Watch The First Episode Of Brockmire On Funny Or Die
IFC's new comedy Brockmire debuts on April 5th, but everyone with an Internet connection can watch it online right now on Funny Or Die, and I gotta say, as a baseball fan, a Hank Azaria fan, and good comedy fan, it's absolutely worth your time.
Azaria stars as Jim Brockmire, a former major league play-by-play announcer, who after a more-than-memorable booze-filled on-air meltdown in 2007 exiles himself from the country for 10 years to return to announce games for a minor league team out of Morristown, PA owned by Saving Silverman's Amanda Peet. He comes back finds out that he's an Internet sensation (and at the same time, learning of how the Internet works) and that his historic meltdown has worked it's way into American vocabulary in pretty hilarious fashion.
The character of Brockmire is cut from the same cloth as your classic sports announcer: it's like Vin Scully, Bob Uecker (the Major League version), Brent Musberger and Gordon Solie all rolled into one, and it makes his fall from grace all the more impactful.
Azaria is downright awesome in everything he does: Moe Szyslak, young Patches O'Houlihan and his character in the underrated Eulogy stands out as shining points for me, but he is on-point perfect as a jaded, doobie rolling baseball announcer.
There's also a whole scene focused around Willie Stargell, and even before seeing that, I would've highly recommended.
Again, if you don't feel like scrolling back up, you can watch episode one here.