Last night, Comedy central aired the season finale of its breakout miniseries, “Big Time in Hollywood, FL.”
Co-creators Dan Schimpf and Alex Anfanger (who also stars), who delivered the hilarious internet series “Next Time on Lonny,” put their TV budget to good use.
“Big Time” weaves together one of the most cartoonish, hilarious, disturbing yarns you’ll find on a cable network.
The trainwreck commences when delusional filmmakers Ben and Jack get kicked out of their parent’s house.
Financially cut off and about to lose the roof over their heads, they decide if they’re going to follow their Hollywood aspirations they’re going to have to extort their parents for twenty thousand dollars. It is almost too simple.
Next step, they pull actor and ex-heroin addict Jimmy Stats (played by Ben Stiller, who produces) out of a recovery group to pose as a drug dealer and “kidnap” their friend, Del, on their front lawn.
Stats shoves Del in his trunk and drives away shouting about the twenty grand that someone, somewhere, owes him. “I guess we don’t have a choice,” Ben says to his trembling parents.
It does not go well. In a graphic turn of events, Jimmy Stats is blown to smithereens in a DEA shake-up their mother surreptitiously arranged beforehand.
A police investigation into the so-called drug kingpin is launched shortly thereafter. Before long it goes federal.
Keep in mind this mostly takes place in the first episode.
“Big Time” might just be Comedy Central’s bloodiest show ever.
The brother’s web of deceit eventually collides with washed-up Cuba Gooding Jr. See, Cuba is in debt to a ruthless drug lord (an actual drug lord, not someone posing as one) and sees Ben and Jack an easy solution to his woes. Little does he know that the brothers share his zest for blundering sociopathy.
Behind the camera, Anfanger and Schimpf pull off an equally unlikely scheme, selling an insane plot with towering body count and imbuing it with a big-time sensibility.
It looks and sounds like any Hollywood action film in a way where you start to see the world through the purview of Ben and Jack’s heightened reality.
“Big Time” feels like a prank, or some kind of nightmare. It is ghastly and also very, very funny.
The story roars with such scorching momentum that it is almost exhausting.
This is the kind of show that yanks you along for the ride, hand over gaping jaw, whether you like it or not.