Before I actually start this post, I’d like to thank Mac 10 for sharing with the entire world what he’s been jerking off to this summer. I think we’d all been wondering about that for a long time, and we can all happily move forward now that we have that vital piece of information. Additionally, I’m happy that he finally managed to do 2 posts in a row without using a list. Things were getting so list-oriented I just assumed he started talking that way. For example: “1, Why hello miss, I’m Mac 10. 2, Haha well yes, I do have an erection right now. 3, I don’t know why it’s so small, it’s cold in here. 4, You’re calling the cops already? 5, God this is the third time tonight. 6, Time to drive drunk to Taco Bell.” But apparently my theory was mere inaccurate speculation.
Now that the important business is out of the way, I’d like to introduce to you one of the best shows on TV right now. It’s called “Party Down,” and it airs on Starz. Basically, it’s about a bunch of struggling/failed actors and writers in LA who work together in a catering business, and it is absolutely hilarious. To give you some basis of comparison, it’s kind of like a cross between “Arrested Development” and “The Office.” (And I think it might be a little funnier than “The Office,” because I laugh like a 4 year old whenever I get to hear the word “fuck”.) Most of the comedy comes from witty dialogue, but there’s also a lot that comes from the sheer absurdity of the characters involved. Another awesome comedy aspect of the show is that a lot of the actors have slight “that guy” status, meaning you kind of recognize them from a minor part in a bunch of other shows or movies. Let me give you a little character run-down:
Henry Pollard – Henry (played by Adam Scott, who you’ll recognize as Derek from “Step Brothers.”) is the main character of the show. He’s a former actor who achieved his 15 minutes of fame for being in a few popular beer commercials and saying the catchphrase, “Are we having fun yet?” The commercials essentially were the end of his career, and he comes to Party Down catering to make a little cash to stay on his feet via bartending. Henry is basically the Jim Halpert of the show. He hates the situation he’s in, but he ends up getting fun out of it because he doesn’t give a shit about the job and just drinks and abuses painkillers. Comedy ensues.
Casey Klein – Played by Lizzy Caplan, Casey is a struggling comedian. She’s struggling because she sucks, which oddly enough makes her character funnier. She’s basically the Pam Beesly of the show: she isn’t the funniest, but having her there makes for some of the funnier situations.
Ron Donald – Ron is fucking awesome, I’ll say it right now. He’s the head of the catering team, and takes the job and himself far too seriously. The problem for Ron is that no one else on the team respects him at all, and no one on the team gives a fuck about the job. This leads to awesome situations like this one, where people just give him as much shit as is humanly possible. Also, Ron’s dream is to open a “Soup-or-Crackers,” the fastest growing non-coffee non-poultry franchise in Southern California. He tends to ask the hypothetical “What will you think when you come into my Soup-or-Crackers…” type questions, which leads to responses like, “What the fuck am I doing in a Soup-or-Crackers?” Ron is like the Michael Scott of the show.
Roman – You probably recognize Roman from his role as beard guy in Knocked Up. (He was also awesome in the movie Adventureland, but apparently no people saw that.) Roman is a sci-fi writer. He basically has no people skills, hates everyone except Henry, and is absolutely hilarious. A majority of his scenes involve him being socially inept, or having interactions like this one with the mildly retarded other members of the team, like:
Kyle – Kyle basically plays the talentless handsome guy who is a complete idiot. To get a good idea of his character, look back at that video in Roman’s description.
Constance – After Role Models (she runs the big brother business) and 40 Year Old Virgin (Steve Carrell’s boss), everyone will recognize Constance. She’s an aging actress who has never been successful, but refuses to give up the dream. She has ridiculous stories from back in the day, and she’s consistently hilarious.
I can’t really say much more than this show is absolutely amazing, and unless you’re a sick freak who hates comedy, then check out the first episode and you’ll be hooked. The other good quality of this show is that you eventually really start to care about the main characters, and by the end of the season, it becomes an all around great show rather than just a funny comedy. Enjoy.
Also, as an aside, this is absolutely mesmerizing. I wish I could find the full video, learn all the songs from this sketch, and become a street musician. I’m very career-oriented.