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Type One is a comedy web series about Matt, a guy with Type 1, who's looking for love.
Type One is a comedy web series about Matt, a guy with Type 1, who's looking for love.
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Type One is a comedy series that dispels common misconceptions about Type 1 diabetes. Here's the pilot episode: 

Here's the story about how we created the show:

How does Type 1 connect with comedy?

Landis: My sister was diagnosed with Type 1 at age ten. I've seen her go through a lot of transitions. From injections to the pump. From proudly doing JDRF walks, to trying to minimize her disease, to looking into how advocate in way that's authentic to her. I've seen highs and I've seen lows. But most of all, I've seen her humor through it all. And been inspired by her.

Mike: My best friend was diagnosed at age eleven. We've been friends since middle school, and I've been with him in some really scary moments. But like Landis' sister, I've always known him to cope with his sense of humor, too.

Landis: It's this laughing-through-hardship that gave us the idea for Type One.

Mike: That, and realizing that not a lot people understand what Type 1 diabetes is.

Landis: So we thought, "Why don't we make a show that breaks stereotypes about Type 1 using comedy?" And Type One was born.

Mike: Upon doing research and consulting with experts in the field and people living with Type 1, we found that the Type 1 community is extremely receptive to this idea. And their input has been critical in the development of the show. Above all, we want to make sure the voice of people living with Type 1 is heard.

What Is Type 1 Diabetes?

Landis: That's a great question. Many people just don't know what Type 1 is. Part of our mission is to help people understand the day-to-day of those living with Type 1. We don't use public service announcements, but want to show by telling the Type 1 story.

Mike: Below is a graphic about Type 1 diabetes, taken from Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit that seeks to create a new level of respect, understanding, and support for those living with Type 1 diabetes.

(Courtesy of Beyond Type 1)
(Courtesy of Beyond Type 1)

What is Type One, the web series?

Landis: Let's start with what it's not. It's certainly not a medical show or a how-to.

Mike: It's a response. We listened to people living with Type 1 talk about the common misconceptions they're faced with.

Landis: And what better way to crush stereotypes than with humor? It's in the same vein of humor that my sister and Mike's friend use to cope with this disease.

Mike: We filmed the pilot episode and moved quickly on post-production in order to get it released on November 14, World Diabetes Day.

Landis: We've written seven more episodes--and that's where we need your help. Each episode costs around $7,000 to film, edit, and produce. Everyone that works on this project with us gets paid--the cast, crew, and production team. We believe in compensating every member of our team for their time and talents.

Mike: By funding this Kickstarter, you're continuing to help to raise awareness about Type 1 and giving a voice to a community that has long been underserved.

Landis: And possibly getting us closer to a cameo by Jay Cutler or Brett Michaels.

Some shots from the set:

Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes
Matt checking himself
Matt checking himself
Just rockin' that pump
Just rockin' that pump
And that's our Petey!
And that's our Petey!

Pics from the Type One Launch Party and fundraiser for Beyond Type 1 - Willis Skydeck, Chicago 11.13.15. 

Not a bad view!
Not a bad view!
We premiered the pilot episode!
We premiered the pilot episode!
When we were on WGN to talk about Type One!
When we were on WGN to talk about Type One!
     

Risks and challenges

Just with any film project, we don't have locations or actors finalized. We also haven't figured out a way to control the weather. This could set back the timeline of the project, as we'll need to coordinate schedules, but we don't anticipate more than a week or two delay.

The information provided by Type One is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional.

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    A CHARACTER JUST FOR YOU
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    Mike and Landis will curate a panel of experts for an evening of t1 education in which you may invite up to 30 people.

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    COMEDY FOR YOU
    A night of laughs--just for you. Mike and Landis will curate a comedy show for you and up to 30 guests. It will be a comedy variety show of Chicago's finest stand up, improv, and sketch comedy in a chic loft space.

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