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  • TV Picks: 'Drunk History,' 'William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine'

    TV Picks: 'Drunk History,' 'William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine'
    "Drunk History" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays). Derek Waters and Jeremy Konners' anthology comedy, Internet-born and cable-polished, returns for a second season on Comedy Central. The premise is a process and the process is this: A person, typically a professionally funny person -- but not in this case trying to be funny -- deeply versed in the particulars of a historical event or personage, gets drunk, really drunk, and tells the story; the story is then staged and filmed, with actors lip-syncing the storyteller's dialogue. All the comedy, which is ample, is generated by the intersection of historical momentousness and alcohol-inspired colloquialism; and in the tension between the film, which is carefully made, and the recitation, which is made as well as possible under the circumstances; and in the shifting interplay of these modes and realities. It's like watching superimposed films running at different speeds and in different directions. But because the intention is not to insult but to celebrate, albeit hilariously, the effect is never demeaning, no matter how much the speaker might demean him or herself. (And there will be self-demeaning.) It is mock-heroic and actually heroic at once. I am just an old softy, perhaps, in heart and/or head, but the whole business strikes me as tinged with love. Each episode is usually thematically built around a city -- Montgomery, Ala., leads the way in season two -- but sometimes around a theme, as in the upcoming "American Music," in which David Wain will tell the story of Alan Freed (played by Jack McBrayer), Eric Edelstein will recount the meeting of Kris Kristofferson (Jon Daly) and Johnny Cash (Johnny Knoxville) and Colton Dunn takes us back to the commercial birth of rap, with Sylvia Robinson (Retta) and the Sugarhill Gang (Da'Vone McDonald, Jaleel White, Ron Funches). I eat these like candy.
  • 'They Came Together' skewers bad rom-coms

    'They Came Together' skewers bad rom-coms
    *** (out of four) What may as well have been called “Wet Hot Met Sally,” “They Came Together” cheekily replicates romantic comedy cliches. But director David Wain (“Wet Hot American Summer”) and co-writer Michael...

    Review: 'They Came Together' ★★★

    Review: 'They Came Together' ★★&#9733
    The agreeable romantic-comedy critique "They Came Together" is occasionally very funny, and moderately funny the rest of the time. In mathematical terms that adds up to pretty funny or "funny enough." Director David Wain has worked in genre spoofs and...

    TV Picks: 'Kid President,' Wilfred,' 'Motor City Masters,' more

    TV Picks: 'Kid President,' Wilfred,' 'Motor City Masters,' more
    "Kid President: Declaration of Awesome" (Hub Network, Saturdays). Young Internet phenom Robby Novak, now 10, is the star of this whole-family-friendly half-hour series, expanded from the short online "pep talks" -- at once mock-inspirational and...

    John Leguizamo Joins Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 'The Nest' (EXCLUSIVE)

    John Leguizamo has joined Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Universal comedy "The Nest." "Pitch Perfect" helmer Jason Moore will direct. The script is based on an original idea by Paula Pell, who wrote her debut screenplay about two 30-something sisters who...