Dave Season 2 Updates: The manager of Dave Burd Mike gives him reassurance. “Like who?” says the speaker. Dave is perplexed. Mike is stumped for an explanation, confessing that he made the original remark because he was buzzed.
The actual Dave Burd — a.k.a. comedic rapper Lil Dicky, who is also the co-creator (together with Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Jeff Schaffer) and star of the FXX sitcom Dave — has won over many who should have despised him. Take, for example, me.
I was about to dismiss Dave as a long-winded dick joke that somehow became a TV program when, to my surprise, it put a meaningful emphasis on Dave’s hype guy GaTa (who, like Burd, is more or less portraying himself) and his bipolar disease issues.
Dave, the loosely fictionalized figure, is neither as successful nor as self-aware as Burd, though he is getting closer to the latter as Season Two gets underway. He now has a record contract — as well as a swank rental house in which to live while writing and producing his debut album — and has reached a level of celebrity where he’s less surprised to see Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, and Elsie Hewitt in a pool than he was when he ran into Kendall’s sister Kourtney Kardashian last year.
But, when we return, Dave’s obstinate denial of his own narcissism and other faults seems to get worse, offering plenty of humorous and dramatic fodder for the news stories. With this new season, Dave shares even more in common with FX’s other, higher-profile comedy centered in the hip-hop scene.
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While Dave is more explicitly and constantly aiming for laughs than Atlanta, there’s a sense that each episode will be very different from the last. The premiere is a black-comic farce set in South Korea, in which Dave’s effort to record a song for the new album, starring K-pop sensation CL, goes horribly wrong due to Dave and Mike’s (Andrew Santino) lack of understanding of the local culture.
Later episodes feature Dave and superproducer Benny Blanco going too far(*) with their male bonding, much to GaTa’s chagrin; Dave fending off (completely fair) accusations of appropriation from guest star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and contrasting tales of Dave and best friend Elz (Travis “Taco” Bennett) arguing at a bar mitzvah while GaTa goes on a tense and sad Murphy’s (The finish of the last one is shockingly wonderful.)
Without getting into too much graphic detail, the episode is this season’s counterpart of the one from last year, in which we learned how Dave gets sexual satisfaction despite his genitals’ anatomical abnormalities. Or it’s this season’s version of last year’s episode, in which Dave had an on-camera attack of stomach discomfort.
Regardless, Team Dave seems to be hell-bent on dramatizing aspects of human anatomy that have never been portrayed on television before — and, to their credit, they do it for character development as well as a shock effect. You could be too preoccupied with gasping to see the subtleties.
The characters remain the same throughout, and multiple tales progress, from Dave’s efforts to reunite with ex-girlfriend Ally (Taylor Misiak), but tonally, many of the episodes might belong to other series, in a way that seems thrilling rather than scattered. Each experiment has a sense of self-assurance that unites them all, regardless of the context or how ludicrous or serious each one is.
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