Mae And George - currently a working title - will be a six-part comedy following recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviours and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life. Life is further complicated by a new and all-consuming relationship with her new girlfriend George...
Producers Objective Fiction describe Mae And George as "a deeply personal, darkly hilarious and poignant story about the unique pressures of navigating the modern-day fluid landscape of gender and sexuality."
Canadian born, UK-based stand-up comedian Mae Martin has previously spoken in her live shows about how, when growing up, she took various drugs, including heroin. Her last show, titled Dope, was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award and has since been turned into a Netflix special (as part of its Comedians Of The World series). She also presented the Radio 4 stand-up series Mae Martin's Guide To 21st Century Addiction.
Speaking about her new sitcom, the comedian says: "We cannot wait to make this show with E4, Netflix, and Objective Fiction - WHAT A DREAM. I'm especially pumped to be co-writing Mae And George with my best friend Joe Hampson. He has such an incredible head of hair. We are excited to make a show that is both funny and sad, like our lives, and I hope they've factored therapy into the budget because I'm already hanging by a thread."
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, comments: "We're so thrilled to back Mae on this project. Her comic voice fantastically captures the inelegancies of being young, now. She riffs from vulnerable to intense to hilarious and it all feels so real and refreshing. Mae And George is totally unique and totally accessible."
Kelly McGolpin, Objective's Head of Development, adds: "Mae's stories are unique and yet utterly relatable - we hope that viewers will fall in love with her, as her live comedy audiences have. She and Joe Hampson are huge talents and we are very proud to be helping create their world."
Are you gay? Are you male? Are you straight? Are you female? These aren't necessarily questions with yes/no answers. Gender and sexuality aren't black and white, binary concepts - they can be fluid, and are often on a spectrum: 40% of people under 25 don't identify as gay or straight. Society hasn't necessarily caught up with this, though, as comedian Mae Martin notes in this comic look at sexuality, dating and gender in the 21st century. She notes, partly in humour, partly in frustration, that it's 2017, and we are still labelling people by who they sleep with.
Expanding on themes raised in her BBC Radio 4 show Mae Martin's Guide To 21st Century Sexuality, she aims to break down barriers and start conversations. With a blend of personal anecdotes and clever social observations, Mae gently pokes fun at stereotypes, pigeon-holing and intolerance in this truly millennial book.
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