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Coming Attractions: Quibi Shows

by | May 7, 2020 | Arts & Culture, Featured - Home Page, Our Scene | 0 comments

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If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve seen advertisements for an app called Quibi. The new streaming platform, exclusively for mobile devices, touts the motto “Quick Bites, Big Stories” and has officially launched as of April 6. It’s been hyped over quite some time, and now it’s finally available for viewers, and at the perfect time while everyone is stuck at home. Each episode is roughly seven to ten minutes long and features a large variety of shows. They are great for a quick watch while you’re waiting for the bus, in line for a car wash or as a replacement for endlessly scrolling through Instagram before bed.

This week, I took the time to watch some of the comedy shows and pull out a list of ones that are great to start with. Also I’m consistently surprised with how many big name stars make appearances!

 

Gayme Show
Comedy Game Show
New Episodes Every Weekday

When Matt Rogers isn’t hosting his popular podcast Las Culturistas with Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang, he is one of two hosts on Quibi’s Gayme Show. Rogers and Dave Mizzoni bring in two straight contestants to compete in a series of challenges to be crowned Queen of the Straights.

One of the best parts about it is that each contestant is given a lifeline, or mentor, to help them with each challenge. These mentors range from popular drag queens including Trixie Mattel and Bob the Drag Queen, to popular actresses like D’Arcy Carden and Ilana Glazer. If you like to laugh, are a fan of pop culture and have a couple minutes each day (don’t kid yourself, we know you do), absolutely start with this one.


Chrissy’s Court
Comedy, Courtroom
New Episodes Every Weekday

If you’re a fan of Chrissy Teigen, her social media, cookbooks or just her hilarious charm, then Chrissy’s Court is the show for you. Think Judge Judy but even sassier, with a hint of SNL sketch comedy. Teigen presides over real cases, with real people and real legally-binding decisions… allegedly. She also enlists the help of her mom as the bailiff and even John Legend, her husband, makes a couple appearances.

It’s nice seeing Teigen in more of a leading role in a show, even if it’s a short clip. I’ve always enjoyed seeing her in Lip Sync Battle, but wanted more.

 

Nikki Fre$h
Comedy, Lifestyle
All Six Episodes Out Now

Nicole Richie is such an interesting person. We’ve seen her grow from being on The Simple Life, to running her own fashion line, and now we get to see her transform into her new alter ego, Nikki Fre$h. After pitching herself to Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden, her real-life husband, she hopes to create her own genre of music that also serves a message about being more eco-conscious. In the series premiere, she talks about wanting to create trap music for “teachers, rabbis, Virgos, but mostly moms and gays.”

I’m not going to lie, the first song is kind of oddly catchy. Titled “Parent Trap” and featureing lyrics like “This that Parent Trap // This how Mommy raps”, it certainly falls into that meme-type comedy music style. Think “A Little Bit Alexis” by Alexis Rose from Schitt’s Creek, but with a full-blown music video accompanying each song.

 

Dishmantled
Cooking Competition
New Episodes Every Weekday

I’m a sucker for cooking shows, whether they are calm and cool like The Great British Bakeoff, full of epic failures like Nailed It or even the high stakes world of Master Chef. While many cooking shows usually follow a similar generic formula, Dishmantled is hosted by Titus Burgess, where he takes two blindfolded chefs, blasts a dish in their face (no, seriously, he blows shit up) and then makes them recreate the dish for $5,000.

There certainly has never been a show like this to my knowledge in the culinary television industry. Again, somehow Quibi has pulled in some pretty big stars as judges, including Antoni Porowski, Rachel Dratch and Dan Levy.

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