You know we are BIG fans of highly creative women… we did, after all, build an entire subsite, WYSK-TV, to excusively showcase their work. So when we stumbled on Adult Wednesday Addams, a web series created by writer, actor, producer, and all around talented WYSK Melissa Hunter, we were beyond excited. Then we watched this episode (season 2, ep 3), and knew we had met our latest girl crush!
The show, written by and starring Melissa, centers on Wednesday Addams… but a grown up version of the legendary macabre little girl from The Addams Family cartoon and later 1960s TV fame. Instead of raising spiders, and playing with Marie Antoinette, her favorite headless doll, Melissa’s adult Wednesday finds herself in all sorts of present day scenarios, including being catcalled on the street, and handles them in her very special Wednesday-way.
Charles Addams* would be so proud.
*Charles Addams was the creator of The Addams Family, everyone’s favorite creepy clan that made their debut in his print cartoon for The New Yorker in 1938. Addams later worked with a television producer to further develop his print characters (Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing) for the 1960s TV series of the same name. Child actor Lisa Loring brought his Wednesday Addams to life on TV sets everywhere from 1964 – 1966.
About The Woman Who Writes And Plays Adult Wednesday Addams:
Melissa Hunter is a writer, actor, producer, a Los Angeles native, and a graduate of the Northwestern University theater program. Out of thousands of submissions, she is one of the 8 finalists for NBC Playground, a program set out to discover new comedy creators. She’s currently writing a pilot and starring in a pilot presentation for the network. She is a proud member of a brand new sketch team at Upright Citizen’s Brigade where she’ll be putting on monthly shows.
Melissa is a YouTube partner with Above Average, the digital arm of Lorne Michaels’ production company Broadway Video. She created and starred in a series for the company called Backseat Bitches, about the worst LA club girls in the backseat of an Uber-type car. The series premiered this past September, and was named #5 in LA Weekly’s list of the 10 Best Web Series of 2014 and was included as one of Entertainment Weekly’s 6 Online Comedies that Deserve to Be On TV.
Adult Wednesday Addams premiered on Melissa’s YouTube channel last year with a 6 episode inaugural season and has since gained 2 million views. Last fall, she received an artist grant from the Creative District and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for season 2. She recently premiered the new 7-episode season.