For the past two years, Desiree Akhavan and Ingrid Jungermann wrote, directed and starred in “The Slope,” a comedic web series based in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
It’s an LGBT Portlandia, but sedately ruthless in its satire of the self-involved and self-righteous. Desiree, a bisexual woman (Akhavan), and Ingrid, a lesbian (Jungermann) are the main characters. They do things that any upwardly mobile, educated LGBT or straight couple in NYC might do: they adopt a dog that has been abandoned in the park, they work/don’t work shifts at a food cooperative, they make an “It Gets Better” video. Yet they have innumerable flaws which are heightened for comedic effect. Even the show’s tagline revels in their inadequacies: “superficial, homophobic lesbians.” For example, some of their advice for LGBT youth in the “It Gets Better” video—don’t get fat, know a lot about music, and not everyone needs to have an opinion.
“The Slope” is able to be shameless in its political incorrectness because it uses humor to question the values of upwardly mobile, educated couples. It seems to say—really, this is who we are? Or if we’re outside of the privileged circle—really, this is what we’re supposed to aspire to?
Although “The Slope” can be viewed in its entirety online, the series finale aired in June 2012. Next up: individual projects. Akhavan starts filming her first feature, Disposable Lovers in May. “It’s a comedy in the vein of Annie Hall that follows the rise and fall of a relationship between a lesbian couple in Brooklyn,” she told The Mirror.
Jungermann’s latest is an eight-episode web series, F TO 7th, which premiered on January 21. She described it as “a homo-neurotic spin-off of “The Slope,” about my descent into lesbian middle age.” New episodes are posted on Mondays.
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