Sunday, May 10, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The Netflix-distributed sitcom "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" is a breath of fresh air, clever, and consistently funny. It stars Ellie Kemper (The Office, Sofia the First) in the title role. She portrays a naive young woman from the midwest who has escaped a cult that had her living in an underground bunker. Due to this, she was separated from the outside world for 15 years. After fleeing the cult, she moves to New York City. It co-stars veteran actors Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Ally McBeal) and Carol Kane (Annie Hall, Taxi). The co-creator is Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Mean Girls). Kimmy works as an assistant to Krakowski's character, who is rich, vain, out-of-touch. Kimmy's landlord is played by the hysterical Carol Kane, who has been absent from the limelight for far too long. Kimmy's roommate in their dingy basement apartment is an aspiring Broadway performer played by the hilarious and flamboyant Tituss Burgess. It's the ultimate fish-out-of-water tale as we watch Kimmy try to adapt to the changes that have happened in the past 15 years. Her naive outlook is refreshing since she has spunk and a can-do attitude. The writing is sharp and the quirky nature of this show makes it a winner. We will see big things from Kemper, this fearless actress who reminds me of the outlandish Molly Shannon (SNL) in her prime.

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