DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
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