Just over a year ago now I directed and edited the pilot for a new TV show, Frisby’s Greatest Ever, derived from my own original format. The script had been written by the supremely funny Gary Delaney and Dominic Frisby, and Frisby -for reasons that will be clear later – gave his name to the show.
We’re currently developing the show into a series with a few changes, but also thought that it would be fun to put the pilot online. We’ve split it into three self-contained parts, and here’s the first. We’ve taken the opening credits off so you get about five minutes here.
Right. Seen it now?
So we can talk about the surprises a little more?
I originally had the idea for the show almost ten years ago, but it took a long time for Dominic and Gary to pair up as the right comedy writers for the project. I thought it would be a fun way to get some stealth film criticism into a comedy show, and to also use Dominic’s incredible character comedy skills.
Going by the reactions of test audiences, one or two of you didn’t realise this yet: that’s Dominic playing all of the characters.
His make-up was done by Aaron and Marilyn Sherman, who I think are the best in the business. You remember Katharine Helmond’s stretchy face in Brazil? They did that too. And they were great to have on set too, as we raced through our short production schedule, trying to get all of the characters in front of the camera.
We had the Shermans operating on a “pilot budget” here, but they really pulled out the stops and I think their contribution to the show is immeasurable.
The script, by Dominic and Gary Delaney, was deliberately designed to feature broad jokes that would work for a wider audience, and some edgier ones too, perhaps more in step with my personal tastes. This was laregely because it’s a pilot and would only be seen by a small number of people. When you’ve got everybody who owns a TV set as your potential audience you can afford to be a bit more specific in your flavour, I think – as long as you make sure you’re funny, you’ll find your audience.
There are two more installments, in which you’ll see some of these characters again, and some new ones. The more you see of each character, I think, the more you “get them”, so the pilot just builds and builds and the last segment is certainly my favourite.
Finally, I’d like to apologise for the slightly compromised video quality. Once all of the three separate installments have been released I’ll be able to share a full-length, higher-res video. But I think this clip still looks pretty good, and the pixel count certainly doesn’t get in the way of the characters.
And as you’d expect from people showing off a pilot, we’d definitely appreciate your feedback, and if you like it, your support via social media and amongst your friends.