Remember B-Side Studio, that wacky 1970s sitcom about a struggling Chicago recording studio? No? Well, maybe that’s because it wasn’t really a hit. Or a TV show. Or made in the Seventies. No, actually it was a series of plays performed in the style of Seventies comedies—and now it’s an eight-episode sitcom on YouTube.
Performed live in front of a studio audience in the fall of 2013 at Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, B-Side Studio riffs on the style of the classic 1970s workplace sitcom as it follows brothers Gary and Felix McNamara, their new assistant Janice, and house musicians Butch and Marvin through their adventures trying to keep their struggling studio alive. With one idea after another failing, they hit upon recording ‘song poems’ with the hopes that they’ll be able to save the facility. But then there’s the problem of Lady, the wife of their landlord. Can they keep B-Side alive? You’ll just have to tune in.