Close observers of comedy may have taken note of Above Average Productions, a new online video network that boasts web series such as "The Cool Kids Table," "Rejected Pitches" and "The Front Desk." The network and production company, which is owned by Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video (which also co-produces "Saturday Night Live"), will soon partner with several other Internet favorites.
The channel quietly launched in early June, but now Broadway is officially announcing its intention to ensure that Above Average will be accessible on any device connected to the Internet.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Broadway Video said that Above Average will team up with Internet favorites BriTANicK, Those Lil Rabbits, Harvard Sailing Team, Paulilu and The Lonely Island, whose popularity came after working with Michaels on "SNL."
So far, the videos produced by Above Average feature several members of the "SNL" family, such as Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson and Abby Elliott. However, the comedy does not resemble the tone or style of "SNL," focusing more on non-timely sketches that are not performed in front of a live audience.
Additionally, this gives many "SNL" employees, including performers, writers and production team members, the opportunity to work during the summer when the show is on hiatus.
Above, see an exclusive clip of an upcoming episode of "The Cool Kids Table" featuring special guest Dylan McDermott.