Chevy Chase on Community | “The show wasn’t funny enough for me”

Community TV series with Chevy Chase
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While we wait for the Community movie to get up and running, Chevy Chase has aimed a few thoughts in the direction of the show itself.

We’re still waiting for the promised movie that was supposed to cap off the run of the television show Community. If you never had the pleasure, this was the American television show that had movie nerd bones to it, and wasn’t in the slightest bit shy about them.

As well as helping fuel the careers of Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong (amongst others) in front of the camera, and the Russo brothers behind it, the show also gained, well, ‘headlines’ for some of its drama behind the scenes.

A chunk of that involved Chevy Chase, who appeared in the programme regularly for four seasons before being dismissed from the show. Its creator, Dan Harmon, generated a few headlines as well.

Chase has just popped up on the WTF podcast, hosted by Marc Maron, and he’s turned his critical eyeballs towards the entire programme. “I honestly felt the show wasn’t funny enough for me”, he’s declared. “I felt a little constrained”.

See also: Community film going ahead at Peacock

He added that “everybody had their bits, and I thought they were good. It just wasn’t hard hitting enough for me”.

Not that he seemed to say this at the time, but hindsight has its moment. He did say that he was okay with the character he was played, but that basically he preferred the company of himself to his castmates. “I just didn’t want to be surrounded by that table, every day, with those people. It was just too much”.

There’s a sense that in some quarters, the feeling may be mutual. Harmon and Chase have hardly been exchanging Christmas cards, and Chase admits that he hasn’t seen him for over a decade.

This too is discussed in the podcast, that you can find here.

The running joke of Community was six seasons and a movie. Six seasons of the show are completed. The movie was due to actually shoot this year, until strike action took hold in Hollywood. The hope is that it’ll be up and running once the mists there begin to clear. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more…

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