Filmmaker-comedian Rob Michael Hugel
Dealing with a breakup is never easy, but for Rob, the main character on the web series I Hate Being Single, losing his significant other is like an apocalyptic catastrophe. Tonight at 7:30, IHBS premieres its season finale at indieScreen in Williamsburg; the premiere will be part-screening, part-comedy show and part-dance party. "I wanted I Hate Being Single to capture the Brooklyn I live in, and not be some absurd hipster-bashing thing," says filmmaker-comedian Rob Michael Hugel, the star and mastermind behind the series; the web series won the Audience Choice Award at this year's New York Television Festival.
Hugel, who co-hosts the popular comedy show Bread & Butter at the Gutter in Williamsburg (along with comedian Shannon Coffey), cites his addiction to television as the show's main influence. "I was a TV junkie, and I still am," he says. "I was a hardcore TGIF fan growing up. Full House, that was my thing. I just sat in front of the TV all day." True to his inspirations, his series is a unique mash-up of classic sitcoms like Perfect Strangers, and a Duplass brothers mumblecore feature.