Live in this city long enough and you can spot types by zip code: the hipster from Williamsburg; the Upper East Side matron; the tattooed East Village burnout. Then there is Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, the seedy septuagenarians of "Oh, Hello." With their baggy corduroys and rent-control bachelor pad, Gil and George are pure Upper West Side.
A Comedy Central cult act created by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Gil and George are curmudgeonly wanna-be artists still waiting for their big break. Gil is an actor of dubious talent robbed, he says, of roles by Richard Dreyfuss, while George is an unpublished novelist whose past three wives died under mysterious circumstances.
They have a public-access-TV show for pranking celebrity guests called “Too Much Tuna,” and I won’t spoil the tuna for you. So: what happens in "Oh, Hello?" A lot of self-referential jokes about dusty theatrical clichés and a nostalgic, twisted history of New York from the ‘70s to today.
Full disclosure: this very channel, NY1, plays a pivotal role in the fortunes of our rumpled heroes. Directed with a keen sense of the absurd by the brilliant Alex Timbers, "Oh, Hello" is extremely funny stuff, veering from satirical wit to wackadoodle zaniness. Kroll and Mulaney have honed these grotesques for years and 90 minutes is almost too little time in their creepy company.
Maybe Gil and George can finally stop kvetching and admit they are a comedy hit on Broadway. Or as they say it: “Br’dway.”