Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Danny McBride + Baseball + HBO = Comedy Gold?

"You just got killed by a Daewoo Lanos, motherf***a!"

—Danny McBride, Pineapple Express (NSFW language!)

Although I haven't yet seen The Foot Fist Way, it's been hard to ignore the splash Danny McBride has made in Hollywood. His deadpan redneck schtick (check out that mullet!) played well in Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder, so maybe his new baseball series on HBO will be worth checking out. From the "Eastbound & Down" website:

Relief Pitcher Kenny Powers was poised to rule the Big Leagues, but two things got in the way: his fading fastball and his insufferable personality. After a spectacular career flame-out, Kenny came home to Shelby County, NC and picked up a job as a substitute gym teacher (mostly so his brother Dustin would stop threatening to kick him out). He's spent every moment since then cashing in the last of his dying fame while plotting his inevitable comeback... one beer at a time.

HBO brought us "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "Big Love" and "Flight of the Conchords" (Hiphopopotamus!), so "Eastbound & Down" deserves a chance. (Will Ferrell is an Executive Producer, so we can expect a few guest spots from him too.) On the TiVo list it goes.


Unknown said...

He went to my rival high school Courtland in Fredericksburg, Va. As a military brat transplanted in the town, I am pretty sure it's no schtick. If it is, it's a fantastic caricature of the areas rednecks. By the way, I highly recommend Foot Fist Way.

Steve said...

I recently got my hands on an advance copy of the pilot episode, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. McBride's character is very similar to his from the Foot Fist Way, but even more of a douche. It is also shot in a very similar style (not much of a surprise considering it is directed by the same dude).

I suppose some people might find the show a bit off-putting because McBride's character is such a horrible person in every way that it is hard to relate to him. It reminds me of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in that most of the comedy comes from the utter awfulness of the main characters.

I was happy to see Andy Daly, who is a mainstay of the LA "alternative" comedy scene (and in my personal top-5 funniest people list), cast as the Principal of the school his character is teaching.

Orel said...

Thanks for the advance review, Steve. Looking forward to it!