Dawson Bros Funtime was one of BBC Three’s first comedy pilots made for iPlayer. Conceived by crack comedy writers ‘The Dawson Bros‘ & myself as an attempt to reclaim web comedy for Britain & for BBC Three, the plan was to create a sketch show that would work dis-aggregated on You Tube and aggregated on BBC Three & in iPlayer. The first part we proved casting YouTuber Chris Kendall (& putting him through two days of Drama casting) & collaborating with writers from Funny or Die in the US) to achieve over 1.2 million views on You Tube.
Unfortunately despite positive reviews and a nomination for a Banff Media Award it did not get greenlit for series by TV Commissioning. Sketch shows it would appear are a hard ask on TV these days.