Wednesday Comedy Roundup: ‘Whitney’ 2.7 & ‘Workaholics’ 3.13

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Whitney Episode 7: “Sorry!”
Written by Whitney Cummings & Linda Wallem
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Original Airdate 30 January 2013 on NBC

After a short season break, this week we saw the charmingly dysfunctional Whitney back on our screens. For those of you who haven’t seen the show, picture a grown up 2 Broke Girls (which Whitney Cummings co-created) that focuses on relationships.

Over the first season we’ve learned the history, quirks and problems of Whitney and Alex’s problems and have been introduced to their friendship circle and other characters such as Whitney’s mother. The driving force of the show was the fact they were this dysfunctional, unmarried couple. With them finally getting married (kind of) at the end of the first season, the quality of season two was uncertain and it was hard to see where they could go with it. Seven episodes into the second season and they are still enjoyable to watch.

This week Whitney is contacted by her ex-boyfriend who is looking to make amends. This situation many couples on and off screen may find themselves in, is executed perfectly by the outstanding cast and quick humour.

Whitney Cummings and Chris D’Elia (her onscreen boyfriend, Alex) are both great comedians and share fantastic chemistry. Whitney says what women should be able voice, and this is why the show works. The supporting characters are all dysfunctional and equally hilarious in their own ways.

Whitney is a clever sitcom that features a fresh cast with sharp wit. There is also a really interesting will-they-won’t-they romance brewing too.

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Workaholics Episode 13: “Alice Quits”
Written by Anders Holm
Directed by Kyle Newacheck
Original Airdate: 30 January 2013 on Comedy Central

Three episodes into the second part of season 3, it’s good to have Workaholics back and better than ever. The sitcom follows three college dropout stoners who are roommates and co-workers at telemarketing company, TelAmeriCorp. Primarily written by the three borderline alcoholics (where the show gets its name) Workaholics is a cleverly written, endearing comedy.

This week we saw the people of TelAmeriCorp get a new boss and in true sitcom fashion, all hell broke loose. Naturally, the rest of the episode is spent trying to restore normality and in typical Workaholics fashion this is done hilariously. A big part of the show is about Adam, Blake and Ander’s friendship and how they never do any work. The best gag of this episode was when Blake actually made a sale. It was also funny and cute to see the three of them reuniting like they hadn’t seen each other in years.

Workaholics have the formula of a sitcom nailed perfectly, each week these characters get into a ridiculous situation in the same locations and provide hilarity through escalation, odd characters and hilarious outcomes. The characters are all strange but likeable and the dynamics they share are reminiscent other sitcoms that take place primarily at a working environment. There are a number of references to films, which makes the silly nature of the show work. With production value and the number of guest stars (most impressive being Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz) increasing, Workaholics can only get better.

 

Tara Costello




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