In a world beset on all sides by television superhero adaptations begging to be taken seriously, who is brave enough to save us viewers from drowning in self-serious melodramas about costumed crusaders? If comic book dorks have their way with this next round of voting in CBC’s ComedyCoup, the answer to that question will be Andrew Ivimey, Diana McCallum, and director Doug Groves with their show Super Legal. Created by Ivimey and written by McCullum (the folks behind the Internet phenomenon Texts From Superheroes), Super Legal is a legal procedural parody set in the word of comic book superheroes. Following the story of former supervillain, now court ordered lawyer for superheroes, Devin Struct (Ivimey) and his extra-violent goofball assistant Laura (McCallum), the show gets its laughs by taking comic book collateral damage seriously. Surprisingly, for all the nerd-laugh potential, this is not a concept that’s been explored much outside of cartoons like The Venture Bros. Taking two notoriously serious TV premises and creating a feedback loop of self-aware absurdity, Super Legal is going to put heroes and villains on the stand for things like property damage or the endangerment of child sidekicks (Batman, I’m looking at you and your “wards”). Super Legal is part of CBC’s ComedyCoup contest, in which regular old viewers who love to laugh (read: you and me) vote on projects like this one and the sadly now eliminated The Stuff of Things (featuring our own Ian MacIntyre and Brian Crosby). The prize is $500,000 to be used on a half hour TV special. Initially there were 300 projects to vote on, but it’s been winnowed down to the top 55. Voting reopens today, and the fifteen most popular will make it into the next round. The competition is intense, and the geek contingent won’t necessarily all fall in line behind the super solicitors. There is at least one other project, the Dungeons & Dragons-themed Roll For Damage, that’s hoping for the hobbyist vote to help it into the top 15. The Super Legal creative team knows what they’re doing though, and the clips on their CBC page are legitimately funny. Both McCallum and Ivimey have strong backgrounds in comedy writing and performance, and Dork Shelf regulars will likely recognize them from our Fan vs Fan recaps of The Flash, so it goes without saying that they know the source material. Skeptics don’t have to vote only on the strength of the few clips produced for the contest either. Let the Super Legal team and their friends show you how funny they are at Johnny Jackson on Friday, November 7, at 8PM. Admission is free with proof that you have a ComedyCoup account and attendees will get a chance to see standup from three comics including Ivimey himself, as well as some comic book-themed sketch comedy from the Texts From Superheroes gang.
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