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First Web Series Taped in Front of a Live Studio Audience to Premiere

The first-ever sitcom web series taped in front of a live studio audience will premiere in May, according to Variety.

The workplace comedy L.A. Beer is set in a California microbrewery and follows a group of beer lovers and brewers as they compete in a growing industry, reports the entertainment news site.

The upcoming web series was funded through Kickstarter, which allowed creators to produce the sitcom for “1/200th of what the comparable cost for a network sitcom would be,” according to executive producer Sam Miller, who is also a staff writer for the CBS comedy Mom. The producer was looking to create a primetime-quality web series, but will also make history with the project.

“I was a writers’ assistant who just wanted to experience the collaboration and creative energy that only comes from being a writer in a writers’ room,” Miller told Variety. “Fortunately, I found an amazing group of dedicated people who believed our combined industry contacts and resources could produce a show that was just as good as something on television. Making Web series history and getting free beer was just a bonus.”

Starring Sam Daly, Arianna Ortiz, Kevin High, Alicia Ying, James Lontayao, and Sarah Stoecker, the series will start with five episodes on YouTube beginning May 11, two days after the start of American Craft Beer Week, which begins May 9.

Five more episodes will debut in June to coincide with L.A. Beer Week.

Miller said his team will consider additional episodes, dependent upon their ability to cultivate an audience.

“We hope to find interested buyers or possibly do another crowdfunding campaign,” he said.

Watch the teaser below:

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