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‘Nobodies’ Showrunner Michael McDonald on Making Things Awkward with Melissa McCarthy – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

The new TV Land comedy, created by and starring Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, may be the most meta thing on television.

"Nobodies" (Airs 3/29, 10PM ET/PT)

Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras and Larry Dorf, “Nobodies”

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Before he was one of the stars of “Mad TV” and an accomplished writer/director, Michael McDonald was an improv coach at The Groundlings, where his students included Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. That’s where those two met, fell in love and eventually got married.

Now, 20 years later, they’re executive producing the new TV Land sitcom “Nobodies,” created by and starring their fellow Groundlings pals Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras. And McDonald, once their teacher, is now their showrunner.

Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy and Michael McDonald'Nobodies' TV series peremiere, SXSW Festival, Austin, USA - 13 Mar 2017

Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy and Michael McDonald


It’s a common refrain in the world of comedy: Everyone starts off toiling away on stages like The Groundlings. Eventually, some become superstars. But what about the just as talented folks who don’t become superstars? “Nobodies” follows Davidson, Dorf and Ramras – playing versions of themselves – as they try to make it big by desperately hoping to land one of their famous friends (McCarthy, as herself) as the star in a movie they wrote.

If it all sounds very meta, it’s because it is. McDonald talked to IndieWire’s “Turn It On” about the surreal process of creating a show that could be awkwardly too real.

Michael McDonald with “Turn It On” host Michael Schneider


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