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Two New HBO Max Comedies Arrive on April 20th

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Just uploaded to the WBD streamer are two comedy series that were either mentioned briefly or not at all in our monthly “What’s On” post. So, here, courtesy of official press releases is a quick look at FIRED ON MARS and FUNNY OR DIE’S HIGH SCIENCE.

HBO Max has released the official trailer and key art for the upcoming original adult animated series FIRED ON MARS. Created by Nate Sherman and Nick Vokey, FIRED ON MARS tells the story of Jeff Cooper who finds himself adrift after taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet only to have his bosses unceremoniously eliminate his role. The series stars Luke Wilson along with a cast that includes Leslie David Baker, Cory Loykasek, Stephen Root, and Cedric Yarbrough. The eight-episode season debuts THURSDAY, APRIL 20 on HBO Max.

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Jeff Cooper (Luke Wilson) has it all: a fulfilling career as the graphic designer for space start-up Mars.ly, a relationship with his soon-to-be Red Planet-bound girlfriend, Hannah, and… well, maybe that’s it. But when his bosses unceremoniously eliminate his role, Jeff finds himself jobless and unable to return to Earth. Adrift FiredOnMars_Posterin the sprawling office colony, Jeff is forced to reinvent himself as he attempts to find meaning in a dangerous, alien, yet all-too-familiar corporate landscape. An existential and irreverent animated comedy series, FIRED ON MARS explores the precarious relationship between work and self…light years away from Earth.

It is created and executive produced by Nate Sherman and Nick Vokey; executive producers Carson Mell (“Silicon Valley,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Tarantula”) and Brian A. Miller; co-executive producer, Luke Wilson; supervising producer, Jackie Buscarino. Guest voices include Pamela Adlon, Thomas Haden Church, Tim Heidecker, Frankie Quinones, Emily Watson, and Sean Wing.

The other title is from the satirical group Funny Or Die and this series is not the first time the studio has had HBO content.


The new original series FUNNY OR DIE’S HIGH SCIENCE will debut THURSDAY, APRIL 20 on discovery+ and HBO Max. The series stars Matt Klinman, and Zack Poitras, featuring Paul Bettany as the voice of futuristic, talking bong “Dr. Oh” who will take Matt and Zack on psychedelic trips of scientific discovery to blow their minds with real facts from the cutting edge of human knowledge. From Funny Or Die comes a psychedelic trip into the world of real science. Matt Klinman and Zack Poitras star as two stoner lab assistants who get high on science, literally, by smoking various topics from a robotic bong (voiced by Paul Bettany) to blast off to imaginary realms full of real facts and mind-blowing insights.

FunnyOrDiesHighScience-Pic1Cast: Matt Klinman, Zack Poitras, and Paul Bettany star. Guest expert appearances will include astrobiologists, archeologists, zoologists and more from universities across the world. It is created, written, and executive produced by Matt Klinman and Zack Poitras; showrunner Becca Kinskey; head writer Joe Randazzo; directed by Olney Atwell, executive producers are Henry R. Muñoz III, Joe Farrell, and Mike Farah, Becca Kinskey, Paul Bettany, John D. Boswell, Evan Mirzai; co-executive producers are Whitney Hodack and Kate Lilly.

Episode descriptions:

Episode 1 “A Trip to the Moon”: With NASA’s Artemis moon missions on the horizon, Dr. Oh blasts Matt and Zack into space to replay the moon’s wild birth, crash a rocket into the moon to find some ice, and discover the moon’s secret treasures above ground…and below.

Episode 2 “Human Kind Bud”: Zack finds out he’s part Neanderthal, so he and Matt spark up Dr. Oh to trip back to when six different species of humans all walked the Earth at the same time! It’s a human family reunion that reveals why Homo Sapiens are the only ones still partying.

Episode 3 “The Dank Web of Trees”: Dr. Oh logs Matt and Zack on to the Tree Internet where trees use fungus to communicate, share resources and live in harmony… or do they!? Matt and Zack hack into the root system and learn this underworld is far seedier than they could ever imagine.FunnyOrDiesHighScience-Pic2

Episode 4 “Aliens of Antiquity”: Dr. Oh is furious that Matt and Zack are watching a TV show about how aliens helped ancient Egyptians, so he takes them back 3000 years to show them how impressive the Egyptians truly were – no aliens required. They also find out what “ithyphallic” means.

Episode 5 “Unlimited Life”: Dr. Oh sucks Matt and Zack into a video game so they can discover what it takes to defeat aging and never die. From health-bar draining breakup texts to immortal animals to rich men stealing testicles, it’s a wild quest for the cheat code to live forever.

If you happen to watch either one of these, please stop back and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you.

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