“Party Over Here,” Fox’s new late-night sketch-comedy show, took on the issue of gender inequality in Hollywood on Saturday night. To go by what Nicole Byer, Alison Rich and Jessica McKenna had to say, it’s all a matter of keeping up appearances.
The show stars took the stage and explained everything. “As women in comedy,” Rich said, “we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how we broke the glass ceiling and got our own TV show.”
The reason was simple. Byer said: “We showed up to all our network meetings dressed like this.”
The trio then introduced a backdrop of a picture with the three of them disguised as white guys. Well, sort of.
“If you want your own TV show,” Byer said, “you just have to trick the network executives into thinking you’re really a white guy!”
Rich provided the details. “You just need to borrow a couple of flannel shirts, some mesh basketball shorts, other people’s jokes — and that’s it! We did it and so can you.”
“Glass ceiling shattered, ladies,” said McKenna. “You’re welcome.”
“Party Over Here” — the brainchild of the Grammy- and Emmy-nominated Lonely Island comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, and comedian-actor Paul Scheer — combines pre-taped comedy shorts and segments of interaction with a Los Angeles studio audience.
The show airs Saturdays at 11 p.m. on Fox.