Netflix LogoNetflix is adding a new sketch comedy series to its slate. Netflix Presents: The Characters features eight up-and-coming comedians who get the opportunity to create their own 30-minute episodes and do whatever they want. No rules. No limits. Each comedian writes and appears in his/her episode, presenting a series of sketches that veer from The Bachelor parodies to music videos to biblical spoofs — all in the name of outlaw comedy.

The Characters features Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is The New Black), Kate Berlant (The Meltdown), Dr. Brown (Dr. Brown), Paul W. Downs (Broad City), John Early (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp), Tim Robinson (Saturday Night Live), Natasha Rothwell (SNL writer) and Henry Zebrowski (Heroes Reborn).

SNL’s Cecily Strong and Bobby Moynihan, Tyson Beckford and Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson also will appear in cameos. The Characters premieres March 11 on the streaming service. Check out the trailer above.

Chuck McCarthy (@ideasbychuck)
6 months
The last sketch was very, very, very, very similar to my sketch about a blind detective called...
6 months
Excited to see Lauren Lapkus in this. Her talent and wit when it comes to improv is...
6 months
not all of the Netflix original are bad. Narcos house of cards and bunch of other stuff...