We chatted with FX’s Kate Lambert about Cake on FXX and programming curration. The fifth season of the short anthology comedy series premiered on September 30th, 2021, on FXX, a partner channel of FX. Check out our chat with Kate Lambert below.
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About Cake on FXX
Cake is a handcrafted assortment of bite-sized shorts carefully curated and served up as a tasty treat for the mind. Featuring a diverse array of narratives from storytellers both new and established, this half-hour weekly showcase is equal parts thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, artistic, authentic and raw. (Not to mention, totally gif-able!) In addition to airing linearly on FXX, both the weekly showcase and individual programs stream via FX on Hulu. Cake is produced by FX Productions.
When did you officially fall in love with animated television?
KL: I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons. Then discovered adult animation and comedy with shows like Archer.
What can you tell us in terms of the goals with FXX’s Cake?
KL: We launched Cake as a way to have a sandbox for short form content in various lengths that had stronger points of views. We wanted a space that felt like it embraced discovery.
Why do you think adult animation has become so popular?
KL: I think folks grew up on animation as a part of their lives whether thru TV or movies like Disney and Pixar and then were craving stories that spoke to other stages in their life as poignantly.
Can you take us through processes of curating content? What do you personally look through?
KL: We don’t treat it any differently to how we look for content for our FX scripted brand. We are looking for voices and storytellers with a point of view on the world who are fearless.
When people watch Cake, what are you hoping they get out of it?
KL: Surprise and enjoyment. Maybe not everything is for you, but you’ve enjoyed the ride and have discovered or seen some new artists that have stuck with you and inspired you. Or just made you laugh.
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