Comedy Bang! Bang! Season 2, Episode 9 Review: “Bill Hader Wears A Grey Button Down Shirt & Sneakers”
Had the first fifteen minutes of this week’s Comedy Bang! Bang! been a static shot of milk on a counter, or even actual static, I still would have loved it for the Fourvel appearance near the end. Comedy Bang! Bang! the TV show has distanced itself from Comedy Bang! Bang! the podcast, but in this episode it briefly bridged the two by bringing one of its most popular characters to television, and boy, did it work.
Thankfully the rest of the episode, while never equalling the comedy of those five or six minutes, is also good, so this isn’t a case of a bad episode saved by a really funny guest appearance. While “Bill Hader Wears A Grey Button Down & Sneakers” isn’t one of my favorites episodes we’ve gotten this season, it’s still very funny, and lets the show experiment with game show parodies and separating Scott and Reggie without devoting an entire episode to a gimmick.
I love Bill Hader uncontrollably, so I was a little surprised and let down by his appearance in his titular episode. Because he’s Bill Hader I at least laughed a few times, especially from his constant realizations, but since I consider him to be one of the funniest people working today, I expected a little more than what we were given. He seems to be at his best when he’s playing a character, so hopefully he’ll come back next season and be hilarious as someone other than himself.
Spin 2 Win and Reggie’s delayed responses (due to laziness, apparently) were also fun, if for no other reason than one of them featured Jimmy Pardo, who should have already hosted a game show by now, and the other featured clueless Reggie, which is second only to suave Reggie. Still, as I’ve mentioned before nothing in this episode beat Fourvel, who (as you can see in the above image) was terrifyingly portrayed as a shrunken Moynihan with stubble. I wondered if they would hire an adorable looking kid and have Moynihan voice him, but they went with a much different choice, and it will haunt me for a few days. Moynihan was great as always, and he also brought out the best in his past-SNL co-star Hader, who got to be silly instead of playing things straight with Scott.
While this wasn’t as audacious or funny as previous episodes, “Bill Hader Wears A Grey Button Down Shirt & Sneakers” was another enjoyable episode in a season that hasn’t really dropped the ball yet. As we see here, every episode doesn’t have to try and blow the roof off to be good. Have at least one great guest, some solid jokes, and a few knives, and Comedy Bang! Bang! can deliver.