This year hasn’t been good to Forrest MacNeil, the fictitious host of Review. After running way from a show that encouraged him to, among other things, divorce his longtime wife, become addicted to cocaine, and elude law enforcement, Forrest broke. He decked his producer Grant and fled, hoping to rebuild his neglected life.
But would it have been funny if he was able? Of course not! Where’s the comedy in that? “To what degree are we sadists? I would say to a pretty good degree [laughs]. I think we’re pretty sadistic,” Andy Daly, the Comedy Central show’s star and co-creator, tells EW. “But there is something to the idea that it’s fun to watch somebody who made his own bed and have to lie in it. He has to do this show, he has stupidly decided that it’s important and that it’s worth all of these sacrifices to himself and everybody else around him.”
Review‘s second season brought the expectedly consistent humor from its standout first season and managed to amplify the ridiculousness and darkness. Before Thursday night’s season finale, Daly chatted about his five favorite segments of the season with EW.
Bare-Knuckled Brawl (2.5 stars out of 5)
An added element in Year 2 was the Veto Booth, where Forrest was permitted to visit twice throughout the year. He very well could have chosen to do so for this first request asked of him. Nope! Instead, Forrest finds a man at an ATM to deck, only to take some lead via three gunshots. “Nobody could ever see it coming, and I think it’s an interesting commentary on stand-your-ground laws,” Daly laughs, “And it just sends a signal that you don’t want to turn away from this season, because anything could happen at any time.” The segment succeeds as a reintroduction to the show by mixing expositional updates before and after the coma-inducing encounter.
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Being a Little Person (3.5 out of 5)
A person over seven feet tall asks if life would be easier being “extremely small.” Initially, Forrest tries to make his world bigger, but that wasn’t quite what was asked. He chooses to walks on his knees and refuses to break character — even when he’s unable to reach the fire extinguisher to prevent his father’s house burning down. “I love it because we know how incredibly seriously Forrest takes his work,” Daly says, “and to have it be something so stupid, that he’s taking so seriously is very enjoyable to watch.”
Having the Perfect Body (.5 out of 5)
The latter half of episode 4 hinges on the first: Leading a cult. Forrest’s amour du jour, Mrs. Greenfield (Lennon Parham), steals the leadership to teach others about attaining a
five-star six-star life. But then he seeks perfection by implants and an Oompa Loompa orange tan and bleached-white teeth. Forrest wants to show everyone how, uh, “great” he now appears. His timing couldn’t be worse, as the cult is swarmed and most of the disciples are mowed down by an FBI raid. “The big, catastrophic occurrence is so much bigger and more catastrophic than anybody would have counted on,” Daly says.
Haunted House (1 out of 5)
Watching the show’s first season enhanced the emotional depth of the Haunted House segment. Forrest revisits his old house, the scene of the crime where he lived quite happily before divorcing his wife. “To me, there’s something about going back this old house,” Daly says. “The furniture is different, and he’s afraid to turn on the lights, and he’s pantomiming having dinner with his family that’s long gone at the dining room table. It’s the right mix of sad and funny. … I love that one.” Oh, and he’s assaulted and pushed down the stairs by the new resident.
Giving Six Stars (1 out of 5)
“To me, our pound-for-pound funniest, laugh-out-loudest segment of the season,” Daly asserts. The concept is simple enough: How would breaking the rigid rating scale feel to the buttoned-up host? He nearly vetoes it, but he creates not one, but two new shows to be able to rate something six stars. “[Co-host] A.J. is right: He should probably just give something six stars and get it over with,” Daly laughs. “But the tortured solution that he comes up with to this problem and then constantly making it worse is very enjoyable to me.” That solution? He passes on giving ice cream six stars after spilling some on his shirt, thus setting himself up for receiving not one, but two swift kicks between the legs.
The season finale of Review, titled “Conspiracy Theory,” airs Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.