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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