Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Baroness von Sketch Show star Meredith MacNeill said an increase of female writers, producers and executives will lead to the better representation of women in television and film.
Season 3 of MacNeill's CBC sketch comedy show premiered Thursday night on IFC in the United States. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix.
Co-starring Carolyn Taylor, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, the female-powered series doesn't mine media headlines for laughs, but rather looks for relatable truths in evergreen subjects and human dynamics from fresh perspectives.
"I think with more shows where you have female producers in channels and support teams that let women talk about the things that they want to talk about or let them speak about how society affects them that the messaging is only going to get stronger and better," MacNeill recently told reporters, adding that, as writers and producers on the series, she and her castmates can develop an idea, then "get it down the field."
"More women everywhere is better, let's be honest about that," she said.
The series features sketches that vary in time-length and tone, drawing comparisons from its stars to both a musical mixtape and The Muppet Show.
Highlights include a glimpse at a futuristic world summit with no male leaders and no conflicts left to resolve; advertising executives working with a voice actress on a Saving Private Ryan-type commercial for tampons; a perfectionist mom facing the horror of displaying her adorable child's colorful drawing in her pristine, white kitchen; a woman who has way too much faith in the miracles of dry shampoo; the lengths a female couple will go through not to disturb the cat sleeping at the bottom of their bed; and customers who imagine the sensational lives they'd be living if only they truly had the names that were incorrectly written on their travel cups at a coffee shop.
"We love to play the awkward moment. We embrace it," MacNeill said about finding the funny in everyday circumstances.
"People are really responding to that and are seeing themselves in it," she said. "It's just telling the truth and an empathy for a situation of like, 'I just needed to buy groceries,' or, 'I just didn't want to come to my friend's party and I didn't know what to say.' Those things are always going to be timeless."