With televisions, laptops, tablets and smartphones set to explode with Peak TV’s latest barrage in April, it’s hard to find niche shows these days. Thankfully for comedians Paul Scheer (The League) and Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital), the Crash Test collaborators found a welcoming home for their ride-sharing farce Drive Share at go90 — the free streaming service launched and operated by Verizon.
The 30-episode web series — which launched its first episode, “Backbiting Besties” on January 27th — concludes today with “Nervous Escort, Driver Farts.” Obviously these titles require little to no explanation. Though a quick review of previous episode titles reveals an even greater array of weirdly funny scenes that just about anyone who has ever used an Uber, a Lyft or another ride-sharing service can relate to. Scheer and Huebel admitted as much when they talked to us about making Drive Share.
Was Drive Share something that you two came up with approached go90 about or was it the other way around?
Scheer: You know, it was an idea we had. go90 liked it so they bought it, although they ultimately suggested we do 30 episodes overall and make each one only five to seven minutes long. I think it really works for this. It could have worked as a half hour comedy, but with these these little bite-sized chunks it makes it more fun and accessible for more people. That was their part of the puzzle.
Huebel: Paul and I also have a contract by which we will only do comedy in different vehicles. Last year we did a comedy special called Crash Test. It was on a bus, so this is all us doing jokes in Ubers or Lyfts. After this we’ll probably do… I don’t know, Paul. Maybe a deck boat or a blimp or something?
Scheer: Eventually we’ll kill ourselves in one of those vehicles. That will be the whole circle of our career.
The vehicles are getting smaller, so maybe bikes or scooters are next? Have you thought about Segways?
Huebel: Sure, Segways will be coming up. [Laughs.] Not to get too heady about it, but I think there is something very fun about doing comedy in such an enclosed space. That’s the whole idea of Uber. You’re trapped with this person until you get out. It’s similar to what we did with Crash Test, though with a slightly larger group of people. It’s fun to create those confines and test people — be they actual people or actors performing a bit. They could always leave these situations, which are exaggerated of course, but they never do until the ride is over.