Everything about Fubar, eh?

Link: Suddenly, Vice content seems tone-deaf and terribly male

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Suddenly, Vice content seems tone-deaf and terribly male
Fubar Age of Computer has neither the wit or verbal dexterity of Letterkenny nor the benign tomfoolery of Trailer Park Boys. Yours truly has adored both series for their freshness and this Fubar thing feels dated, dumb and tone-deaf to contemporary reality. Continue reading. 


Links: FUBAR: Age of Computer

From Victoria Ahearn of The Canadian Press:

Link: ‘FUBAR’ creators bring the headbangers into the modern age on Viceland
“But it’s not headbangers watching headbangers. It’s normal people who are really interested in the ‘Letterkenny’ way of life, or the ‘FUBAR’ way of life, or whatever, ‘Trailer Park Boys.'” Continue reading. 

From John Semley of The Globe and Mail:
Link: The Fubar boys grapple with the internet in Age of Computer
“These guys are coming out of a time warp. The internet brings the world into your house. It lets those guys react off anyone they want or any situation they can create. It gives this show a scope that it normally wouldn’t have and a level of irreverence.” Continue reading. 


FUBAR heads to the small screen for stoner fun on Viceland

I once dismissed the mockumentary FUBAR as a ripoff of the Trailer Park Boys. The first FUBAR movie came out in 2002, a year after TPB debuted on Showcase, so the timing seemed apt. And, with buddies Terry (David Lawrence) and Dean (Paul Spence) getting drunk and shouting expletives at one another and folks in their community, I couldn’t help but assume they were the same as Bubbles, Ricky and Julian. There are definitely similarities, but Lawrence, Spence and Michael Dowse created their own brand of Canadian hosers via two feature films.

Now the trio has reunited for FUBAR: Age of Computer, an eight-episode adventure—created by Dowse, Lawrence, Spence, North Darling and Immanuela Lawrence—debuting Friday at 10 p.m. ET on Viceland. When we catch up with Dean and Terry, they’re down on their luck, have no jobs (“Jobs aren’t even jobs anymore,” Terry laments as he mocks millennials. “I’m at home in my man-bun on the computer.”) and off to do the most Canadian of things: blowing off some steam camping in Alberta. Who hasn’t gone into the wilderness, gotten drunk, put WAY too much wood on the fire and shot fireworks at one another? Except that, in the case of Terry and Dean, it’s hinted their antics may have caused the legendary fire in Fort McMurray. (The producers make a point of noting the joke in the disclaimer ahead of Episode 1 lest anyone get upset.)

The pair flees to Calgary to meet up with Terry’s cousin, Shank (Darling), after hearing that those displaced by the fire would receive $1,800 from the federal government. Aiming to get a new start, Terry applies for the credit … and then spends most of it on frivolous items (a lifesized cardboard cutout of AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is just one). Meanwhile, Dean’s King Diamond-esque falsetto could land him a singing career.

The homer genre is hot right now thanks to Letterkenny (creator Jared Keeso was inspired by FUBAR), the Canadianity podcast from Jonathan Torrens and Jeremy Taggart and even Team Give’r from this summer’s exploits on The Amazing Race Canada. As a result, FUBAR: Age of Computer fits right in with its well-timed laughs and memorable characters.

FUBAR: Age of Computer airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Viceland.

Image courtesy of Rogers.





Vice Studio Canada and Rogers Media announce start of production on FUBAR

From a media release:

VICE Studio Canada and Rogers Media today announced the start of production on their second original scripted series for VICELAND – FUBAR. Taking the beloved film franchise and hurtling it into the modern age, the eight-part, half-hour series, currently filming in Montreal, reunites director Michael Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. FUBAR is slated to premiere in 2017 on VICELAND, with full broadcast details to be announced at a later date.

The series opens with Terry (Lawrence) and Dean (Spence) fleeing from the wildfires of Fort McMurray, in a desperate retreat to Calgary, with nothing but emergency government debit cards to their names. Discovering high-speed Internet for the first time, Terry is exposed to a world of commerce and social media and attempts to harness the web to make a profit. Meanwhile, Dean embarks on a journey to record a triple-concept album, using his burnt bass guitar and no-nuts falsetto voice.