Comedy Clicks USA Edition – The Comeback

Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that Lisa Kudrow went onto play a character which had the same name as her middle name which was also used in an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S – The Comeback


Opening title Sequence / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

An ex A-list celebrity attempts to rekindle the flame of her once prominent acting career with nothing but a camera crew and some determination. – IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

2 Seasons


Lisa Kudrow – Valerie Cherish

Lance Barber – Paulie G

Robert Michael Morris – Mickey Deane

Laura Silverman – Jane Benson

Damian Young – Mark Bernman



+ In April 2014, it was officially announced by HBO, that The Comeback will return for a eight-episode season, after nine years since its first season.

+ Lisa Kudrow said in 2010, that if the show were picked up for a season two, the character Paulie G. (Lance Barber) would’ve ended up getting fired, Gigi (Bayne Gibby) would’ve been in charge of the sitcom, it would’ve become a huge mess, and Valerie’s marriage would’ve been on the rocks.

+ Although rumor has it, that the show was cancelled because of low ratings, on several interviews (, The Writers Guild Foundation and Kevin Pollack’s Chat Show), Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow have stated that they never knew the real reasons.

+ According to Lisa Kudrow, she performed the character “Favorite Actress On A Talk Show” in the past during her acting classes at The Groundlings. That character was brought back to become Valerie Cherish.

+ Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow stated to The Writers Guild Foundation, that although HBO initially didn’t get some of the ideas during the writing process, the channel gave them their full support and creative freedom for its production.

+ Each episode begins with color bars, over which are superimposed the words “The Comeback: Raw Footage”, indicating that viewers to the actual HBO series The Comeback(2005) are watching unedited video footage for the fictional reality show “The Comeback”.

Classic Clips

Valerie meets Sean Hayes

I Got It



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