Even if it’s as little as 5 or 10 pounds, everyone who contributes gets to download all 6 episodes. And they can do with those episodes whatever they god damn please. Wanna sell it your friends? Go ahead. Want to screen all episodes in a cinema and make a profit. FUCKING DO IT. This is not made for profit. This is made for fun.
The idea is to make something pure. It’s not going to be perfect. But it’s going to be how we imagined it. Without advertisers, sponsors or department heads getting involved telling us what we can and can’t say because they don’t trust their audience to be smart enough to take the jokes in the way they’re intended. We like the fact that the only people that are capable of cancelling or sitcom, is the very people funding it. We have no idea if this is going to work. This could be a massive failure. But if we get away with it, the future of film and television could be very fucking interesting.
MUFF will be filming, hopefully, in December-January in Edinburgh. And then heading to a handheld device, computer, ipad, xbox or robot near you.
Created by Tom Stade, Daniel Sloss, Charlie Parker & Joe McTernan
Script edited by Kai Humphries & Daniel Sloss.
Facebook – MUFFProductions
Twitter – @MUFFPRODUCTIONS
Production contact – email@example.com
Help fund us at http://igg.me/at/muffproductions
COME FRINGE YOURSELF WITH TOM STADE
Tom Stade is hosting a brand new Edinburgh Festival chat show called Come Fringe Yourself, and it’s all happening outdoors. In Scotland. In August. What can possibly go wrong?
Tom will be gabbing with an array of Fringe performers on the pop-up set over the ten-episode series. Plus, every night a different member of the crowd will be interviewed. Again, what can possibly go wrong?
In the meantime, Tom is still coming to terms with the news that Metallica won’t be sitting on the purple couch. Click HERE to watch the trailer, which contains very, VERY strong language…
UK TOUR-AUTUMN 2014