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With Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns only airing new episodes sporadically, where should you go to get your spoofy talk show fix?
Presenting ... Ben Schwartz's The Earliest Show, co-produced by Funny or Die and Cap'n Crunch.
Schwartz, who's best known for his roles on Parks & Recreation and House of Lies, stars and directs the series that "took the exact script Zach (Galifianakis) uses," he says. "If you've seen Between Two Ferns, you've seen this."
Yes, he's being sarcastic.
In fact, The Earliest Show is a glossy, highly-produced six-episode series (as opposed to Galifianakis' purposefully low budget-looking show), that parodies dozens of morning shows Schwartz has guested on and watched.
"I DVR'd every morning show for three days in a row, and watched hours and hours of exactly how they moved the camera," he says. His comedy pulls from Live With Kelly, with its own prominent "Gelman"-type producer, and Today, with cooking segments that get turned on their heads. For example: A fitness segment stars a woman with small gym equipment who lives in a closet.
The show's anchors are Samantha Newman (Lauren Lapkus) and Josh Bath (Schwartz), the latter who sing-talks much like Schwartz's Parks character Jean-Ralphio does. In the series premiere, Josh is an optimist in love who wants to propose to his girlfriend on-air. Things don't go as planned.
Josh (Ben Schwartz) proposes to his girlfriend on-air in the first episode of 'Earliest Show.' As you can tell by her facial expression, it doesn't go as planned. (Photo: Courtesy The Earliest Show)
The series follows Josh going through the five stages of grief, episode-by-episode. In essence, the series "shows the audience what the form of this happy talk show is, and destroys it, with my character descending into madness," Schwartz says.
And there are some guests along for the ride: Jake Johnson (New Girl), Thomas Middleditch(Silicon Valley), Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show With James Corden) and Pedro Pascal(Narcos) all make appearances.
This isn't the first time Schwartz has worked in the talk-show space. He hosted Attack of the Show for a week in 2012, has written plenty of monologue jokes for comedians including David Letterman and co-hosted The Late Late Show in front of no audience, in an episode that went viral last year. The latter gig, he said, "was like a real-time train-wreck. It felt like, 'Oh my God, what's happening?' There was no audience. I had no idea if it was funny or not."
He has a much better outlook on Earliest Show, which "looks like how it looked in my head."