Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter fight over 'Greg the Intern'

By | June 18, 2009 at 9:50 am | One comment | Audio/Video, TV/Movies | Tags: , , ,

Michael Ian Black and Michael ShowalterLike most dedicated comedy fans, I’ve been waiting patiently for the premiere of Michael & Michael Have Issues, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter’s – aka two-thirds of Stella – new Comedy Central sketch show premiering July 15. It hasn’t been entirely easy. But to ease the anxiety I’ve been following @mshowalter, @michaelianblack and @stephiegrob on Twitter. Black’s one of the funniest Twitterers out there; I enjoy Showalter’s earnestness and many photos of normal New York City life and Grob always does a solid by giving us insider info on the goings on at the set of the show.

But last night, I got to check out the pilot episode, titled Greg the Intern. In doing so, I think I got decent hold of what the show will offer. While the episode is comprised of independently-themed sketches – one about a teenage couple who took a pledge to remain virgins and one wherein Black and Showalter throw down over the way the former Michael is imitating a butterfly fart (see video below) – the show’s through line is centered around the Michaels’ fight to win the affection of the show’s intern Greg. I won’t spoil the ending but I will say there’s a hilarious battle scene that finds both Michaels on a front lawn, shirtless and engaged in a physical confrontation of very odd proportions.

In short, the show is fucking hilarious. Stella fans will enjoy the warped interactions between the Michaels and newbies to Black and Showalter’s humor will find a refreshing take on sketch comedy they won’t soon find on Saturday Night Live.

Michael & Michael Have Issues Premieres Wed, July 15, 10:30pm / 9:30c
Preview – The Farting Butterfly Sketch
www.comedycentral.com

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  • stephanie

    i went to a taping of the show about a week ago and the sketches shown to the audience were also really funny. although i don’t really know what they’ll use as one of the michaels told the audeince that not all the skteches make it, it was really promising.

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