The best part of the hour, however, was meeting Ann’s ex-husband, who she clearly can’t stand and may even be a little afraid of. Brenda Strong was great in this scene. The ex is evidently the only man in Dallas who has enough rigs to support the amount of oil John Ross is planning on pumping out daily, but since he thinks J.R. is a “prick” and has always liked Bobby, he agrees to do Ann the favor of breaking the contract. I imagine we’ll see him again as well.
Comedy Bang! Bang! – We’ve been waiting and waiting for podcast favorite Paul F. Tompkins to appear on the IFC show, and he finally made his triumphant debut. He appeared this week as the Cake Boss (his convincing costume consisted of a chef’s jacket), one of his most popular impressions. Finally, we got to see him go into one of his trances! (He was bitten by a cake bug, and now he has the gift-slash-curse of second sight. There’s a lot of backstory to Tompkins’ Cake Boss.) The other guest this week was Michael Cera, who was similarly delightful – his patented awkwardness works so well in this format. (Note – Michael Cera has not actually patented akwardness, as far as we know.) Meanwhile, Scott Aukerman talked to the furniture, and then (SPOILER) Cake Boss, Scott, and Reggie Watts killed Michael Cera during a clips package. Seriously – you should watch this. Friday nights on IFC, and then repeated throughout the week. The next great sketch show is happening before our eyes and pretending to be a talk show.