In the ’60s and ’70s it would have been fair to say that most if not all TV sitcoms owed their sensibility to Neil Simon’s approach to comedy play-writing on Broadway.
In the ’80s and ’90s it would have been just as fair to say that sitcoms all were demonstrating the influence of The National Lampoon magazine and its offshoot, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
21st Century TV comedy, however, has moved on, demonstrating its reverence for the tonal pattern set down by Judd Apatow’s films and, let’s face it, the characters and attitudes first brought to the screen by Kevin Smith in his hugely influential indie film CLERKS.
Which is why we recently were shocked to see this pilot for a 1995 TV version of Jay, Silent Bob, and friends. Kevin Smith didn’t write, direct, produce, or participate in any active way, which may…just may…have something to do with the mess waiting for you by clicking on the “Play” arrow below:
Some people just don’t get it, do they?