Comedy Bang! Bang!: “Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots” Review

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Following last week’s series finale, which was one of Comedy Bang! Bang!’s more ambitious high-concept episodes, it isn’t surprising that the show would return with a more traditional episode. Though as I’ve often said, a traditional episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! is hardly traditional. For this show, “traditional” merely means the episode doesn’t mess with the talk show format and contains some guests and sketches. As wonderful as it is to watch a high-concept episode that gleefully flips Comedy Bang! Bang! on its head, episodes like “Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots” also have their charms.

Because Comedy Bang! Bang! will never have a normal episode, there always has to be something going on. The something here was an earthquake that made the Comedy Bang! Bang! set a deathtrap. Besides making for some great physical humor as Nick Offerman and Kate McKinnon tried to navigate their way to the couch, the earthquake also gave the episode a solid pace. With Kyle Mooney outside and Michael Showalter scavenging in the studio, “Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots” was able to jump back and forth between interviews, sketches, and Mooney and Showalter, so no segment ever became stale.

As the episode’s main guests, Offerman and McKinnon were both great. Neither did anything outside their comfort zones, but that wasn’t a problem since their comfort zones are funny. Offerman made an impact near the beginning with some mustache jokes and his triumphant speech in that movie clip, then he retreated to the background (or more precisely, stage left) as McKinnon basically did a Weekend Update appearance on another show. Kyle Mooney got some more laughs out of his meek, mumbly comedic persona (especially after he took advice from Scott and Offerman) and Michael Showalter got to ride a horrifying and disgusting stop motion worm. Guests have always been a selling point for Comedy Bang! Bang!, but tonight’s group was especially strong.

Despite all the good things it had to offer, “Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots” doesn’t stand out as one of the season’s stronger episodes. While I can’t nail down a clear problem, the formulaic aspects could be at fault. For example, the “Ditch It or Pitch It” segment, while funny, branched off into different reality shows, a joke the show has previously done in “Rashida Jones Wears a Black Blazer & Flowered Pants.” But it might also need another viewing. Regardless, Comedy Bang! Bang! was able to deliver another enjoyable episode even with the cast and crew rapidly losing air, and that’s certainly an accomplishment.

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