Hey Guys, what do you get, if you take the sheer unlimited talent of SNL super-comedian Nasim Pedrad, Comedy Legend Martin Short, Standup Comedian John Mulaney and highly acclaimed Actor Elliott Gould, mix them together and coat that with a successful, young comedian like John Mulaney?
Surpriiiiiiise! You’ll get the shittest American TV that has ever existed. Who would have guessed? Just so you know, I am stressing the “American” part, since the British Sketch Comedy Show “The Wrong Door” still holds the international title.
Aaaaanyways, I wanted to like this show. Damn, I even wanted to love this show. First of all Martin Shaw is a legend and reason enough to give this a chance. Second of all Elliott Gould is an exceptional Actor. I loved him in everything I saw him in. And most importantly, I might be the biggest Nasim Pedrad Fan on the planet. In my eyes, she is the naturally most funny female on the planet. Might it be on SNL or in interviews, if she wants to be hilarious, then she is hilarious to the max. She could appear in even the worst of SNL Sketches and personally upgrade it to something funny. Oh and before I forget, there’s this John Mulaney Dude as well … ok, he’s the protagonist … never heard of him before this show, but supposedly he is a very successful comedian. It doesn’t even matter though, because with the Gould/Pedrad/Short Package, I would have accepted anybody as the lead. Damn, I would have accepted a fucking Platypus as a lead. Damn, make it a Platypus couple and call it “Platy and The Puss”, for Christs sake. This was basically impossible to fuck up, but they managed to achieve that STILL.
It’s hard to imagine, what kind of show they were heading for, but if you make it 10 minutes into the pilot, which is hard enough, you will be puzzled in regards to if this is simply copying Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, tries to be a hybrid of both or is supposed to be taken as a satire on Sitcoms, by basically taking the sitcom formula, but fucking up every aspect of said sitcom formula. Most likely it is just an attempt to copy Seinfeld. The “Sitcom Routine Snippet” beginning and end pretty much gives this away.
What makes this so bad? Well, basically everything, but let’s pick it apart:
The standup snippets. Terrible, not funny. Not even in an “I’ve heard that joke before” kind of sense, but in a “Was that a joke? Is That the end of the Joke? What am I am missing here? Why is that supposed to be funny?” sense.
The characters. They are not only unlikable, but complete, annoying buffoons. While the Mullaney Character walks the world without any
clues as to what he does, while all the other characters are simply nuts. If you have any insights as to how a successful generic sitcom is structured, you know that there are some characters, that you should fit in: 1. the sympathetic Protagonist. He/She can be an utter tool, but he/she has to be likable and/or relatable. Doesn’t work here. That Mullaney Character, he deserves exactly what he gets. 2. the cutey. Well, that’s obviously Nasim, but even her brilliance can not save her character. Annoying, unlikable, odd. 3. The room mate/friend/secondary protagonist. In this case the room mate. Wow, what a despicable piece of shit. What were they thinking? 4. The oddball, Now here’s one MAJOR problem of the show: they are all major oddballs. Maybe the writers did not realize that and added something negatively unique: the MEGA ODDBALL. He is portrayed by Zack Perlman, he’s the groups’s pot dealer and damn, if you think you could not possibly have more hate in you, than you already felt for the other characters, then this Figure will prove you wrong, as it shows you that it can get AAAAALWAYS more annoying. WOW! Did I meantion Martin Short’s character yet? Well, let me say just this much: it has to be seen, to believe.
The Plots: One things I pretty clear here, quality was not the main intention here, but rather finding plot lines that are as unusual as
possible or in other words: “as Seinfeld-esque as possible”. hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say NO MOOORE. 😉
The Jokes: As I pointed out, it is hard to call them jokes, since you can never be sure, if they mean those lines as a genuine joke or as the mockery of a joke. Like, when a buddy of yours tells you a crappy joke and you repeat it even crappier, to mock the joke.
It is a wonder, how this could have ever made it beyond Pilot status. Maybe it was John Mulaney’s recent Standup Success, who made the Exec in question make forget about protocol and skipping the test audience phase, or maybe he just thaught the same thing that I was thinking: with THAT cast, what can possibly go wrong? Damn were we both foolish to be THAT optimistic.