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This comedy about unemployed actors working for an La catering firm while they wait for their big break is an overlooked gem with echoes of Ricky Gervais's The Office

Party Down is a touching, sobering comedy about a Los Angeles catering crew staffed with out-of-work actors, writers and comedians who pour drinks and serve canapes while waiting for their big break. Henry Pollard, played by Adam Scott, is an actor typecast by his role in a beer advert who is constantly recognised by the partygoers he now serves. His catchphrase from the advert – "Are we having fun yet?" – is parroted back to him repeatedly, each time driving one more nail into the coffin of his career.

Elsewhere in the catering crew, which goes by the name of Party Down, there is struggling standup Casey Klein, writer of "hard sci-fi" Roman DeBeers, team leader Ron Donald, and failed actor, failed »

- David Renshaw

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