Them Boxer Shorts presents Better Life Foundation
Them Boxer Shorts, the critically-acclaimed comedy collective from Bangalore, releases the first season of their mockumentary web series: Better Life Foundation today. The series is about an NGO with a team of six employees whose efforts at making the world a better place are thwarted by societal indifference and at times, their own inefficiency. Episode 1 of the five-part series is launched today and will see a new episode releasing every Wednesday.
Better Life Foundation, the NGO, comprises an eclectic group of well-meaning but ultimately ineffective individuals. The main characters are Neil Menon (Naveen Richard), the founder of the NGO who means well but isn’t the most efficient leader. Sumukhi Chawla (Sumukhi Suresh) plays the strict authoritative figure who holds the NGO together, without really getting any credit for it. Jerry (Utsav Chakraborty) is an eccentric anarchist and Neil’s childhood friend. Anirban (Varun Kumar) is the detached accountant who engages in shady dealings when he isn’t otherwise slacking off in the office. Armaan Garewal (Kanan Gill) is stuck in the NGO as part of his 500 hours of community service. Aditi Goel (Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy) is the overtly enthusiastic intern whose spirit remains unnecessarily positive despite her work and efforts going unnoticed.
“The first thing we shot when we started this Channel four years ago, was a Mockumentary about three bumbling chefs who didn't know what they were doing. Four years and several YouTube sketches later, we find ourselves coming full circle and making another Mockumentary about six bumbling NGO workers who don't know what they're doing.
This is a constant theme in most of our work since we usually take inspiration from ourselves and find that in this line of work, most of the time we don't know what we are doing, which helps keep us on our toes so that we are constantly learning and trying out new things.
Back then, we couldn't even figure out how to change the ISO setting on the camera. And now, after four years of uploading content and being in the YouTube game, we... still don't. So we hired some great people who do!” –Naveen Richard
The series is presented as a mockumentary; a style of scripted comedy where the characters in the show are aware of the presence of the camera and therefore their behavior is often dictated by the presence of the “documentary crew”.
About the Cast
Naveen Richard is a comedian and actor known for his role in Comedy Central's Challenge Accepted.
Utsav Chakraborty is a Mumbai-based stand-up comedian and Twitter personality who was also part of Comedy Central's Challenge Accepted.
Kanan Gill is a stand-up comedian and YouTube creator, well known as one half of Pretentious Movie Reviews.
Kumar Varun is a Mumbai-based actor and comedian from the comedy collective Random Chikibum, winners of the 2015 YouTube Comedy Hunt.
Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy is a stage and screen actor whose debut feature Brahman Naman premiered and competed at the Sundance Film Festival 2016.
Sumukhi Suresh is a Bangalore-based comedian and actor.
Epsiode 1: https://www.youtube.com/
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