Ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to do something unheard of. I’m going to do something no one over the age of 14 has ever done before. I’m going to write something nice about Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Yes, yes. I know. They are as, Nathan Rabin once wrote, “comedy antichrists” and yes, it’s more than a little sleazy that their movies are actually written by a committee of very desperate comedy writers who are locked in a windowless room with no food or water and kept there until they’re able to turn a pile of fart gags and Miley Cyrus twerking jokes into a semi-cohesive parody of “The Avengers” (I’m exaggerating slightly). But here’s the thing, in spite of their many glaring faults, Friedberg and Seltzer have good eye for recognizing underutilized comedic talent. They’re the only directors in Hollywood who have consistently hired the likes of Crista Flanagan, Ike Barinholtz and Nicole Parker who, unlike Key & Peele, haven’t managed to escape the taint of their pasts on Mad TV.
This, and this alone, is the reason why I’m not dreading the arrival of their “Fast & Furious” parody movie “Superfast” (which starts filming in L.A. next month). Sure, it’s starring the obscure likes of Dale Pavinski and Alex Ashbaugh (who is best known for playing a small role in the Lindsay Lohan laughingstock “The Canyons”) as Vin Diesel and Paul Walker simulacrums and, yes, it will probably feature timely spoofs of all of the last year’s hottest movies and internet memes but it could also star Flanagan who is very, very funny.
How funny? Here’s a clip of her from Mad TV awkwardly performing bad stand-up comedy. It’s actually a little shocking that she hasn’t been absorbed into Tim & Eric’s repertory company of L.A. comedians because she shares their bleak, frequently weird sensibilities.
So, you see? Anybody who keeps casting this talented lady in their movies can’t be all bad? I mean they’re still pretty bad, but not as super, duper terrible bad as you originally thought.
Source: Empire Online