So why the dirty fuckballs did I charge you five dollars for
Horace and Pete, where most TV shows you buy online are 3 dollars
or less? Well, the dirty unmovable fact is that this show is
The standup specials are much more containable. It’s one guy on a
stage in a theater and in most cases, the cost of the tickets that
the live audience paid, was enough to finance the filming.
But Horace and Pete is a full on TV production with four broadcast
cameras, two beautiful sets and a state of the art control room
and a very talented and skilled crew and a hall-of-fame cast.
Every second the cameras are rolling, money is shooting out of my
asshole like your mother’s worst diarrhea. (Yes there are less
upsetting metaphors I could be using but I just think that one is
the sharpest and most concise). Basically this is a hand-made, one
guy paid for it version of a thing that is usually made by a giant
I watched the first episode. It’s a really unusual show. On the surface level, it feels very familiar, with a cast of well-known actors and a very traditional old-school multi-camera look and feel. Horace and Pete looks like an old CBS show, in particular, to my eyes.
But what the characters do and say, and what is going on in their lives, is nothing at all like traditional TV. It makes for an interesting juxtaposition — familiar comfort-food in terms of how it looks, but unconventional in terms of what is actually going on.
In just two words: “dystopic Cheers”.
★ Thursday, 4 February 2016