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Gigahoes: The Mockumentary Web Series You Didn’t Know You Needed

Gigahoes: The Mockumentary Web Series You Didn’t Know You Needed

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A few weeks ago I received a message on Twitter from New York-based comedian Adam Lash with a link to his new web series Gigahoes. I clicked not knowing what to expect, and thankfully my curiosity was rewarded…over and over again.

What I saw can only be described as pure genius revealed through the world of robot prostitutes, but before your mind runs wild, here’s the official synopsis:

Gigahoes is a mockumentary, set in the future, that follows the escort agency, Artificial Intercourse, as they try to deal with the changing business landscape as new, better, and cheaper sex-bots are released.

Gigahoes is a robot sex comedy that explores the question that everyone thinks about, but is too embarrassed to ask; ‘How will human interaction with technology evolve when it becomes possible to have a relationship with that technology. Even if its carnal.’ It’s like ‘Her’ but with real robots, or ‘The Terminator’ but with less violence and more sex jokes.

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It would have been all too easy for co-creators and writers Adam Lash and Kevin Gilligan to go the cheap and dirty route. Instead, these two up and comers showed incredible restraint, masterfully creating a witty and intelligent body of work that’ll keep you laughing-out-loud while gasping at the boundaries they pushed.
Great writing aside, the creators also managed to gather an outrageously funny band of actors. From Kimberlee Walker’s no-bullshit robot Charlie to Daniel Florio’s mega-stud and super stuck-up Branden, every cast member brings something unique to the equation.
After binge-watching every episode of the first series I wanted to know more. Lucky for me, Adam Lash was happy to answer some of my burning questions.
SP: Where did the idea for Giga Hoes come from?
Adam: A few years ago I had a joke about how sex robots were going to lead the robot apocalypse, it was kind of funny so I wrote a sketch about it. The sketch wasn’t funny. The notes I got on the sketch basically said it would be funnier if we just followed the sex robots around in their daily routine. 
A minute later, ideas for what would soon become Gigahoes started flowing out of me. Two weeks later a friend of mine suggested a friend to help me write, Kevin Gilligan (the co-creator/writer/actor for the show), and we started talking and more ideas started being formed. We were one upping each other and started to create the most logical, funny, future we could come up with.
SP: What kind of research did you undertake during the writing process, particularly in relation to making the robot tech-speak sound so convincing? Were there any interesting facts you discovered about the sex industry?
Adam: Kevin and I didn’t do a whole lot of research into the tech speak. We didn’t need to, Kevin and I are giant nerds. So tech speak, like they have on every episode of Star Trek, is like a second language to us. We came up with most of the terms, and just tried to make them sound as normal as possible. I did research ‘Schmidt’s Principal of Attraction’ which is mentioned by the character Branden in episode two.
As for what we learned about the sex industry….In doing the outreach for the Kickstarter earlier in the year, we ran into a lot of future focused sex tech. Like the beginnings of Haptic technology, where someone has a phallic type object hooked to a machine and they stroke it, the sensation are transmitted through the internet to another machine that simulates the sensation on your own phallic type object.
There’s a lot of future sex out there now. Sex-bots already exist in some fashion. In fact we ran into a guy who has two of them, and the sex-bots have Twitter accounts. But we also researched Real Dolls and saw how much those cost and the accessories and additions that you could use to customise them.
When we were creating and writing the world, Kevin and I knew that the sex industry tends to lead technology. That’s why VHS beat BetaMax, Blu-Ray beat HD-DVD, and why YouTube allows you to scan the timeline on its videos. We’re just taking the next logical step.
SP: How difficult was it to find actors willing to play out the more intimate scenes?
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Adam: It wasn’t as hard as it could have been. We were very up front with everyone that this show was going to walk the line when it came to the sexy type scenes. Due to the main premise of the show, we felt like we needed to show some sex acts, but without actually showing anything.
In our auditions and casting notices, we were up front with the content, and a lot of actors were okay with it. Luckily for us, we ended up casting a lot of people we already knew from our comedy community, and they trusted us to take care of them and not put them in any situations they were uncomfortable with doing.
It also helped that our set was very friendly and laid back, so the actors felt comfortable enough to play around and have fun. And we were always respectful. Kevin, or our amazing director David Wright, or I would give a quick speech before we shot those more intimate scenes to make sure everyone was on the same page and that our actors felt comfortable and safe.
SP: There were some crazy cool costumes used throughout. Where did you find such a diverse range and how did you go about creating each character’s specific ‘look’?
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Adam: Most of the costumes were purchased at NYC’s famous Halloween Great Adventure, it’s the main, most well-known costume shop in the city.
Since we were running on a very small budget, we just used what we and our actors already had to make sure that we played up each character’s individual characteristics. Darker, sleek clothes for Charlie, our dominatrix. Lighter, friendlier more comfortable clothes for Jessica the ‘girl next door.’
SP: How long did the filming process take?
Adam: We filmed the show over 19 days in July-September this year. But the process to get to that point took us about two years. Kevin and I wrote the show twice, over a year and half in time. Then we had a Kickstarter earlier this year, which lead to a mad rush of pre-production. All told we’ve spent about two years on the project once we were done filming.
As hectic as it was, shooting was a lot of fun. We had a lot of different locations throughout the shoot. Many of them were our friend’s apartments. But the A.I. offices were shot in our friend, Donella Reed’s, home. We couldn’t have done the show without her.
It was a crazy couple of months running around the city with film equipment and sex toys.
SP: What’s can we expect next from you?
Adam: Kevin and I are pulling the team together and we’re starting the process of writing Gigahoes season two. We hope to be filming next summer and will release the next season sometime next fall. But that situation is current fluid. Season two is happening. You can follow the process by liking us on Facebook (facebook.com/Gigahoes) or following us on Twitter (@Gigahoes).
Kevin is currently working on doing a show based on his sketch “Branch Davidian Apocalypse Kids Club” to be staged at a comedy theatre in NYC in early 2015. You can follow him on Twitter (@Gilligan_McJew) and stay up to date with him on his website (www.kevinryssgilligan.com).
As for me personally I have a future focused blog called ‘Advice I’ll Never Give My Future Son’. The premiss is that ‘It’s the future, and I’m dead. But I thought ahead and wrote all my fatherly advice for my son so he would be able to understand and handle puberty, relationships, and sex.’
You can also follow my exploits on Twitter, I’m @TheAdamLash.
Check out the trailer for Gigahoes season one below and be sure to check back with more news about season two.