Maybe it hasn’t been put this way yet, but we’re living in the golden age of sketch comedy on television. When else has there been such a plethora of great options? Comedy Central has several of them—Key & Peele, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer—but comedy nerds should also be watching The Birthday Boys on IFC.
Executive produced by sketch-comedy guru Bob Odenkirk (for Ben Stiller’s Red Hour) and starring the titular L.A.-based group, the series returns for its second season Oct. 17—which leaves plenty of time to binge the 10-episode first season on Netflix if you missed it. Fans of Odenkirk’s seminal sketch series Mr. Show will undoubtedly see its influence on the Birthday Boys’ sketches, which mostly eschew timely references (that quickly grow dated) in favor of a more whimsical goofiness.
In this exclusive clip from the show’s upcoming second season, the Boys star in a commercial for designer clothes too expensive to really wear. It features another comedy legend, Dana Carvey (on whose short-lived sketch show Odenkirk wrote).
The Birthday Boys airs Friday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on IFC.