Sunday, February 6, 2022

Take Three: The Afterparty

The Afterparty: Season 1, Episode 3 “Yasper” (B+)

I’m a big fan of Ben Schwartz from his work on “Parks and Recreation” and “House of Lies,” in addition to a few other projects like the movie “Standing Up, Falling Down,” and I was excited to see him in the ensemble here in the first two episodes. He didn’t have all that much to do, and therefore it was an absolute delight to see him used in the most perfect possible way in this installment. As soon as he started playing his own music to tell his story, I knew it was going to be a blast, and it was made even more fantastic by Danner’s irritated reaction to his need to do it that way. Obviously, in his perception, he was celebrated by everyone when he walked in, and he got to perform not one but several superb musical numbers. The “one shot twice” was my favorite, and I like that Walt almost got a verse in but Yasper interrupted him. I was also thrilled to see another comedy mainstay, Tiya Sircar, from “The Good Place,” as Jennifer 1, who got interrupted doing meditation while she was pregnant and then appeared multiple times as one of Yasper’s very pregnant backup singers. The “purgatory of the dot dot dot” was another great song, one that showed how Yasper was trying so hard to just get Xavier to give him the time of day and he was so close until the celebrity jerk got killed. Chelsea once again seems most suspicious, and now she’s going to be next to explain what happened according to her. After Cusp was so terrible at accessing the evidence video that he deleted all the footage, Aniq was the enterprising detective of the episode, inventing an absurd game involving diarrhea to out the killer by their handwriting, something most didn’t want to do but Walt was honored to be asked to play.

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