Last Man

Last Man

Friday, February 27, 2015

“Last Man on Earth” First Look: SNL Alumnus Will Forte Scores Big Laughs

The phrase, “There’s never been a show like this one on television” is overdone, but it’s absolutely true in this case. “Last Man on Earth” follows the life of Phil Miller after a virus kills off all other humans. In fact, there are no signs of life anywhere.

The literary and film tradition of post-apocalyptic fiction falls into a combined sci-fi and horror genre, but in the hands of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (producers of “Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street”, and donators of the title character’s name), the show blasts your senses with one giddy rush after another. The world is Phil Miller’s joyous playground, and he acts out the most fantastic, anarchic, teenaged fantasies. Steal several Rembrandts and Monets? Check. Bathe in a baby pool full of margarita mix with salt on the rim? Check. Go bowling in a parking lot, with an escalating montage of bigger objects and stakes? Check.

Another comedic technique, a film version of joke setup and punch line, is a hyperbolic statement of “I would never do that!” with a cut to black, then a title card showing the passage of time, and then the aftermath. In this vein, there are some great jokes involving the movie “Castaway”, and also junk food.

Every joke lands. It’s like watching Olympic Ice Skating.

The writing bench is stacked with comedy stars Will Forte (Star, creator, and former “SNL” cast member), Andy Bobrow (Writer for “Community” and “Malcolm in the Middle”), and three SNL veterans: Emily Spivey (“MADtv”), Jonathan Solomon (“MacGruber”), and Liz Cackowski (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Community”).  This writers’ room, coming up with all these gleeful anarchic stunts, is running at full creative potential. There are many ways this experiment could have gone wrong, but it all worked, and that is completely in the hands of the writers. It just works.

In a world full of reboots, it’s vital that original ideas get pushed to the foreground. Please tell everyone to watch “Last Man on Earth” on Fox, Sundays starting March 1st, 9/8pm central. Tell them it’s funny, and that Will Forte’s going to win their hearts.

I wasn't kidding about the Rembrandts!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Watch Last Man on Fox, Sundays starting March 1st at 9/8pm central!


Well, I pretty much said everything I needed to say in the title.

Early reviews of "Last Man" are very good, and I want y'all to watch it with me.

It's about a man named Phil Miller (Will Forte, of SNL fame), and it answers the question, "What would you do if you were the last man on Earth?"

Early reviews out of the Critics' Association panels from January 2015 mentioned Phil smashing up stores, stealing artwork, and singing the National Anthem to an empty stadium with a megaphone.

Also, the producers are Philip Lord and Chris Miller ("Lego Movie"), and one of the writers is Andy Bobrow ("Community").

Here's the first trailer:

I'd love to connect with other fans as this show airs; I can't wait to see it!