On January 7th, 2016 NBCUniversal launched Seeso, a streaming service that catered specifically to comedy fans. Seeso became an alternative to other streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, by focusing solely on comedy for the low price of $3.99/month. On August 9th, 2017, only 18 months after its debut, Seeso announced on Facebook that the website will be “shutting its comedy doors” later this year. This was sad news for many of Seeso’s subscribers as the service has become a home to many original series, some of which have acquired devoted fan bases and cult followings, as well as many classic comedies that aren’t available on any other streaming service. Seeso had become the place to find coveted content, like early episodes of Saturday Night Live, Canadian sketch comedy shows Kids In The Hall and Monty Python. In addition to these renown, well-loved series, Seeso has also become a platform for some unconventional original content. Here are some Seeso originals that we’ll be missing the most (in no particular order):
1. The UCB Show
The UCB Show, is a sketch and stand up show filmed live at the UCB theater in L.A., and hosted by the founders of UCB (or the Upright Citizens Brigade), Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. The UCB Show featured performances that, until now, were only available to those who could go to a UCB theater to see a show. These included sketches, stand up, and character performances, all taped live and in front of an audience and all hilarious. If you like live comedy, but don’t like leaving the house, this is a show for you.
2. The Night Train with Wyatt Cenac
The Night Train started as a live stand-up show in Brooklyn, hosted by Wyatt Cenac and frequented by other local and visiting comedians. The best thing about it being put on Seeso was that the show was recorded and made available for streaming without losing anything. Each episode runs almost 90 minutes, so the sets are not cut down to fit into a 30-minute slot with commercials on a cable network. This made Night Train a gold mine for stand up comedy, and Seeso made said gold mine available nationwide.
3. Cyanide and Happiness
Cyanide and Happiness started as a wildly popular internet based comic strip and youtube series. It’s a great example of something Seeso did really well: figuring out what people like and giving it a platform. The comic was turned into an animated TV series on the streaming service and is well-regarded by fans of the original comic.
4. Besser Breaks The Record
Unlike the other shows mentioned in this list, Besser Breaks The Record isn’t a series. It’s Matt Besser’s original comedy special, which takes place at the UCB theater in L.A. and is absolutely hilarious. Besser attempts to and usually breaks records such as “most jokes in one minute” and “most jokes told in one minute while eating.” You have to see it for yourself, trust me.
5. Take My Wife
Personally, I think Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s semi-autobiographical series Take My Wife will be the hardest to say goodbye to. The first season of the series follows the two comedians, who play themselves, as they navigate the world of comedy and their relationship. Not only is Take My Wife hilarious, charming, and captivating, it’s also pretty groundbreaking. To see two queer women (played by ACTUAL QUEER WOMEN) being intimate on screen in a way that’s not overtly sexual is refreshing, to say the least. Not only is the plot revolutionary, the production is too. The Take My Wife team made a point of hiring queer actors to play queer characters, which doesn’t happen often in the modern TV industry. The show itself is charming, funny, romantic, and definitely worth watching before it’s gone forever.
Rest in peace Seeso, comedy fans everywhere will miss you.