I definitely have these fears as well- you are absolutely not alone. This (and your comment in this thread) reminds me of a post you made a while back, worrying about the content not being “important” enough because it was “just a comedy,” and I think that that’s something you need to really sit with yourself about. First of all, Shakespeare was considered low brow in his heyday. Lowbrow doesn’t mean anything about anything except for people who label things “lowbrow” or “highbrow.” Those people are boring. Leave them to their 12 hour foreign films about contemplating nothingness.
Second, why did you write/make this project? I imagine it was because it seemed like fun and like something you wanted to watch (which, I would argue, is why a lot of us make content. It’s why I made a zombie comedy set on a college campus with made up slang terms that Google auto captioning was completely confounded by). So why isn’t that enough? Not every audience likes every piece of content, but there is AN audience and a need for every piece of content. Maybe it’s not world-changing, maybe it won’t end global starvation, but maybe it will lighten the load for someone. Maybe it will give them a break from the world, or a break from their struggles, or a reason to enjoy themselves in an at-times thoroughly unfun period of American politics. Or maybe they just want to watch something funny for no big reason- they just want to laugh. Is that not equally as valid? I think it is!
My final thoughts: it’s good that you acknowledge that the judgement of some of your film friends are just that- judgement that reflects more on them than on you. But there’s a difference in intellectually understanding that and emotionally believing that (which is the hardest distinction in the world- I completely understand). But you need to really take to heart that you made something because you wanted to make it and that has to be enough. Especially if your concern is with how people will like it who aren’t even in your target audience. It’s tough- it’s really tough. And not everyone is going to be kind in their dismissal. But art is hard, and putting your art in front of people is even harder. We’re here for you through the thick and thin, to celebrate the highs and commiserate on the lows. Congrats, seriously, on your new show