Combing Through Comedy: Female Friendly

Welcome to Combing Through Comedy where Joe Heath of Minty Pineapple Entertainments is going to randomly watch comedy web series from Stareable and then tell you about them. Like… I dunno… are they funny?

Today’s show: Female Friendly

Female Friendly is a show about Alex and Catherine starting a business together. Specifically, they’re making female-friendly porn. Turns out that may be harder than it looks. (If you know what I mean.)

There’s a lot of good things going on in this show. The cast is solid for the most part, it looks great, and there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. The two leads work together well and there’s a handful of scenes of them hanging out that feel natural, real, and funny. Alex’s plotline with her romantic interest is cute and are some of my favorite moments from the show.

That being said, it’s a little rough around the edges. The pacing and the plot developments are all over the place. The show starts with a rushed narration about how they decided to get into the porn biz and I would have liked to have seen them build up to that moment a little more. As it is, it felt like I was watching the recap to a season I had skipped.

The bits of actually working on the porn seem a little underbaked, as well. We don’t see a whole lot of the process of them attempting to figure this out. There are a few scenes about it, but there are more scenes of Alex going on dates or Catherine getting a new job and dealing with her idiot boyfriend. A handful of scenes have them discussing their commitment level to the porn, but I feel like we don’t see them working on it as much as they talk about it. We do see the end result of the porn (which is particularly hilarious and probably the highlight of the series), but I’m not sure how it’s any different than other porn. I don’t feel like it established anything that made it more “female-friendly.”

The show jumps around a lot and one scene doesn’t flow into the next very well. A lot of the episodes end with mysterious cliffhangers of a woman that seems threatened by their new business. They feel tacked on and don’t really go anywhere. It mostly builds up to another cliffhanger for the last episode. The show does do a good job of setting up that cliffhanger, but the execution is a little wobbly.

It’s a fun show and I’m looking forward to more, but I hope they can fix some of these problems moving ahead.

The bottom line: Is it funny? There’s a lot to like, but the structure and pace could use some work.

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