High Maintenance: Selfie
October 15, 2016 11:58 PM - Season 7, Episode 5 - Subscribe

An aspiring writer convinces The Guy to sit down for a one-on-one interview; a former customer enlists The Guy's help when she is confronted by her past.

Homeless Heidi first appears in S1E2 "Heidi". Hannibal Buress first appears in S3E1 "Jonathan".
posted by hippybear (4 comments total)
I loved how this episode used the meta angle to position itself as "taking place in this universe, not in fiction". This is the real Hannibal Buress who has a contract with Comedy Central. Loved it. I love fiction that plays around with "What universe are we in?" type questions.
posted by bleep at 1:06 PM on October 16, 2016

He was the real Hannibal Buress when he first appeared on the show. Actually, the episode "Jonathan" is really worth watching. I wouldn't possibly name Hannibal Buress as someone I consider having the qualities of a great actor, but by having him play a fictionalized version of his real self, they managed to use his utter Hannibal Buress-ness to their advantage.
posted by hippybear at 5:35 PM on October 16, 2016

I know I saw that one too. I just thought this was a good episode also.

I think Hannibal is a great actor, he was great on Broad City. Can't wait to see what he does next.
posted by bleep at 6:26 PM on October 16, 2016

This episode has a lot of references to media versions of NYC. The writer models herself on Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. I'm reminded of performance artist Penny Arcade's complaints about the sort of aspirants that show drew to New York. ("Mediocrity is the new black….People walk four abreast now because they’ve seen Sex and the City….[It’s like] New York is the merger between spring break and the singles scene….")

Vulture points out that the rip-off show is a reference to New Girl's apparent borrowing of the Heidi plotline.

And of course there's the Broad City and Girls direct references.
posted by larrybob at 4:01 PM on December 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

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