Hollywood, CA, January 19, 2010 â€“ As President Obamaâ€™s first year in office comes to a close, Americans who are facing double-digit unemployment, a three trillion dollar deficit, and an uncertain future on healthcare, are asking, â€œHow did we get here?â€? Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein, the founders of Hollywood-based Stun Creative (an award winning marketing agency), think they have the answer. Their new, animated, comedic web series Obamourage, follows the day-to-day life of President Obama and his cabinet — Rahm, Joe, Hillary, and Bo, the dog â€“ as they all roll, â€œObama-style.â€?
To coincide with the anniversary of President Obamaâ€™s first year in office (January 20th), episodes of the web series Obamourage will premiere this week on Comedy Centralâ€™s Atom.com (more episodes coming soon). These webisodes represent a pop culture mash-up of the latest mishaps and misfires from both the worlds of politics and entertainment, and also take an irreverent look at the most powerful office on Earth.
â€œWeâ€™re not anti-Obama or anti-Democrat. Weâ€™re simply â€˜pro-comedy,â€? says Feldstein. He adds, â€œOur goal with the creation of Obamourage was to both highlight the serious issues that people are talking about today, as well to just get â€˜em to laugh, if even only for a quick minute.â€?
Obamourage portrays President Obama as the “King of Cool,” who is more concerned about with his Nielson Ratings than his approval ratings. â€œWe take the popular perception of the personality of each individual member of Obama’s inner circle, and exaggerate it, if ever so slightly,â€? says Roth. In the series, Rahm Emanuel (with the Secret Service code-name RAHMBO), is portrayed as Obamaâ€™s highly combative Chief of Staff â€“ a man who wears a bandoleer and totes an AK-47. Hillary Clinton– sex obsessed and power hungry — is still bitter about the fact that sheâ€™s not the President, while V.P. Joe Bidenâ€™s most important
jobs are ordering lunch for everyone, and serving as President Obamaâ€™s official “food taster.â€? â€œBo,â€? the Presidentâ€™s flamboyant, Portuguese water dog (who doesnâ€™t realize heâ€™s gay), rounds out the Obamourage cast.
â€œAfter George W. Bush, it was hard to imagine another Commander-in-Chief who would so freely lend himself to parody,â€? Roth adds. â€œFortunately, once the dust settled on â€˜Obama-mania,â€™ there was no shortage of opportunities for guys like us who make a living with comedy, to have some fun. Thank you, Joe Biden.â€?
The storylines and references featured within each webisode of Obamourage will not be limited to activities emanating solely from the Oval Office. â€œSince, in modern society, the line between entertainment and politics has become blurred more than ever, we can depict Tiger Woods crashing his Escalade into the Oval Office, or portray Rahm Emanuel as a Naâ€™vi warrior from the movie, â€˜Avatar,â€™â€? Feldstein says. â€œAnd since our series is animated, we can create just about any scenario we can dream up, no matter how ridiculous or unrealistic,â€? he adds.
The ultimate goal for Roth and Feldstein is to have a television network turn Obamourage into the next â€œFamily Guy.â€? â€œWe realize that bringing our show to TV is probably a long shot,â€? concludes Roth. â€œSo, at this point, weâ€™d simply settle for being removed from the FBIâ€™s â€˜Watch List.â€™â€?
ABOUT STUN CREATIVE:
Launched in 2000 by co-presidents Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth, Stun Creative is an award winning, Los Angeles-based advertising agency and production company that specializes in writing, directing and producing spots and campaigns for cable and broadcast networks as well as the major studios. Stunâ€™s clients include TBS, TNT, FX, Bravo, ABC, E!, Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, and 20th Television, to name a few.
In 2008, Feldstein and Roth created â€œThe Writerâ€™s Room,â€? a comedic web series for Sony Pictures Television that ran on Crackle.com. Stun Creative is located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Suite # 600, LA, CA, 90036. The phone is 323/460-4035 and the web is www.stuncreative.com