#FIRSTLOOK: CBC COMEDY WEB SERIES “COMING IN”
Okay, we admit it. We never really got the internet phenomenon known as SHIT GIRLS SAY, hence when we heard its creators, Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey were unleashing a new web series, we didn’t think much of it.
New CBC Comedy web series COMING IN however takes the rebellious stereotype-owning spirit of SHIT GIRLS SAY and in that same vein of laughter, takes it a level further. This time around, the duo explore the idea of sexual fluidity and asks the question, what if a gay man suddenly were to turn straight?
The 11-part Web Series clocking-in at about three-to-five minutes per episode, centers on Mitchell (Dylan Archambault), a stage actor who on the day of his wedding to his boyfriend Greg (Noah Danby), realizes he no longer is atttacted to men. The story then follows his way over-the-top journey to self-discovery as he grapples with his sudden attraction to women and coping with himself and how the world now perceives him as a ‘straight’ male.
COMING IN while at times playing a bit too heavily on the stereotype for laughs than going deeper – a challenge of the series’ time constraints – ultimately is more a sex comedy of extremes than an examination of the questions we all ask ourselves. It is a voyeuristic fantasy that questions ‘what if’ we went the ‘other way’ and our inhibitons were dulled, managing to keep us engaged the whole time. The series is daring and surprisingly racy, fitting right-in in an era of orientation-diverse mainstream programming like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Mitchell‘s friend and stage co-star Margot (Natalie Krill) proves a comical match to his perpetual self-absorption and Archambault is cast well in the role. Blink and you might miss a cameo from Toronto’s own Sugar Lyn Beard who has made a career of memorable sexually-daring yet funny roles in Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates and Sausage Party.
You can now stream all 11 episodes of COMING IN right here.