Seinfeld may have been about nothing, but “Stella,” a new show that premiered last night on Comedy Central, is about the absurd. Think about the two guys waiting on a bench for Godot, add a third, mix in some head-scratching humor, and voila, you have “Stella.”
Now we don’t want to draw too many comparisons between the high concept of Beckett’s play and the low-brow humor of this television show, but it’s one of those things that you either get or don’t. Fans of the Stella troupe members’ (Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain) live shows will love this new series, but the indoctrinated will probably produce a collective, “What the… (fill in the blank here)??”
If their faces look familiar, they should be. The boys have been together nearly 17 years since forming the sketch comedy troupe The State at NYU, which they turned into an MTV series. Black was most recently featured on NBC’s “Ed” and Showalter and Wain were co-writers and co-producers, with Wain directing the cultish hit, Wet Hot American Summer.