The Katering Show is a six episode web series about the ‘journey of a food intolerant, and an intolerable foodie’ by Australian comedy duo Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney.
The talented pair wrote, directed and star in the show that received funding support from Screen Australia and a number of sponsors.
With one episode (Thermomix) clocking up over 1.3 million views in three weeks, The Katering Show has become a web show hit on “everyone’s favourite TV channel, YouTube.”
Our obsession with TV cooking shows is ripe for mockery – and this show covers topics like food porn; “decanting some soft drink into a mustard jar wrapped in weeds and shoelaces”, quitting sugar; “sugar – it’s been really bad since the internet began,” ethical eating; “ethically speaking wallabies and opossums are very cute, so I’m not going to eat them.” Risotto is described as “hot wet rice” that’s “f*king dinner porridge.”
McLennan’s smug saccharine-ness and McCartney’s nonchalance make for hilarious chemistry; the comedic timing is perfect, the production quality is slick and the attention to detail is meticulous (check out the logo with a colon). Chances are you’ll binge watch the whole six episodes and still be wanting more.
The duo are even happy to mock their vocation as “web series creators” with McLennan consoling McCartney on her TV acting career; “But you’re doing well, you know. You’re doing a web series.”
With many Australian centric references (PM Tony Abbott, actor Chris Lilley, blogger Sarah Wilson) it will be interesting to see if the show translates onto a global stage. The YouTube comments are complimentary – noting the “chirpy Australian accents” as an asset.
McLennan and McCartney who’ve been “making TV for the Internet since 2013” are also creators of the web series Bleak (“the web series based on the TV series that doesn’t exist yet”), which has enjoyed official selection at many web fests around the world. It’s worth checking out if you want more from these creators.
Best of all, The Katering Show has put comedy web shows firmly into the mainstream down under.
Watch The Katering Show: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/katering-show/
Photo Credit: The Katering Show