Marissa Ziets

Critic's Pick 'The Race Underground,' 'Drive Share,' 'Becoming Warren Buffett,' 'Witness for the Prosecution' [LA Times]

Marissa Ziets
Critic's Pick 'The Race Underground,' 'Drive Share,' 'Becoming Warren Buffett,' 'Witness for the Prosecution' [LA Times]

"Drive Share" (Go90, premieres Monday). Ex-"Human Giant" collaborators Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel have created a very funny sketch-comedy take on HBO's old hidden-camera show "Taxicab Confessions," updated for the generation that doesn't take taxis.  Though series has been made for Verizon's Go90 mobile platform, you do not need to be a Verizon subscriber to use the app, which is available for both Android and iOS; there is a web version, as well, at www.go90.com.)

As in "Taxicab,” everything takes place within the confines of a car in motion. Some rides begin very much in the former show's spirit – a bacherlorette party, a couple discussing whether to have children – if ending quite differently. The show can be a little gruesome and, like much comedy nowadays, is not for the easily embarrassed, But there is also a post-apocalyptic scenario ("I'm a slave at the refinery, I do a 72-hour shift, take a three-hour break, then 72 more hours, then the weekend of course," fare Scheer tells driver Huebel), and an episode in which the pale rider is Death, played by Scott Aukerman.

Other scenes include a man who mistakes the ride app for a dating app and another who has been stabbed on Hollywood Boulevard by a Freddie Kruger impersonator ("Bring me to the hospital where they shoot 'Grey's Anatomy, I want to meet McDreamy.") Besides Scheer and Huebel, the riders and drivers also include Adam Pally, Jessica St. Clair, Jason Mantzoukas, Claudia O'Doherty, Heather Anne Campbell, Nicole Byer and Neil Casey — some of them strange, all of them real.