Wednesday, July 24, 2013

'BabeAbility' sketch comedy recruits musicians, launches Kickstarter

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Atlantans Zopi Kristjanson and James Sumner have launched a Kickstarter campaign to make more episodes of their sketch comedy web series "BabeAbility."

Kristjanson, former vocalist for Vera Fang, has drafted several female musicians for the next few episodes, including Elise Tippins from Featureless Ghost, Claire Evans from YACHT, and bassist Nat Baldwin of the Dirty Projectors. They'll be featured as different types of "babes" in coming themed episodes of the series, with Tippins as a French Babe, Evans as a Science Babe, and Baldwin as a Princess Babe.

Animator/director Sumner has created music videos for Deerhunter and YACHT and is most notably known for animating the Dirty Projectors' The Getty Address, a 40-minute film about Don Henley's spiritual journey.

Defining itself as "a comprehensive approach to maximizing your allure," "BabeAbility's" sketches are in a semi-instructional format that offers women "surreal lessons in Babeness." The first episode, "Always Bet on Black," focuses on witches and includes sketches like an exercise routine where the babes use brooms instead of barbells to the tune of ELO's "Evil Woman" (of course). Kristjanson and her crew also showed off their broom aerobics at the Little 5 Halloween parade last year.

Kristjanson hopes to raise $10,000 for the next three episodes by the time the campaign ends on August 16, and she's raised almost $3,000 already. In return for donating, you can get gifts like T-shirts, DVDs, original art, a spaghetti dinner, or a horseback ride around Atlanta with Kristjanson, depending on how much you give.

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