One of the few advantages of Youtube etc/all knowing everything you watch is once in a while they recommend something that you never heard of that is simply excellent.
Adult Wednesday Adams is a perfect example of this.
I had been watching some interviews with John Aston on his time on the Addams Family and the next day in recommended videos was something called Adult Wednesday Adams.
Having watched the show as a kid, enjoyed the movies and absolutely loving the Pinball Machine that I look forward to playing at Pintastic NE in four weeks I decided to check out the 1st video.
This is the brainchild of Melissa Hunter a comic with a macabre sense of humor and in the these short videos (all under five minutes) she puts her skills as an actress and a writer on display for the world to see.
The scenes are admittedly short but the perfect size for a public without an attention span, yet within this short snippets she makes the character roar and the audience laugh. I’m old enough to know that perfection is something we reach for, but never get. however with this series Ms Hunter gets about as close to perfection as you can.
Alas the estate of the creator of the Addams family sent her a cease and desist letter as in his will it was specified that none of his characters could be used without authorization. So these videos came off her site and are only found by others re-posting them.
I don’t blame the estate as it’s their duty to follow his will but now that several years have passed I might suggest that, having made their point they consider authorizing the series and allow her to continue if she wishes.
She put up several other short videos, including an online pilot for NBC called Wolfgirl that wasn’t picked up but since then nothing else. She has done some writing for shows such as Santa Clara diet but in my person opinion she is wasted writing for others. Ms Hunter has an original if macabre wit and I think it’s criminal that some sketch comedy show hasn’t picked her up to take advantage of said wit, and as I’ve already said, the Charles Addams estate would do well to authorize her to continue or even sponsor them. It can’t help but expose a whole new generation of viewer to their product. (If I was Lorne Michaels I’d hire her to do Adult Wednesday Adams as a SNL Film segment which would give it protection as “parody” and would be in the traditions of the SNL who included short films in it at the beginning)
I know this is four years late but well done Ms. Hunter, well done indeed.
You can find the entire series of Adult Wednesday Adams here if you wish to view them, (My favorite is S2e5 the Reality Star) and if you like laughing and good writing, I suggest you do,
One warming, I further suggest you don’t use the series as a basis for theology.
Why do I say that? Well that’s tomorrow’s post.