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What do Kristen Wiig, Aasif Mandvi, and Mindy Kaling have in common? Besides acting in three of my favorite TV shows (SNL, The Daily Show, and The Office, respectively), they’ve now joined forces like some kind of League of Extraordinary Comedians to create a hilarious and heartwarming new online miniseries called Global Warming.
If you enjoyed the comedic brilliance of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, chances are you’ll like Global Warming, too. Both were created during last year’s Writer’s Guild of America strike by funny writers (in Global Warming’s case, writers from The Daily Show and Penn & Teller) casting about for something to keep them occupied during the strike. Global Warming is a romantic comedy about adorably awkward office intrigue. Here’s a synopsis of the first episode:
“Saturday Night Live‘s Kristin Wiig plays Kristine, a woman who wants more out of her men, but hasn’t quite figured out exactly what. The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi is Aseem, a hopeless romantic and Kristine’s tech-support guy in India. He escapes the tyranny of his boss (The Office‘s Mindy Kaling) to take a leap with Kristine. But do either of them really know what they’re about to land in?”
You can watch the trailer for yourself:
The first episode of Global Warming can be found on the official Strike.TV website. Watch it now, and you’ll be hip and happening when you tell all your friends about it.
If you’re interested in the other comedic work the cast of Global Warming has done, my favorite Kristen Wiig skit from SNL is hands down Surprise Party, in which she plays a woman named Sue who is way, way, way too excited about throwing a birthday party; my favorite Aasif Mandvi video from The Daily Show is probably his Best F#$king News Team biography, entitled “Aasif Mandvi Is Brown“.
The next episode of Global Warming is coming soon, and it should be fun to see where the Strike.TV team takes it.
Just in case you haven’t yet gotten around to watching to the magical wonderment that is “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, I thought I’d write a friendly blog post reminder for you: Watch it now, damn it.
The sing-along blog is really a short musical film that explores the life of an aspiring supervillain named Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris). When Dr. Horrible isn’t plotting to take over the world with his Freeze Ray or fretting over his application to join the Evil League of Evil, he’s awkwardly and adorably crushing on Penny (Felicia Day), the sweet girl from the laundromat. His plans to rule the world and get the girl are repeatedly foiled by his archnemesis, the hilariously vapid and self-absorbed Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion).
Neil Patrick Harris is just the right combination of earnest and awkward in his role as the title character, and is a surprisingly good singer when it comes to the musical numbers. I was too young to watch Doogie Howser when it was still airing, so my first knowledge of who Neil Patrick Harris is was from his cameo doing a line of coke off a stripper in “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”. (This is only slightly less awful than my friend Ellie knowing Kim Jong-Il as “the guy from ‘Team America: World Police'”.)
Just to get you started, here’s a clip of Dr. Horrible singing about his secret crush on Penny, the girl next door:
How could you not be rooting for the villain for once?
The musical is 43 minutes long and is broken up into three parts, so you really have no excuse not to drop everything and watch it legally on Hulu.com right this minute. Shouts to Ayse, who introduced it to me, and in turn Cheese, who I believe introduced it to her.