The series, created by Mitch Hurwitz and Pam Brady, is based on Bamford’s life to a deeply felt degree, celebrating her quirks as it chronicles her misadventures as an actor and comedian with plenty of meta touches and occasional dashes of the profane. Inside Maria’s brain, the rules of time and space are constantly in flux, pugs can talk, and even the darkest truths feel bearable, especially when her issues with manic depression and bipolar disorder flare up. At times, “Lady Dynamite” goes down some dark paths. But because the show is so throughly grounded in Bamford’s innate goodness,
With season 2 coming to Netflix this week, there’s no better time to celebrate this inspired show from comedian Maria Bamford...
Contains the set up from Season 1, Episode 1 and minor narrative references – no major plot spoilers.
Described as “America’s go-to mental health comedian” by John Moe on his The Hilarious World Of Depression podcast, Maria Bamford is known for incorporating her struggles with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder and bipolar II into her stand-up routines. In Lady Dynamite, she stars as a semi-fictional version of herself as the show chops and changes between three time periods in her life: her time in La before she had a mental breakdown, her time spent in her home town of Duluth getting help in a psychiatric ward, and the present day. It’s in the present day that we first meet Maria, who, having been recovering for six months,
When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford. With the help of their friend and neighbour Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) – also in need of a major payday — they decide to open an illegal casino in Frank’s house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off…
Created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, the show centered on two best friends, Maggie (Parham) and Emma (St. Clair), who move in
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“Guys, Playing House is not coming back for Season 4,” St. Clair said in a video posted to both her and Parham’s Twitter feeds.
For our beloved fans: Some news about our show, @PlayingHouseUSA. #jammer4life #playinghouseusa #keepingitreal @Jessica_StClair pic.twitter.com/yoPxy5d50p
— Lennon Parham (@lennonparham) October 30, 2017
“We had three beautiful seasons and we just wanted to thank you guys,” Parham added.
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USA Network has canceled the Jessica St. Clair-Lennon Parham comedy after three seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
“USA Network and Universal Cable Productions want to thank Jessica, Lennon and the entire cast and crew of Playing House for being amazing partners for three incredible, hilarious seasons," the network and studio said Monday in a joint statement. "It was an honor and privilege to be part of this best friendship. Once a Jammer, always a Jammer.”
St. Clair and Parham on Monday released a video message to the show's fans addressing the show's end....
Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen.
Starring Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Ryan Simpkins, and Jeremy Renner
Forty somethings Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) are proud that their daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins) is going to college. She’s done so well that she’s getting a scholarship from the council to cover her tuition fees – except that it’s pulled due to budget cuts. Neither of them can raise extra money from their employers, but friend Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) comes up with an idea that could be the answer to their financial problems, as well as his. Open up a casino in his basement.
Saturday Night Live veterans Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler re-team as a suburban married couple in the comedy The House, a funny, if flawed, comedy that showcases the chemistry between the two actors even if the jokes don’t always land.
The House review by Paul Heath, June 2017.
The House review
Warner Bros. Pictures take a big $40 million gamble with another big concept comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as two parents who must find a get-rich-quick scheme to finance their daughter’s incoming college bills.
Scott Johansen is a regular guy with a good house in the suburbs, loyal wife Kate (Amy Schumer), great daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins), and just enough income to keep them all afloat. However, with Alex about take the big leap into university life, they are very much relying on their town’s scholarship scheme to fund her continuing education. At a local council meeting in this very small town, it becomes quickly apparent that the townsfolk have
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