MTV’s “Acting Out,” which premieres Thursday (Oct. 13) is a hybrid show: Like Viceland’s “Party Legends” or Comedy Central’s “This Is Not Happening,” the show dramatizes celebrity content — in this case, standup bits from rising comedy stars, rather than personal stories — but then acts them out, rather than animating them, like a modern day-set “Drunk History.”
Hosted by Lil Rel Howery — who also stars on NBC’s “Carmichael Show” — the tone is irreverent, and seems to focus on that tier of up-and-comers that comedy fans love to hear about first that’s made “Adam DeVine’s House Party” and “The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail” such great showcases. Diversifying the way these newer talents are shown off is essential to the industry, and for a lot of comics, appearances on podcasts, video blogs and shows like these work the same way as touring — just on a vastly larger scale.
Add in some extra layers, like the reenactments here, and you can get people watching who might not think of themselves as diehard standup fans, or get into it for the sheer joy of seeing what’s coming next.
In this exclusive clip from the Oct. 20 episode, comedian Matt Rife discusses the apparently important aspect of one’s astrology sign when it comes to dating — which, no matter how silly you think it is (or how real you secretly believe it is) is a great subject, and even funnier to watch play out live.
“Acting Out” airs Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.