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'Middleditch & Schwartz': Netflix show is a laughter riot and should be your quarantine pick

Starring Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz, a new two-person comedy show just dropped on Netflix and promises to leave you rolling on the floor with laughter
UPDATED APR 22, 2020
Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz (Netflix)
Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz (Netflix)

Locked at home with nothing better to do? Tune into 'Middleditch & Schwartz' to get your dose of comedy. Starring Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz, the new two-person comedy show has just dropped on Netflix and it is a barrel of laughs.

The performances are based entirely on random audience suggestions and it is making fans from all across the globe giggle and guffaw. Here's what the show's episodes are all about:

'Dream Job' tells the story of two friends, one of whom has an important job interview which spirals into an existential crisis involving photography. By the end of a hilarious turn of events, Kyle is Saussin, Saussin is Kyle and neither have their dream job, but both know what it means to truly embody a Gazelle.

Meanwhile, 'Law School Magic' encapsulates around a dreaded final exam for a group of first-year law students. It soon turns into a test of human morality and twists into a 'The Breakfast Club' meets 'The Chronicles of Narnia' narrative. The duo encounters an alien, contemplates child abandonment and dabbles in a bit of magic. 

The third one, 'Parking Lot Wedding' runs high on emotions. A priest, a ghost, and the bride and groom's parents are as loose as a caboose. Thomas and Ben concoct a compelling scenario — the tale of sixth-grade lovers, a robbery-gone-wrong, and the ultimate test of true love. 

Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz (Netflix)

The concepts seem to have struck the right chord and fans are loving it, especially during the Coronavirus lockdown. "Middleditch & Schwartz on Netflix had me rolling and needs to be your next quarantine pick to watch," one tweet said.

Another said, "Comedy is subjective, but if you don't think the second episode of Middleditch & Schwartz is the funniest, you're wrong."

Another one posted: "Only one episode in of the new Middleditch & Schwartz improv special on Netflix and I already had to pause so many times because I was laughing uncontrollably; this is the hardest I've laughed in months. @rejectedjokes and Thomas Middleditch are goddamn geniuses."

One viewer wrote: "Watched the first MIDDLEDITCH & SCHWARTZ on Netflix. Long-form improv with the two playing all characters. Hilarious. I was weeping with laughter. Their comic instincts are great. Very impressive."

"As a huge Improvised Shakespeare fan, MIDDLEDITCH & SCHWARTZ is a dream come true. Bonus discovery was being introduced to relatively unknown musical artist Attawalpa, who plays over the first ep’s credits," one fan wrote

Another added, "Middleditch & Schwartz is an amazing show anytime but it is especially a delight right now in these weird sad bad times. Thank you @rejectedjokes #ThomasMiddleditch@netflix."

Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz (Netflix)

Calling it the "funniest" show, one posted, "Middleditch & Schwartz is one of the funniest comedy shows I’ve ever seen. Incredible long-form improv! 2 hilarious people just having a great time making people laugh. What more can you ask for?" one tweet read.

Another said, "I am currently crying with laughter while watching the first episode of Middleditch & Schwartz. The ghost is what really got me."

One fan wrote, "I've seen their show live 7 times. The Middleditch & Schwartz show is now on @netflix for your viewing pleasure!!! 3 of them! Aaaand, go! @rejectedjokes and #ThomasMiddleditch."

Another posted, "Happy to see Middleditch & Schwartz getting some mini Netflix specials. I'm really saddened to hear about UCB's New York branch shuttering, and I supported the LA theaters as often as I could before all this shit happened."

"I’ve been binging the MIDDLEDITCH & SCHWARTZ specials on Netflix. I love improv and I’m a huge fan of both of these guys. I’m laughing/crying so much! @rejectedjokes #MiddleditchAndSchwartz #Netflix," one wrote.

A user added, "Watching Middleditch & Schwartz on Netflix. It's exactly what I needed right now. So freakin' funny!"

All three parts, each filmed at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, premiered on Netflix on April 21, 2020.