I first heard about this show getting picked up by NBC a long time ago... a very long time ago.
The sitcom, starring comedians Chris D’elia ( who was on Whitney) and Brent Morin finally got the air date of May 29th after not premiering on the network with the rest of the fall shows that were announced earlier last year. Some would think that would be the kiss of death for a television show, especially on a major network, but hopefully that won’t be the case here!
Executive Producer Bill Lawrence, who is known for Spin City, Scrubs and Cougar Town, went out of his way to promote Undateable, including going on the road with some of the cast to perform stand-up in multiple cities. Rounding out the cast is Briga Heelan (who is also on Lawrence’s other show Ground Floor), comedians Ron Funches and Rick Glassman, as well as David Fynn and Rules of Engagements’ Bianca Kajlich.
In the pilot episode, we are introduced to a group of friends who, as the name suggests, are undateable. Each guy has his own issue of why he’s single. Justin’s (Morin) problem is that he has a crush on Nicki, who works for him at his bar, and he has trouble telling her. That’s when Danny, played by Chris D’elia, comes into play as Justin’s new roommate.
Kajlich plays Leslie, Danny’s sister, who is a 30-something divorcee. Leslie and Justin end up meeting and nearly sleep together, much to Danny’s dismay.
The show is filled with hilariously awkward moments as Danny and Justin get to know each other while cohabiting, and Danny gives advice to the guys about what they’re doing wrong when it comes to dating.
The pilot was shown, followed by the second episode. We get to see Chris D’elia talk way too much with his hands in a hilarious fashion, imitating a baby bird being fed and then in the beginning of the second episode, we get to hear Brent Morin’s impressive vocal pipes as he sings The Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way”.
I’ve seen each comedian on the show perform live at some point, and the show utilized a lot of what makes each of them funny when they’re performing their own stand-up routines. Chris D’elia is animated and funny and Brent stumbling over his words is taken right from one of his own stand-up jokes. Ron Funches is adorable as Shelly and very likable, just like he is in real life. He got a lot of the good punchlines in both of tonight’s episodes.
Next Thursday NBC is airing two episodes back to back again, right before Last Comic Standing and I’ve been told that the episodes only get funnier.
Are you going to tune in! And if you did, what did you think of Undateable? Let us know your opinions in the comments!
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