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The Birthday Boys


"The Birthday Boys" is a scripted original sketch comedy, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad", "Mr. Show") and Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", "Zoolander"). The series features the Los Angeles comedy group of the same name (UCB Theatre Los Angeles, Just for Laughs Festival) along with Odenkirk and is in the classic vein of absurd/silly/smart/funny variety shows ("Mr. Show", Monty Python), featuring sketches that twist real-life moments and cultural touchstones.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: IFC
  • Ray Rahman

    The high-energy group's smart, counterintuitive brand of absurdism is especially reminiscent of The State. [18 Oct 2013, p.61]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Josh Modell

    It seems like they’re trying to build a little universe of their own, on the shoulders of the most notable sketch shows of the past. It’s a show worthy of attention for that reason alone, and doubly so because it’s often funny as hell.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The two episodes I've seen are very good--engagingly twisted, more invested in ideas than jokes, often funny, usually admirable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    This is not sophisticated, drawing-room humor. It's closest to what they used to call college humor, and what is now considered stoned humor. But beneath the silliness is gentle but still dead-on satire that makes The Birthday Boys worth a look and a laugh.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The more frequently Birthday Boys returns to seemingly unfunny or barely funny bits, the funnier they eventually become--another Python borrowing, and a good one.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Birthday Boys is a consistently funny show for viewers who are regular consumers of pop culture and recognize the elements from TV and film that are being spoofed.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    If you are reaching the saturation point with this type of sketch work, The Birthday Boys may cause you to sigh at the sameness of it all. But if you’ve stayed away from those other yucksters, these ones provide fairly consistent midlevel laughs.

    The New York Times Full Review
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