Written by Camaron Stevenson
Saturday Night Live writer and pleasantly awkward Mike O’Brien started the web series 7 Minutes in Heaven back in 2011, where he interviews, role plays and attempts to make out with celebrities ranging from Olivia Wilde to Ellen DeGeneres.
If you’re looking to get into watching web series’, this is an excellent place to start. The episodes are usually around 3:00 4:00 minutes (cut down from seven-minute interviews), are very casual, and showcase faces you’re well familiar with. It’s like if Jimmy Fallon swapped his charm for the ability to not break character and met his guests in the wardrobe.
O’Brien’s style is reminiscent of Chris Farley’s interviews on SNL, asking open-ended questions with no follow-up other than a sheepish grin. He brings games into the equation, such as, “Closet Theater,” where he gives him and his guest a closet-themed situation to act out. Another favorite is “Script Readings,” where he brings a fabricated script from one of the guest’s roles and has them read it in character. If you have any interest in hearing Elijah Wood as Frodo talk about blowing a tree full of Hobbits to Hobbit-Hell, this show’s for you.
Oh, and don’t forget the best part: Since it’s Seven Minutes in Heaven, O’Brien always does his best (read: endearingly awkward) attempt at scoring a quick makeout session somewhere in the sketch. If he’s got one thing going for him, it’s perseverance.
After 18 episodes solo, O’Brien teamed up with the YouTube channel Above Average, where he’s since done nine more episodes. Binge the whole playlist here.