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post #91 of 1958 Old 10-12-2009, 05:31 PM
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I decided to check out this show after seeing the mostly positive reviews on this forum. I didn't previously have much interest in it but I am glad I checked it out. My favorite new comedy in a long time. Really 30 Rock, Big Bang and this are the only comedies I find remotely funny anymore. I loved Scrubs and even though that team is off doing Cougar Town this show actually reminds me of Scrubs more than Cougar Town does. This was a very pleasant surprise!
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I really thought the last episode continued the upward progress for the show. I loved the study scenes where they flipped out.
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Funniest episode yet, and it's not even over.

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"Can we go somewhere where there are less balls?"

I'm still enjoying this show. The Abed/Troy partnership has the makings of a classic sitcom duo.

Well, before the show gets canceled maybe. Viewers were up a tiny notch this week but 5 million isn't exactly a figure to get excited about.


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For NBC it is!
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For NBC it is!

NBC's got a whole pile of shows they need to cancel before they even hint at killing Community.

I lost it watching Abed put pencils in Troy's mouth. Sorry . . . I'm big fan of stoopid humor.
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Abed took himself out of the episode because he leaned on his gimmick pretty hard last week.

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NBC picks-up "Community" (along with "Park and Recreation" and "Mercy") for the rest of the season: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post17408720. Stop complaining!
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The show has improved, and it is a more realistic humorous view of community college.
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I'm really enjoying this show. Glad NBC picked it up, hopefully it sticks around. I like pretty much all the characters but standouts for me are Abed, Troy, and Pierce. I think Chevy Chase is hilarious as the non-traditional student. Abed and Troy are great together.

Also, I feel that Parks & Recreation has improved a lot and this season is actually pretty good.
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I am really digging community too, but didn't like that last week's ep didn't have Ken Jeong. The hardest I ever laugh during this show are his scenes.
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I am really digging community too, but didn't like that last week's ep didn't have Ken Jeong. The hardest I ever laugh during this show are his scenes.

OK, I love this show. But I really don't understand what people think makes Ken Jeong a must watch actor. Is funny? I guess. On occasion. But I don't think he steals the entire show.

For me, the show's best moments are always the end pieces with Abed and Troy. The bit with Abed and Troy messing around with the PA system and the two guards who look like them busting in on them was hilarious. Chevy Chase has enough moments that I can't complain. The bit with him and the dean trying to create a racially non-offensive mascot was priceless.

But, the Ken Jeong stuff. I don't know. The humor just feels very forced. And frankly, a bit too mean for a show that's basically good-natured.
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I find Ken Jeong annoying.
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Ken Jeong and John Oliver work well together. "Keep it up, Frost/Nixon." That was a classic. I hope they make Oliver a cast member instead of a guest star.
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OK, I love this show. But I really don't understand what people think makes Ken Jeong a must watch actor. Is funny? I guess. On occasion. But I don't think he steals the entire show.

For me, the show's best moments are always the end pieces with Abed and Troy. The bit with Abed and Troy messing around with the PA system and the two guards who look like them busting in on them was hilarious. Chevy Chase has enough moments that I can't complain. The bit with him and the dean trying to create a racially non-offensive mascot was priceless.

But, the Ken Jeong stuff. I don't know. The humor just feels very forced. And frankly, a bit too mean for a show that's basically good-natured.

It's funny you say that because I think Ken Jeong steals the show, much like Aziz Ansari steals the show in Parks & Rec. Jeong was noticeably absent from the pilot and from last week's ep. For me the hardest I ever laugh with the show is with that guy. None of the other stuff is even close. Second for me would be pretty much anything with Abed. I think the actor who plays Abed (Danny Pudi) is really good with his zaniness. Much like Jim Parsons on Big Bang Theory, but not quite there yet of course.

To each his own I guess, but I'm not surprised there is a Ken Jeong backlash coming about: he is getting overexposed being cast in too many comedies in 2008/2009.
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Annie is stealing the show. And Shirley.
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I find the show funniest at the end with the pakistani, and the black dude making fun of people.

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Chevy Chase has enough moments that I can't complain. The bit with him and the dean trying to create a racially non-offensive mascot was priceless.

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To each his own I guess, but I'm not surprised there is a Ken Jeong backlash coming about: he is getting overexposed being cast in too many comedies in 2008/2009.

I've never seen him before, and I find him annoying. If he never makes another appearance, I wouldn't miss him. I thought the woman teacher with the cell phone issue was a lot funnier. So it has nothing to do with a backlash from overexposure. But then again, I hate that guy you mentioned from Big Bang Theory, too. I find that show unwatchable.
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Annie is stealing the show. And Shirley.

Agree 100%. Shirly is hysterical, even without saying a word.
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I've never seen him before, and I find him annoying.

Never seen him before? Never seen Role Models, Knocked Up, The Goods, The Hangover, Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV), All About Steve (had a larger role for a change), Couples Retreat and the list goes on and on?? And you hate Big Bang Theory? Probably somewhat explains the difference in opinion (and if you've seen many of these and still claim to never have seen him, that's a whole other issue altogether but also could be related to your opinion of him).

I came in knowing the guy and loving his work. I would venture to say that most here know him from his work the last two years, making you the rare exception here (his long resume in a short time span proves that it's been difficult to NOT see him over the last two years http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0421822/). Interesting take considering you have no familiarity with him when everyone else does. He was the reason I tuned into the show, like many others who may have tuned in because of Chevy Chase or Joel McHale.

He's not a trained actor per se, just a real MD doctor turned comedian now I guess turned actor.
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Never seen him before? Never seen Role Models, Knocked Up, The Goods, The Hangover, Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV), All About Steve (had a larger role for a change), Couples Retreat and the list goes on and on??

Well ... of that list, the only thing I've seen is CYE ... and I don't remember him from there. I guess, I've reached a certain age.
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Never seen him before?

Yes, that's what I said. Never. And I don't think I missed much. I enjoy Community, but I don't see his contribution being particularly significant. Just over the top in a one dimensional way. At least what we've seen so far.
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He's good, not great.

Too much "trying" and not actual "being".
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Yes, that's what I said. Never.

Not that every movie on that list is great, but if you've never seen any of them it just means we find different things humorous. I can get that someone who has never seen Role Models, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, or The Hangover (hard for me to believe someone in the US hasn't seen one of these, but ok) wouldn't enjoy Ken Jeong's role here. He's a *character* actor (by no means a lead actor) and he does his characters well in previous and current roles. And IMHO, he is missed when he does not appear in an ep here. We agree to disagree.
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(hard for me to believe someone in the US hasn't seen one of these, but ok).

I work 12-14 hours a day, sometimes 6 days a week. Between that and spending time with my daughter, I'm pretty picky about my entertainment choices. At best, I watch maybe an hour of TV a day, and only because of the convenience of time-shifting. It's very rare that I give up two hours of my time to see a movie. It's got to be a REALLY great movie. The last comedy feature film I can remember sitting all the way through was Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Of your list, I saw about 15 minutes of Knocked Up, and it didn't make the cut. As I recall, I let my wife watch the rest of it, while I decided that cleaning my garage was a better use of my time.
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I'm clueless about pop culture. The last movie I watched all the way through was "The Good Girl" and I never even recognized Jennifer Aniston. I just figured the actress was some unknown.
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I can get that someone who has never seen Role Models, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, or The Hangover (hard for me to believe someone in the US hasn't seen one of these, but ok) wouldn't enjoy Ken Jeong's role here. He's a *character* actor (by no means a lead actor) and he does his characters well in previous and current roles.

It might be a surprise, but many people have never been turned on by the Project to Put Seth Rogen in Every Comedy or the newer Project to Clone Seth Rogen. For my part, I now actively avoid anything Seth Rogen, on the basis that every one of his comedies are overly long, meandering and generally stupid.

Knocked Up is slightly longer than an actual pregnancy, and by the time Ken Jeong appears in the film I was ready to stab the next person who appeared on screen. Pineapple Express was so dumb and low rent I almost thought it was one of those films that Kim Jong-Il had kidnapped a director to make. I was just waiting for the man in the Godzilla suit to show up and improve the plot and pacing of the film. (For the record, there's stupid funny and then there's "Did anyone even bother writing jokes for this?" funny.)

I think Role Models is probably the best example of what you're talking about with Ken Jeong, particularly as far as him being a character actor. In Role Models he actually dials back the over-the-top angry routine far enough that it's just a character and not a plea for intervention. From what I've seen of Ken Jeong, he tends to lay on manic, over-the-top angry to a level only matched Chris Farley on his worst days. Also, he's not a fat loser, so he loses the extra 50% of funny Farley got just for walking on stage.

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I think the actor who plays Abed (Danny Pudi) is really good with his zaniness. Much like Jim Parsons on Big Bang Theory, but not quite there yet of course.

Similar characters, but I think Jim Parsons has the better overall character. Sheldon is entitled to a certain level of development that I don't think you'll ever see Abed be allowed. Of course, TBBT is a show about geeks, and Sheldon is the alpha geek, so it is only fair.

On the other hand, Abed clearly comes with a better partner in crime than Sheldon has. Leonard is a pure wet blanket, 24-7. Troy is far more fun, and therefore Abed scores with the better comedic pairing.

The best comedic pairing on TBBT is actually Sheldon vs Penny, and its because the jokes is then about geeks vs normals.
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