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Herc's Seen Comedy Central’s

I am – Hercules!!
A sitcom about a sketch show from “The State” and “Stella” veterans Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, “Michael & Michael Have Issues” offers a lot of juvenile backstage behavior that wouldn’t feel out of place on “30 Rock,” though “Issues” tends to be a lot slower about moving on to the next gag. Didn’t love “Issues”; didn’t hate it. In truth, it feels like it might fit better with most of the stoner comedies they brew up in Atlanta for the Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim programming block. The second episode, which focuses on drug use, will feel tame to anyone who’s heard Artie Lange extol the virtues and drawbacks of heroin abuse on the Stern or Letterman shows. It’s certainly not in the league of the channel’s “South Park,” “The Sarah Silverman Program” or “Important Things With Demetri Martin.” My issue with “Michael & Michael” is it’s just not funny enough to garner a season pass on my DVRs. I would, however, dip my balls in it. Entertainment Weekly says:
… if you've ever wanted to watch a farting-butterfly sketch struggle to take flight, this just might be the show for you. …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… Practically speaking, the mix of sketch and story lets them not invest too heavily in either, and "Michael & Michael" is pretty consistently amusing in a low-boil way while rarely breaking into brilliance. And given the insistent childishness of the leads, it remains somehow genial even at its nastiest. …
The Boston Globe says:
… works because it’s funny, and it’s funny because of its chemistry. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… In the end, despite frenetic jump cuts and abrupt scene changes and attempts to goose along the "story," the 21 minutes devoted to actual "MMHI" content feels like twice that. The pacing might be anarchical, but that doesn't mean it can't plod; the off-the-wall style aims for a current "Monty Python" but misses the mark. …
10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Comedy Central.

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  • July 15, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by Billy Goat

    Holy crap, I never thought this would happen to me! Also, I apologize.

  • July 15, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Wow, nobody cares about this show?

    by Billy Goat

    I'll watch it, since I was a fan of The State and kind of enjoyed Stella.

  • July 15, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Needs some David Wain

    by SifoDyasJr.

    This should have been Stella season 2. I'll still watch though.

  • July 15, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    by coffeeandpie

    i really heart Showalter, Black, Wain. the "Stella" shorts are some of the funniest shit ever produced.

  • July 15, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Did Tosh.0 get any pub around here?

    by p5mmr9

    I can't's worth the publicity imo.

  • July 15, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Tosh.0 was less funny than DANE COOK

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    who was actually kinda funny in a 1 scene gag in MYSTERY MEN.

  • July 16, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    seriously? Tosh.0 was hilarious

    by BadMrWonka

    virtually every "out and about" sketch worked really well, and the really fast pace was great in the studio segments. it's like they acknowledge that "this shit is funny for 10 seconds at a time", so they just kept doing 10 second jokes over and over. and it works.<p>I love Michael Ian Black, and Showalter's internet stuff is great, so I'll be watching this for sure.

  • July 16, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    you NEED to follow Michael Ian Black on Twitter

    by BadMrWonka

    if you're on twitter, seriously. he is THE funniest comedian on there.<p> <p> some sample tweets:<p> "Fred Travalena is dead. Two D-Listers down, one to go. I've encased myself in a stainless steel cocoon for safety."<br> "Got a salad at McDonald's, which is like getting a handshake at a whorehouse."<br> "Early New Year's resolution: less hateful screeds against that motherfucker Tom Hanks."<br> "Just to clarify - "barely legal" means it's legal, right? What about "almost legal?" "<br>"Took some strong flu medication yesterday. Woke up with a pentagram tattooed on my forehead."<br> "Hey England, suck it!" (From Thomas Paine's "On Common Sense.")<br> "Whenever I am attracted to a woman other than my wife, I halt my desire by thinking these two words: "yeast infection." It always works."<br> "Upset about Michael Jackson. The 13 yr. old in me still loved him. The 37 yr. old me wanted to see him complete his transformation."<p> if that shit's not funny to you, you are dead in the brain.

  • July 16, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    i listened to MIB's "comedy" album

    by howlermonkey

    and i would rather spend every moment of the rest of my life listening to Dane Cook's "Harmful if Swallowed" over and over and over than listen to that black hole of comedy. Michael Ian Black and Showalter, with barely an exception for Wain, remind me of those kids in your high school class that had the improv group and thought they were so funny and unique and the next monty python and all that shit, but in reality were funny to no one but themselves and the small group of social rejects they conned into coming to their shows. oh and fuck STELLA, seriously. 30 minute ego masturbation.

  • July 16, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    oh, and Tosh.0

    by howlermonkey

    the soup does everything it's ever done 100 times better. plus, let's face it, he's no joel mchale.

  • July 16, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    god damn howlermonkey is cool

    by BadMrWonka

    he just exudes cool. I tried to be cool before, but it was too hard to hate everything that was popular for the sake of being contrary. <p>also, the hipster jeans were super uncomfortable.

  • July 16, 2009, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by howlermonkey

    i don't judge anything until i've at least given it a chance. i gave stella two. the first episode was absolutely horrible, but i thought what the heck i'll give it another shot maybe it will get better. it didn't. i really tried to find something funny about it.and i even downloaded MIB's album, giving it a chance, because i sort of remembered him being kind of funny on some VH1 show. just not funny or worthwhile.

  • July 16, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Herc finds another reason to mention Stern

    by mascan42

    in an article that has absolutely nothing to do with him.

  • July 16, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    It's not as good as The Sarah Silverman Show? So, you're

    by Coughlins Laws

    the one who watches that show. As far as the whole episode about drug jokes being tame if you listen to the scumbag Artie Lange talk about his heroine use on the Stern Show, that's just stupid. So you're saying if you've ever heard a story about rehab you can't laugh at drug jokes? What? That's like saying you can't laugh at any sex jokes on South Park because you just watched Debbie Does Dallas. The point makes ZERO sense to everyone except for you...

  • July 16, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Yeah, wasever. Kurt Russel already did it...

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    ...he actually did (kinda) in The Dick Powell Show.

  • July 16, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by Chadley BeBay

    Dude, your diatribe against these brilliant comedians speaks volumes about your stupidity. Fuck you.

  • July 16, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Was Important Things

    by Series7

    Cancelled? Finally seeing the state, Comedy Central ran it all last was ok nothing amazing. Not as good as I was hoping for, Stiller show was better. Now I have to see what the Dana Carvy show was all about.

  • July 16, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Stella and MIB's comedy in general

    by Series7

    Just seems like a lot of it is very inside. I first found out about him on Ed. I think he works better in small doses, like his Tom Goes To the Mayor episode.

  • July 16, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Stella is a perfect television series...

    by DanielKurland

    I could watch it a million times and still be amused. So much of the humor comes from the pitch perfect performances as well.

  • July 16, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    kurt russel?...

    by itsjust_notcool_anymore_baby

    already did it...!

  • July 17, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    we can disagree about Sarah Silverman, Michael and Michael, etc. etc.<p> but Reno 911? are you mentally sound? Reno 911 is the 2nd funniest show on television after It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. did you SEE the murder mystery episode? carmen electra and the kid with the huge penis that Travis Jr. takes a picture of? the VCR transfer episode with the old Trudy before she went retarded?<p>it's as good as it's every been, trust me.

  • July 18, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    loved the show

    by imascooby1985

    But Im also the guy who watched each episode of Stella repeatedly on DVD and even watched every episode with the commentary on on more that one occasion. I just love these guys, so to me there is nothing better than seeing these two get into a shirtless fight without ever really connecting a single blow.

  • save the money so we can have the real fucking bender!

  • July 19, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I give it four episodes

    by SpAm BoY

    Some...I mean...most people don't understand these guys comedy. They must be able to pitch like wizards cuz they constantly get shows.