Comedy Bang! Bang! the TV show has a very distinct outline which has worked undeniably well: one celebrity guest, one character, one framing device that ties them all together and—especially this season— there’s usually a witty take on some other type of show. All of these elements are typically very strong, but with “Alison Brie Wears a Mesh Top and Mini-Skirt,” unfortunately the reliable Brie gets lost in the background, a rare misstep that (oddly enough) occurs in an episode about revitalizing the format of the show.
Of course it’s easy to understand how the guest could find it hard to stand out in this episode by looking at this week’s credits. There’s James Adomian, who is fantastic at character creation and improvisation, and is also well known for his ability to practically overtake episodes of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. It’s not a problem per se, but it can be overwhelming at times. However, it all works perfectly in “Alison Brie,” especially since he’s playing a Gordon Ramsay type named Giles Duggard who hosts a show called “Talk Show Rescue.” Throughout the episode, he pops in to correct Scott’s hosting style, pointing out how the show isn’t like a restaurant and that the show’s main problem is Reggie Watts. Duggard is an especially great choice for Adomian, as it plays to his strengths as a comedian and also fits into CBB’s recent deconstructions of reality TV.