Well, it’s that time of year when television networks are announcing the shows they’ll be premiering in the fall. And if you’re a TV addict like I am, you’re already putting together a detailed wall chart of which shows will be premiering when and on what network, at what time, and how they’ll fit into your already established and rigorous television/DVR schedule (surely, I’m not alone in this).
But this new season brings us a particularly sweet smell of awesome because two of these new shows prominently feature some good and very funny friends of mine. So, if you like TV, have a TV, or just know what a TV is, then check out and support these new comedies…
Free Agents (NBC – Wednesday 8:30/7:30c)
This show features three of my stand up comedy friends: Al Madrigal and Mo Mandel (as “Gregg” and “Dan” respectively), two very funny San Francisco comics who I came up with in the SF comedy scene (Al and I actually started together), and Natasha Leggero (as “Emma”), who has also been a guest on The Siskel and Negro podcast. On top of them being on this show together, Natasha, Al, and Mo have all had crushingly hilarious Comedy Central Presents specials premiere in the last year that you should definitely hunt down and watch. Translation: All three of them will be really fun to watch on this show.
Are you there, Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea (NBC)
This one is based on Chelsea Handler’s best-seller of the same name and stars Laura Prepon (That 70′s Show) as Chelsea and the real Chelsea as her own sister. Confusing? Who cares, cause what’s important is that the show also stars my buddy Natalie Morales (as “Ivory”) who, as well as being really funny and multi-talented, also told me the craziest falling down the stairs story I’ve ever heard in my life. Also, she recently watched one of my more harrowing performances in a bar in Silverlake (yes, I still have those shows from time to time) and did not judge…at least not openly, so watch her show.
The Daily Show (Comedy Central – Weeknights 11:00/10:00c)
And finally, this show isn’t new, but it’s newest correspondent is. The aforementioned Al Madrigal made his debut as The Daily Show‘s Senior Latino Correspondent last night. Do I really have to tell you how dope this is? Check him out here, and then keep checking him out regularly on this show and Free Agents!