This show is really funny! You should make sure you watch
it. Everyone is going to love it. I don't normally predict
these things, particularly about comedies, but trust me,
this is going to be big. I just watched 9 episodes that FX
sent me, but I wish there were more.
At first I didn't know if I would like it because it
seemed to be mostly the embarrassment type of humor, but it
had me laughing pretty quickly. It's just hilarious. Billy
Crystal and Josh Gad play TV versions of themselves (that
is, they're kind of jerks), in much the same way that Larry
David and his friends did in "Curb
Your Enthusiasm". The idea of the show is that Crystal and Gad
are doing a sketch comedy show together for FX.
Most of the show is about Crystal, Gad, and the other
people that work with them, behind the scenes as they're
followed around by a camera. In that sense, it has
some elements of both "The
Larry Sanders Show" and "The Office." They even
sometimes talk to the camera like they did in "The Office"
or in similar shows like "Modern Family." Personally,
I don't normally like those type of shows, but this one is
very funny, so it works.
Now, if you hate Billy Crystal and his type of humor,
maybe you won't like this show, but otherwise, I can't
imagine anyone not liking it. This is funny like he is
hosting the Oscars or in any of his classic movies like
"City Slickers" or "When Harry Met Sally." (Mercifully, it's
not like his "Mr. Saturday Night.") Josh Gad can be
really annoying in other shows I've seen him in, but he's
just spot-on in this one. The two of them are a really
interesting pair and play well off each other.
What's also really great is how they start out not liking
each other but eventually become very close. They do a great
job developing that relationship. Denis O'Hare is also
pretty funny as an FX executive. The other characters in the
show are hit-or-miss. The wonderful actress Dana Delaney
plays Billy's wife, but she's just playing it straight.
I think it could be even funnier if they focused a bit. It
seems a little scattered at times and not as tight as it
could be. For instance, Steve Weber plays a really
interesting character, but they don't do much with him once
he shows up. These are just nitpicky observations,
though. It's still very good.
The whole show-within-a-show concept has been done a lot,
but it really works well here. Crystal and Gad's characters struggle to
get their show together while FX worries about the costs and
whether it will be any good. We also see plenty of great
sketches from Gad and Crystal that are hilarious. I enjoy
those a lot. You will, too. Don't miss it.
About The Comedians:
In The Comedians, Billy
Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with
Josh Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered,
behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch
comedy show where egos and generations collide. Stephnie
Weir stars as “Kristen Laybourne,” the anxiety-ridden
producer behind The Billy & Josh Show who frequently
finds herself caught in the middle of Billy and Josh's
arguments, Matt Oberg stars as “Mitch Reed,” the show’s head
writer, and Megan Ferguson stars “Esme McCauley,” a
no-nonsense production assistant. Together they spend most
of their time managing the egos of their two stars and the
generational divide that keeps them from ever fully seeing
We’ve just posted a few new
videos from THE COMEDIANS panel at
SXSW. The series premieres Thursday, April 9
at 10 pm e/p only
The Comedians: Describing The Show
How would Josh Gad best describe The Comedians?
You may be surprised…
The Comedians: Harsh Reality
How is The Comedians more than just a comedy?
Josh Gad explains during the SXSW panel.
The Comedians: Words of Wisdom
Josh Gad has a philosophy about getting into show
business. Watch and learn…
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