|By Nick Woodside||Friday, 10 Aug 2007|
I have a very important job. Contrary to what you may have heard, Executive Assisting isn’t all shrimp eating competitions and champagne enemas 24/7/365. I am very busy attending to the various needs of our country’s financial wizards. I keep rolling them around in free meals and make sure they devote all the time they can to keeping their many pockets flush. Consequently there is no possible way I could have found the time to watch all 10 episodes of the online show “Clark and Michael” during the day. Period, finished, end of story and I’ll snuff out of any liar who claims otherwise.
“Clark and Michael” is a show created by Michael Cera and Clark Duke about two friends who write a pilot for a show called “The Family Cruise”. They’re filming their struggles to sell the script in the hopes that of future writers will learn from them. The first episode was Duke’s college thesis film which was eventually bought by CBS and made into ten webisodes. The series definitely owes a lot to “Curb Your Enthusiasm” but unlike previous “Curb” copycats that have come along, this one actually works. The only difference is that Larry David’s awkward moments have a genuine air of discomfort, while Clark and Michael’s are little bit more absurd.
The two also managed to get a ridiculous number of guest appearances in these shorts. David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, and Tony Hale make brief cameos in various roles. Eric Wareheim is great as their creepy neighbour who pops up in a few episodes. However, these guests, regardless of their start power, never overshadow Cera and Duke. In their bio they claim to be best friends and, if it’s true, it definitely comes through in their performances. Their timing together is perfect.
Honestly, there’s not a bad episode in this series and its pretty much impossible not to watch them all back to back. Come on, what else do you have to do? You’re not me. You’re not busy. Give their baby a chance and they’ll be brushing your teeth with their dicks in no time! That is if you have time for such frivolities, which I most assuredly do not.