Let’s be honest—we’re all hot messes. Whether you’ve worn your underwear inside out for the past four days or just made the mistake of calling your boss’s wife his mother, you’re in good company with Lyle Friedman and Ashley Skidmore, the hilarious duo behind the hit webseries #hotmessmoves.
Skidmore and Friedman originally met while performing with UCB Theatre in New York City. Last year, they began writing, producing, and starring in their own webseries, which follows the hilarious misadventures of two 20-something women living in the city. In less than a year, they’ve garnered a loyal following of 20,000 subscribers and captured the hearts of power players such as Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, and Orange is the New Black’s Matt McGorry.
But the best thing about the series is its ability to transform life’s most awkward moments—ruining foreplay, pooping at your boyfriend’s house, horrible hookups—into hilarious, relatable ones we suddenly become proud to have experienced. The girls just announced an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of funding a third season. Here are three major reasons you need to become a donor right now.
1) For your own comedic interests
Since starting on YouTube, Skidmore and Friedman have consistently created over-the-top, laugh-till-you-cry videos that leave viewers hungry for more. And at the root of it all, the series revolves around a strong female friendship that celebrates, rather than shames, the mistakes and mishaps of both friends. Skidmore is the ying to Friedman’s yang, both in the series and in real life, and their general enthusiasm for pushing the boundaries of comedy has made their past two seasons huge successes.
2) To support more female-run comedy channels
Even as the YouTube platform continues to grow, its comedy scene remains a boy’s club, making it even more important to support series like #hotmessmoves.The success and popularity of Skidmore and Friedman’s channel is an inspiration to other young female creators and shows how starved women are for comedy sketches they can actually relate to.
3) To show Hollywood what women actually find funny
When it comes to what women want , #hotmessmoves is ahead of the curve. The channel’s weekly videos have empowered women to embrace life’s messiest, weirdest, most obscure moments with a laugh, because we all know we’re doing the best we can. Life is not The Notebook or You’ve Got Mail, and #hotmessmoves continues to remind us Hollywood’s unrealistic representation of women is no longer good enough. In the spirit of continuing to break new ground, it seems our responsibility to future generations to help make a third season of #hotmessmoves possible. Wouldn’t you agree?
Screengrab via Indiegogo