DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Thursday -

SO I imag­ine you’ve got a few things on your mind right now: the price of milk, Libya, and how can Party Down still be any good now that Jane Lynch has left to go and work on this new show that’s start­ing, called Glee ...

Yes, Party Down is a cou­ple of years old, but the beauty of set­ting a se­ries in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try means it will never grow stale. Un­like the Filipino fu­sion menu at tonight’s event, the Stennheiser-Pong wed­ding re­cep­tion. An ex­pen­sive, stylish wed­ding. And also a gay wed­ding, a fact that be­comes sig­nif­i­cant as the night pro­gresses. One of the guests is Ge­orge Takei, from Star Trek, play­ing him­self. It’s a very amus­ing per­for­mance. Very dry.

There’s prob­lem upon prob­lem from the out­set, be­gin­ning with the fact that two cater­ers have been hired for the one func­tion. Val­halla Cater­ing, Party Down’s night­mare competition (Party Down is also the name of the cater­ing com­pany in the show), gets there and takes over, just as Party Down are try­ing to get them­selves sorted.

Val­halla Cater­ing all have head­sets and look like they’re dressed by Tom Ford and could work as his mod­els in their spare time. Party Down, on the other hand, are ‘‘ like an­i­mals’’. That’s ac­cord­ing to Uda, who’s in charge for Val­halla, and is a com­plete tyrant. She is, sort of, right though. For one thing, and this is just the start of it, Bob­bie, one of the Party Down crew, is high on mush­rooms. Be­cause they’re all out in the coun­try, and that’s just what she does when she’s in the coun­try.

I love this as an idea for a show, go­ing from the dif­fer­ent par­ties and the to­tal sche- moz­zles that hap­pen with the staff and the guests.

There are lots of funny ac­tors here (Steve Gut­ten­berg throws him­self a birth­day party in an episode com­ing up) and ter­rific writ­ing. Adam Scott, as the failed ac­tor/ bar­tender, is fan­tas­tic. It’s not Adam Scott the golfer, no. Party Down ABC2, 8.30pm

Ter­rific: Adam Scott

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