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Jean Elie & Mike Gauyo On Delving Into Dark Comedy For Send Help, Haitian-Americans In Hollywood & THIS Insecure Audition Blunder (Exclusive)

As co-creators of ALLBKs Send Help series, Mike Gauyo and Jean Elie bring to television something people never knew they needed; An all-Black cast, clever, dark comedy with first-generation immigrants that makes you laugh and think.

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And the series is already getting lots of love online for its inclusion of Haitian-American talent onscreen.

#SendHelpSeries got every Haitian actor Ive ever met in Los Angeles in it. Im sold @sendhelpseries @WatchALLBLK

Ashton Morris (@ashtonmorris1) August 12, 2022

Send Help Is Dark Humor With Out The Trauma Dumping

In the series, Jean Elie portrays Fritz Jean-Baptiste, a buzzing first-generation Haitian-American actor landing a starring role on a fictional hit TV show, This Cant Be Us. As moments tend to humble us in real life, Fritz also suddenly faces a turn of events that forces him to reflect on things around him.

Photo Credit: Errisson Lawrence/ALLBLK

The Send Help co-creators chatted with TSR about balancing the dark comedy in the series without trauma dumping, creating the perfect recipe for relatable laughs.

Jean Elie: I feel like dark comedy really imitates life, so it only makes sense for us to create something in that dark comedy space versus just balls-to-the-wall comedy. Because we live in a world whereif you dont laugh, you cry.

Were constantly dealing with so [much] BS on a day-to-day basis[}, so we wanted you to feel real, like a place where everyone can relate to and connect to in your everyday life.

Mike Gauyo: The thing is, yeah, we laugh, we enjoy things but we go through things too. We experience trauma, heat ache, issues with mental health [] things like that. Its good to be able to discuss it and do it in like an entertaining way.

Jean Elie Shares Insecure Audition Blunder

Elie has marked his name in television, appearing recently in HBOs Rap Sh*t and portraying in Ahmal Dee in Insecure. But his character Fritz Jean-Baptiste is still nervous about auditioning in the first episodes of Send Help.

The genial actor shared the advice hes give to his character about landing an audition.

You have to kind of walk in there like, if they want me, they want me. If they dont they dont. Nine times out of ten, youre not going to have that attitude, you have this anxiety.

Photo Credit: Errisson Lawrence/ALLBLK

Jean Elie actually thought he blew a major audition with Insecure casting directors, adding that he almost gave up before he even had a chance to audition because he focused on someone elses repeat performance though the walls of the lobby.

When I I got Insecure, I thought I didnt get the job. Because I heard someone auditioning and I heard them letting them do it over and over again. Im like oh they like him, Im not going to get this job.

Elie did get the job, as Issas brother in the series. Now he has Send Help, his and Mike Gauyos carefully executed dark comedy, loosely based on Jeans life.

Send Help is available to watch now on the streaming app ALLBlK. Peep the trailer for the series below.

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