TV Club: Comedy Bang! Bang!: “Thomas Middleditch Wears an Enigmatic Sweatshirt and Sweatpants with Pockets”

“Thomas Middleditch Wears an Enigmatic Sweatshirt and Sweatpants with Pockets” is a funny episode of sketch comedy. There’s no doubt there. Thomas Middleditch, the breakout star of Silicon Valley, brings his awkward charm to the blue couch in the same week David Letterman, a clear influence on Aukerman, put in his final show. It’s hard not to compare Bang! Bang! with early Letterman, especially in terms of tone and point of view. Aukerman’s character on Bang! Bang! is wide-eyed and sarcastic, a childlike homage of Letterman’s cranky old man. The most absurd Bang! Bang! bits borrow heavily from Late Show classics like “Know Your Cuts Of Meat” and “Beat The Clock.” Watts is a mellow Shaffer minus the sunglasses (but keeping the keyboard). It makes “Thomas Middleditch Wears an Enigmatic Sweatshirt and Sweatpants with Pockets” an excellent love letter to an important influence.

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