Ctrl Alt Delete: the pro-choice comedy that’s the bravest TV show in America
They have been called worse than Nazis for their abortion-clinic comedy. But for Roni Geva and Margaret Katch, the hate pales beside the outpouring of gratitude
The makers of Ctrl Alt Delete like to say its a typical workplace comedy. But not your typical workplace, says co-creator Roni Geva. Do you come here often? jokes a woman in the abortion clinic waiting room in the first episode, and from that moment theyre off in short snappy episodes, the laughs come fast in this pro-choice comedy.
At a time when the debate around abortion in the US is reaching vitriolic and absurd levels see last month when President Trump said women were giving birth and then deciding, with their doctor, whether to execute the baby, and the number of states seeking to restrict abortions, including Alabamas ban last week it seems right for a different, more humorous and human, approach.
The second season of Ctrl Alt Delete has just started, with two episodes released each week on Vimeo. The show is based on real stories, many of which happened to Geva the day she had an abortion. So theres the doctor, played by Ed Begley Jr, who tells bad jokes; the counsellor who also supports the zero population growth movement; and the patient who is so regular at the clinic she says they keep a chair open for her, played by Naomi Grossman who was nominated for an Emmy for the role.
Its creators, Geva and Margaret Katch, met while working for a health company in Chicago in between acting jobs. They moved to Los Angeles within months of each other and decided to create their own work. Katch suggested they write something about abortion. And I said only if its funny, says Geva.