New Golf Comedy Shooting in Florida - funded by IndieGoGo.com 'crowd funding' website
Paul Rodriguez stars in zany golf comedy with Entourage's Maria Zyrianova and newcomer Bobby Parker in a new show described as "a cross between Caddyshack and Monthy Python". It is aimed at the 68 million golfers who enjoy comedy with their golf.
The problem is that the studios no longer fund independent comedies. "Comedy is considered too risky," says veteran producer Ken Dalton. "And the best comedy is now happening on the web, and in commercials."
While a comedy film is still the goal, with talent already committed like Judge Reinhold, Danny Glover and Tom Arnold, the first order of business is to build a web audience by producing golf jokes specifically for the web. "The 'skits' will be like Monthy Python golf moments," says Madden, who is a graduate of The National Film and Television School of England. "The golf culture has a history of jokes that have been handed down for decades. We will bring them to life using top comedians, PGA players, and other celebrities who will surprise you when you recognize them."
This production is a grassroots effort. "We are inviting golfers, aspiring filmmakers and would-be comedians to join in the production, " says Dalton. "They can visit us at IndieGoGo.com/
The Art Institute of Jacksonville is providing production interns that will help out in all the production departments, including camera, wardrobe and make-up, and even the Assistant Director. Other interns are volunteering from as far away as California. The River Bend Golf Links in Green Cove Springs, Florida is giving the production the run of the course, and is even converting their clubhouse to become a comedy club set. The course partners, Stephen Joost and Scott Gladysz, will use the series to promote their golf course business.
The soft-launch is now on their website, http://ComicsOpen.com, and across facebook, twitter and http://IndieGoGo.com/
Shooting commences in Florida in early October, after rehearsals in Los Angeles. Once the show is launched on the web, the cast and crew will return to make new webisodes on a regular basis - possibly every 6 weeks.