Mel & El: This Show Rhymes
New York, NY (Vocus) October 7, 2010
New York comedy duo turned cult phenomenon Mel & El have begun production on a new 10-episode web series. Based on their award-winning stage shows and hit album "She's My Bitch", the scripted five- to seven-minute episodes will follow the irreverent pair as they make their way in the city and into their 30s.
“We try to have our fingers on the pulse of what’s now, and webisodes are very this minute. Look at us, being all trendy,” said Melanie Adelman (Mel).
“Apparently we also enjoy telling people what we have our fingers on. What else are our fingers on, Mel?” asked Ellie Dvorkin (El).
With an act that’s “Laverne & Shirley” meets “Sex and the City” in a piano bar, Mel & El have been lauded by The New York Times and celebrated as the next big thing by Culturebot. Their downtown stage shows, “Mel & El: This Show Rhymes”, “Mel & El: Show & Tell” and “Mel & El: She’s My Bitch” have been compared to “Glee” for grown-ups.
Throughout the web series, Mel & El will mix their signature musical numbers with outrageous plots. Early episodes will feature Mel raising money for her wedding by selling tampons given to her by menopausal women and lying her way into the New York Times wedding section as El tries to overcome her fear of pooping in public and professes her undying love for a sex toy.
“Viewers are going to see a whole new level of Mel & El’s humor,” said Benjamin Kegan, who will be directing the pilot. William Michael Harper will be serving as showrunner for the series.
Kegan and Harper will also be serving as co-creators and co-executive producers along with Adelman and Dvorkin. Production is slated to run through November, with ClearMetrics serving as production house.
Viewers will be able to watch the complete series beginning in January of 2011, by following links from melandel.com.