In the past few years, Comedy Central hasn’t had a whole lot of luck creating standout new series, outside of the Stewart/Colbert/South Park nucleus. This year’s excellent new sketch/variety show Key & Peale was one exception and another, Workaholics, returns Tuesday night.
Here’s a hilarious, under-the-radar comedy gem, one that owes a heavy debt to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, only setting the action in a telemarketing office instead of a bar- with characters even more pathetic than Dennis, Charlie and Sweet Dee.
The show stars Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm, who are also the primary writers and executive producers. They play a trio of post-collegiate losers who live and work together as telemarketers. The show debuted in 2011, and this week marks the start of its third season.
The series’ best episode is the second season’s finale, “6 Hours ‘Till Hedonism II.” The gang is headed for a vacation at the notorious resort, until Blake (Anderson) realizes he doesn’t have a passport. The adventure leads them to a high speed chase, an Amber Alert and a porn theater, and it only gets more perverse from there.
Workaholics will air Tuesdays at 10:30 Eastern on Comedy Central.