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John Wynn Talks 'Labor Days,' New Web Series Starring Miami Comics (VIDEO)

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Miami comic John Wynn stars, writes, directs 'Labor Days.'
Miami comic John Wynn stars, writes, directs 'Labor Days.'

Between Two Ferns, 7 Minutes in Heaven, anything on Funny or Die -- sometimes the funniest shows to watch are not on the boob tube, but online.

Now South Florida comedians are venturing into the web series action with "Labor Days," a show created by local comic John Wynn and starring a handful of others.

Wynn was inspired by the slapstick of Laurel and Hardy to pen a show about well-intentioned but ineffective day laborers collected in the parking lot of Home Depot. Watch the pilot episode above.

HuffPost Miami spoke with Wynn about why he spends a lot of time pointing to himself and shouting "Chino!" and our how the Miami Dolphins front office proves our city has a fantastic sense of humor.

What was your inspiration for the series?
The idea of a group of goofball day laborers just struck me as something that was funny and hadn't really been done yet.

One of my favorite Laurel and Hardy shorts is where they have to get a piano into this house. They have to find a way to get it up the stairs and it's just a giant fail. I like it when people have good intentions, but they screw up so badly, all you can do is laugh.

Which local comedians star or were involved with the series?
The day labor crew consists of Forrest Shaw, Kirk Meadows, Orlando Leyba, and myself. The first episode features Lisa Corrao, Gene Harding, Jamal Hattar, Will Lopez, and Irene Morales. Forrest, a very funny comic with a quick wit, cowrites the episodes with me.

Were you inspired by Louis CK who also writes, stars, edits, and directs his show?
I can only imagine that freedom he must have with that show. He's on a major network and he is able to call the shots. It's inspiring. I'm sure there is a great sense of freedom in having creative control over a show, which I do, but Labor Days is only on the web right now and we have no financial backing, so I don't have to answer to anyone.

But, don't get me wrong, I'm only writing, directing, editing, and acting in it because I have no money to hire someone else to do it. I'd be happy to call it "Burger King's Labor Days", if they wanted to throw two thousand whoppers (burgers or dollars) at me per episode.

How does the series reflect Miami?
Sure, there's a huge Latin American population here, but there also are Haitians, Bahamians, plus me and four other Asian people. The show isn't about the "typical stereotypes" you might see.

Essentially, at the end of the day, I'm looking for what makes me laugh. It could be a dude telling me I look "Mexican" or it could be a Bahamian dude wearing full Nazi regalia (haha). The goal of this show is to make the audience laugh and have a good time.

Miami is so diverse and I dig that people are so proud to be identified with wherever they're from. I love that. That's what makes America awesome. And I think when people can take a joke about their race, where they're from, and their culture, it really bonds us as people.

And I think the people of Miami can take a joke. I mean, look at the Dolphin's front office and at what they're doing. Hilarious.

How much of the show touches on material in your stand-up routine?
The only thing that really reflects my stand-up routine in the show is that I have been mistaken for being Hispanic. I was born in Vietnam and immigrated to America when I was 9 months old.

I lived in Texas when I was 10 and that's really when everyone started telling me that I look Hispanic. When I tell people that I'm not, there has sometimes been a moment where they think I'm lying to them. I just point at myself and yell "Chino"! They get it.

Follow Wynn on Twitter and keep tabs on his stand-up appearances on his web site.