SDCC 2015: Hulu’s ‘The Awesomes’ is… Awesome!


Admittedly I was aware of The Awesomes existence as a show as told by recommendations made by Hulu, but knew absolutely nothing about it. In preparation for San Diego Comic-Con I began watching the show and immediately felt like an idiot for not watching this show sooner!

The Awesomes is an animated comedy created by Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker about a team of underdog superheroes. The original plot can be vaguely compared to the 1999 movie Mystery Men. This rag-tag team of misfits has to come together and save the world when the more capable Superheroes all fail. The show is incredibly well written and is voice acted by an extremely close knit group of some of the funniest people on the planet. SNL cast members past and present like Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Taran Killam, and Bill Hader mixed in with many other big time actors like Rashida Jones and Ike Barinholtz solidify what’s already a great premise with awesome writers.

What’s exciting about the show moving into its third season is that, according to Seth Meyers, they are moving into uncharted territory. The original few story arcs were conceptualized with the creation of the show. Now in the show’s newest season, we are seeing a new stretch of the series. When The Awesomes was being created, the cast had estimated that Seth was still on SNL, just taking over Weekend Update. Since then Seth has moved into his new job as the host of Late Night With Seth Meyers. His time is much more limited to focus on the super hero comedy, and filling in the gaps as co-executive producer is writer and voice actor Dan Mintz. Dan is probably most well known for playing Tina from the popular cult comedy Bob’s Burgers.

The allure for a series like The Awesomes is that what you are witnessing is the show that is produced and executed by some of the funniest people in the entertainment world that also happen to be great friends. In no way, shape or form during my time with the cast did anyone imply that working on The Awesomes was work at all. A bulk majority of the cast has multiple large scale projects going on at any given time from television to major motion pictures, but they all come together to work on the show because it’s fun.

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