A group of comedians recreates a Latino version of "The Office" to cope with shutdowns and a pandemic
La Factoría TV on YouTube has produced four episodes of their own Latino version of The Office.
The American series The Office (2005-2013) was one of the most-celebrated shows ever by viewers and critics, and it now has a three-episode Latino version in which a group of comedians recreate the atmosphere of a mockumentary in the workplace, but with archetypically Chicano characters.
The show is called La Factoría.
The American series itself is an expansion on the short-lived British version that starred Ricky Gervais.
Screenwriter for La Factoria, César Ivan Castillo (@IvanManito), spoke candidly about those influences.
"I love the sitcom, The Office, so much and got so much inspiration from it that we decided to pay homage to such an iconic show. We know it worked in Britain, it worked in the U.S. and it should definitely work in Latin America," he said.
Recreating a winning formula is how the YouTube channel was renamed as La Factoría TV, and has adapted the content of humor gags and podcasts to the post-pandemic lockdown scenario to get closer to the public as they had been doing through Instagram and, on the other hand, show that they are a team capable of producing their own series from the ground up.
After the theaters and venues for comedians closed and as the situation remains unclear, there are several trends with which comedians are trying to move forward. All take advantage of a new kind of interaction in the digital sphere.
In this case they bet on expansion and localism based on a successful formula.
This is how, as reported by Notistarz, after the closing of theaters in the Big Apple, a group of comedians with impact on Instagram and mostly children of Dominicans decided to bring their dose of laughter between tribute and parody to the personal and work environment, with their own peculiarities as Latinos.
Other participants in La Factoria include Tommy Peña, Brenda Raquel, and Don Thomas playing the role of Jefe, who commented: "We hope you enjoy what we have created and what we do with so much sacrifice and love."
Also collaborating in the production are the teams from Digital Bodega and Section 8 is Balling Filmz. The fourth episode of the show premiered on March 8, and fans can check it out along with the channel's longest-running comedy show called The Tommy & Ivan Show.