Review: Joel McHale and Chevy Chase in ‘Community’
Well, thus far the new teevee season has brought at least one pleasant surprise.
Generally speaking, I don’t care much for sitcoms. They’re predictable, they’re sophomoric even by my standards, and they’re usually are littered with obnoxious children. But I checked out the pilot to NBC’s [[[Community]]] because I really like Joel McHale and John Oliver, and I’ll admit to having some morbid curiosity about Chevy Chase.
The pilot wasn’t bad, with a few truly funny moments and
some great performances. McHale and Oliver didn’t disappoint me in the least.
But here’s what surprised me.
Chevy Chase turned in a first-rate performance, worthy of the reputation he gathered in the earliest days of SNL. He plays an aging businessman with the same sort of bewildering lack of reality he exhibited in Caddyshack. After a lot of redundant lame movies, this is classic Chevy Chase.
I think Community’s performers will hold the show together long enough to give the writing a chance to improve. Then again, it could go the way of most sit-coms and sink in the sea of predictable puerility. Community is worth checking out. Thursday, September 17, 9:30 PM EDT/PDT on NBC.