New show "Airhorns" depicts real-life EMS
The show by Leery Davis follows the antics of a private ambulance company as they fake Medicare payments, watch people die while eating toast and have sex during transports
By Michael Morse
The much-anticipated EMS-themed dark comedy “Airhorns” will debut on network television this fall.
Purporting to be the show that NBC's short-lived “Trauma” failed to be, “Airhorns” will follow the antics of a private ambulance company as they fake Medicare payments, watch people die while eating toast and have sex during transports.
“It’s a chance to shine the spotlight on the crazy, funny, lighthearted profession that is EMS,” says producer Leery Davis, who cited his own first-hand experience as the source material for the show.
“Let’s face it - death, fraud and sex are funny,” explains Davis, who once used EMS for transport after an oil-soaked potato was lodged in his throat. “I have no idea how the potato got there, but the crew that showed up made me laugh so hard it popped out, and saved me the embarrassment of a trip to the ER.”
The success of shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Chicago Fire,” which accurately portray the lives of firefighters and post zombie apocalypse survivors, respectively, bodes well for “Airhorns.”
“People love true life depictions of worlds hitherto unknown to them,” says Morty Sherman, one of the show's stars. “We will provide that, and have some laughs while we do it.”
“Airhorns” debuts this September in the coveted Thursday night timeslot.