On Monday, I went to Upright Citizens Brigade in New York to see a screening of Big Lake, an upcoming Comedy Central sitcom set to premiere later this summer. Produced by Gary Sanchez, a production company led by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy, Big Lake boasts a lineup of Chris Gethard (Crossballs), Horatio Sanz (SNL), and Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL).
Gethard plays the character of Josh, a young man who ends up being forced to move back in with his parents due to trouble at work. He spends much of his time with his two friends Glenn (Sanz), who was recently released from prison, and Chris (Parnell), their inappropriate, burned out high school teacher.
Gethard and Sanz were there at the screening to introduce three episodes from the series, including one episode, “Lee Harvey Osworld,” that Gethard and Sanz joked was going to be their Emmy episode. In true sitcom fashion, the characters fixate over certain schemes in each episode, like Josh’s ideas to expand his dad’s restaurant or Glenn and Chris’s idea to make Glenn’s house a historic landmark.
Although the plot kept me interested, the characters were what made the episodes especially entertaining. Gethard is the perfect choice to play earnest, sometimes awkward Josh (not a huge departure from Gethard’s demeanor on stage), and Parnell’s familiar authoritative tone makes his character’s terrible teaching ethics even more hilarious. Another character to watch for is Josh’s mobster-like younger brother, Jeremy, played by Dylan Blue.
Gethard, Sanz, and Parnell all use their comedic timing and improv training to put their mark on many of the scenes, making the show more interesting to watch than a run of the mill sitcom. The cast is too funny to miss, so here’s my official recommendation: Watch this show! Check out the premiere of Big Lake on Tuesday, Aug. 17th at 10 pm on Comedy Central.