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The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland – The League Premier October 30, 2009

Posted by The Ringer in The Oasis in a Vast Wasteland.

The League – Thursdays on FX at 10:30pm and 11:30pm

Pretty simple stuff. The League is about suburban guys playing in a fantasy football league. They all have to deal with their lives and how it effects their fantasy seasons which is opposed to real people having to deal with their fantasy seasons affecting their regular lives.

It stars: Mark Duplass, one of the writers of ‘Baghead’ a horror movie from 2008. Nick Kroll, the


For a show that is directly targeting unathletic males 25+ years old this promotional picture sure is metro. And very draftable in the 13th round, rarrrrrrr. wait... what? Sorry, I'm going to go spend the next 3 to 5 minutes searching Jenna Haze on google to rebuild my sexual confidence.

voice of Stu in ‘The Life and Times of Tim’ and was a co-‘star’ in Cavemen… the show about Geico’s cavemen. Stephen Rannazzisi, who had a bit part in ‘Paul Blart: Mallcop’. Jon Lajoie, a Canadien youtube sensation most famous for a song called ‘Show Me Your Genitals’ and ‘Everyday Normal Guy.” Paul Scheer, of Human Giant and the Upright Citizens Brigade (not the original MTV show but the still running improv troupe that performs in LA and NYC.)

So that cast sounds like a bunch of assholes plus Paul Scheer. Lajoie had some pretty kinda funny stuff on youtube but nothing that would make me say, ‘Oh thank zombie baby jesus! Someone finally gave Jon Lajoie a tertiary character on a basic cable sitcom!’

I do respect Scheer though. He’s been successful as an improv comedian and even has an improv show called FACEBOOK in which he makes fun of people’s facebook profiles. Wish I’d though of that.

The show itself is reflected by the quality of the cast. Nothing amazing and not the worst thing in the world. The pilot episode circled around two lifelong friends one of which isn’t playing in the league this year because his wife sucks and he’s whipped. Scheer is the loser character that everyone tolerates because they need a character every other character can rip on. Lajoie plays the sketchy friend they call Taco. This seems to be a half hearted attempt at creating the unfortunately named side character which was perfected by Growing Pain’s Josh Koenig as Richard Milhous “Boner” Stabone.

By the end of the show I had an overwhelming feeling of not giving a shit about this show. I’ll give it a second chance but only because it’s drafting off of It’s Always Sunny twice in one night. It was also created by one of the executive producers of Curb Your Enthusiasm Jeff Schaffer, who also directed 2 episodes of Curb and Euro Trip, so I guess that’s worthy of some benefit of doubt.

Grade: C-



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