IFC’s Documentary Now! is returning for its third season next week, and as always, co-creator Seth Meyers is doing his part to sell the ever-loving sh*t out of it by promoting it on his late-night show. To wit: Last night he had John Mulaney on as a guest, and in addition to being a frequent writer on the highly specific documentary spoof series, Mulaney happens to be one of the guest stars this season. His episode, “Original Cast Album: Co-op,” is a riff on Original Cast Recording: Company, D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 doc about the making of, duh, the cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical, “Company.” That much is pretty self-explanatory. Anyway, Mulaney plays the Sondheim-esque figure, Simon Sawyer, while Taran Killam, James Urbaniak, and Renée Elise Goldsberry also appear in the episode. And so does Richard Kind! And if you’ve ever wanted to see Richard Kind breathlessly sing a Broadway showstopper about being a doorman in a co-op, now’s your chance, because Mulaney and Meyers bring the man out to perform one of his numbers from the fake-documentary on the show.
Emphasis on “breathlessly”:
But nearly killing Richard Kind due to oxygen deprivation isn’t the only thing Documentary Now! is up to this season. While co-creator Bill Hader is off being Barry, Fred Armisen is joined by an impressive roster of guest stars this season. Cate Blanchett will play a performance artist in the Marina Abramović vein, while Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson and Necar Zadegan pop up in “Batsh*t Valley”, a two-part cult documentary based on Netflix’s Wild Wild Country (that’s actually the season premiere, and it’s already up on IFC’s website and on YouTube). Other installments feature Bobby Moynihan, Connie Chung, Michael C. Hall, and Natasha Lyonne — and as ever, Helen Mirren serves as the host. Here’s the trailer for the season:
Documentary Now! airs on IFC Wednesdays at 11pm starting February 20th. And if you’re in New York City next week, the IFC Center is holding a special double-feature of Original Cast Recording: Company followed by “Original Cast Album: Co-op” on February 19th, with a Q&A featuring D.A. Pennebaker, John Mulaney, Seth Meyers, Richard Kind, Alex Brightman and Alex Buono. Only it actually looks like all the tickets are sold out, so uh… nevermind I guess. I’m sorry I even brought it up. I guess you’ll just have to stay home and watch the season 2 premiere of At Home with Amy Sedaris instead and see if that’s the episode where Richard Kind shows up in a bear suit:
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