Jean Alley and Mike Guyo on Switching to Dark Comedy for “Send Help”

As co-creator of ALLBK’s “Send Help” series, mike guyo And Jean Alley bring something to television that people never knew they needed; First-generation immigrants with an all-black cast, clever, dark comedy that makes you laugh and think.

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And the series is already getting a lot of love for its inclusion of Haitian-American talent onscreen.

“Send Help” Is Trauma Dumping With Dark Humor

In the series, Jean Ely portrays Fritz Jean-Baptiste, a first-generation Haitian-American actor who plays a starring role in a fictional hit TV show, it can’t be us, As moments humble us in real life, Fritz is also faced with sudden events that force him to reflect on the things around him.

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The “Send Help” co-creators chatted with TSR about balancing dark comedy in the series without dumping the trauma, creating the perfect recipe for relatable laughs.

Jean Alley: I feel like dark comedy really imitates life, so it only makes sense for us to create something in that dark comedy space versus ball-to-the-wall comedy. Because we live in a world where… you cry if you don’t laugh.

we are constantly dealing with [much] On day to day basis B.S.[…}, so we wanted you to feel real, like a place where everyone can relate to and connect to in your everyday life.

Mike Gauyo: The thing is, yeah, we laugh, we enjoy things— but we go through things too. We experience trauma, heat ache, issues with mental health […] things like that. It’s nice to be able to discuss it and do it in an entertaining way.

Jean Alley Shares “Insecure” Audition Blunder

Allie has made a name for herself in television by appearing in HBO’s “Rap Sh*t” and “Insecure”, but her character Fritz Jean-Baptiste is still too nervous to audition for the first episode of “Send Help”.

You have to walk in there kind of like, “If they want me, they want me. If they don’t then they don’t.” Nine times out of ten, you won’t have that attitude, you worry.

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Jean Ely actually thought he blew a major audition with “insecure” casting directors, saying that he almost gave up before he had a chance to audition because he had taken on someone else’s repeat performance despite the lobby walls. be focused.

When II became insecure, I thought I didn’t get the job. Because I heard someone audition and I heard them do it over and over again. I’m like “Oh they like that, I won’t get this job.”

Eli got the job as Issa’s brother in the series. Now he has “Send Help,” a carefully executed dark comedy by him and Mike Guyo, loosely based on Jean’s life.

“Send Help” is now available to watch on the streaming app ALLBlK. Watch the trailer for the series below.


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