Cazzie David’s web series “Eighty-Sixed” roasts gen Z, but we’re in on the joke
Cazzie David, daughter of the comedy king Larry David, has started her own comedic venture. And it’s going to speak to your Gen Z soul all while making your Gen Z bladder explode due to extreme laughter. Her new web series, Eighty-Sixed, is a short form comedy that follows, the monotone yet somehow always distressed, Remi (Cazzie David) as she navigates that freshly single girl life.
The series is written by Cazzie and her college roommate, writing partner and director Elisa Kalani. The two have written previous screenplays together, but this twisted millennial love letter is the duo’s first project that has come to fruition.
The show centers on Remi, who is a bit narcissistic, neurotic and hella insecure when it comes to her post break up existence. Throughout the series Remi is putting too much effort into winning her breakup.
We’ve been waiting for someone to accurately encapsulate our generation’s engrossment with social media, and the subsequent problems it creates, like the imaginary pressure to post jealousy inducing party pictures with hot strangers after getting dumped.
And this is a story that had to be told by one of us to be truly funny. A middle-aged comedy writer’s jokes about our internet obsessed generation don’t typically work for us because they’re based on stereotypes rather than lived out awkward experiences.
As of this moment, no one has captured this generation’s lifestyle as authentic and candidly as Cazzie herself. The show hilariously drags us all for putting too much effort into winning a breakup, for thinking of our social presences far too often, and for fighting 20-something stereotypes while simultaneously being the problem.
For instance, in one scene Remi instructs her two friends to put their phones away at brunch– not because she wants to have a normal face to face conversation. But because she doesn’t want to perpetuate the stereotype of young people being glued to their devices. It’s all too real.
The show breezes past the overdone narrative that says young people are always on their phones, and goes into the why. It shows why we are obsessed and the social intricacies that go along with maintaining our social media personalities. What better way to showcase our neuroses than after a breakup?
Like when Remi insists on taking a group picture at the party, but has trouble locating someone who will post the photo. Most decline because they either aren’t even in the photo, or don’t want to disrupt their carefully curated social media feeds. Of course, Remi couldn’t post it herself or her ex would see as her as desperate. Soc meeds probs.
The brand of comedy is reminiscent of Larry David’s observational comedy, but rest assured the series is its own brand of edgy. It’s deadpan comedy that is somehow so absurd and relatable at the same time. It’s you, it’s your best friend, it’s your Saturday night, it’s your life — and it’s funny as hell.
Watch all six episodes of Eighty-Sixed on YouTube right now!