“Life is full of theories and benches. When your life is ruined , you sit on a lot of them.”
That’s the bleak yet totally relatable worldview behind My Ruined Life, a new project from Philadelphia’s Retro Peel Productions. The brainchild of writer/director/producer Lee Porter, the web series follows friends Brian and Nate as they sit on a bench and vent about their frustrations with life, work, being mistaken for sports and the world in general.
It’s brilliant in its simplicity really. Each of the planned six episodes will be filmed at a different bench throughout our city (here‘s hoping they make it to the awesome stainless steel twisty benches at the Septa Blue Line 8th Street Station), with our heroes taking a break from their “ruined” lives just long enough to share their comedic insights. Portraying Brian and Nate are Brian Cowden and Nathan Holt, staples on the local theater scene who, as the above trailer illustrates, are up to the challenge of playing their world weary characters.
Before it became the mega success it is today, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia started with a low-budget pilot that focused on the dialogue between the leads. It’s easy to envision My Ruined Life following such a trajectory. There’s a prevailing sense of disenchantment everywhere you go these days, if the series is able to tap into this Zeitgeist of disgust, Porter and company may find their own lives turning into anything but ruined.
Episodes will be debuting throughout the fall and winter. Here’s another trailer that provides an additional look at My Ruined Life.