Production: Funny or Die
Cast: Hank Azaria, Amanda Peet
(No Spoilers ahead)
Brockmire is a new comedy premiering on IFC on April 5th. It is based on a Funny or Die sketch about a disgraced baseball play by play man (with the voice Vin Scully, the style of Lindsey Nelson, and the drinking of Harry Carey) who has a breakdown on air after he catches his wife cheating on him. The sketch is documentary style with the likes of Joe Buck discussing former announcer Jim Brockmire.
Unlike the sketch the show is not documentary style.
Without giving too much away, the premiere starts with Brockmire’s breakdown in the booth during a game, where he uses some colorful language to describe his wife’s actions. It then flashes to 10 years later in the middle of Pennsylvania at a bus stop. Brockmire is waiting to meet an independent team owner (Peet), who convinced Brockmire to come a be the play by play man for her team
Brockmire, who exiled himself out of the country after his breakdown is unaware of what has happened since. He had become a viral video and a catch phrase (“Keeping it Brockmire”) while he was away. He is learning how people remember him and what they think of him. Underneath the pain of the past he still feels, Jim Brockmire still has heart.
This first episode sets up the first season pretty well (hopefully it keeps the momentum). I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you like the charm of small time baseball, raunchy comedy, or are just a fan of Hank Azaria you won’t be disappointed. Some of my favorite parts of the episode take place in the booth, where even in the middle of his breakdown and ranting he still describes the game to a tee (“Folks, that ball cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery. It just got tattooed”-Brockmire).
I highly recommend checking out this show.