Ah, the sweet sweet embrace of capitalism. It seems like, more than ever, capitalism is controlling every single aspect of our lives, and in the search for a… livable existence, all we can do is succumb to it. This is one idea of the many the Comedy Central show Corporate discusses.
Created by and starring Matt Ingebretson as Matt and Jake Weisman as Jake, Corporate follows two junior executives-in-training working for your run of the mill evil corporation, Hampton DeVille.
This show is everything you need from a series if you ask me. The cast is hilarious, the humor is top notch and incredibly relatable to all of us nihilists (and anyone who is totally, definitely, surely sick of all this crap), and it’s super easy to watch.
As a 20-minute episode, currently 3-season series, Corporate is your little retreat into the world of being understood, and it gets really addicting because it just makes you have such a good time. The episodes aren’t even really related to each other, so you can just pop a random one on and have the time of your life without needing any more context or having to catch up on the previous seasons to understand.
Corporate is a breath of fresh air and a hidden gem of office comedies, and I really can’t recommend it enough. Matt and Jake are fantastic as Matt and Jake, and to me, the experience of watching this show is that much better knowing that they’re the ones who came up with this idea in the first place (along with Pat Bishop, who directs). They’re supported by actors such as Lance Reddick (Christian DeVille, the charming evil CEO), Adam Lustik (who is brilliant as John, Christian’s eager minion), Anne Dudek (the better part of the minion duo and total badass, Kate), and Aparna Nancherla (the ever relatable Grace, who works in HR). These are people to keep an eye out for, folks!
Diving into deep analysis here isn’t the point, and the time you’d use reading this could be better utilized watching an episode of Corporate, so I’ll end things with a list of my absolute favorite episodes (I’d choose all of them, but these are just to get you started).
(Summaries from IMDb)
Season 1, Episode 2 – Powerpoint of Death
Matt creates an impressive presentation to pitch Hampton DeVille's arms dealing bona fides to the CIA, while Jake takes advantage of the company's internal whistleblower app.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Trademarq
Hampton DeVille partners with a street artist who vandalized the company's headquarters to sell anti-corporate merch and profit off its protesters.
Season 2, Episode 2 – The Concert
When Matt's old college buddy invites him to hang out, he's determined to prove he's still young and fun.
Season 2, Episode 3 – Natural Beauty
Jake tries to market makeup to men. Grace coaches Kate on how to talk to their male coworkers after John complains about her tone.
Season 2, Episode 6 – Mattchiavelli and the Piss Detective
Things get out of hand fast when Hampton DeVille starts tracking when people leave their desks.
Season 3, Episode 2 – Black Dog
Matt grows increasingly worried about Jake's bleak outlook on life, and Hampton DeVille brainstorms a new company logo. (guest starring Bob Odenkirk!)
As always, thank you so much for reading, and see you next week!