I don’t know if I can properly articulate how important this show is to me, but it may be coming to a close tonight. It’s had a rough time finding it’s footing without Harmon at the helm, I know two of the episodes in this season were based around exposition which is unnecessary in a fourth season. But Jim Rash’s episode proved beyond a doubt that Community can be as funny and well structured as it was when Dan ran the show.
Season Four aside, I feel like this show has somehow managed to shape who I am as a (Greendale) Human Being. Everyone has their flaws, everyone has their darker timelines, but everyone at their core is good. We may go into things with selfish intentions but we move past them and think about the people we’re closest to. The people that surround us. That may seem sappy, but that’s Community in a nutshell, that’s life in a nutshell.
Real people aren’t quirky and zanny 24/7 and Dan Harmon created these characters who weren’t. It’s a concept presented as early as the show’s third episode, Introduction to Film. In the two episodes prior Abed is a character comprised of pop culture references and being a little… off the mark, played for comedy. In fact, the entire episode is filled with absurd storylines, Pierce teaching Troy how to sneeze like a man, an accounting professor who thinks he’s in “Dead Poets Society”, Abed creating a film about his family using those in the study group, it’s an episode packed with comedic premise. But Abed’s storyline goes deeper than that, his passion for filmmaking, his father who want him to take over the falafel business, and the eventual reveal of what Abed’s film is actually about. I linked to it, watch it, my descriptions can’t properly do it justice.
Community was the first TV show I HAD to work on. I’ve wanted to be a comedy writer for as long as I can remember, but at a certain point Community clearly surpassed all other shows on television. It was so smart and funny and yet not afraid to be real. The characters had problems that reached much further than “Are Rachel and Finn getting back together?” and “Who’s gay today!?” (Sorry, Glee had potential for a bit but got praised a lot longer than it earned). For me Community was the only show I wanted to work on while simultaneously being the show I felt I was no where near good enough to work on.
Anyway, this disjointed post is just my way of saying, watch Community tonight, and maybe it won’t end-maybe we’ll get out of Greendale. Dan Harmon lobbied to call it Community because if college was anywhere in the title the characters would be trapped there after four seasons. Let’s see it happen. Dan may be gone but we don’t have to give up our Six Seasons and a Movie.
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Not the jokes, but the camera seems to be positioned slightly above him with a wide angle lens.
It places him so much closer to the viewing audience than traditional late night monologues, which I’m presuming is the intention. Conan specifically had the size of his studio scaled down because comedy works better in an intimate environment. But Craig’s camera is so close it makes me question whether there’s an actual audience. To a degree it feels like I’m in a one on one conversation with the man and that I’m slightly taller than he is (which may be true, but I’m going to bet isn’t).
Even more interesting, when the camera cuts to his robo-sidekick, Geoff, it’s the same shot that would be used when the camera talks to Andy Richter, a one-shot cut slightly above the waist. Very flat, in the sense that a wide angle shot bends the image as noted in any 90s music/skateboard video (because we all know they are one and the same).
In fact, every other shot on the show is set up like a traditional talk show. Why just the monologue shot? And why am I questioning this and not the fact that his sidekick is a robot?
Mr. Ferguson, if you’d be willing to graciously explain this decision, I’d be more than happy to publish it in issue 4 of The Annual. Until then I wish you all the best.
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I knew I was going to crash on sunday night, I knew I would crash hard and I had predicted it a month ago… not so much predicted as I had planned for it. I forecasted this crash better then any doppler radar can predict the weather.
I had just wrapped three consecutive tech weeks, a Saturday that began with work, consisted of 5 separate performances, all different characters and ended with a fantastic cast party. But Sunday consisted of one more show, a writing session and a rehearsal. It was Sunday night where the past month caught up with me. I passed out somewhere between text messages and woke up around Two in the afternoon.
14 straight uninterrupted hours.
And still I lay in bed debating whether or not to even exist before rehearsal.
I got up, I existed, I did nothing productive until Seven O’clock. I got home around 12:30 and figured I’d get three hours in before work. I have since gotten none.
How did this happen? How the hell did 14 hours of sleep backfire? I need to leave in a half hour for work, surely I could catch a quick ten, but instead I feel compelled to write about how I’m not sleeping tonight.
I’m never sure if I should refer to tomorrow as today at this time of night. Let’s just say, Tuesday.
Tuesday is a day that will start with work, I don’t know what happened in the news, when you work in the news you don’t care until you get to work (or at least that’s how I feel, I’m sure Brian Williams feels differently). Then I need to work on my own thoughts for Act 1 of Pickle so that Matt, Lisa and I can crank the rest of it by the end of the night.
I love being this busy when it means doing something I love, not much people get away with this-but I’m just not sure when to fit normal human functionality into my schedule.
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It would appear I’m sadder than I thought, because this is the best news ever.
Tonight is your last chance to see Laugh Station Revelation at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre! The latest installment in the Laugh Station series and my very first episode! Perhaps one of the most fun/absurd shows I’ve worked on in while. Don’t miss it because if you do, I may hold it against you.
The show starts at 10:30, tickets are $11.50!
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