May 27, 2017

Announcement: MUFF – A new (6-part) internet based, comedian led, community sourced, bullshit-free sitcom

MUFF Lawrence+Theo+JP+Charlie+Christian Photo by Trudy Stade

 

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 it’s captive audience think and feel and love and learn. Television is the centre of most peoples 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…

PRODUCTION AND CAST
The show’s real life producers are Charlie Parker and Joe McTernan, Broken Blonde, the guys responsible for Tom Stade’s Come Fringe Yourself. Charlie and Joe will also be playing two of the characters in the MUFF boardroom, along with Tom Stade and Daniel Sloss, as above.
The cast also includes Wayne Mazadza and Jojo Sutherland. And many other popular comedians playing cameo roles in all of MUFF’s terrible TV shows.

THE PROJECT
After coming up with the idea, we very quickly realised that no one in television or 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 could, conceivably, be quite possible to fund this by crowdsourcing. 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 execs being concerned about the content.
The average 6 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 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 what ever 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 the sitcom, are the very people funding it. We have no idea if this is going to work. This could be a massive failure. But we’re all going to throw our best at it and if we get away with it, the future of film and television could be very fucking interesting.
MUFF will be filming in December 2014-January 2015 in Edinburgh. And then being edited and shortly thereafter heading to a handheld device, computer, iPad, Xbox or robot near you.

Facebook – MUFFProductions
Twitter – @MUFFPRODUCTIONS
YouTube – MUFF Productions
Press contact – PRESS@mza-artists.com
Production contact – charlie@brokenblonde.com
Help fund us at http://igg.me/at/muffproductions

February 2017 – Daniel returns to New York’s Soho Playhouse with “SO?”

Don’t miss the stunning new show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award- winning comedian! Book here.

Daniel has sold out 9 consecutive Edinburgh Fringes and tours extensively (80+ dates across 20+ countries) throughout UK, Europe, Australasia and USA. His television appearances include Sunday Night at the Palladium , Russell Howard’s Good News, and six appearances on USA’s Conan. He co-created online sitcom M.U.F.F, gave a ‘Tedx’ Talk, released a live DVD and is working on his television sitcom.

In 2016, hot on the heels of another incredible 80 date UK & European DARK tour, he made his New York debut with a smash-hit off-Broadway season at the Soho Playhouse followed by a sold out 2 month tour in Australia and New Zealand.

SO?… what else is new…?!