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BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FL
March 25, 2015  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: “This is a crazy show.” One character says that during tonight’s inaugural episode, capping a sequence that already had made me laugh out loud – twice. This new 10-part comedy series, with a continuing story line, is from Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, creators of the web series Next Time on Lonny, and bring to Comedy Central the same winning brand of dazzling unpredictability and cinematic fluency. You won’t be able to predict what comes next, except that whatever comes next will remind you of yet another movie or TV show, while remaining wholly original. In Big Time in Hollywood, FL, Anfanger and Nurse Jackie alumnus Lenny Jacobson star as wannabe filmmaking brothers in South Florida who dream of making and posting a video that will lead to success in the other Hollywood. At the moment, they still live with their parents (played so deliciously by Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky) – but that may change, which propels the plot in an absurdly unexpected direction. Executive producer Ben Stiller guest stars as an actor in rehab, and future guest stars include Michael Madsen and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Give this one a try – it’s a funnier comic debut than anything the broadcast networks have come up with in several seasons.

 
 
 
 
 
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WM Jacques
This could have been a lot funnier if they actually played off some of the absurdities of the real Hollywood FL, a hodgepodge of dated architecture, old shopping malls, and wanna-be service workers living in suburban tract homes (as David B well knows as his hometown is five miles north). But, instead, it relies on mild plot arch twists and comedic character parameters. Gotta get better.. otherwise, I'm outa here as a viewer.
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