Liza on Demand

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Liza on Demand
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Genre
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Todd Biermann
  • Caroline Chewning
  • Marc Lieberman
  • Josh Poole
  • Harry Elfont
  • Deborah Kaplan
  • Liza Koshy
  • Courtney Carter
Producer(s)Sam Childs
CinematographyRich Paisley
Editor(s)
  • Lane Farnham
  • Sari Tracht
  • Peter Mergus
  • Kyla Plewes
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time23–26 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkYouTube Premium
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Original releaseJune 27, 2018 (2018-06-27) –
present (present)

Liza on Demand is an American comedy web television series created by Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, and Liza Koshy that premiered on June 27, 2018, on YouTube Premium. The series stars Koshy, Kimiko Glenn, and Travis Coles and follows Koshy as a "tasker" who completes odd jobs around Los Angeles via a phone application. In January 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Liza on Demand follows "chaotic misadventures that ensue as the eponymous character takes on various gigs, tasks and odd jobs in her quest to climb the ranks and become an 'elite tasker'."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Liza Koshy as Liza, a "tasker" who is trying to make it to "elite status" in her job working for the app, Taskit.
  • Travis Coles as Oliver, Liza's roommate and close friend who works for a real estate company.
  • Kimiko Glenn as Harlow, Liza's roommate and close friend who owns a show dog named Bark-Paul Gosselaar.

Guest[edit]

  • Noah Schnapp as Evan M. ("Pilot"), a rude teenage Uber rider.
  • Jennifer Esposito as Holly ("Pilot"), a mother of three boys that lives in Sherman Oaks who hires Liza to complete a puzzle as part of her son's homework.
  • John Gemberling as Rude Man ("Smile"), a man who tells Liza to smile whom she later tricks into inviting her back to his home by pretending to be a man.
  • Jessica Tuck as Orchid Owner ("Popular"), a woman who hires Liza to watch her orchid while she is on vacation.
  • Chloe Csengery as Alyssa ("Popular"), a student at Mary Richards High School that Liza befriends.
  • Matt McCoy as Clay Coburn ("Simpler Times"), a candidate for the United States Congress.
  • Morgan Smith as Martha ("Simpler Times"), an employee of the Coburn campaign.
  • Irene Keng as June ("Simpler Times"), a woman hired to attend a Coburn campaign rally because she is Asian-American.
  • Lindsey Alley as Elizabeth Coburn ("Simpler Times"), Clay Coburn's wife.
  • Eugene Cordero as Nigel ("Valentine's Day"), a Game of Thrones fan who enlists Liza's help to propose to his girlfriend.
  • Valerie Harper as Wanda ("Valentine's Day"), an older woman who is spending Valentine's Day alone and hires Liza to pick up her groceries.
  • Leonard Roberts as Marc ("Valentine's Day"), a man who hires Liza to help him break up with his boyfriend.
  • Greg Cromer as Todd ("Valentine's Day"), a man who hires Liza to deliver a Valentine's Day basket to his lover.
  • Tanjareen Thomas as Shannon ("Valentine's Day"), Todd's lover.
  • Kate Flannery as Karaoke Woman ("MoJoe"), a woman who hires Liza to take her karaoke machine to a repair shop for her.
  • Ken Lerner as Seymour F. ("Phuneral"), a man who hires Liza to deliver food to him and then gives her a one-star rating because the food is too cold.
  • Pete Gardner as Father Michaels ("Phuneral"), a priest presiding over Seymour's funeral.
  • Matt Malloy as Funeral Director ("Phuneral"), a funeral director at Golden Roads Mortuary, where Liza is hired to serve as a professional mourner.
  • Drew Droege as Sebastian Foyeé ("Elite Status"), a famous choreographer who meets Liza at a club after taking cough syrup and ayahuasca. He was under the impression that she was a good dancer while he was high and wanted her to tour with Lady Gaga.
  • Seth Morris as Rudy ("Elite Status"), the owner of Rudy's Escape Room, where Liza, Oliver, and Harlow go during a drunken stupor.
  • Flula Borg as Chris ("Elite Status"), an assistant to rapper Drake. He returns Liza's lost phone to her after she, Oliver, and Harlow spent time with Drake the previous evening.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Pilot"Todd BiermannStory by : Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont & Liza Koshy
Teleplay by : Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont
June 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)
2"Smile"Deborah Kaplan & Harry ElfontDeborah Kaplan & Harry ElfontJune 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)
3"Popular"Heath CullensMorgan EvansJune 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)
4"Simpler Times"Deborah Kaplan & Harry ElfontIsaiah LesterJuly 4, 2018 (2018-07-04)
5"Valentine's Day"Todd BiermannDeborah Kaplan & Harry ElfontJuly 11, 2018 (2018-07-11)
6"MoJoe"Heath CullensJamie UyeshiroJuly 18, 2018 (2018-07-18)
7"Phuneral"Anna MastroErin MitchellJuly 25, 2018 (2018-07-25)
8"Elite Status"Anna MastroDeborah Kaplan & Harry ElfontJuly 25, 2018 (2018-07-25)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On November 17, 2017, it was announced that YouTube had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. In addition to starring in the series, Koshy was set to be an executive producer alongside Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, and Courtney Carter. Sam Childs was set as a producer for the series.[2][3] On January 29, 2018, it was announced that directors for the series were set to include Todd Biermann, Anna Mastro, Heath Cullens, Deborah Kaplan, and Harry Elfont. Kaplan and Elefont will write the series as well.[4][5] On March 6, 2018, it was reported that the series was expected to be released on YouTube Red in May 2018,[6] but it was later scheduled to premiere in June.[7] On January 24, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season consisting of eight episodes.[8]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that Liza Koshy would star in the series.[2][3] On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Kimiko Glenn and Travis Coles had been added to the main cast as series regulars.[4][5]

Filming[edit]

The series was reported to be filming in Los Angeles in January 2018.[9]

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On June 3, 2018, Koshy released a video on her YouTube channel, featuring Glenn and Coles, revealing the first season premiere date to be June 27, 2018.[7] A few days later, Koshy released the series' first official trailer.[10][11]

Premiere[edit]

On June 22, 2018, a "first look" at the series was held during the 9th Annual Vidcon online video conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. A question-and-answer session also took place moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Patrick Gomez and included creators Liza Koshy, Deborah Kaplan, and Harry Elfont, and cast members Kimiko Glenn and Travis Coles.[12]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

In a positive review, Decider's Joel Keller recommended viewers stream the series saying, "Stream It. It's a surprisingly well-done show. The episode where Liza tries to recton her high school experience is especially funny, because of jokes about her roomies acting like her parents and her attempts to not get labeled a pedophile (let's just say, she's really popular)."[13] In a slightly more mixed critique, Robert Lloyd of The Los Angeles Times said that he found the first episode to be rather "ordinary" and "stiff" but that the second episode "goes to some familiar places — hello, I Love Lucy — but to some less expected ones as well and shows off Koshy to good effect, some effective physical comedy included. It made me laugh, anyway."[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 8th Streamy Awards Comedy Series Liza on Demand Won [15][16]
Acting in a Comedy Liza Koshy Won [15][17]
2019 Shorty Awards Best Web Series Liza on Demand Pending [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petski, Denise (January 29, 2018). "'Liza On Demand': YouTube Red Comedy Series Rounds Out Cast, Sets Directors". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (November 17, 2017). "Liza Koshy To Star In New YouTube Red Comedy Series 'Liza On Demand'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Spangler, Todd (November 17, 2017). "Liza Koshy to Star in YouTube Red Comedy Series 'Liza on Demand' Premiering in 2018". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Weiss, Geoff (January 29, 2018). "YouTube Red Unveils Cast, Directors For New Liza Koshy Comedy - Tubefilter". Tubefilter. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Petski, Denise (January 29, 2018). "'Liza On Demand': YouTube Red Comedy Series Rounds Out Cast, Sets Directors". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Kang, Inkoo (March 6, 2018). "Vlogger Anna Akana Will Give You Hope for YouTube". Slate Magazine. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Koshy, Liza (June 3, 2018). PAYING ACTORS TO BE MY FRIENDS!! (Online). Los Angeles, California, USA: YouTube. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik (January 24, 2019). "'Liza On Demand' Renewed For Season 2 By YouTube". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Spangler, Todd (January 18, 2018). "Above Average Steers Focus to Original Comedy Series for TV, Digital Services". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Rearick, Lauren (June 7, 2018). "Liza Koshy Tries to Master the Side Hustle in the Trailer for Her New Show "Liza on Demand"". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Weiss, Geoff (June 7, 2018). "Here's The Trailer For Liza Koshy's Original YouTube Series 'Liza On Demand' - Tubefilter". Tubefilter. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Liza on Demand: A First Look at Liza Koshy's New Series for YouTube Originals | VidCon US". VidCon US. Archived from the original on June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Keller, Joel (June 28, 2018). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Liza On Demand' On YouTube Premium, Where Liza Koshy Tries To Master The Gig Economy". Decider. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 27, 2018). "'Liza On Demand' review: A tough job, but some YouTube star has to do it". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (September 25, 2018). "Streamy Awards Unveils Nominations; YouTube Named Distribution Partner". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Haring, Bruce (October 21, 2018). "Streamy Awards Honor 24 Winners In Prelims To 8th Annual Event". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  17. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (October 22, 2018). "Influencer Campaign - Streamy Awards 2018: Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  18. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (January 28, 2019). "Awkwafina, Michelle Obama, Jason Momoa Land 2019 Shorty Awards Nominations (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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