Let’s be honest, if all my friends became successful in our chosen field while I continued to struggle,
I’d totally be jealous find it totally hysterical too.That’s what happened for the Nobodies, AKA Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras. The three writers/ comedians/ actors came up at the Groundlings as part of a comedy troupe which includes Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Maya Rudolph, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (all of whom make appearances in the pilot episode of the TV Land series).
You surely know who McCarthy is. Falcone is her hubby and known for roles in Bridesmaids, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Boss. Rudolph is best known from her years on Saturday Night Live while Rash spent six seasons on Community. Faxson has appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows including Ben and Kate on FOX and FX’s Married. He and Rash also won an Oscar for writing The Descendants.
Much of this is mentioned in the pilot episode when the troupe comes together for a reunion night at the Groundlings.
As their friends prosper, the Nobodies are fictitiously kept busy working on the series The Fartlemans for Nickelodeon. But, they’re hopeful they can sell the screenplay they’ve written called Mr. First Lady. Problem is, they need a big name star attached to it and asking a famous friend to sign on isn’t as easy as it may seem. In fact, it’s downright painful, as clearly illustrated in the first few episodes.
Produced by McCarthy and Falcone (who also directs the pilot), Nobodies delighted audiences at SXSW.
Is it self deprecating? Of course.
Is it a little sad? Yep.
Is it laugh out loud funny? Damn straight it is!
Sure, the trio can come off as pathetic at times, but you just keep watching. Because you never know might happen next. When Hollywood wannabes are this desperate, hilarity is bound to ensue. And that it does.
As if the regular cast isn’t enough, season one also includes appearances by Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Cheryl Hines, Allison Janney, Bob Odenkirk and Kirsten Wiig. Though there will surely be more.
If you are a fan of non-traditional comedies, this is probably a show for you. It’s most definitely one for me.
And I’m not alone. The show has already been renewed for season two.