Everyone has their go-to Uber story. From hookups to peculiar passengers, ride-share drivers have replaced bartenders as the new armchair psychiatrists of society as they deal with a host of eclectic individuals on a nightly basis. Strangers forced to interact with one another in order to achieve a common goal is lush with comedic potential and Drive Share — Seriously.TV’s immensely funny new short-form comedy series that launches Monday on the go90 app as well as go90.com — explores the often bizarre and always unpredictable world of ride sharing.
Created by and starring longtime collaborators Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, Drive Share takes a deep dive into the awkward situations strangers find themselves in while trying to get from point A to point B. Featuring an incredible array of comedic talent that includes Adam Pally, Jessica St. Clair, Jason Mantzoukas, and Scott Aukerman, Scheer explained to Decider how the semi-scripted series utilizes a form of structured improv to provide its actors with the creative freedom to explore their characters.
“We kind of worked in a similar way in which we used to do The League,” Scheer told Decider. “I improvise on stage once a week with Rob, and I love it. It’s totally free, but when you’re doing it for TV, you want to respect your audience a little bit too, and you want to make sure that the person improvising feels like they actually have material to work with.”
The results? A hilarious blend of sketch and improv comedy.
Scheer echoed those sentiments as he explained how Drive Share heightens real-life stories based on actual ride-share experiences.
“For us, we always approach the show as a sketch comedy show that took place in the back seat of a car,” Scheer told us. “Like, how can you do this where you let people be really funny characters, and you just play a scene out but you just have one location? So we wrote towards that and when we were brainstorming, we definitely pitched ideas like ‘I had a ride like this’ and ‘This kind of happened,’ but as a show goes you can kind of see it’s the most heightened world ever.”
What kind of situations can you expect to see in this erratic world of mobile sketch comedy? An Uber ball pit car, a Mad Max parody, the Grim Reaper bumming a ride — basically anything from the slightly skewed to the outrageously surreal. While it can feel like an eternity between concept and premiere when working in film and television, Scheer, whose prolific comedy career has included projects in all mediums (including an exceptional comedy podcast), enjoys the immediacy of creating comedy for a streaming service.
“With the streaming service, it’s the most direct link from an idea to execution. That’s something that’s kind of rare nowadays, especially in TV and most especially in film,” he said. “I think because my background is in improvisation, I like the immediacy of, ‘Here’s an idea! Let’s go make it! Let’s go do it!’ I think the most direct version of your idea is often executed in online and streaming because there are less people blocking the path.”
Drive Share offers daily morsels of exceptional sketch comedy you can view on your phone, and the best part? No surge pricing!