Mulaney, Series Premiere, Review

Mulaney is a modern take on Seinfield. The former is nowhere near as good as the latter, but Mulaney is far from being another Selfie. Although, that’s not saying much.

In the show, John Mulaney plays a fictional version of himself. The fictional John Mulaney is a struggling standup comic, who lands a job at Lou Cannon’s television show. Cannon (Martin Short) comes off as self-absorbed, but in the end we find out he has a soft spot for Mulaney. Cannon uses Mulaney’s jokes, so Mulaney doesn’t quit.

I love Martin Short’s obviously affected over the top public persona, but he does it all the time and there’s no other character that rivals his hamminess. Making matters worse, (the real) Mulaney either can’t act or is completely uninterested in his own show. As a result, the scenes with Cannon and (the character) Mulaney feel like “The Martin Short Show.” If Short wants to do weekly television, someone should give him his own damn show. Leave Mulaney in the writers room.

When Mulaney isn’t with Cannon, he hangs out in his apartment with his friends, Jane (Nasim Pedrad) and Motif (Seaton Smith). Jane is a crazy woman or as Motif would call her a “problem bitch.” She stalks her ex-boyfriend, while trying to convince him that she’s over him. Motif fills the role of Mulaney’s black friend because every milquetoast white person needs a sassy black friend with mildly offensive views on women. Hence, the phrase “problem bitch,” which is taken from Motif’s standup act.

The last main character is Mulaney’s eccentric hippy neighbor, Oscar (Elliot Gould). Oscar serves as Mulaney’s mentor. He also seems like an afterthought because he appears 18 minutes into the show and serves no purpose, except to babble about a tea set. Mulaney doesn’t need his advice and Cannon’s eccentric enough.

Mulaney will go through some growing pains. The eponymous star, hopefully, will grow into his character. Jane needs to be made less crazy. Motif tries too hard to be edgy and offensive, but he has a D.L Hughley quality to him, so he manages to still be likeable.

I give Mulaney a season to work out the kinks. If nothing changes, Fox should cancel the show. However, Fox should give Short and Gould their own show. I’d watch it.

About Allison Lips

I am the Toastmasters District 83 Public Relations manager and President of Freehold Phrasers.

Posted on October 6, 2014, in Comedy, Fox, Network Television, Sitcoms and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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