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Billy Crystal (Analyze This) and Josh Gad (1600 Penn) star in The Comedians as fictionalized versions of themselves. But even though they call themselves The Comedians, there is not a single laugh in this series. In fact, FX seems to profile itself more and more as the home of comedians who are way past their prime, with first Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management and now this series.

The Comedians is shot mockumentary style and follows Billy Crystal as he pitches a sketch show to FX starring himself in every possible role. The fictional FX is smarter than the real-life FX, as it doubts whether Crystal is still relevant, and worries that there may be too much of him in the series. If only they had done the same thing in real life.

The only condition under which FX will agree to pick up Crystal’s sketch show to series, and this is another terrible mistake, is if it will co-star Josh Gad. Of course, neither Crystal nor Gad is even remotely enthusiastic about the other, but they need the money so they agree to do it. The show further chronicles, primarily off-set, how their relationship progresses.

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As you may have picked up on by now, I don’t have a single positive thing to say about The Comedians. It is by far the worst comedy I have been watching in recent years (and yes, I have seen all two episodes of Work It). There seems to be so little chemistry between Crystal and Gad that it makes one wonder how close the satire in the series is to the actual truth. The only character that is even remotely interesting is the anxiety-ridden producer Kristen (Stephnie Weir, MADtv), but not nearly enough to make up for just how terrible this series is.

Although the single-camera setup makes it easier to include action in a series, there is absolutely no sense of urgency in The Comedians. And then, when the episode is already in a lull, the action is put on hold for a mockumentary-style interview with one of the leads. But seriously, none of this would matter if the show would contain even a single moment of fun. Alas, it does not.

The Comedians has concluded its run after 1 season.

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