Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous
Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous
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"Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" is an all-new, half hour single-camera scripted comedy series starring comedian Bo Burnham as Zach Stone, a fresh-out-of-high school teenager who opts to pursue a life of fame and stardom instead of attending college. The series follows Zach, who hires a camera crew to film him throughout his daily life as a part of his quest become an over-night celebrity -- even though he possesses no real talent. From Zach's attempts to become a celebrity chef or a ring-tone recording artist to purposefully going missing, he'll try any avenue to get noticed and stop at nothing until he reaches fame. Chaos, awkwardness and embarrassment ensue in this clever and timely series that serves as a comedic send-up of today's current culture of instant celebrity.
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|Actors:||Armen Weitzman, Caitlin Gerard, Cameron Palatas, Shelley Hennig, Tom Wilson and Kari Coleman Bo Burnham|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Run Time:||154 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||September 06, 2013|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 12 reviews|
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12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Another MTV Casualty: Zach Stone's Quest For Fame Was Too Short Lived Jul 12, 2013
By K. Harris
NOTE: I'm disappointed that this is only being released in a DVD-on-demand format. That means it is only burned when someone orders it and generally has no additional features or closed captioning. It could really find a cult audience if it got a traditional DVD/Blu-ray release.
I have to give credit to the MTV network. I was really skeptical a few years ago when they announced plans to expand in their scripted series endeavors. In the process of developing new shows, they created two big crossover successes with "Teen Wolf" and "Awkward." Executives at MTV must have seen the potential in these shows. They were promoted and supported, and both are still growing in the ratings. But for these hits, there have been far more casualties: Shows that were largely ignored, didn't have a super advertising campaign, didn't get multiple airings throughout the week, and were quietly canceled after one season. Last year, two of my favorite shows were MTV cast-offs, "I Just Want My Pants Back" (a smart and savvy relationship comedy) and "Death Valley" (a riotously funny monster mash-up). I still wake up screaming "How could Death Valley not be a hit?" Seriously. Comedian Bo Burnham's sitcom "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" is just the latest to face the MTV death squad. Heck, after cancellation news arrived, the last episodes were dumped so quickly that I had to search them out online because I couldn't find them on television.
Burnham plays Zach Stone as the quintessential directionless high school graduate. Zach doesn't know what he wants to do with his life exactly, he only knows that he is destined for fame. Like many other clueless souls battling to become a star, Zach lacks real ambition or real talent. That doesn't matter, though, he comes up with the inspired idea of having a TV crew follow him around to document his life. As a sort of self-fulfilling prophesy, he thinks that documenting his efforts to become famous will (in fact) make him famous. Hey, stranger things have happened! The beauty of "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous" is that it is simultaneously preposterous AND realistic. I truly believe kids (and too many older folks) think this way. Just watch any reality program on any channel to confirm this theory! Zach really is the embodiment of the American Dream in this era where notoriety is more important than skill. Although Burnham has a goofy charm, Zach (more often than not) is a terrible friend, a terrible son, a terrible brother, and a terrible employee. Yet everyone indulges his delusions, never wanting to tamp out his spirit.
Each of the Season's twelve episodes has a theme. Zach will get a brilliant idea to make him famous, sing a customized theme song, and embark on a series of misadventures that generally end up with plenty of awkward moments. When Zach is at his most uncomfortable, the show is at its funniest. And he has some truly cringe-worthy escapades! He stages his own disappearance for the media attention, creates a dating show to find a girlfriend, attempts to find notoriety with a sex tape, and even attempts a variation of Girls Gone Wild but with frat guys. Some story threads are infinitely more believable than others and they vary in effectiveness. But he'll keep plugging away, maybe as a singer, an actor, or even a celebrity chef.
Burnham really carries "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous." Zach can be so thoroughly despicable, it would be easy to see him as a villain (sometimes he really is). But Burnham maintains a sweetness and insecurity that allows us to actually wish him success despite being a buffoon. We see a real kid in some sequences with his parents (Back to the Future's Biff is his dad) and when trying to figure out his love life. But don't worry, nothing gets sappy and sentimental. Before you have time to take a breath, he'll do something completely self serving again. I don't think "Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous" is for everyone, I can easily see someone being annoyed by it. In essence, it ends up being a one joke premise, but that joke is told in many amusing variations. I suspect that we'll be seeing more of Burnham if this is any indication. I just wish this show could have reached a wider audience. KGHarris, 7/13.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
One of the funniest shows of the year Aug 15, 2013
I absolutely loved this show, it was well written and performed and was extremely funny. A single camera comedy in the vein of The Office and Parks and Recreation that would have done much better had it been on a different network. MTV was not the right place for it among Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant or whatever the show is called. I will be purchasing the DVD and can't wait to watch the episodes again. Bo Burnham, the creator, writer and star, is a hot commodity among young comedians and I hope he gets a deal more suited to his talents.
10 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Amazing Jul 08, 2013
This is one of the best shows I've ever seen. Not only is it absolutely hilarious, it is a smart commentary on youth. Everybody has had experiences like Zach Stone, even if they weren't to the degree that he deals with. It is a rare show where you actually feel like personal aspects of the show in a realistic fashion. This is the best show MTV has ever put on the air. An intellectual masterpiece that doesn't normally come around, this is definitely a show to check out.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Brilliant and original Sep 24, 2013
Bo Burnham is an original breath of fresh air. Mind you, I didn't buy this product yet because I've watched the episodes on TV and online so many times I already know every little quirk about the show. It shouldn't have been on MTV because well, MTV doesn't show anything original and funny, so hopefully Comedy Central will help Bo out with any other amazing idea he has or if it's more specials.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
GREATEST SHOW Sep 13, 2013
Bo Burnham never ceases to amaze me. Hilarious show, it's a shame to see it cancelled after one season. RIP Zach Stone :(
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