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Netflix let a bunch of comedians each make their own episode of a TV show

February 1st, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Netflix The Characters Release Date

Netflix has already announced over a dozen new and returning series for 2016, but that doesn’t mean the schedule is set for the rest of the year. On Monday, the streaming service revealed another show that will debut in March called The Characters, and its premise is one of the strangest we’ve seen from the company so far.

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According to the YouTube description, The Characters is “a wildly inventive and wholly original comedy experience.” Netflix gave eight up-and-coming comedians one episode to do whatever they wanted, and this is the result:

It’s hard to tell exactly what we should expect from the show, but it appears to be a sketch comedy experiment of some nature. If the names scrolled by too quickly for you to read in the video, here’s the full list of participants: Kate Berlant, Dr. Brown, Paul Downs, John Early, Lauren Lapkus, Tim Robinson, Natasha Rothwell, and Henry Zebrowski.

Although it’s impossible to judge whether or not this was a risk worth taking, it might propel one or more of these comedians to a larger role in a Netflix original of their own. After all, we already saw what Ellie Kemper did with her opportunity in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Who’s to say lightning couldn’t strike twice?

All eight episodes will be available to stream on March 11th, 2016.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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