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Big LakeTuesday August 17, 2010
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A terrible laughtrack sitcom from Lew Morton (who wrote “Walk Hard” with Judd Apatow), “Big Lake” is about a disgraced Wall Street wunderkind who takes up residence on his parents’ Pennsylvania couch after he accidentally wipes out their retirement fund along with his employer’s solvency. It stars Chris Gethard, who plays a clerk in “The Other Guys,” as well as SNL vets Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell. It’s horrible, like “Til Death”/“Brothers” horrible, awkward and poorly acted and a tonal mishmash. The kind of sitcom that tries to milk laughs by putting cuss words in the mouths of old people. It makes one wonder how “Walk Hard” would have turned out without Apatow’s involvement. The New York Times says:
… starts at the bottom after the beating is over and most of the fun is long gone. … Broadly limned, “Big Lake” works neither as a satire — and it stops trying after the delivery of Josh’s back story — nor as an adventure in surrealist comedy, and it is tough to watch the strain for eccentricity. …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… You don't really feel for any of these characters, but you're not supposed to. They are pawns to advance jokes. … what sold me on the pilot was the moment when 14-year-old Dylan Blue, as Gethard's beyond-the-law kid brother, revealed his dark side, and his gun; I was a little frightened. …
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… The show's tone slips between sitcom cheese and push-the-envelope absurdity. … The laugh track is one of the least enthusiastic I've ever heard, sometimes with good reason. Some of the dialogue is old-school corny. … Maybe the show is trying to send up sitcom conventions even as it embraces them? Or maybe I'm giving "Big Lake" too much credit.
The Boston Herald says:
… Many of the jokes are non sequitur riffs that turn into endurance tests. The cast seems to be aware of it. In the closing credits, which consists of outtakes funnier than the episodes, Rush listens as Gethard finally winds up his monologue and then says, “I wanna go home.” She’s kidding. Maybe. Even the laugh track, which starts out as something out of a ’70s sitcom, seems to give up. When you’re bored on automated tape, that’s a sure sign the material is all dried up.
The Boston Globe says:
… just a flat traditional sitcom built around lazy, repetitive jokes and audience cackles. It’s just bad … doesn’t much bother with the issues wound into its premise, going instead for gags we’ve seen in countless mediocre sitcoms across the decades. Norman Lear it ain’t.
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… With this much bad acting and writing, this body of water should be declared a Superfund site.… just sit back and wait for "Lake" to finish swirling and go gurgle gurgle down the drain, making room for something that's actually funny. …
Variety says:
… isn't merely bad. It's "Wow, how did that happen given who's involved?" bad. … Beyond the marquee producer names Comedy Central is promoting, the real disappointment is that writer Lew Morton ("Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story") and director Don Scardino ("30 Rock") helped birth this mess, which is overplayed and obvious (except perhaps for Gethard's dismally uninteresting straight man) on every level. …
10 p.m. Tuesday. Comedy Central.
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  • Aug. 17, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    The showtime sitcom in the 80's?

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    I didn't know people still used the term "cuss words".

    by RosemarysBabyDaddy

    How quaint. In light of all the good-to-great laugh track-less sitcoms in recent memory, a sitcom with a laugh track grates on my fucking nerves (I'm talking to you, CBS). I would have at least given this one a chance, provided the commercials/previews actually made me laugh. Which they didn't. Maybe the producers should hire Jimmy Fallon away from his "hilarious" stint in late night, just so he and Horatio can crack each other up like back in their old SNL days. Then at least someone would be laughing.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Horatio don't gotta eat.

    by Nice Marmot

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Laugh track supposed to be ironic...

    by Heckles least I hope so. This looks like shit. Parnell and Sanz are/were funny. It's been a while since SNL.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by Darklighter

    Hold on...Sanz was funny? When? I gotta see that.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Didn't Sanz lose a ton of weight?

    by greyspecter

    "call me Horatio Sans"<p> Hey I could be a writer for this show!

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Yo, Teach!

    by Skraggo

    That trailer made me instantly think of the shitty sitcom that Jason Schwartzman's character in "Funny People" was starring in.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Hortio Sanz is anti-comedy

    by Rob0729

    Fat or skinny, the guy sucks!!! His entire SNL consisted of being in boring, incomprehensible sketches and giggle through them like a stoner. He easily makes my top five worst SNLers of all time.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Walk Hard wasn't that great...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Other than way they would call attention to all the famous people Dewey Cox ran into, I can't recall anything particularly funny about that film.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by FrodoFraggins

    Let's hope that trailer contained the worst jokes from the show.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST


    by Skraggo

    Holy shit. After actually watching an episode of this garbage on Comedy Central tonight, I can see why they went with the laugh track. You'd NEVER be able to fill the studio bleachers with 150 actual people that would laugh at this shit. <p> Canceled in... <p> 10 <p> 9 <p> 8 <p> 7....

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Chris Parnell deserves better

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    What about Terriers?

    by Grasscutter

    Have anything to say about that one, Herc?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    im fucking shocked

    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    i couldnt make it ten minutes in. that lead guy is atrocious and the writing is so fucking bad it made me shit in my pants. twice.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    comedy gold

    by Potatino

    i cracked up when i heard the dad say f--- you to the kid in that clip... anyway I wouldn't mind see it. Looks great!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Herc, so it's last season of SNL horrible?

    by TrigPalinsBodyDouble

    It must be really bad if they resorted to a laugh track.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, noon CST

    horatio sanz's head.

    by readyoufool the trailer again. I am about 98% sure that they CGI'd Horatio's head onto another actor's body. There are a few times where head and body move...unnaturally. Why would they do this? Unless the show calls for his character to be nude most of the time and he didn't want to be...still...very strange.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    CGI head

    by readyoufool

    seriously, watch the above video right after Horatio Sanz is announced (about 40seconds in). His head looks different from the rest of his body. You know, like how on a bugs bunny cartoon you could always tell what part of the animation was going to move because it was a slightly brighter color than the background?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Comedy Central - the station no one watches

    by RPLocke

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    atleast that mongloid JON HEDER ain't in it

    by strykebr