Community at PaleyFest: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase and More Talk About NBC Comedy
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The wit and wisdom of one of America's greatest humorists comes to life in Kurt Sutton's one-man show, An Evening With Mark Twain. Channeling Twain's public speaking engagements, where he proved to be a master storyteller and skilled musician, this family friendly and very funny show includes a sing-along of period songs like "Down in the Valley" and "Old-Time Religion," along with theatrical enactments of beloved stories from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain's semi-autobiographical travel memoir Roughing It and more. Sutton's portrayal follows years of research into the writer's life and works, including Twain's live performances that formed the roots of modern stand-up comedy. Learn More
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The episode they showed us to kick-off the event was hilarious! Cool to experience it with a live audience.
Dan Harmon, the show's creator and apparently some sort of TV comedy savant, was interesting, but clearly should have been tazed after his 10th rambling diatribe.
Disappointing to see Danny Pudi (Abed), the yummy! Alison Brie (Annie) and Y.N. Brown (Shirley) miss the event, it really would have added to the evening to have them there. Joel McCale was great, if a bit subdued... Ken Jong (Senior Chang) and Donald Glover (Troy) rounded out the attendant cast and illustrate the impressive depth of comedic talent the show has “coming off the bench” each week.
That said, I was pleasantly surprised to watch the great Chevy Chase steal the show. While a lot of his antics were vintage bits he had famously mined in years past, he was nonetheless a revelation to watch. I had last seen him live in 1979 at UCLA and remember being amazed at how genuinely funny the man is. Since then, a string of mostly bad movies and his reputed A-holiness on-set, and in life, had served to tarnish that memory over the years... but last night, the genius came rushing back.
I hope the show lives long enough to acquire the large audience it deserves. Thanks to all for making the evening possible. Taking in PalyFest after only a 30 minute drive is one of the uniquely GREAT benefits of living in L.A.!
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This was a fantastic evening. We saw an upcoming show, which was a treat, and had a great time hearing from the stars and producers/writers/directors of the program. I highly recommend PaleyFest for anyone who loves particular tv programs.
Joel McHale, “Jeff Winger”
Chevy Chase, “Pierce”
And additional members of the cast and creative team.
(Lineup is confirmed as of publication, but subject to change without notice.)
Boasting a crack ensemble cast led by Joel McHale as wisecracking disgraced lawyer Jeff Winger, Community follows the misadventures of a quirky group of students at Greendale Community College, an institute of less than higher learning. Creator Dan Harmon’s cult credentials are impeccable—he’s behind Channel 101 and The Sarah Silverman Program, among other alt-comedy favorites—and Community is an intriguing and wholly successful move into mainstream, ready-for-primetime entertainment. A critical and popular success, Community delights with its rapid-fire, off-kilter comedy, its fundamentally humane heart, and a perfectly deployed Chevy Chase as ragingly inappropriate moist towelette tycoon Pierce Hawthorne.