I feel like it’s my job to seek out YouTube channels you might not have seen or heard of and point you in their direction (oh wait, scratch the “feel like” part, it IS my job). And so with that in mind, I present Happy Guys — a young webcom about two roommates taking life and all its foibles head-on. The roomies, played by Arthur Oganesyan as Mark and Jivan Najarian as Tim have a good chemistry going and I’d be surprised if they aren’t co-habitating in a place in real life. Of course, the house shown doesn’t belong to these two — check out the decor; yeah, it’s a naked lady painting, but it’s a classy naked lady painting … this place belongs to somebody’s mom.
Tim is the more relatable one — always on the prowl for chicks, while Mark gets the more outrageous duties — like taking birth control pills because his girlfriend demands it. Of course, Mark also gets the excellent lines in the show. My favorite so far:
“At first I thought it was a small group of Vietnamese women arguing over a gambling debt, but then I realized it was actually Tim. I don’t know what happened in that bathroom and I do not want to find out.”
But is the series any good, you ask? I’m gonna go with my gut on this one and say yes, yes it is. It’s a little rough in its delivery so far — the jokes aren’t as polished as they could be (remember, fellas, while it might not seem like it, you are competing against sitcoms and whatnot for eyeballs), but the camera work and editing are good, giving a more professional air to the show, which I deem satisfying from my ivory tower. You can tell that someone behind the scenes was a film major.
The series, which just started in July of this year has a small following so far and the views have been up and down on it, but it’s tough to do sitcom-style storytelling on the internet. Mostly success is had by shows who do a one-off comedy approach. Episodic rather than procedural, is what I’m saying. This series leapt off the diving board in its first episode and didn’t give us any long exposition about who these two guys are or how they came to meet though, it just deposited us into the middle of their relationship, allowing the characters to fill us in. Smart move. Right from the get-go I feel like I know their world and the dynamic between them, I don’t need any plodding backstory.
I do want to know more about these two going forward though — AND I want the stories to get even more outrageous. Both of the main actors are restraining themselves, they’ve got great faces for comedic expression (look at that top photo, for instance), they should be allowed to fully use. them.
DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO WATCHING THE RUSSIAN KIDS CHANNEL OF THE SAME NAME. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON THERE, BUT I FEEL LIKE I’M NOW ON A WATCH LIST.
Long story long, Happy Guys can become a great web series IF they don’t get discouraged by the grind of low views. Stick it out, fellas, I’ll be watching.