A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the set of the new Disney Channel show, Bizaardvark! Have you seen it yet? It’s moving to it’s new time slot of Sundays at 8:30pm EDT. The show is SO funny and while the target audience are tweens and teens, I’m loving it too.
The live-action comedy follows Paige and Frankie, quirky best friends who write funny songs and create music comedy videos for their online channel, “Bizaardvark.” Now with 10,000 subscribers, the girls are invited to produce videos at the influential Vuuugle Studios. In this cool environment — and with the help of their friend and aspiring agent Bernie and fellow Vuuugle stars Dirk (of “Dare Me Bro!”) and Amelia (of “Perfect Perfection with Amelia”) — the duo embark on comedic adventures in their quest to take the video blogging world by storm.
Frankie loves to sing and play the keyboard. She has razor sharp wit and can be incredibly silly, especially when it comes to creating new characters and sketches. Paige loves to sing and plays the guitar. She is a bit more levelheaded, yet easily excitable (when she learned they made it into Vuuugle, she hyperventilated). Creating funny sketches and songs with Frankie is her favorite thing in the world.
Their fellow 7th graders began producing music comedy videos three years prior as a creative way to own their weirdness and poke fun at the challenges (and mishaps) they face growing up, including feeling like outsiders at their school, Hollander Prep. They came up with the name of their channel while flipping through the dictionary (A: aardvark. B: bizarre… Bizaardvark!). Even though many of their classmates don’t quite understand their comedy, the offbeat sense of humor of “Bizaardvark” now how has a growing fan base including the girls’ longtime friend, Bernard “Bernie” Schotz.
Bernie believed in the girls and their talent from the beginning. While he lacks professional experience and clients (and has a curfew), the 12-year-old budding agent has a rare confidence that gets him through even the most foolhardy deals. Whether Paige and Frankie like it or not, Bernie is sticking by them every step of the way.
Now that Frankie and Paige are part of the ultra-cool and vibrant Vuuugle Studios in Los Angeles, they are ready to take their comedy videos to the next level. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, costumes and sound stages, Vuuugle is a creative think tank where all of the biggest (and wackiest) video bloggers come to create and produce their individual channels of success. It is here the best friends finally feel like they belong.
Starring are Olivia Rodrigo (American Girl’s “Grace Stirs Up Success”) as Paige Olvera, Madison Hu (“Best Friends Whenever”) as Frankie Wong, Jake Paul (YouTube Red’s “Dance Camp”) as the lovable and wild Dirk Mann, DeVore Ledridge as Southern DIY diva Amelia Duckworth, and Ethan Wacker (“Miles from Tomorrowland,” “K.C. Undercover”) as the overly-confident Bernard “Bernie” Schotz.
Ever since I saw the first episode of Bizaardvark, I’ve been thinking (and cracking up!) at the video they made called “The Comeback Song” and now I’m excited to share it with you. Watch it, laugh, share and then tune into Bizaardvark!
While we had the chance to visit the set of Bizaardvark and even watch a rehearsal, we also had the chance to chat with the cast and producers too!
Jessica from The Mom Creative shot a video of our interview with the cast of Bizaardvark which I’ve put below.
The cast shared with us how they related to their characters, if they have ever been tempted to make YouTube videos and why you should watch Bizaardvark.
Jake Paul (who is a huge Vine star with over 1 BILLION loops) shared that “we are a family on the show” and I think you could tell that just from the chemistry between them as they talked with us. Watching the show, it really feels like Paige and Frankie are BFF’s making videos!
The creators of the show – Josh Lehrman and Eric Friedman – shared,
“That was one of our goals too when we were creating this show is we were trying to create a different type of girl for the Disney Channel. Throughout the episodes of the show these are two girls who are very creative. Their focus is not on boys. You know when we showed this pilot to kids they really responded to the idea of these kids embracing their weirdness. And lots of kids were like, I’m weird too. You know which we were really happy to see. So hopefully that comes through.”
Olivia Rodrigo, who plays Paige, agrees, “You don’t have to be on a TV show or on Broadway to be able to express yourself.” Madison, who plays Frankie chimed in that the show “reminds kids to follow their dreams”.
“Bizaardvark” moves to its regular timeslot with the telecast of its second episode “Draw My Life,” on SUNDAY, JULY 10 (8:30 p.m. EDT) on Disney Channel. In this new episode, Amelia gives Frankie and Paige tips to produce their next video, which has to tell the story of how the two met and created their channel. Meanwhile, Bernie tries to help Dirk overcome his worse fear.
Make sure to tune in to Bizaardvark this Sunday at 8:30pm EST on the Disney Channel!
Disclosure: Disney provided an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles including travel, accommodations and activities. All thoughts and opinions are my own.