The pilot of a web series starring a Beachwood High School graduate has found a home in the streaming world on Amazon Prime.
Galya Loeb, 27, plays Becky, a comic book enthusiast, in “Hot ‘N’ Nerdy,” set in the year 2000 in Long Island before “being into comic books were cool,” Loeb said.
The show follows protagonists Alan and Phil, who meet Becky, the first female they’ve ever seen at a comic book convention. Alan and Phil “feel so different from the rest of society and they’re trying to embrace their differences and where they fit in.”
Lucky for them, Becky is there to help.
“She’s the first girl Alan and Phil have seen at a comic book convention and she offers to help them find girls at these conventions because more girls are getting into comic books,” said Loeb, who lives in Chicago and attends Anshe Emet Synagogue. “She’s confident and pretty secure in who she is and her love of comic books and being a female in this male-dominated space.”
The episode was filmed about a year ago over the course of two, 12- to 14-hour days, but Loeb said the hours flew by. After being shown in various festivals, the show became available on Amazon Prime in June.
Loeb noted the collaboration on set that allowed everyone to build off of each other.
“One example would be our costume designer,” Loeb said. “She brought such great costumes to the table that it inspired my character choices even more. Like, I understood who my character was based on the costume pieces she gave me.”
Since its release, it has been shown at various comic conventions and garnered honors like Best of Best at Comic Con Revolution Ontario and Best Web Series at Comic Con Revolution West Palm Beach in Florida.
Loeb – who is applying for graduate school to study comedy and works for Laven and Loeb in Beachwood – said there is hope to do more but right now, the show’s creator is waiting for someone to invest in the production.