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Watch: The Cast of ‘Silicon Valley’ Was Even Funnier When It Was Younger

Watch: The Cast of 'Silicon Valley' Was Even Funnier When It Was Younger

Silicon Valley is an extremely difficult show to
watch. Week after week we’re forced to sit idly by as the Pied Piper crew unravels
their trademark brand of gut-achingly terrible decision-making. Whether it be Dinesh
and Gilfoyle’s ill-fated plot to murder an idiot motorcross star/loving
father, Richard’s compulsive need to apologize to a coder bent on revenge,
Erlich’s star witness turned arbitration confession meltdown, or Jared’s, erm, consistent
meekness, during each episode of Season 2 we’ve rocked back and forth in a
fetal position, wishing we could yell through the TV screen to change their
minds.

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We can thank T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail
Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods for providing us with this great source
of discomfort, as they masterfully exploit their characters’ tragic flaws every
night to the highest degree possible. It
may seem like these guys came out of nowhere, but we’ve compiled a few videos
from back in the day that prove their comedic genius is here to stay.

Thomas Middleditch:

For those of you not familiar with CollegeHumor’s dynamic
duo ‘Jake and Amir,’ I suggest you take some time to comb through their extensive
library
of web-series episodes (the show goes all the way back to 2007). The single greatest
thing they have done, however, is introduce us to Penis Anthony Dubligne:

Martin Starr:

Do we really need to remind you that Martin Starr
got his start on the best TV show ever made? Here he is auditioning for his breakout role on “Freaks and Geeks.”

Kumail Nanjiani:

Najiani made his mark with the whole deadpan
technician specialist bit, a la his roles on “Portlandia.” That’s why it might shock you to learn his first TV appearance was in this very strange
bit for “The Colbert Report”:

Zach Woods:

In these web shorts from 2009, if you look carefully you might see a young Ellie
Kemper:  

T.J. Miller:

Ok, so these aren’t really
that old, but if you haven’t seen T.J. Miller terrorize local TV anchors, you’re
really missing an artist in peak form:

“Silicon Valley” is now available on HBO GO. 

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