In this interview we connected with award winning comedian and actor, Gerald Langiri. He shares with us the inspiration behind the hilarious web series “Shit Happens” and how the series is breaking all the rules.
For anyone who hasn’t seen the offbeat comedy, “Shit Happens” could you explain what the series is about?
“Shit happens” is a hilarious web series that takes a look at one man’s life that literally goes through Shit. Shit happens is a common vulgar slang phrase that is used as a simple existential observation that life is full of unpredictable events and this is vividly and hilariously showcased in this web series with the same title.
What inspired you to create the web series?
Funny story. It wasn’t meant to be a web series but a short film. The writer of the series George Maina Mundi had episode one in mind. Where episode one ends, that was it. After reading the script however and literally laughing my behind off, I felt the story could go on. So we decided to write and shoot more episodes.
It’s funny to see one word used to express so many different emotions. What has been the feedback for the series?
The feedback has been really good. We are now actually thinking of shooting a full feature film. The web series has also been selected for the Rolda Web Festival in Columbia with only 5 episodes into it. People love the concept.
What was the biggest struggle creating the series?
Wondering if people will accept the use of the word shit over and over. Some quarters actually said it is too “offish for their taste. We also have a strict film classification board in Kenya and we wondered what they’d say. Luckily they haven’t approached us to take it the series down so I guess they too love it. The other struggle is of course a budgetary issue and I must send a shout out to everyone who has worked on this series.
What tips would you give to other aspiring web series creators?
This being my second web series, the first being “In the Forest By Gerald Langiri”, my advice to other webstars is to remember that you are competing for peoples attention with the likes of Netflix who have huge budgets and 5 star content. So your idea and concept for a web series has to be crazy enough to stand out. Overall, know who your niche audience is and if you dont, shoot either way, you’ll get your audience. Web series are a great way to showcase one’s talent as an indie filmmaker.
What’s next for you and your team?
I don’t know really. We are taking it an episode at a time. Like I mentioned earlier, who knows, a movie just might come out of this.
Watch the web series“Shit Happens” now on YouTube.