Though they are unique, unfortunately, a lot of it is just not very funny. It's actually shocking to see a show loaded with incredible comedy talent fall so incredibly flat. Using the standard of enjoying sketches that at least made me smile, I counted 13 high-quality bits out of 12 episodes, and those 13 bits are from just five unique concepts (there are many recurring segments in the series.) Yes, there are OK sketches throughout that won't make you yawn or violently assault your TV, but OK is simply unacceptable when you're watching a line-up featuring Chris Parnell, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, Zack Galafianakis, Will Ferrell, Paul Scheer, Rob Heubel, Will Forte, Tim Meadows and Bob Odenkirk (and many others.) Sure, they aren't in every sketch (and not even every episode) but you certainly should be laughing far more frequently than you do here.
Frequently, the problem is a matter of pacing, as concepts just drag on, a problem made worse when a sketch is spread over several shows. I really wanted to like "Designated Driver," the four-part story that starts in the first episode and ends in the 11th. After all, it stars Rob Riggle and Scheer, two very funny guys, and the idea isn't bad, as Scheer is the put-upon friend, acting as designated driver to his obnoxiously drunk pal. With tighter editing, this would have been a really fun short film, but instead it's sectioned up and wedged in, to the point where you just want it to end. You've also got "Sleeping with Celebrities," a payoff-free bit of static annoyance that repeats four times, and the episode-long "The Carpet Brothers" which is only saved by Ferrell and Meadows' performances and the great commercial gags (and is buried by the lack of an ending.) Even Tim and Eric, who are so consistently funny on their show, can't cope with the timing issues, with three of their four bits falling short of hilarious ("The Morning Prayer with Skott and Behr" is amazing though.)
But if you want the ultimate in awful pacing, it's "One Thousand Cats," a PBS parody starring Brett Gelman, a comic of some reknown, as an actor portraying the titular felines, one or a few at a time. At over 12 minutes, it contains zero laughs. Not a one. The joke seems to be one of endurance, stretching a gag well beyond its breaking point, but it was never funny to begin with. It might have worked if you split it up and put it at the top and bottom of the show, and between sketches, (which wouldn't work with this show's format) but as it is, it points to the show's main issue. If you put this sketch on the site, no one would watch it, but in bringing the site to TV, they ignored the reasons why people enjoy their material online.
When you get past the really dismal stuff, like the abnormally bad Mike O'Connell songs, or the mildly amusing segments, like the goofy "Space Baby" or Andrea Savage's "Casual Sex," there are some definite gems. The funny stuff gets in and gets out quickly, like the excellent "Playground Politics," where international relations are played-out by kids to perfections, or the clever "Edited for TV" sketch by Slovin and Allen, which has fun with the idea of censorship in terms of language and nudity. "The Amazing Adventures of David & Jennie" is a touch longer, but still very funny, as David Neher and Jennie Pierson's madcap (and frankly adorable) sense of humor is a perfect fit for the concept. Pierson's smiling face is like a punchline unto itself (and that's not an insult at all.)
Oddly though, the best sketches are actually the longest, the four-part "Holdup," set during a bank robbery. Part of it is the incredibly talented cast, which includes Heubel, Ed Helms, Malin Ackerman, Tom Lennon, Rachel Harris, Jerry Minor, Ian Roberts, Kate Walsh and Creed Bratton, but the story is great as well, split up quite well between the four parts, so each stands on its own, in addition to being a great overall concept. Lennon is, as usual, fantastic as the coked-up bank manager, while Helms shows again why he remains one of the best parts of The Office. Perhaps they should have split up this all-star roster and spread them out over a few more sketches so that there could be more funny and less die.
The audio is delivered by Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks that are nicer than you might expect for a comedy series, with some separation between the center and surround speakers, with enhanced music and sound effects fed to the sides and rear. There's nothing dynamic about the mix, but the boost for the atmospherics and music helps the sound.
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