It came from the internet: Rob Norman on his new podcast about the horrors of human contact

You may know Rob Norman as the co-creator of best characterthe popular comedy self-improvement program CBC Podcasts, which aims to help ordinary people achieve small goals. time named best character “Easily one of the funniest podcasts on the air.”

But with his new series, limited capacityRob Norman isn’t trying to make you laugh – he’s trying to scare you.

After Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Get outComedy’s leap into horror is becoming more and more common. However, it is not uncommon for Norman to be chosen for the follow-up project as a surprise. this does not mean limited capacity It’s not funny sometimes tonally, it’s similar to black mirrorexcavating the dark humor of its disturbing scenarios.

limited capacity It is about the strange and twisted ways in which people use technology. The series blurs the line between thriller and sarcasm, as each of the six short stories in the collection flips. cast limited capacity Includes Eric Peterson (gas corner), Raki Morzaria (Play The Burbs), Cal Dodd (X-Men: The Animated Series) and much more. Performers are sometimes as surprised by where the story ends as the listener is; Storytelling combines written pieces with improvised elements.

Listen to the trailer:

limited capacity1:07Presentation: Limited Capacity

Released on November 18. Limited Ability is a collection of six disturbing short stories about the way our lives are being distorted by imperfect technologies. Punctuated with black humor and sudden twists, each episode blurs the lines between horror, thriller, irony and satire. It’s like a black mirror to your ears. From Rob Norman, co-author of the hit podcast Personal Best. 1:07

Norman spoke with CBC Podcasts about the unusual production process for limited capacity And why he wanted to make something completely different from his last project. Here is part of that conversation.

How would you describe the limited ability of someone about to experience it for the first time?

It’s psychological horror about people who spend a lot of time on the Internet. Each episode is a different story with different characters. Some episodes are scary. Others are sad or funny. it’s a black mirror or Twilight Zone But for your ears.

your other podcast, best characterIt is an unwritten comedy podcast. What made you want to switch genres to it limited capacity?

I definitely love making best character And I’d be happy to do another 100 episodes of this show. But Andrew [Norton, my co-host] And I was very aware of the stories we should tell and the stories we shouldn’t. Also, when you’re telling someone else’s story, it’s a huge responsibility: to tell their story honestly and to make our guests look good.

limited capacity It really allowed me to push the characters and stories in directions we hadn’t explored before. It’s also the first show I’ve ever produced on my own. So each of these stories seems very personal to me.

The production process for this podcast included mixing script pieces and improving on the acting. How the cast helped shape the stories in limited capacity?

Each episode was fully written but the cast did not receive those scripts. Instead, their characters were transported through the story scene by scene. Sometimes directing episodes felt more like guiding someone through a haunted house than creating a podcast. I think this made these stories feel like you’re “live in them” because you’re not listening to someone reading a script; Each episode is the actual experience of an event.

at limited capacityPeople are using technology in some very harmful ways. Would you say that you are generally more pessimistic or optimistic about how technology will affect society in the future?

I don’t feel strong one way or the other. Technology fixes some problems, and creates new ones. But humans remain largely the same. And that’s what this show is all about. Being online does not change the human condition; It just changes how these behaviors are expressed.

What’s your personal tech vice: something you know you should give up or use less of but just can’t seem to stop?

If I had stronger willpower, I would stop using social media completely. This is not good for me. But I’m part of a Facebook group for tea drinkers where people talk about hot times and the best filters. They are very kind to each other. So I can’t leave Mark Zuckerberg’s little puzzle box just yet…

The Q&A has been edited for length and clarity. Written and produced by SK Robert.