Did anyone else catch the debut of Stella on Tuesday?
Based on their stage show, I had low expectations going in, but being a fan of The State from wayback, I gave it a chance. The debut episode was probably the funniest pilot I've ever seen.
"Silly" comedy is hard to perfect, but this show nailed it. I still chuckle thinking about the close-ups of the stunt dancers during the co-op number, or the spare key underneath the welcome mat. No irony, no political message, no laughtrack, no camera-mugging. Just straight silliness with a straight face.
If you missed it, catch the inevitable rerun when you can. And try not to be turned off by the "I Love the 70s/80s/90s" guy, Michael Ian Black. His VH1 persona doesn't peek through here.
I think that there was enough silliness to make the debut work for me, but I don't know if the show has enough legs to become a big hit with Comedy Central audiences.
The bit with David Wain making out with the girl who showed off the co-op apartment as the two Mikes are out on the terrace discussing Showalter's cry-baby tendencies was terrific. The laundromat/welcome rug bit was funny as well.
I came in with low expectations. While never having seen a live show myself I had talked with many people (whose comedy opinions I respect) and they had all hated...HATED Stella.
That said, I really enjoyed it. I thought it did a great job of walking the line between "stupid" and "clever." And after the fiascos that were the most recent batch of sketch comedy shows on tv (Lance Krall, The Hollow Men, The *ugh* Sketch Show) it did a really good job of coming off as something fresh and unique, a post-modern Marx Brothers...
The concept may wear thin after awhile, I mean how many times will you be able to watch three guys screw around? But for the time being I intend to watch and see how far out they can take things.
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I haven't seen the show yet, but I must be in the minority in that I saw the stage show special on Comedy Central and loved it. So, I'm sure I'll probably like the show itself (my wife saw it and said it was good, anyway).
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
I saw one of the live shows, so I was excited to see it coming to TV. I thought it was good, but I have the same concern as Torchslahser. It might not catch on as much and as soon as it needs to stay alive on TV.
I think Lord of the Rings has established Christmastime as a viable launch window for fantasy movies. Doesn't Desolation of Smaug open this December? If anything, this seems like a shot at Universal's Warcraft movie set to open the same day.