Glee fans, rejoice: It looks like Trouty Mouth is coming back after all.
Yesterday I was super thrilled to learn of Samantha Bee's foray into the world of network sitcoms. So imagine my glee at the news that my very favorite fat-suit wearing, cheese-ball making, bunny rabbit owning comedienne Amy Sedaris is returning to the small screen with another TV show. Funny ladies take mainstream television by storm! Huzzah!
If you're like me, you've been marking the days 'til Amy Sedaris's return to the small screen. Sure, she's kept busy since the heyday of Strangers With Candy (a silver-screen adaptation of the show, a dramatic turn in the mawkishly indie flick Snow Angels, a wonderfully goofy role in the Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie The Gym Teacher and a hosting gig on PBS's multi-part comedy documentary Make 'Em Laugh), but on Monday, February 16, at 9 PM we'll get a little something more when she shows up on TNT's The Closer for the first of two episodes playing Brenda's soon-to-be-sister-in-law. We've seen clips of Sedaris playing Claire, a typically off-kilter vegan psychic (or as she prefers to call it, "intuitionist") and it's pretty sweet. She answered my (and a few other journos') prying questions from her apartment in New York, where her pet rabbit was sacked out on her bed. It was sort of a tight-lipped interview since the jerks at TNT only allowed for one question apiece with no follow-ups, but I managed to get her to open up about where Jerri Blank's been hiding all these years, among other things.
Perhaps I'm being hasty, but the online teaser videos that Pretty Boring Station has been rolling out to promote its multi-part special Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, premiering this Wednesday at 8 PM, bodes pretty well. Of course, as you'll learn from this informative video hosted by my favorite little comedy magpie Amy Sedaris, the internet is a lot quicker and dirtier than conventional media, so it may well be that these hip little clips end up being vastly more entertaining than the TV shows proper.
Shut uuuuuuuuuuuup! The best thing since the Jolie-Pitt twins you guys: Amy Sedaris! And Christoper "Love of My Loins" Meloni! In a TV movie! Directed by Paul Dinello! About a gym teacher! On Nickelodeon! [Catches breath.]
Ok I'm better now. But seriously? Amy's triumphant return to the small screen was only a matter of time. (Her cameo on Sex and the City doesn't count because she played someone normal.) In Gym Teacher: The Movie, Ms. S plays a horny school principal who's all about the aforementioned gym teacher's (played by Meloni) cookies. Anyone who's seen Meloni's turn as the shell-shocked Vietnam vet-turned lunch lady in Wet Hot American Summer knows this dude has some seriously rad comedy chops. The movie also stars some pipsqueak from iCarly but I'm gonna try not to hold that against it, because under Dinello's outrageous direction, the film is sure to be juuuuuust this side of kid-friendly. Watch this clip and start getting friggin' stoked for the September 12th premiere.