The series has had more than 400,000 views, said Parkin. YouTube also measures engagement, or how many viewers watch the entire episode, and the first season had 26,383 hours of engagement.
“This is equivalent to 72,084 episodes of ‘30 Rock’ or 3,165,966 30-second commercials,” Cardon said.
The creators recognize that people always don't have time to watch a 45-minute show, but an 8-minute show can be "watched while waiting to pick kids up for school," Parkin said.
The series won five Telly Awards, which recognize film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and other television programs and commercials. It also received a silver W3 award for branded comedy. The W3 awards are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.
“The Hungry Games” was featured nationally on ABC television's “The 700 Club” and the “Jane Austen is my Homegirl” rap was shared on the “Downton Abbey” Facebook page, along with others throughout social media sites.
Becoming Gracie Moore
When the creators pitched the role of Gracie Moore to Clark, she found their backgrounds were humorously similar.
Gracie has three children and was previously in a comedy troupe. Clark has five children and was in a comedy troupe in college.
Clark, who was an English major, was invited to be on the writing team and also helps produce the 8-minute web episodes. And Gracie’s home in the series is filmed in Clark’s Provo home.
The comedy troupe is a very unlikely group of women — and one man — who have their differences.
“They are all rooting (for) each other in the end,” Clark said.
Because it’s an online series, some people watch it immediately and others have just recently discovered it for the first time.
“I love to hear the random stories,” Clark said of how people have seen the series.
Clark has been recognized in the airport, and one of the episodes was shown in her son’s high school class. Some friends were at Disneyland and saw “The Hungry Games Parody” on "The 700 Club" on their hotel television.
“It’s personally really satisfying,” Clark said of being in the series and seeing its success.
The characters are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but not obviously so, and it’s brought up as it would be with six women in conversation.
“We want to be authentic in the way we act and talk,” Clark said. There are fleeting references to the bishop and other LDS Church terms, but nothing that would need a long explanation.
“I want the show to be accessible to everyone,” Clark added.
The second season of “Pretty Darn Funny” starts several months after the first season ends. The first season established the series and the characters in the troupe.
“Season 2 is a little different; it focuses on Gracie and her family and her family life,” Clark said.
The troupe and all of the characters are back, and they’ve had some success professionally.
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