New marijuana workplace web comedy series filming in DC
WASHINGTON – It has been just over a year since D.C. voters approved Initiative 71, which made it legal to possess and cultivate marijuana with some limitations. Now, it is not particularly surprising someone has decided this would make a great subject for a television show. Washington D.C. has been the focus of plenty of hit shows, but one local couple said it is high time for a new kind of series – one focused on D.C.’s marijuana industry. They have been working on the pilot at the Mess Hall in Northeast D.C. They have turned a commercial kitchen space into a fictional marijuana cultivation center. The pair cast five main actors for the pilot of their scripted dark comedy. They chose five leads – four of them, including David Johnson and Devin Nikki Thomas, are locals. The filmmakers admit there is an advocacy quality to this project. They have spent $20,000 of their own money to make this show and they are disappointed one group – D.C’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development – has declined to take part and won’t allow its logo to be included at the end of the show. A spokesperson for Office of Motion Picture and Television Development said they support the filmmakers and their right to film in D.C. But they said as an office, they did not want to be seen as endorsing what is a sensitive and still somewhat controversial subject matter, especially since they have not been able to review the final content. As for that final content, the creators said they are aiming for a release in early spring around April 20, otherwise known as 4/20. They are hoping to get picked up by a major distributor.
Netflix Marijuana Strains Used to Market Comedy That’s All Smoke and No Fire
If you regularly keep up on weed news, you’ve probably heard a bit about the new Netflix marijuana strains that were available last weekend as part of a promotion for their original comedy series Disjointed. If thousands of personalized Instagram photos of people excitedly or nervously standing in front of a haunted house can reach horror fans, it stands to reason that Netflix is considering stoners a target audience for their marijuana-centric show by offering limited edition official Netflix marijuana strains. Three strains tie directly into Disjointed while other Netflix marijuana strains reference additional original programming such as Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black. The strains were available at West Hollywood’s Alternative Health Herbal Services over the weekend and Netflix received no profit from their sale, meaning their stake in this was purely promotional. With this kind of lazy humor on a show set in a medical marijuana dispensary, you can probably guess how they handle stoner humor. It’s here that the idea to market official Netflix marijuana strains may have skipped a beat. The show is interrupted by fake commercials for marijuana products and bizarre segues that almost echo That ’70s Show. Not exactly the kind of jokes you’d hope for from a show about a marijuana dispensary in 2017. I recognize that Disjointed is a comedy show but its premise tackles some volatile situations, and placing the show in a unique position to actually broadcast a certain reputation for medical marijuana. Shows like Broad City, Six Feet Under and even Legends of Tomorrow seem to do more by showing regular people smoking weed and functioning normally in the greater plot of things.
Comedy, Cancer, and Cannabis: Alan Park’s Wild Ride
By all accounts, things were going well for Alan Park in the mid-2000s. The primetime cable show, which kept tabs on the minutiae of the country’s political and cultural inner workings, saw Park become the regular face of many of the show’s political impersonations, from former Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United States’ Donald Rumsfeld, and even Barack Obama. Park would continue working with Air Farce for these specials, although soon, to the dismay of his fans, it appeared as if Park had dropped into near oblivion. As he reveals in Green Crush with Alan Park, the weekly podcast he launched earlier this year, the comedian got some not-so-good news that saw him indefinitely sidelined from the comedy acting and writing gigs he loved dearly. Park’s acerbic wit underscores a fearless attitude perfectly suited to someone who’s twice beat stage-four cancer. Where Royal Canadian Air Farce mocked the little details of Canada’s political goings, Park does the same with Canada’s legalization plan and the ballooning costs that law enforcement officials they say they’ll face. A frequent target of Park’s is Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, especially since her ministers announced that the province would restrict all forthcoming sales of recreational cannabis to 150 government-run stores and one government-run website. The whole angle Park brings to the show is one of a conspiracy-theorist radio host. Now, Park is doing that with cannabis, becoming a sort of Canadian-marijuana Alex Jones. There’s no stopping Alan Park-on every episode of Green Crush he cites some of the science behind the notion that cannabis may treat cancer.