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Baskets with Zach Galifianakis is an odd comedy

Written by K.C. Murdock

Baskets is that creepy uncle that you can’t help but laugh at all his weird jokes, and it’s exactly what you would expect from an FX TV series starring Zach Galifianakis.

Chip Baskets is a Clown College of Paris flunky who has to move back to Bakersfield California when he runs out of money and has to drop out of clown college because he can’t learn French. Yep, that is the show’s premise. Chip moves back to Bakersfield to pursue his dream of becoming a clown, but moves back with his French Wife Penelope played by Sabina Sciubba, who tells him she doesn’t love him and wants a green card to find a better man than him in America, and she lives separately from him. However, times are hard for a clown in California and the only one he can get is at the local rodeo. It still doesn’t pay the bills, but leads to some good comedy and the owner is happy as long as Baskets keeps getting hit by the bulls. Which happens a lot.

Things take a turn for the worse when a bee flies into his biking helmet and he crashes his French motor scooter. His insurance agent Martha, played by Martha Kelly and I think she is hilarious, offers to drive him around until his scooter can be fixed and she just adds to the weirdness that is this show. While trying to find $40 for HBO GO for Penelope they go by to borrow money from his Mother played by Louie Anderson. Just when you think things couldn’t get any weirder, but Mrs. Baskets takes it to another level. Louie Anderson is so great. However, she doesn’t have the extra money to lend her son Chip and so he is forced to go ask his twin brother for the money. So if you weren’t already weren’t getting enough of Zach Galifianakis now you get a double dose of him and the brother is just as odd for being the normal one. This show is fucked up weird in all of the best ways.

Written by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia and Saturday Night Live) no wonder the show is so awesomely weird. These guys must be having a blast producing this show together. Working off the quirkiness of Zach’s character acting this show is brilliant. If you loved him as the socially dysfunctional Alan in The Hangover series then this show is for you. Galifianakis has made a career out of playing extremely odd unlikeable characters that you can’t help but love and this show has captured that perfectly. Can’t wait to see where this goes in the 11 episode first season.

FX has a history of supporting off the wall comedies and BASKETS has a great new home. Let’s hope it’s around for good cause this is good stuff.

 

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K.C. Murdock

Murdock Worldwide Entertainment is the brainchild of President and C.E.O. K.C. Murdock. Created for the distribution of his debut album “Sunlit World”, but took a new direction when on musical hiatus he started the podcast Down the Road Show. The fast growing popularity of that quickly spread to video production at comic cons forever changing DTRShow into the press/media division it has become. As Murdock's profile began to rise in the con circuit he became a more integral part of every con he attended bringing a camera to conventions and utilizing it to record panels and celebrity interviews. From filming to becoming a point of contact for artists, actors and attendees, K.C. kept adding roles to his overall con responsibilities. In the span of a year and a half K.C. went from anonymous attendee to becoming a trusted source for all things convention related.

Armed with camera, K.C. branched off into the Chronicles of Comic Con, a reality based show revolving around comic conventions with skits and commercials intermixed; but K.C. had more plans. He wanted bigger. He envisioned what would become MWE. Recruiting some friends long time writing/creative partner and industry professional Josh Calvert, uber-talented graphic artist Batt Rivera aka Dark Nyte Studios, a comic con insider unknown in the Cosplay community for his personal unique twists on characters, Tyler Wilson as head of web development to build & manage murdockworldwide.com and SEO Guru Steve Wiideman his most trusted web advisor. K.C. had the backbone of a company that would eventually grow into cult status in the seedy pop culture underworld.
M.W.E. has allowed for expansion from that original premise of strictly entertainment production. With the current roster of MWE in place K.C. set his sights on expanding into brand & talent management, branding & social media management services for professionals in the Industry, and event coordination while maintaining an online network with a focus on production and development, Murdock Worldwide Entertainment is poised to become the go-to company for all things media related.

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