Most of you by now have seen Judd Apatow’s masterpiece Freaks and Geeks. For those that haven’t, Freaks and Geeks was a shamefully short-lived comedy/drama that originally aired on NBC in 1999. Due to some poor ratings, only 18 episodes were ever produced. Freaks and Geeks was a show about “the other” people in high school.
A new super hero team was introduced to us during the Awesome’s Panel in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton. This team is well, slightly less Awesome than the name implies, but looks fantastic. The idea spawned from writing team Seth Meyers of SNL and soon to be host of his own late night show, and Mike Shoemaker who is a current producer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The comedy power doesn’t stop there. The show is produced by Lorne Michael’s Broadway Video, the cast includes Meyers, Taran Killam, Bill Hader, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, Rashida Jones, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey and Steve Higgins. Yes, it is a varitable who’s who of SNL past and present along with Jones, Meyers and Barinholtz.
We were treated to the first episode at Comic-Con and the show elicited a healthy amount of laughs from yours truly as well as the crowd at large. The plot follows a would be Super Hero named Proc, played by Seth Meyers, as he attempts to reassemble the super hero team a-la The Avengers called the Awesomes. His Dad, Mr. Awesome, has just vacated this planet and left his son in charge. The team quickly follows Mr. Awesome’s lead and vacates, leaving Proc to find formerly rejected super heroes to flesh out the Awesomes v2.0. What follows is a fun intro sequence for each of the characters. The one who clearly steals the show is The Impresario played hilariously by Kenan Thompson. A man who can create whatever he envisions with just the power of his mind, think Green Lantern without the need of a ring. Unfortunately he’s still a bit haunted by his overbearing Mother and everything he envisions usually includes a version of his Mother yelling at him. A dragon with his mother’s head or a fist that is a puppet of his mother’s face.
The main villian Malocchio, played by Hader, escapes from prison after finding out that Mr. Awesome has left. The first episode ends with him beginning his reign as the biggest villain in town.
Overall the show looks entertaining and well worth watching. The writing staff and voice acting are all comic vets and the panel proved that they have a great sense of humor. Not to mention Killam talking about his love of comic books and how he used to come to Comic-Con for years, before ever making SNL and promoting a panel. (He’s one of us!)
The Awesomes airs August 1st on Hulu and will be available on Hulu Plus. Check out the teaser below.